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Over the past 9 years, we worked with thousands of students, many of whom were admitted to top universities: Waterloo, Queen’s, Western, Laurier, and McGill, with scholarships from $2,000 to $23,000.

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To maintain the quality of our lessons, class size is limited to a max of 9 students, giving students the opportunity to ask questions throughout an on-going lecture.

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We structure a work period in each of our lessons that our teachers walk around and help each student one by one. In our online live class, each student will get a ‘slice’ of time, where our teacher will enter their virtual room, to work with them one by one. This will help clarify any misunderstanding immediately.

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Senior high school credits:
Calculus, advanced functions, chemistry 11 and 12, physics 11 and 12, biology 11 and 12
Junior high school credits:
Math 9 and 10. English 9 and 10. Science 9 and 10. French 9 and 10.

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Summer School FAQ

What course should I take in summer school?

English 11 and 12 are the most popular summer school credits. These two courses are heavily loaded. By completing these courses in summer school, you can lighten your workload significantly in the school year, allowing you to focus on the math, science and other critical courses for university application

Advanced Functions, Physics and Chemistry are also viable choice. if you want to focus on one single subject and optimize the performance, these important credits are good options.

Do universities discount students taking summer credits?

Not from our experience or any QE students. We have been running summer credits for 9 years and our students have successfully entered Waterloo engineering, Queen's Commerce, McMaster life science, Western Ivey AEO, Wilfrid Laurier BBA and other top schools.

Will I do better in summer school?

To achieve good grades, hard work pays off. You need to work hard regardless of when you are taking the course, summer or regular school year. The key benefit of taking courses in the summer, is that you can focus on one subject only. From our experience, our students achieve higher in the summer. The other reason is that you are not under as much stress, and in a more peaceful mindset, students can perform better.

Why should I take summer school?

The most popular reason is to fast track. A lot of our students fast track and get the credit done ahead of time. The other reason is to catch up. Students who did not perform well during the school year may consider taking a summer school / retake the course to strengthen the foundation and offer them a fresh start in the fall. You may also consider taking academic math (11) or advanced functions in the summer, if you have completed the mixed math program during the school year. In this year, you are caught up and can have a great fresh start in the fall.

Other Questions about Summer School

How long is summer school?

Summer School courses run through the month of July

At QE, it runs from July 2nd to 31st.

What are the daily hours of summer school?

Our summer school runs Mon to Fri, from 9am to 2.30pm.

How does QE summer school get into my transcript?

It is the same as other summer schools. After completion of your summer school, QE will issue a provincial report card, which will be mailed to your school and it will be stored under your OSR at your home school.

Is there exams in summer school?

yes, exams are worth 30%

How is summer school different from regular school?

The curriculum of summer school are the same. The main different is the duration. It runs only during the month of July where you focus only on one subject

Is there a lot of homework in summer school?

Taking summer school should be easier than the regular school term, since you focus on one single subject. Although we encourage students to do regular home work a majority of homework can be done during our class work hours, with teacher's help.

How long is summer school?

Summer School courses run through the month of July

At QE, it runs from July 2nd to 31st.

How long is summer school?

Summer School courses run through the month of July

At QE, it runs from July 2nd to 31st.

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Since summer school runs rather quickly, it is important to organize your time well, so that you don't fall behind In summer school, you will expect to have a test every 3 days. There is no gap between the last day of class and the exam. Therefore, it is imperative for you to stay on top daily.

Organize your time

Dedicate 1 to 1.5 hour each day after class, to review your notes. This will help you to stay on top. In addition, practice as if you will get a test tomorrow on the new materials. Do your reading (if you are taking English) ahead of time, such as Shakespeare or the novel.

Maximize your learning during class

It is important to listen attentively, take notes, so that you will learn most of the materials in class. Since summer school runs quickly and your duration of the day is 5 hours. It is important to utilize that time effectively. Try to understand the concepts in class, do practice and ask questions.

Preparing for tests

Keeping on top is important, so that you are always ready for tests. Practice daily. On the day before the test, you need to review your own study notes / notes taken in class, and practice a variety of questions Label questions under type1 type 2, type 3 etc., and this will help you organize your knowledge and avoid getting confused. On concepts, try write out the oncepts in your own words, and this will facilitate your undrstanding of the materials.

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ENG4U English 12
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ENG4U / English 12 is one of the most important courses in grade 12 for university admission

ENG4U English 12 - Course Description

This course emphasizes the consolidation of the literacy, communication, and critical and creative thinking skills necessary for success in academic and daily life. Students will analyse a range of challenging literary texts from various periods, countries, and cultures; interpret and evaluate informational and graphic texts; and create oral, written, and media texts in a variety of forms. An important focus will be on using academic language coherently and confidently, selecting the reading strategies best suited to particular texts and particular purposes for reading, and developing greater control in writing. The course is intended to prepare students for university, college, or the workplace.

What is taking ENG4U English 12 like?

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This grade 12 English course is intended to prepare students for university level English, and is intended to foster critical thinking, and higher-level literacy, especially upon the coherent and confident use of formal academic language, and the development of reading strategies for a broad array of texts. The course is broken into four skill segments.

Oral Communication: This strand of the curriculum focuses on the student’s ability to communicate through spoken language, for example in a presentation to the class, or more generally in the way they answer questions asked of them in spoken English. It also includes the comprehension component of oral communication, that is to say the ability of students to understand and comprehend spoken English. These are extremely important and valuable skills that come in handy in day-to-day life.

Reading and Literature Studies: This segment of the curriculum evaluates a student’s ability to read English literature and to comprehend and analyze it. Shakespeare will be taught in this segment, as well as poetry and short stories. The goal is to leave with a capacity to read independently, critically, and with keen understanding of the text, as well as to be in contact with works of genuine cultural and literary importance.

Writing: the goal of this segment is to produce confident and effective writers who can organize their thoughts clearly, while producing strong and grammatically correct sentences. Beyond that the course will also focus on various forms of writing including the essay, which is central to higher level coursework in English and other disciplines. Students will be exposed to a variety of forms of writing, and given the opportunity to develop strong writing skills.

Media Studies: This segment focuses on analyzing and interpreting media texts, including graphics, sounds, and images. The influence of mass media and popular culture is explored and discussed critically. Students are given the tools to make sure they can be aware of the messages floating around mass media and online culture in an academic and critical capacity, as well as the capability to create their own contributions to that culture.

Tips to succeed in ENG4U English 12

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Oral communication is often a strong point for students compared to reading, however some students may have difficulty with it. There is nothing to be worried about, the key to success here is just to be familiar with the English language in general, to avoid slang usage, to speak in complete and grammatically correct sentences, and to demonstrate a wide vocabulary. For more formal assignments, if you are a stronger writer than speaker, try to write out your work before practicing your presentation out loud. Be aware also of how you pronounce words, and the tone of your voice. Avoid mumbling and speak clearly and comfortably. Many students feel embarrassed to speak in front of the class, but remember that everyone is in the same boat and has the same assignment.

Reading and literature studies often presents the greatest challenge as it is less familiar and more advanced by the twelfth grade than in previous years. High level texts like Hamlet can present unique challenges to students based on the older style of writing and syntax, and it can be difficult to move from simply understanding the plot to understanding analysis and critical study of the text. Break it down into parts and be aware of the components of literature. Write down what the themes are, or the themes that you notice in the text. Keep track of the characters and how they behave in the text. What is significant about what is happening? If you struggle with the text itself, try reading it out loud, Shakespeare was performed live after all, and still is. Try finding a version of a Shakespeare performance to see how all the stage directions are incorporated. Also, try to find something you like about each text you read. While it can be a chore to read these books, they are also classics for a reason. Always ask questions about what you are reading, and always keep notes so you are not scrambling to redo everything at the last minute.

Writing is a chance to embrace your creativity, so take the chance and do your best. For creative writing, choose topics that you care about or that interest you. For more formal, academic writing, choose topics that you both know about or can research, and which interest you. One key skill here is the organization of your thoughts. That means making sure that you express yourself in writing in a logical and methodical way, not just what comes to mind when you think about it, but structured and intentional writing. Take the time to map out what you will write. For your stories or creative writing, make sure you know how the story will end before you write it, try to develop the characters beforehand, take the time to think. For formal academic writing, make sure to do the requisite research beforehand. Find relevant quotations in the text, and make sure you have relevant facts that you present in a manner that you have thought out. Make use of the time you are given. If you are stuck you can make use of a writing prompt, but always make sure to ask why you are writing what you are writing.

Media studies is generally the least problematic section for students, especially considering the amount of exposure to popular culture and mass media that most students have already experienced. The important thing to remember here is that just knowing about popular culture is not enough. Students are called to analyze what they are experiencing and to critically examine it. That means perhaps investigating more deeply what they take for granted on their devices, and how they receive information online. These segments are also more dependent upon the discretion of the teacher than most, so material may vary from school to school, or class to class.

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MHF4U Advanced Functions
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MHF4U / Advanced Functions is one of the most important Math courses in grade 12 for university admission

MHF4U Advanced Functions - Course Description

MHF4U / Advanced Functions extends students’ experience with functions. Students will investigate the properties of polynomial, rational, logarithmic, and trigonometric functions; develop techniques for combining functions; broaden their understanding of rates of change; and develop facility in applying these concepts and skills. Students will also refine their use of the mathematical processes necessary for success in senior mathematics.

MHF4U is intended both for students taking the Calculus and Vectors course as a prerequisite for a university program and for those wishing to consolidate their understanding of mathematics before proceeding to any one of a variety of university programs.

What is taking MHF4U Advanced Functions like?

Summer School

MHF4U 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.

Tips to succeed in MHF4U Advanced Functions

Summer School

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 MHF4U 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.

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MCR3U Functions
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MCR3U / Functions is one of the most important Math courses in grade 11 for university admission

MCR3U Functions - Course Description

This course introduces the mathematical concept of the function by extending students’ experiences with linear and quadratic relations. Students will investigate properties of discrete and continuous functions, including trigonometric and exponential functions; represent functions numerically, algebraically, and graphically; solve problems involving applications of functions; investigate inverse functions; and develop facility in determining equivalent algebraic expressions. Students will reason mathematically and communicate their thinking as they solve multi-step problems.

What is taking MCR3U Functions like?

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In preparing for Grade 12 Mathematics, students must have a solid grasp of Grade 11 Mathematics. Although, what we see is that students at this stage are often faced with the difficult choice of choosing between the Mixed level course and the Academic level course. From experience, we advise students to stick with the Grade 11 Academic Math, as it is a more flexible option. However, the challenge with most students is that the course requires a bit more work. But it also creates multiple opportunities for university programs to pick from, typically ranging from engineering to business courses. So, unless a student is absolutely sure of the path he/she wishes to take after high school, they should stick with a flexible option.

Grade 11 Math has several difficult units, including exponents, transformation, trigonometry graphing, and trigonometry identities. This is also the first time they'll encounter proofs. The simpler units include Quadratics, series, and sequences, which are mostly a review of grade 10 topics.

Tips to succeed in MCR3U Functions

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It's advisable to build strong foundational skills in grade 10 before taking this course. Factoring (especially trinomials), fractions (grade 8-9 level), Linear systems, and quadratics are the critical skills at this stage. Additionally, students will need a good understanding of domain and range, x and y intercepts, and asymptotes to excel in this course. It is always easier to keep pace with all lessons and course work in this course once the student has mastered the foundational skills.

The thing about grade 11 questions is that they involve multiple steps. To ensure an easy flow, you must understand the logic and concept behind each step you take, and then pinpoint why you`re taking those steps. In other words, “what am I trying to solve?” Work through the steps again after you have done this. This is essentially how you demystify mathematical problems.

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SCH3U Chemistry 11
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SCH3U / Chemistry 11 is one of the most important Science courses in grade 11 for university admission

SCH3U Chemistry 11 - Course Description

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of the properties of chemicals and chemical bonds; chemical reactions and quantitative relationships in those reactions; solutions and solubility; and a atmospheric chemistry and the behaviour of gases. Students will further develop their analytical skills and investigate the qualitative and quantitative properties of matter, as well as the impact of some common chemical reactions on society and the environment.

What is taking SCH3U Chemistry 11 like?

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In Grade 11, chemistry, students will be acquainted with both theoretical and technical knowledge. And they must be grounded in both areas to do well in the course. You`ll find that there are more calculations and equations in grade 11 chemistry. This means that you need a solid background in math to do well. However, chemistry in grade 11 chemistry isn`t so challenging. Besides, it's a good way to see if chemistry or sciences will be a great choice for you in the university.

Tips to succeed in SCH3U Chemistry 11

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In Grade 11 Chemistry, you will be presented with both theoretical and technical knowledge. And to do well in the course, you must be very good at both. There are lots of calculations to be done, but that doesn`t mean the course is particularly difficult. Perhaps, the biggest benefit here is that and the course allows you to weigh the possibility of pursuing chemistry, or science more generally, in the future.

Here`s a piece of good advice: make sure you have an understanding of Nomenclature as well as how to balance equations in grade 10 science before starting grade 11 chemistry. You really don't want to miss those two courses!

When you get to the calculations in the course, make sure to lay out all the steps one after the other. You may use a flow chart, with each box indicating your result for each step. Examples, in this case, include the values for mass of a chemical, volume of a gas, or the number of particles in a substance. This is a good way to make problem-solving much easier.

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SPH4U Physics 12
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Physics 12 is one of the most challenging courses in high school, and it is necessary for students going into engineering and other key science programs for university.

SPH4U Physics 12 - Course Description

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of physics concepts and theories. Students will continue their exploration of energy transformations and the forces that affect motion, and will investigate electrical, gravitational, and magnetic fields and electromagnetic radiation. Students will also explore the wave nature of light, quantum mechanics, and special relativity. They will further develop their scientific investigation skills, learning, for example, how to analyse, qualitatively and quantitatively, data related to a variety of physics concepts and principles. Students will also consider the impact of technological applications of physics on society and the environment.

What is taking SPH4U Physics 12 like?

Summer School

This SPH4U Grade 12 physics course is designed for students going into engineering or other science course. The focus is on problem solving. This means that the student need to translate a situation based question, figuring out what equations to use, then derive a solution. This part by far poses most challenge for students. This course covers 5 units, ranging from mechanics to electromagnetism.

SPH4U Dynamics:
  • Forces affect motion in predictable and quantifiable ways.
  • Forces acting on an object will determine the motion of that object.
  • Many technologies that utilize the principles of dynamics have societal and environmental implications.
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SPH4U Energy and Momentum:
  • Energy and momentum are conserved in all interactions.
  • Interactions involving the laws of conservation of energy and conservation of momentum can be analysed mathematically.
  • Technological applications that involve energy and momentum can affect society and the environment in positive and negative ways
SPH4U Gravitational, Electric and Magnetic Fields:
  • Gravitational, electric, and magnetic forces act on matter from a distance.
  • Gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields share many similar properties.
  • The behaviour of matter in gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields can be described mathematically.
  • Technological systems that involve gravitational, electric, and magnetic fields can have an effect on society and the environment.
SPH4U The Wave Nature of Light:
  • Light has properties that are similar to the properties of mechanical waves.
  • The behaviour of light as a wave can be described mathematically.
  • Technologies that use the principles of the wave nature of light can have societal and environmental implications.
SPH4U Revolution in Modern Physics: Quantum Mechanics
  • Light can show particle-like and wave-like behaviour, and particles can show wavelike behaviour.
  • The behaviour of light as a particle and the behaviour of particles as waves can be described mathematically.

Tips to succeed in SPH4U Physics 12

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The key factor for student to succeed in SPH4U Physics 12, is to master problem solving techniques. Questions in physics are situation based, so it is not straight forward as in plugging in numbers to an equation to solve a problem, which a lot of students mistakenly expect. The student must learn how to derive and modify equations in SPH4U Physics problems, to isolate the unknown variables and list out all the givens, and start from there. One key tip is to draw diagrams so one can visualize the problems, then identify the variables and parameters in that question. We teach these important problem solving techniques in our SPH4U Physics 12 course.

The second factor is to understand the concept. Many students rely on memorizing definition without have a good understand of the concept. For example, what is voltage? Students will memorize a textbook definition without knowing what voltage really is. To master SPH4U Physics 12 course, the student must be able to explain the concept (such as voltage) in their own words. Once the student understand the concept, the next step is to relate that concept to the equation. This means that the student must understand what each parameter mean in the equation, and how they would change when the situation changes. Why is it happening like that? Going deeper into this will take effort and time, but the student will gain the understand and being able to apply them in problem solving situations. Our course in SPH4U Physics 12 provide in depth lesson, including step by step explanation of the key concepts and their application. In this way, it is easier for students to digest the materials.

The third factor is practice. In SPH4U Physics 12, it is critical to practice a variety of questions and get familiarize with them. This will ensure the student to perform well on tests and maximize the test results. In our SPH4U Physics 12 course, we provide a variety of worksheets for our students to practice.

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Grade 12 Advanced Functions (MHF4U)

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.

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)

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.

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)

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.

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)

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.

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 Mathematics, University Preparation (MCR3U)

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.

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)

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.

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)

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.

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 Academic Mathematics, (MPM2D)

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.

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 Academic Mathematics, (MPM1D)

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.

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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