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  1. frenchpress

    Lecture Attendance

    Frequently. I don’t soley self study, but I’ve found myself becoming increasingly selective through about what topics or which lecturers I show up for. We have video-recorded lectures. I always at least skim the slides for lectures I’ve skipped to understand the level to which the content was covered, and will study from them if they’re helpful — but I only cue up the recording if something is unclear.
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    NAQ Question

    I had something similar in my own application a few years ago, where I had one ‘executive role’ and one role actually on the ground with the organization, and they were very different, so I split them up. I think it can be justified, just be careful about doing this too much or with too many other things in your application. I would suggest you put it as two entries — one for being part of the club leadership and one for workshop development and delivery for that club. You can talk about your changing role or flexibility in delivering different kinds of workshops, and it gives you a lot of hours for one entry.
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    CBL Portal issues

    Don’t forget that’s its also available to everyone in your year! I didn’t know about the special events thing... terrifying
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    Help me please! Really need it...

    It would certainly be worth talking to your university advisor’s to see if they have any options for you.Just don’t worry too much if you’re unsuccessful. In my experience with undergraduate advising at UBC, there’s a lot that they can do in the moment while you’re taking the course, but the options dwindle once you’ve written the exam / had a grade assigned. But it depends on the school and the issue. Try looking up your school’s policy on ‘academic concession’, which is what it’s typically called. That should give you more info about the process and what you’d need to succeed.
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    Help me please! Really need it...

    You aren’t likely going to be able to get them removed from your transcript. I have seen schools allow late withdrawals from a course because of hardship issues so that the withdrawals don’t show up on transcripts. But once a grade is recorded on the transcript that’s pretty much it, and there’s not much you can do retroactively. As @IMislove pointed out, a few credits in a degree of 120+ credits is really not going to have a huge effect on your GPA. The best thing to do is to try to focus on doing well as you go forward with your future classes — if you’re able to do that, you’ll be in good shape. Getting caught up in worrying about these few grades from the past is just going to make you miserable and won’t actually change anything!
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    Help me please! Really need it...

    No, not at all. A bad first year like this is pretty common, and people with this sort of history still get into med school. The more important thing is for you to very carefully examine what led to the situation and be very honest with yourself about what you need to do to avoid it happening again. Depends on the school. Some take your best last two years, in which case, you’ll likely be in ok shape to apply. Some have other adjustments, like dropping your worst year, which could also help you. You should look carefully at the criteria for each school you want to apply for to see what they do and when you’ll be eligible - e.g. at ubc you need 90 credits to be eligible to drop your worst year. This I don’t know enough about to comment on. Nope. I have a BA. It can make it more challenging to get the prerequisites and learn the science material for the MCAT, especially if you have to do all this as electives outside your program or on your own time. But it also has advantages — for example, if you do a lot of reading heavy courses and psychology you’re likely to have a much easier time with CARS and Behaviour sections of the MCAT than many people who do a BSc. And for schools that are really looking for students from diverse backgrounds, I think it can also help. So don’t worry too much about the BA. You’re best off studying something you like and can really succeed in — that will make you the happiest and position you best for applying.
  7. Yes, you likely need to include all the grades on all your transcripts for any course than is university transferable. If you’re unsure about your specific graduate degree program you can ask admissions - it’s possible they have exceptions for some professional programs. But just a normal master’s like an MSc or MA, then those are included. You need to enter them in the application as well.
  8. At UBC they use all grades from undergrad and graduate degrees (PhD or master’s) in calculating the GPA.
  9. It’s certainly possible. But it might be difficult to do and manage any other competing priorities you care a lot about. You may want to start with a pretty conservative availability and trial it to see what works for you before fully committing to them for the year. 1st year at UBC is 8-5 MWF and ~1-5 T/Th. You can’t count on having all those Tuesday / Thursday mornings off though, as they get things scheduled into them with some frequency. How many of those mornings and evenings and weekends you’ll need for studying and other personal priorities is very person dependent. For me, on top of T / Th mornings I generally needed to put in a minimum of 3 evenings a week and at least one full day on the weekends of studying in order to keep up the material to a level I was comfortable with. Some weeks I needed more. That left me with two evenings a week and one day on the weekend or less to see my friends and keep up with my other hobbies that require larger blocks of time. Which wasn’t a tonne, but was enough to keep me sane. I know a couple people who worked part time, although I think they generally kept it to one shift a week or less. One ended up largely giving it up midway through the semester because it became too difficult to maintain. There’s also a lot of fun extra curricular stuff in med that some people really get into, like intramurals, med play, clubs, student government, etc. And there are social events. For example, during the first two weeks of orientation there were social activities basically every night. Lots of people find these sorts of things really rewarding, but they can be very time consuming as well. I found it hard to make space for many new things and maintain the friendships and activities I already had going on from before I started med school.
  10. Edit: somehow double posted my response.
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    Interview Chances

    Your friend certainly has a chance at an interview. At UBC a lower GPA is something that can be offset with a high NAQ, as the two are weighted equally pre-interview. Your friend should make sure to think outside the box when picking their ECs and try to list things that give a full picture of who they are — e.g. volunteering sure, but also hobbies, interests, work experience, etc. — and how those things have contributed to the qualities UBC says they’re looking for — community service, leadership, etc. I think UBC tends to care a lot more about that sort of thing than stuff like shadowing. You get your scores at the stage at which you’re rejected, so either at interview-invite stage or post-interview acceptance stage. You don’t get your scores if you’re accepted.
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    Someone HELP me

    I really liked the next steps practice tests. I used their full length exams as well as their CARS book. The CARS book was on the hard side, but the information on different strategies was helpful for me to figure out how to approach it. I would recommend that you start moving towards doing practice tests more regularly, and use those to guide your studying. Doing them under realistic timed conditions is also very helpful — e.g. dedicate your day to actually doing it with the breaks and timing as you would on the actual test day. This will help you develop time management skills, which are a key part of doing well on the exam. This is very good advice. Practice tests won’t help you much if you don’t take the time to review them afterwards — it could easily take you 2x-3x as long as it took you to write the test as it does to review it and really understand where you went wrong. A good system to consider might be something like: day 1, write a practice test and then maybe briefly review (but then give yourself a break to relax, you just wrote a test for like 6 hours!). Next 1-2 days, review in detail and pay careful attention to why you got questions wrong, and make notes about your weak concepts or areas in each category, bad habits in guessing, etc. Next 1-3 days, review weak areas a bit more generally and maybe do a few CARS passages for practice everyday. Then repeat. As you get closer to the exam you may be able to decrease the number of days between practice tests you as you hone in on the areas on which you need the most review.
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    Someone HELP me

    Was this your first practice test, or have you been doing them this whole time? What did you find challenging about the practice test? Were you short on time? Did you feel like you were getting the right answers only to discover at the end you got a lot of things wrong? Something else? More generally, what materials and approaches have you been using to study for CARS and for the other sections over the last three months? It’s certainly not impossible for you to get 127s with another month of studying, but you’ll need to identify where / why you’re struggling so you can target and work on those things really directly.
  14. In addition to what others have said: TD had a worse new client reward (a free speaker compared to free Apple device at RBC ) and they limited the amount of money I could get access to from the total LOC each year (instead of having access to it all up front). They did say I could get a banking package similar to the VIP package at RBC, but the fee-waived credit card didn’t come close to comparing with the cards Scotia and RBC we’re offering.
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    Who Sees Which Marks?

    Ah, that’s good to know. At all the schools in western Canada that I am familiar with, transferable courses tend to be included in the calculation. So that’s a big difference.