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Queen Elizabeth Academy is a reputable private tutoring institution known for providing high-quality tutoring to students in Calgary. At QEA, we are committed to building our students' foundation to prepare them for long-term success in the future. For more than 9 years, we tutored thousands of students across several cities, including Calgary.

Many of our past students got into top universities, such as Waterloo, Queen’s, Western, Laurier, and McGill. And some of them were awarded scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $23,000.

Several of our students were admitted to great medical schools and postgraduate programs, while others work for reputable organizations like KPMG and Fidelity Investments.

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Experience the interaction of our online live physics lesson. Students are focused and not being distracted or sitting passively We provide both private 1 on 1 tutoring and private credit courses (group classes)

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QEA offers high school credits that are taught live over Zoom, in a small class settings. With high quality lessons and one on one attention, we aim to build a strong foundation for our students to achieve long term success.

Queen Elizabeth Academy offers high quality tutoring programs to students in Calgary area: Kleinburg, Maple, Woodbridge, Concord and Calgary Metropolitan Centre

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Nikki is a certified teacher with Master degree in Education from University of Toronto. She has been working with QEA for over 6 years, and many of QEA top students came out of her class
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QEA Physics Tutor
Chris is our physics tutor, explaining his approach in teaching physics. Chris is going to John Hopkins University this fall studying PhD in Physics
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QEA Biology and Chemistry Tutor
Dev is graduated with a science degree at York University, currently enrolled in dental school. Dev has been working with QEA for 4 years.
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Teaches:  Calculus, Advanced Functions, Physics

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At Queen Elizabeth Academy’s private tutoring sessions, we offer our students one-on-one, personalized lessons, covering all concepts step-by-step, especially while explaining homework problems.

1. Building Foundations

In math and science, students are expected to build on the previous knowledge as they go from one grade level to another. Hence, a solid foundation is necessary for long-term success. In our math and science tutoring programs, we teach fundamental concepts and help our students to understand instead of memorizing the materials. This is an essential tutoring approach for foundation building.

2. Step by step explanations

We provide easy-to-understand maths and science classes, taught with a step-by-step explanation method. During each session, our tutors pay specific attention to the students' foundational gaps and re-explain the necessary steps to clarify any misunderstanding.

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Build your Math foundations and confidence with QEA #1 rated math tutoring program

Math is cumulative. This means that each grade level builds on the knowledge of the preceding, and so on. To succeed, students need to understand this concept and learn to apply it. But the challenge is that most students prefer to take the easy way out by memorizing instead of studying to understand these concepts. As a result, they ignore foundational skills that would help them in the future, only to realize later how it hurts their marks.

QEA is accredited by the Ministry of Education. With our in-depth understanding of the curriculum and robust experience in teaching maths, we can help any child learn maths with ease. The key is our attention to foundational gaps.

Common challenges that most students encounter in math:

1. Weak foundational skills in math

In order to develop sound math skills, students should start at the foundations in Grade 7 or 8, where they'll learn vital skills in fractions, algebra, and integers. In high school, they'll be taught graphing, solving equations, and quadratics. Without strong foundational skills, a student will struggle with math year after year. The best approach is to address the foundational gaps with proper lessons and practice questions.

2. Memorize instead of understand

Most students naturally shy away from studying maths, so they simply memorize things. The challenge with this approach is that they're thrown off balance when the teacher changes the question; unfortunately, they lose a large portion of their marks. To understand math, students need to understand the “why” behind the concepts and steps and apply them. This is why our lessons focus on fostering understanding of concepts with step-by-step explanations on using them.

The QEA math tutoring program is one on one, private.

We focus on foundational building, re-addressing foundational gaps, and helping the students understand and not memorize. We also provide extra practice to strengthen their understanding and skills.

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Diana is a PhD candidate, major in English literature, York University. She has 6 years of teaching experience.
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Build your English foundational skills - writing, reading comprehension, and critical analysis

English is a core subject for high school students, as no university program admits students with poor English grades. Students can achieve excellent English grades, but that demands a set of skills, which most of them are missing. These skills include essay writing, reading comprehension, grammar, and critical analysis.

QEA English tutoring program focuses on building 3 critical English skills: reading comprehension, essay writing, and critical analysis. We provide all-round assistance and support to our students based on their school curriculum. Essentially, we teach and help them to develop these skills. In our essay writing classes, for example, we teach students how to write a concise and captivating thesis, how to write interesting introductions, and how to build arguments with quotes from Shakespeare or their novels.

 

Common challenges that most students encounter in English:

1. Students lack proper sentence structures

These days, students are used to writing short messages on their phones. This style of communication, unfortunately, leads to poor writing skills, which affects them in school. The habit eventually leads to poor grammar and sentence structure. The good news is that QEA lessons are designed to discipline the students into using and building proper English structure and grammar. Therefore, we help them develop their writing skill using a step-by-step approach.

2. Students’ essays lack critical analysis and are penalized for marks.

Critical thinking is another important aspect of students' English grades in high school. But many students are accustomed to just stating the plot summary in their essays instead of providing in-depth critical analysis. As a result, they suffer severe loss of marks and poor grades. At QEA, we teach our students to go deeper into the story, understand it, and link the main plot to other connected themes.

The QEA English tutoring program is one on one, private.

We build our students' reading, writing, and critical thinking skills, while also working with them through their regular school curriculum.

The Queen Elizabeth Standard on Academic Excellence

Queen Elizabeth Academy is trusted for providing top-quality education to students, which is why many of them have excelled academically. Several of our students have entered into great universities with scholarships ranging from $2,000 to $23,000. Queen Elizabeth Academy Alumni are known for having strong foundations, which help them continue successfully in universities. Our students' alumni had entered high-quality medical schools, others are pursuing their MSc. and Ph.D., while others have been employed by top Bay St. companies and global firms.

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How can tutoring help my child?

QE has a strong track record on supporting our students to academic excellence and long term success. Our tutoring program is private one on one, tailored towards the strengths and weaknesses of your child. Our tutoring program is lesson based, which means we don't sit back and wait for questions, because often times they don't know what to ask. We actively teach lessons and provide weekly homework for practice.

How is QE tutoring different from others?

QE provides quality education. What does this mean? To achieve high grade, it is important to have a systematic approach to build your child's foundation: Lessons, Homework Practice and coaching. For lessons, we actively teach the materials, organizing knowledge in step by step manner. This way, we facilitate understanding, not memorizing equations or steps. We provide package of homework practice, so that our students can learn a variety of problems and prepare well for tests. We also provide past tests and mock exams, such that we teach test writing techniques to optimize their performance.

How can my child achieve higher grade?

Academic excellence comes with understanding and hardwork. We take care of the understanding part in our lessons, where we teach the concepts in a easy-to-understand manner. to acheive high grade, the students need to practice and establish a good routine for working through homework. Making their own study notes will be preferred. We also teach test writing strategies, such as tackling multiple choice and complex application questions.

What are QE's credentials?

QE is Ministry accredited, which means we offer high school courses. We know the curriculum of each subject inside-out. We know what foundation building block is important leading to the next grade. As we have worked with 5,000+ students over the past 9 years, we are familiar with the common weakness and challenge they face on each subject. Therefore, we focus on what matters most to achieve success. Our students were admitted to top universities: Waterloo, Laurier, Queen's, Western, McGill with scholarship from $2,000 to $50,000.

What tutor will be assigned to my child?

The average tenure of our tutors at QE is at least 3 years. Many of our tutors stay with QE for 5-6 years. In this way, they are experienced and have worked with hundreds of students. Many of them have taught our 110 hours credit course. New tutors need to go through a rigorous audition process in order to join QE. This includes showing indepth knowledge in our test and being able to explain concepts in a way that students can understand.

How much does tutoring cost?

We charge per month (4 or 8 lessons a month). Depending on the program, we offer very competitive and fair rate. We provide much more value than the average tutoring centers or go-to-home agencies: successful experience, coaching, homework package, mock tests and exams, test writing strategies and lesson based tutoring.

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Grade 12

Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

The Course

This is a very important course for many students because most university programs require this course as a pre-requisite. The skills learned in the Grade 11 course are built upon in this course, including factoring, graphing, trigonometry and exponents. Students will likely have varying levels of proficiency when taking this course, as some units, such as polynomial functions, are quite simple, while others, such as trigonometry and proofs.

Some students have thus described it as a roller coaster ride of a course, with all the thrills (and challenges) that that entails.

Study Tip for Grade 12 Advanced Functions for Calgary students

It would be a good idea, before the beginning of this course, to brush up on the foundations of mathematics, such as factoring (especially trinomial factoring), domain and range, graphing, adding rational expression, and trigonometry ratios. If you wait until the course beings, it may be difficult to keep pace with the new material which is being taught. Foundations are always important, and as with all mathematics courses, this one builds upon your past knowledge, so be sure to review.

Also, make sure to keep good, organized notes to stay on top of the course units. Do not be afraid to practice problems beyond those assigned in the homework, as Advanced Functions is known for containing a very wide variety of questions and problems, and therefore the more you expose yourself to such problems, the better prepared you will be. Because of this, the Queen Elizabeth Academy provides all of our students with extra worksheets and practice tests to hone their skills and succeed.

Grade 12 Vector Calculus (MCV4U)

The Course

This course includes two different sections, one is derivative, or rather extends from work in Advanced Functions, while the other is Vectors, which is completely new. Vector bears some resemblance to Physics in terms of problem solving.

The derivative section will branch out from the work done in Advanced Functions and will include algebra, graphing, trigonometry and logarithms.

The vector component is entirely new, involving 3D equation of lines and planes. The problem-solving aspects of vectors are similar to physics, and many students find this component of the course particularly difficult.

Study Tip for Grade 12 Vector Calculus for Calgary students

In order to succeed in Vector Calculus, make sure you are proficient in exponents, factoring, combining rational expressions such as fractions with algebra, and solving equations.

Make sure to pay special attention to the Optimization Unit, which includes many word problems. If you struggle with word problems, make sure to prepare for this unit in particular. As always, make sure to keep your notes organized. Identify the different kinds of problems. This will help you to clarify the concepts in this course significantly, and also help to keep track of your progress.

When approaching vectors, the concepts are highly complex. To address this, try to layout and write down all of the steps clearly, and write down why you are taking such steps as well. What variable are you attempting to achieve at every step? This approach will simplify some of the more complex questions, and will also allow you to pinpoint areas in which you will require extra help.

Grade 12 Chemistry, University Preparation (SCH4U)

The Course

Grade 12 Chemistry is one of the most challenging courses in Ontario high schools, along with Physics. Building upon the knowledge acquired in Grade 11 Chemistry, many of the questions are based upon possible situations since Chemistry deals with so many diverse elements (ie. The energy produced from chemical X and Y’s reaction).

Many students are unused to this kind of problem-solving strategy, preferring step-based, or formulaic ‘plug-in’ problems. However, if you are pursuing science in university, this kind of problem-solving will have to be learned.

The concepts within Grade 12 Chemistry are quitter complex, including enthalpy, orbitals, equilibrium and organic nomenclature, which is a particular challenge for many students.

Study Tip for Grade 12 Chemistry, University Preparation for Calgary students

An important tip to remember when studying chemistry is not to become lost in details. Always keep an eye on the ‘big picture’ concepts in any given unit. A good way to visualize these concepts is to organize them into a flow chart. This will allow you to see how concepts are related to one another, and will help with tests significantly.

Always try to understand the “why” behind a concept, or rather ‘why’ a concept is important beyond mere memorization. For example, the boiling point of an organic compound can indicate the intermolecular force that is the force of attraction between molecules. Understanding these concepts will allow you to adapt to situational problems in chemistry.

Grade 12 Physics, University Preparation (SPH4U)

The Course

Physics is often taken for those seeking to pursue engineering in university. Grade 12 Physics is an extension of grade 11 Physics, and if a student has done well in the previous grade, it is likely they will, with hard work of course, succeed in Grade 12 Physics.

This course begins with a review of Kinematics (motion) and Dynamics (forces), which will provide a strong start. Electromagnetism and Light are often the most challenging units.

In Grade 12 Physics there will be the expectation to excel at problem-solving techniques, especially in the manipulation of equations to extract unknowns and answers.

The workload in this course is quite heavy, requiring a considerable dedication of time in order to achieve above 85 percent, however with the right mindset, this course will be very rewarding.

Study Tip for Grade 12 Physics, University Preparation for Calgary students

Physics will require a great deal of practice, and it is advisable to dedicate around 6 hours a week to work through new problems if you desire to achieve above 85% in the course.

Some of the units in Grade 12 Physics are conceptually difficult, such as electromagnetism and light. To better understand a concept, try first to put it into plain English. Imagine that you are explaining this concept to a space alien, or your grandmother. What would you say? What is an electric field? What is Voltage? If you are able to understand the concept, and are not merely memorizing equations, it will make understanding equations and problems much easier.

Grade 11

Grade 11 Mathematics, University Preparation (MCR3U)

The Course

Grade 11 Mathematics represents an important stepping stone in progressing to the 12th grade. Students at this stage are often at a crossroads, namely whether to take the Mixed level course or the Academic level course. My advice to students would be to stick with the Grade 11 Academic Math, even if it requires a bit more work or a summer upgrade. This course will open many doors to university programs ranging from engineering to business and many others. Unless a student is absolutely certain of the path they wish to take, it is probably better to stick with the more flexible option.

There are many challenging units in grade 11 Math including exponents, transformation, trigonometry graphing, and trigonometry identities (the first time you will encounter proofs).

The simpler units include Quadratics, which is mostly a review of grade 10 material, and series and sequences.

Study Tip for Grade 11 Mathematics, University Preparation for Calgary students

Before taking this course, try to strengthen your foundational skills from grade 10. Key skills include factoring (especially trinomials), fractions (grade 8-9 level), Linear systems and quadratics with a good understanding of domain and range, x and y intercepts and asymptotes. With foundational skills down it will be easier to follow the lessons and work in this course, and less time will be spent catching up on previous material.

Many grade 11 questions involve multiple steps. Ensure you understand why you are undertaking each step from a logical perspective, and then pinpoint the goal of the steps, that is to say as ‘what am I trying to solve?’ Work through the steps after you have done this. By breaking the problems into steps, the questions will seem less overwhelming.

Grade 11 Chemistry, University Preparation (SCH3U)

The Course

Grade 11 Chemistry involves a combination of theoretical and technical knowledge. You must be proficient in both areas to do well in the course. The majority of grade 11 Chemistry involves a great deal of calculations, and therefore a solid background in Math will make this course much easier. Grade 11 Chemistry is not particularly difficult, and it is a good way to explore the possibility of pursuing chemistry, or science more generally, in the future.

Study Tip for Grade 11 Chemistry, University Preparation for Calgary students

Grade 11 Chemistry involves a combination of theoretical and technical knowledge. You must be proficient in both areas to do well in the course. The majority of grade 11 Chemistry involves a great deal of calculations, and therefore a solid background in Math will make this course much easier. Grade 11 Chemistry is not particularly difficult, and it is a good way to explore the possibility of pursuing chemistry, or science more generally, in the future.

It is a good idea to review Nomenclature and how to Balance Equations from Grade 10 science before proceeding to Grade 11 Chemistry. These are two absolutely essential skills in the course.

Once you come to the units in the course which involve calculations, make sure you lay out all of the steps individually, or else use a flow chart, with each box indication your result for each step, such as the values for mass of a chemical, volume of a gas or the number of particles. This can eliminate confusion, and help to isolate areas of confusion.

Grade 11 Physics, University Preparation (SPH3U)

The Course

Grade 11 Physics can be a very challenging course as the material along with the strategies for problem solving will be very new for many students. Rather than following concrete steps, as in Math, students will need to know which equations to use beforehand, and will need to know how to manipulate different equations to achieve their desired result.

Physics also involves many word problems which can pose another challenge, however the good news is that you will slowly gain proficiency in extracting givens and variables.

This course is important for those who wish to pursue engineering or science in university, and is a prerequisite for Grade 12 Physics.

Study Tip for Grade 11 Physics, University Preparation for Calgary students

It is important not to simply memorize the equations. It is far better to understand the reasoning behind such equations. Try to visualize the situation and identify variables and given in each different problem. Make sure you are tailoring your use of equations to the question at hand, and not just blindly following steps or processes.

In many cases you have to use multiple equations and combine them in different stages. For each equation, tick the variables that you have a number to insert and circle the ones that don’t. Then try to use another equation to find the circled unknown. This tip can guide you through the confusion

Grade 10

Grade 10 Academic Mathematics, (MPM2D)

The Course

Grade 10 is a large leap in difficulty from Grade 9, especially for those who scored 75% or lower in Grade 9. Many new concepts are introduced, such as quadratics and geometry.

Common challenges in Grade 10 Math include thinking problems and word problems. Students need to strengthen their foundational skills for Grade 10, especially if they have gaps in their grade 8 and 9 learning. Such gaps include integers, fractions, and linear equations. Students must work diligently in these areas in order to proceed on to grade 11 Math successfully.

Study Tip for Grade 10 Academic Mathematics for Calgary students

It is a good idea to organize problems into types. This will help you to determine which problems give you the most difficulty, and then you will be able to focus on those ones.

Also, make sure to spend a considerable amount of time practicing beyond what has been assigned by the teacher. A grade 10 Math students should look to do about 5 hours of work a week in order to do very well on the course. Also, always avoid, if you can, last minute studying before the test. You will be better off if you accumulate your skill and knowledge on a regular basis.

Grade 9

Grade 9 Academic Mathematics, (MPM1D)

The Course

Grade 9 Math is a significant departure from Grade 8 Math. Many students do not expect this and thus maintain a Grade 8 work ethic in high school.

The four categories of Knowledge, Application, Thinking and Communication are now introduced, and many are not accustomed to this marking scheme.

The course is also more word problem heavy than the middle school courses, possibly causing a significant drop in marks if not dealt with quickly. Many students are discouraged by a bad test and then give up, believing they are not good enough at math to do better. The good news is that this is a myth, and good marks will come to those students who put the work in and take the course seriously.

Study Tip for Grade 9 Academic Mathematics for Calgary students

Try to create a regular work schedule and maintain it. A student should spend roughly 4 hours a week on math homework to succeed in this course. Math requires constant practice, and thus a steady work schedule is important to achieve desired goals in this course.

Also, make sure to spend a good deal of time addressing word problems, as word problems are going to be important, not just in grade 9, but throughout high school. They cannot be avoided!

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