traumasurg

Un Socio
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Hi,

I am currently a freshman undergrad in my first semester. I did not have chemistry at my high school past the first semester of my junior year. I am taking introduction to chemistry and will probably have a "c". I have A's in every other class and am told gen. chem will be easier because I have a "difficult teacher." I was wondering how this will affect me when med schools look at my transcript if I make all A's down the road.

Thanks
 

RevivedPreMed

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It's possible to rebound. I did not have Chemistry in high school and I was competing with students who most had taken all the way to AP Chem. Do what I did, get a tutor and have him/her go over the material at least twice a week. Tutors are expensive but way worth it if you do well and don't have to pay to retake the course.

Also, I did every practice problem I could get my hands on, sometimes even twice!
 
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iGolf

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If you get a C into the intro course, but As in Chem I and Chem II, you'll be OK.
/agree your chem 1020 (thats the intro chem course) is not "college" chemistry. Even though it does go on yor uGPA the two A's in Gen Chem 1 & 2 will offset that since you have proven that you can do college chemistry.
 

sindadel

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Are you already taking advantage of office hours, TA tutoring, online resources, textbook problems etc.? Meet with your professor and discuss your position in the class. Then give it your all, do very well on the final exam, using all the resources at your disposal and you may be surprised at your final grade.

One C won't kill your application, by any means, but one C + 5 A's is equivalent to 6 A- in terms of average GPA. If you can pull your grade up to a B, then you can take an A- in three classes and an A in two (in other words, you can choose a couple of easier classes to pull an A in, and get only an A- in the rest, and have the same result). A lot of work right now to avoid the C is definitely worth it, in my opinion. Even if you don't change your grade, odds are that you will actually understand the material better, which will prepare you for Chem I, Chem II and the MCAT.

Good luck!
 
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