Help! Grades ):


<p>I’m a pre-med student and I just got a C on my chemistry midterm and a C on my math midterm. I have Lievens for Chem and Lewis for math. I was wondering if Lewis curves his math tests a lot? </p>

<p>And I was considering switching to another major because it seems i won’t be able to achieve a 3.7+ required for med schools.</p>


<p>Are you considering switching and not doing med school at all, or switching and still pursuing med school? if you still want to pursue med school you are still going to have to take a crap ton of math/science courses. Med school isn’t for everyone. I wanted to go to med school then realized that i’m not very skilled in the math/science region, and would be much better suited choosing a different career path. This might be the same for you, maybe not. as far as your professors go, i’m not sure about the curves, but good luck with your decisions/grades!</p>

<p>This is actually a topic that comes up very often with first year students and it’s not quite necessary yet to hit the panic button. General Chemistry in particular is one of those courses that teach you a variety of things in a short amount of time and people who have exposure to these subjects before pick up on these things quicker than say someone who has never seen some of these concepts before. Doing bad on your first midterm is by no means a death sentence since I’m pretty sure you have another midterm and a final to catch up with. Think of these first two midterms that you just took as an indication of your overall preparedness and how well you studied. Did you not do well because you didn’t understand certain topics? Did you not do well because you lacked the time to study? If you’re able to answer some of these questions, then it would allow you to find the root of your problems and seek help. The Student Learning Skills Center (or whatever they renamed it as) is a great resource to seek help with these subjects or you can always peruse office hours with the professors or TA.</p>

<p>Again, I don’t want make the above sound like a cliche, but it’s good to think about these things so you can remedy your deficiencies. Think of it as a good way to find out what you need to work on when the stakes are lower as oppose to finding out later on when the courses get more difficult and you’re trying to juggle many more things at once. Med school is definitely not off the table and I could confidently say that it is never off the table for anyone who tries hard and is dedicated. Best of luck man!</p>

<p>i agree with bmb2011’s comments–excellent advice! don’t throw in the towel just yet if medical school is something u really want!</p>

<p>Thanks for the help everyone!</p>

<p>The biggest problem is, I don’t know if medical school is the right path for me because I don’t know what I want to do in life yet; I only know that I like science the most compared to any other subject. I know there are many options in this path, but which is the best for me, and how do I find out? I feel like I need to know what I want to do with my life as soon as possible because those are the people that get ahead since they know what classes they are supposed to take and the goal GPA they need.</p>

<p>well, i think regardless of career path/major you should always aim to get as high GPA as possible. You should attempt to do shadowing/volunteer work with doctors/at hospitals. you can sort of get an idea if its the right path for you. You will grow a lot in the four years your at school, and its really hard to really decide what you want to do. Also don’t just stick with something because you feel you are already in too deep. you should also check out ■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■■ the people on those forums will really be able to give you more insight on med school. just look up some of the MD v.s DO threads, there is still a chance to get into med school with a crappy GPA. good luck again!</p>