Published on December 6, 2007
Slide1: Things to Cover: 1) Required courses 4) Recommended Electives 5) How to get a Minor 6) Degree in three years 7) Distance Education: Good idea? Bad idea? 8) When to write the OAT, and how to prepare for it! 9) Asking for that Referral Letter 10) What Should I be doing in the Summer? 11) Questions? 12) News and Upcoming Events Slide2: DISCLAIMER: The information we give tonight, are all based on personal experiences. You may not agree with everything nor do claim to be 100% accurate. Courses change, and people’s opinions always differ. We ask that you come With open ears and ask as many questions as you can! Slide3: FIRST YEAR We really won’t cover first year, as we’re assuming that at the very least, you guys are nearing the end of your completion of first year. Here are some of the common first year courses that you are either currently enrolled in or half already completed. We will not be talking about them…but we will if you ask us to. -BIOL 130, 139 CHEM 120, 123 PHYS 111, 112 (AVOID 121, 122 – unless you truly enjoy Physics) PSYCH 101 MATH 127 Slide4: SECOND YEAR In Year 2, most of you will be completing these courses: BIOL 140 (Micro) STATS 202 (Statistics) CHEM 237 (Biochem) BIOL 201 (Anatomy) BIOL 211 (Vert. Zoology) BIOL 273 (Human Physio 1) CHEM 266 / 267 (Orgo 1) Slide5: BIOL 211: Vertebrate Zoology Professor(s): Dr. Bill Taylor (Relaxed, straightforward, approachable) Breakdown: Lab portion (40%): Different dissections, weekly quiz Midterm (20% MC) Final (40% MC and Short Answer) Tips: - Tests are from the notes only - Textbook is NOT NEEDED - 8:30 course, Winter Term - Overlap with many other courses Slide6: BIOL 140: Microbiology Professor(s): Dr. Trevor Charles Breakdown: 30% Midterm, 70% Final, All MC Tips: - Textbook is a useful reference, but is not needed - There’s a LOT of memorization, so be prepared, - You are tested off your notes - Lab Quizzes require you to read everything in the lab manual! Slide7: STAT 202 (Stats for the Science) Professor(s): Dr. Peter Balka (Writes the tests) Dr. Ali Ghodsi (Easy, “reasonable”) Breakdown: For Ghodsi: 10% Assignments, 30% Quizzes, 60% Final exam (his assignments are really easy, come straight from the textbook!) For Balka: 10% Assignments (best 5 out of 6), 5% Clicker questions, 10% Test 1, 15% Test 2, 60% Final (his assignments are a lot tougher, not from the textbook and involve more theory) Tips: - Take the course with Ghodsi; it will be a lot easier. The textbook is helpful with Ghodsi, but for Balka not as much since he has his own notes. Slide8: CHEM 237 (Biochemistry) Professor(s): Dr. Elisabeth Daub (Winter) (there are others, but take her) Breakdown: Midterm 1 = 22.5% Midterm 2 = 22.5% 5 Quizzes = 5 % (there are actually 6 quizzes so this means you can skip one) Final = 45% Total =100% Tips: Ask her questions on the exam, she’ll give you the answer (sometimes in exchange for percent) - Read the Textbook Slide9: BIOL 201 (301 as of Winter 2009): Human Anatomy Professor(s): Dr. Spafford (Lots of Physiology; Biology 273 will be a requirement as of Winter 2009in the future) Breakdown: Lab portion (30-40%): Cat Dissection Midterm (one or two) Final Tips: - prepares you well for future courses (302, 303, 373, 211) - MEMORIZATION! Use the textbook, it’s got great pictures - Lab requires more time than lecture Slide10: BIOL 273: Human Physiology I Professor(s): Dr. Vivian Dayeh (Corny jokes, very approachable, fair tests) Dr. Matt Vijayan (Hard tests Breakdown: Lab is separate 2 Midterms (MC) Final (MC) Tips: - Textbook (Silverthorn) is a wonderful read – read it. Slide11: CHEM 266/267 (Organic Chemistry) Professor(s): Dr. Steven Forsey (there are others, but he’s the best) Breakdown: Chem 266 - Online quizzes 5% (simple and basically just completion only), two midterms 20% each, final 55% Chem 267 3 assignments 10% (marks for completion of the assignments only), 1 midterm 30%, final 60% Labs for both courses are every second week, 5 lab reports, no lab exam Tips: - Stay on top of your material, it starts off easy, but picks up - 267 is easier than 266 - Textbook and old midterms are very useful! - 267 is needed for many US schools, but not for Waterloo Optometry Note: If you do better one the final exam, it will be worth 100% of your final mark Slide12: THIRD YEAR In Year 3, most of you will be completing these courses: BIOL302 (Histo) BIOL303 (Embryo) BIOL 308 (Molecular 2) BIOL 373 (Human Physiology 2) Slide13: BIOL 302: Histology (Study of Tissue) Professor(s): Dr. Mungo Marsden Breakdown: Lab Quizzes 5% Midterm 1: 20% Midterm 2: 25% Final: 50% Tips: - Textbook is not hugely helpful (Not needed) - Visual learner’s course - Midterms are 45 slides displayed for 45 seconds each (no going back). Final is ~60 questions, 45 seconds each with bonus questions (amount varies depending on lab quiz averages – Fall 2006 had 10 bonus). Don’t rely on colour to recognize things! Slide14: BIOL 303: Embryology Professor(s): Dr. Christian Jacobsen Breakdown: Two Midterms (40%), Short Answer and Essay question Final: 3/5 Essays (60%) Tips: - Textbook is helpful! - Attend class and take lots of notes! - Essay format requires you to know the information in detail Slide15: BIOL 308: Molecular Biology Professor(s): Dr. Christian Jacobsen Breakdown: 2 midterms worth 20% each, 10% assignment, 50% final exam Tips: - Readings are not specifically listed, so follow the figures given in lecture material and read the chapters they are from. Reading the text is a good idea, and the tests are fair. The assignment is great to boost your mark! Go to class, since Dr. Butler takes the time to explain every topic thoroughly and to answer questions. - Biol 428, 431, 434, 435L, 441, 442, 448 To complete the Biomedical Science program, at least 2.5 science elective credits are required at the 300/400 level Biol 308 can prepare you for these upper year courses Slide16: BIOL 373: Human Physiology Professor(s): Dr. Norm Scott Dr. Matt Vijayan Breakdown: On Campus -Midterm 30% -Final Exam 70% -Separate Lab Component 0.25 credits – weekly session and quiz, 2 lab reports Distance Education -4 Assignments 35% -Final Exam 65% *Note: Can enrol in BIOL 273 and 373 simultaneously. Must have instructor consent. Tips: - Textbook is recommended - If you can, take it DE, it’s easier! - The on-campus class is usually a once a week evening class Slide17: MATH 125: Linear Algebra I Professor(s): Dr. Uldis Celmins Breakdown: No Midterms! 40% Bi-weekly Quizzes (best 5 of 6) 60% Final Tips: - Quizzes are very easy as long as you know your stuff - Final exam is simple– all questions are based on the quizzes! Slide18: OTHER REQUIRED OPTOMETRY COURSES: We won’t go through them, but we have the breakdowns if you’d like… MATH 127 PSYCH 101 PHILOSOPHY ENGLISH Slide19: RECOMMENDED ELECTIVES: The following courses are some we have taken that are not only interesting but have helped out our GPA… -SCI 206, 255 REC 280 SOC 101, 249 CS 100 RS 100A and B PSYCH 207, 211, 253, 257, 213, ANTH 101 ECON 101 GERMAN 101 (or any language), FRENCH 151 DE PHIL 220DE, 226 ENGL 109DE, 210F *OPTOM 100 Slide20: GETTING A MINOR -Most minors require 5.0 units worth of the subject -Most minors require being in an Honours academic plan -Most minors require the basic 100 or 200 level courses, and at least 5 other 300 or 400 level courses Biology Minor: -Successful completion of 5.0 units of biology -At least 2.5 units must be 300 or 400 level -SCI courses do not count -Minimum cumulative average of 60% in Biology courses -Mandatory biologies for course plans DO count -If in biomedical science, you already qualify for a minor in biology Slide21: FINISHING IN THREE YEARS - All American schools highly recommend if not require an undergraduate degree. Because, many Canadian students often apply to Optometry schools in their third year, many of them opt to complete their undergrad career in three years. - At Waterloo, the general science degree can be completed in three years with the following requirements. This degree leaves you with a BsC., but without the Hon. , but it is sufficient for American schools - You can get an honoury Honors Bachelors of Science degree if you complete Optometry school at Waterloo. Slide22: DE: A GOOD IDEA? OR A BAD IDEA? Slide23: PREPARING FOR THE OAT -Take it the summer after second year -You need to have it written by Dec 31 -Do LOTS of practice exams -Use Kaplan (which are harder than the actual OAT), the Pre-Opt. versions, TopScore Pro, or online versions (free and cost) -You can also study using an MCAT book if you want, but make sure you cover all of the areas to know for the OAT the MCAT also covers some things you don’t need to know Slide24: PREPARING FOR THE OAT -You can also use your course notes from high school and university (but they sometimes go into way more detail than you need to know) -The physics section is not that bad! I don’t like physics and I still found it easier than I expected -If you took Physics 121/122 then make sure you study electricity/magnetism, and optics, since that course doesn’t cover it -Don’t let one bad section while writing the OAT hinder your other sections forget about it and move on! Don’t let one question bog you down either, if you can’t get it, skip it, tag it, and come back to itmake sure you guess!!! Slide25: ASKING FOR THAT REFERRAL LETTER - Set yourself a part: It’s a huge plus if the professor knows you by name. If you have a prof in mind, ask lots of questions in class, go to their office for extra help Make sure they know who you are! - Ask EARLY and keep hounding them. Give them a deadline and make sure they reach it. Make sure the professor has actually taught you Be Organized: Provide a folder with a cover letter, resume, transcipt, previous referrals, envelopes and stamps, and a list of deadlines for them. Say Thank You: If you get in, send them a card or a gift basket! They’re a big reason as to why you’re in. Slide26: WHAT SHOULD I BE DOING WITH MY SUMMERS?!?! - If you have not had any experience working in an Optometrist’s office, or and job shadowing, THIS IS THE TIME TO DO IT! Most american schools will not even consider (NO MATTER WHAT YOUR AVERAGE IS) if you have not had any experience - Getting experience is a must for getting into Loo as well STUDY FOR YOUR OATs! Now that the exam has been computerized, you can schedule your exam during the summer. It’s extremely difficult to study for the OAT while you are bogged down with midterms and finals, so get it done and over with! HAVE FUN! Remember, once you’re out as an optometrist, you will no longer have summers. University is the best time of your life, make sure you balance your life out with some relaxation! Take a vacation, go clubbing, be active =) Slide27: ANNOUNCEMENTS and UPCOMING EVENTS UW PRE-OPTOMETRY FORUM The link can be found at the Pre-Optometry club website under Links 2) ICO (Illinois College of Optometry) Visit on November 19th 3) UWOSS (University of Waterloo Opomtetry Student Society) INFORMATION NIGHT on November 20th Our website: www.uwpreopt.uwaterloo.ca Slide28: Questions?