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Private Summer SCH4U Course | Grade 12 Chemistry

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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.

Dev D.
QEA Biology and Chemistry Teacher
Dev is graduated with a science degree at York University, currently enrolled in dental school. Dev has been working with QEA for 4 years.

SCH4U Course - Grade 12 Chemistry

SCH4U Grade 12 Chemistry is the key grade 12 course for students going into life science or engineering. This course, in our opinion, is one of the 3 toughest courses in high school (the other two being physics 12 and calculus). This course contains lots of application, situation based questions and students are required to understand the concept and apply his knowledge in these situation based questions. Memorizing equations or steps will never work. We teach important techniques for students to excel in this course.

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How our lessons are conducted?

Summer SCH4U Course | Grade 12 Chemistry - In Person, Classroom Lectures

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Summer SCH4U Course | Grade 12 Chemistry - Experience our Online Live Teaching

Benefits to Students - Summer SCH4U Course | Grade 12 Chemistry

1. Small Class Sizes

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

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2. Step by Step
students’ understanding of the materials. We turn complex concepts into simpler steps for our students to absorb and understand.

3. Building

For our students who are applying to universities, building a better foundational knowledge is key to success. This is achievable given the focus in our summer school, with only one single subject for the student.

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4. One on One Attention:

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. Our summer school students can clarify any misunderstanding.

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Success Stories

Congratulations to Stephanie L., who ranked Top 15 in Canada selected by University Hub.

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Congratulations to our students who were admitted to their top choice university (Queens, Wilfred Laurier, McGill etc.).  Our students obtained scholarships from $2,000 to $23,000
Jeff R. Queen’s Commerce
Paul M. Queen’s Engineering
Melissa W. Western Ivey
Taylor W. Western Medical Science
Josh M. OCAD
Miranda D. Wilfred Laurier BBA (Co-op)
Colin H. Queen’s Commerce
Stephanie L. Queen’s Commerce
Jeremy R. Western Ivey
Robbie M. Wilfrid Laurier BBA (Co-op)
Eric M. Wilfrid Laurier BBA (Co-op)
Jiv S. Wilfrid Laurier BBA (Coop)
Vivian T. U of T Rotman
Stacy L. Western Engineering
Laura P. Western Medical Science
David P. U of T Rotman
Britney R. Wilfred Laurier BBA (Co-op)
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Jerry T.
Admitted to Queen’s Commerce
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Taylor W.
Admitted to Western Medical Science
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Sam A.
Admitted to Queen’s Science Honours

Success of QEA alumni

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Mark J.
Investment banking analyst
Canaccord Genuity
Graduate of Western Ivey
QEA student alumni
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Dr. T. Ward-able
Family Physician
Graduate of Western University
QEA student alumni
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Stephanie L.
Microsoft Manager
Graduate of Queen’s Commerce
QEA student alumni
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Julia S.
Business Dev. associate
Fidelity Investments
Graduate of Western University
QEA student alumni
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Justin C.
Master degree candidate
UC Berkeley
Data analyst, Citigroup
Graduate of Boston University
QEA student alumni
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Sam A.
MD Candidate
University of Queensland
Graduate of Queen’s University
QEA student alumni
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Meet our

Meet our Teachers for Summer SCH4U Course

Dev D.
QEA Biology and Chemistry Teacher
Dev is graduated with a science degree at York University, currently enrolled in dental school. Dev has been working with QEA for 4 years.
Chris L.
QEA SPH4U Physics 12 Teacher
Chris is our physics tutor, explaining his approach in teaching physics. Chris is going to John Hopkins University this fall studying PhD in Physics
Angela K.
Chemistry and Biology Teacher
Master graduate in Science, University of Toronto Angela explains how we take an extra step during Covid 19 period, to support our students and ensure that they get a good foundation.
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Ben T.
English Teacher
Teaches:  English grade 5 to 12

PhD Candidate, English literature

Writing Course Director, Guelph-Humber University 

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Laura C.
MD Candidate
Harvard University

Queen Elizabeth Advisor

Designed Learning Strategies for our courses. 

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John C.
Mathematics Tutor and Science Tutor
Teaches:  Calculus, Advanced Functions, Physics

PhD Candidate, University of Toronto

Taught university mathematics tutoring classes for 2+ years

Summer SCH4U Course | Grade 12 Chemistry - in Action!

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How to achieve higher grade in Summer SCH4U Course | Grade 12 Chemistry

Stay on top

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 type 1, type 2, type 3 etc., and this will help you organize your knowledge and avoid getting confused. On concepts, try to write out the concepts in your own words, and this will facilitate your understanding of the materials.

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Students from SCH4U Course | Grade 12 Chemistry and other courses

Matt B.
a grade 12 student admitted to Laurier Business
Sebastian G.
a grade 12 student admitted to McGill University
Andrew G.
admitted to Western University

Paige M.
Admitted to Queen’s University student alumni of QEA enrolled in QEA English 12 private credit course

Kristen C.
Admitted to University of Waterloo student alumni of QEA enrolled in QEA English 12 private credit course
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Yohan B.
Wilfrid Laurier BBA
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Will O.
Queen’s Engineering
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Mark J.
Western Ivey


Summer SCH4U Course | Grade 12 Chemistry

SCH4U Grade 12 Chemistry
Private Credit Course Overview

SCH4U Grade 12 Chemistry is one of the most important Science courses in grade 12 for university admission

SCH4U Grade 12 Chemistry - Course Description

This course enables students to deepen their understanding of chemistry through the study of organic chemistry, the structure and properties of matter, energy changes and rates of reaction, equilibrium in chemical systems, and electrochemistry. Students will further develop their problem-solving and investigation skills as they investigate chemical processes, and will refine their ability to communicate scientific information. Emphasis will be placed on the importance of chemistry in everyday life and on evaluating the impact of chemical technology on the environment.

What is taking SCH4U Grade 12 Chemistry like?

Grade 12 Chemistry is one of the most challenging courses in Ontario high schools, and it's the same with Physics. As with typical chemistry problems, many of the questions are based on possible outcomes since Chemistry deals with so many diverse elements (e.g., what is the product of reacting chemical X with Y).

Many students are not familiar with this type of problem-solving strategy, so they prefer step-based or formulaic-based problems. But science students cannot escape this in the university, so they'll have to learn the skills.

The complexity of the concepts in Grade 12 Chemistry is high and may sometimes be frustrating. They include enthalpy, orbitals, equilibrium, and organic nomenclature, which most chemistry students usually find tasking.

Tips to succeed in SCH4U Grade 12 Chemistry

A vital tip to remember when studying chemistry is not to allow yourself to become lost in details. There's always a ‘big picture’ concept in any given unit, so keep an eye out for that. To help you visualize these concepts, it's a good idea to organize your work into a flow chart. This strategy displays the essential concepts and how they're connected one to another. As a result, you'll be able to handle tests much better.

Always try to understand the “why” behind every concept you encounter or the reason a concept is essential instead of merely memorizing things. For example, the boiling point of an organic compound reflects the strength of the intermolecular force of attraction holding its molecules together. A good grasp of these concepts will help you adapt to situational problems in chemistry.

FAQ for SCH4U Grade 12 Chemistry course

Is Grade 12 chemistry difficult?

Grade 12 Chemistry is one of the most challenging courses in Ontario high schools.

What do 12th graders learn in chemistry?

Matter, chemical trends, and chemical bonding. Chemical Reactions. Quantities in Chemical Reactions.

Can I take SCH4U without SCH3U?

No, you have to finish SCH3U before taking SCH4U

What are the units for chemistry grade 12?

The SCH4U course consists of five distinct units, namely: the impact of organic chemistry on human health and the environment, the structure and properties of matter and molecular structure, energy changes and reaction rates in both industry and the human body, chemical systems and equilibrium, and finally, electrochemistry as it pertains to battery construction.


Admission Requirements Summary
Admission Requirements Summary. Major university programs. (Grade cut off, Admission essay etc.)
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How did I got into my top choice universities?
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Admitted to Western Ivey School of Business
former QEA student

Early on in high school, I knew I wanted to apply to the top business schools in Canada, which led me to focus my attention on getting accepted to both the Western and Queen’s business programs. QE has given me significant support in my academic well-being as well as giving advice on ... [to be continued]

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Colin H.
Admitted to
Queen’s Commerce
former QEA student

In Grade 12, managing your time is critical. You need to allocate your limited resources (i.e. your time) on what matters most. This principle applies to various tasks from focusing your energy on the most important subjects, to scoring the test questions you know first, to focusing on one or two job experiences or extracurricular activities that make you stand out....
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Tips on University
Application Essays
Western Ivey School of Business (AEO) application essay
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by Jeremy R.
admitted to Western Ivey School of Business (AEO)
QEA student alumni

Attaining AEO status to the Western Ivey School of Business is not an easy task. However, with the right approach and execution, getting into this competitive program can certainly be done.

Aside from having strong academics, the main aspect the staff evaluating your application will look for is extra-curricular involvement. Simply put, they want to see. [ be continued]

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by Colin H.
admitted to Queen’s Commerce
QEA student alumni

While applying to universities, many students will focus on their grades, but have often neglected the importance of the application essay. You should start early (one to two months before the deadline) and compose at least 4-5 drafts on each essay.

The words on your essay are very limited, oftentimes you have to deliver your points in about 300-400 words. Therefore you must go [ be continued]

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Syllabus for summer SCH4U course

OVERALL EXPECTATIONS for Grade 12 Chemistry

Scientific investigation Skills And career exploration for Grade 12 Chemistry

A1. demonstrate scientific investigation skills (related to both inquiry and research) in the four areas of skills (initiating and planning, performing and recording, analyzing and interpreting, and communicating);

- A1.1 formulate relevant scientific questions about to collect observations and data observed relationships, ideas, problems, or issues, make informed predictions, and/or formulate educated hypotheses to focus inquiries or research

A2. identify and describe careers related to the fields of science under study, and describe the contributions of scientists, including Canadians, to those fields.

-A2.1 identify and describe a variety of careers related to the fields of science under study (e.g., food and drug analyst, chemical safety officer, nurse practitioner, consumer protection specialist, metallurgy technologist, environmental and waste management technician, geochemist) and the education and training necessary for these careers

Organic chemistry for Grade 12 Chemistry

B1. assess the social and environmental impact of organic compounds used in everyday life, and propose a course of action to reduce the use of compounds that are harmful to human health and the environment;

-B1.1 assess the impact on human health, society, and the environment of organic compounds used in everyday life (e.g., polymers, nutritional supplements, food additives, pharmaceuticals, pesticides) [AI, C]

B2. investigate organic compounds and organic chemical reactions,andusevariousmethodstorepresent the compounds;

-B2.1 use appropriate terminology related to organic chemistry, including, but not limited to: organic compound, functional group, saturated hydrocarbon, unsaturated hydrocarbon, structural isomer, stereoisomer, and polymer [C]

B3. demonstrate an understanding of the structure, properties, and chemical behavior of compounds within each class of organic compounds.

-B3.1 compare the different classes of organic compounds, including hydrocarbons, alcohols, aldehydes, ketones, carboxylic acids, esters, ethers, amines, and amides, by describing the similarities and differences in names and structural formulae of the compounds within each class

Structure and properties of matter for Grade 12 Chemistry

C1. C1. assess the benefits to society and evaluate the environmental impact of products and technologies that apply principles related to the structure and properties of matter;

-C1.1 assess the benefits to society of technologies that are based on the principles of atomic and molecular structures (e.g., magnetic resonance imaging [MRI], infrared spectroscopy, X-ray crystallography, nuclear energy, medical appli- cations of spectroscopy and mass spectrometry) [AI, C]

C2. investigate the molecular shapes and physical properties of various types of matter;

C2.1 use appropriate terminology related to structure and properties of matter, including, but not limited to: orbital, emission spectrum, energy level, photon, and dipole [C]

C3. demonstrate an understanding of atomic structure and chemical bonding, and how they relate to the physical properties of ionic, molecular, covalent network, and metallic substances.

C3.2 explain how experimental observations and inferences made by Ernest Rutherford and Niels Bohr contributed to the development of the planetary model of the hydrogen atom

energy changes and rates of reaction for Grade 12 Chemistry

D1. analyse technologies and chemical processes that are based on energy changes, and evaluate them in terms of their efficiency and their effects on the environment;

D1.1 analyse some conventional and alternative energy technologies (e.g., fossil fuel–burning power plants, hydro-powered generators, solar panels, wind turbines, fuel cells), and evaluate them in terms of their efficiency and impact on the environment [AI, C]

D2. investigate and analyse energy changes and rates of reaction in physical and chemical processes, and solve related problems;

D2.1 use appropriate terminology related to energy changes and rates of reaction, including, but not limited to: enthalpy, activation energy, endothermic, exothermic, potential energy, and specific heat capacity [C]

D3. demonstrate an understanding of energy changes and rates of reaction.

-D3.1 compare the energy changes resulting from physical change (e.g., boiling water), chemical reactions (e.g., bleaching a stain), and nuclear reactions (e.g., fission, fusion), in terms of whether energy is released or absorbed

Sources: Ministry of Education Ontario:

Course organization for Grade 12 Chemistry

Unit 1 Organic Chemistry 13 hours
Unit 2 Structure and Properties of Matter 22 hours
Unit 3 Energy Changes and Rates of Reaction 20 hours
Unit 4 Chemical Systems and Equilibrium 24 hours
Unit 5 Electrochemistry 24 hours
Final Assessment Tasks 7 hours

Total Hours 110 hours


Assessment is the process of gathering information from a variety of sources (including assignments, demonstrations, projects, performances and tests) that accurately reflects how well students are achieving the curriculum expectations.

Evaluation is the process of judging the quality of a student’s work on the basis of established achievement criteria, and assigning a value to represent that quality.

The term score will be divided into 4 categories:

  • Knowledge (30 – 35%)
  • Applications (20 – 25%)
  • Thinking / Inquiry (15-20%)
  • Communications (10-15%)

Teaching/learning strategies for SPH3U physics 12

  • Whole-class, small group, and individual instruction;
  • Electronic technology – use of dynamic software, calculators, the Internet, spreadsheets and multimedia in activities, demonstrations and investigations;
  • Encourage maximum student participation in classroom activities;
  • Share the rubrics for culminating activities at the beginning of the unit, so expectations are clear
  • Encourage inquiry – questioning, investigating, communicating in a variety of ways;
  • Provide opportunities to acquire knowledge and apply that knowledge in a variety of contexts;
  • Identify & address different learning styles throughout the course;
  • Use self- and peer assessments;
  • Encourage brainstorming, exchange of ideas, debating;
  • Encourage students to take responsibility for learning;
  • Encourage students to apply individual/group learning skills;
  • Respect cultural differences of international students.


Teachers who are planning a program must take into account considerations in a number of important areas, including those discussed below.

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