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I'm failing my prepratory year. (This year is used to get into Uni)

  1. Oct 22, 2013 #1
    Hey guys, here's what's happening. I am currently failing my 1 year program which will get me into university. I am interested in studying one of the hard sciences (physics or math). In this program we have 2 semesters. We are done the first half of the first semester. Here are my marks.

    Functions: 46%

    English: 71%

    Biology lab: 26%

    Chemistry lab: 25%

    Chemistry: 34%

    Computers: 66%

    Biology: 50%

    For all my class except computers we are done around 50% of the curriculum for this SEMESTER.

    I need at least an 80% average to get into university and I was wondering, do I even have a chance?

    I am also having a really hard time with homework and catching up ( I slacked off for the first month of school.)

    What would you guys do?
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  3. Oct 22, 2013 #2
    I don't really know what you mean by "preparatory year", so I can't really tell you what I would do in your situation. Those grades are extremely low.

    Working out the averages:

    Average for this half of the semester: 45.4%
    If you manage to get 100s for all your courses over the rest of the year, you could get an 86 average maximum. So in other words, if you get anything below a 95 average from here, it's game over.

    What are you doing, skipping classes? The only way you could fail a lab is by just not showing up/not doing the lab reports.
  4. Oct 22, 2013 #3
    Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't, somebody posted that on Facebook. But since you're on a physics forum I will citate a physicist: you must not fool yourself, and you are the easiest person to fool.
  5. Oct 22, 2013 #4


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    If what I think is happening is happening, friends of a certain sort and what they might call recreation, my recommendation is to get new friends and new recreations. Seriously, that just ain't worth it.

    This prep year is, for want of a better word, gone. Use the time to catch up on any school subjects that you find difficult.
  6. Oct 23, 2013 #5
    You guys are all right lol.

    In terms of studying,

    btw for the next 5 days I dont have Class and I was wondering how should I divide my time, etc
  7. Oct 23, 2013 #6
    Yeah I missed about 4 lab reports whick is like worth 40%. lol whoops. I'm never going to make this mistake at university hopefully
  8. Oct 23, 2013 #7
    You should spend your time doing homework, extra problems, or studying so that you won't fail the exams that are inevitably coming up.
  9. Oct 23, 2013 #8
    College isn't for everyone. What about learning a trade? Electrician, carpentry, elevator repair, etc etc. There's certainly nothing wrong with using your hands to make a living if you have the talent. In fact you may be able to make a decent living doing it. There are many people out there that could probably solve a partial diff eq or understsnd stat mech but don't even know how to change the oil in their car or cut out and fix a pipe in the house if it gets clogged.
  10. Oct 23, 2013 #9
    Yeah it's true college isn't for everyone. However, I can not see my self working in the trades for the rest of my life. It has been my life dream to attend university and graduate =D. I want to be the first one in my family to go to university. My dad is a building superintendent and my mom is a janitor. I understand that the trades offer a lot of career opportunities but, I am not a big fan of physical labor. I prefer to use my brain and critical thinking skills. For me, it's either university or depression :devil:
  11. Oct 23, 2013 #10


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    It might be your dream, but what you have described doesn't sound like you have put much effort into attaining your dream - slacking off for the first month of the semester.
    It seems very unlikely to me that you will be able to come out with an 80% average, based on your grades at this point. Instead of going directly to a university, you might consider enrolling in a community college for a year or two, and getting your grades up to where a four-year school would accept you.
  12. Oct 23, 2013 #11
    Yeah, I'll do that. I just need to work hard and hope for the best.
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