5 Weekends (Time: 9:00 – 12:00 pm):
(1) 7/11, 7/12
(2) 7/18, 7/19
(3) 7/25, 7/26 (Midterm Mock Exam/Review)
(4) 8/1, 8/2
(5) 8/8, 8/9 (Final Mock Exam/Review)
Tuition: $900 (including all materials). We offer discounts of $40 for returning students.
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Ivy League Education Center
Tel: 301-922-9508 or 240-780-8828
Purpose: To prepare for the AMC 8 — Tuesday, November 17, 2015 and the 2016 Mathcounts
Our curriculum focuses on advancing the mathematical skills of rising 4th-8th graders to prepare them for the AMC 8/MathCounts Contest. A variety of AMC 8/MathCounts Contest questions are used to teach students strategies to solve problems and help students prepare for the competitions. These problems stimulate their interest and enthusiasm for critical thinking and problem solving, broaden their mathematical intuition, and develop their brainpower. The topics taught in this class are not covered in regular school math classes, allowing our students to stay one step ahead.
- 10 tutorial handouts (250 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 new problems similar to AMC 8 level from the licensed AMC Database
- 2 FREE mock tests (midterm and final), each of which has 25 questions taken from the licensed AMC Database
- Registration for free for the AMC 8 Contest on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.
Grade Levels: Rising Grades 5-8
In AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep Class, we will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve competitive math problems as well as test-taking tactics. The emphasis of this class will be on problem-solving which is the most important to competitive math.
|1||7/11, Sat||Fundamentals: Arithmetic||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Arithmetic, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|2||7/12, Sun||Proportional Reasoning||AMC 8 Problem Set on Proportional Reasoning, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|3||7/18, Sat||Variables, Expressions & Equations||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Variables, Expressions & Equations, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|4||7/19, Sun||Radicals and Exponents||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Radicals and Exponents, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|5||7/25, Sat||Number Sense & Patterns||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Number Sense & Patterns Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|6||7/26, Sun||Sequences and Series||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Sequences and Series, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|7||8/1, Sat||Plane Geometry||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Plane Geometry, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|8||8/2, Sun||Coordinate Geometry||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Coordinate Geometry, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|9||8/8, Sat||Transformations, Similarity, and Solid Geometry||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Transformations & Similarity, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
|10||8/9, Sun||Counting and Probability||AMC 8/Mathcounts Problem Set on Counting and Probability, Plus some new problems from the licensed AMC Database||Yes|
Mock Test: Two simulated tests (midterm and final) help students assess their level of preparation for the Math Competitions. The test consists of 25 questions similar to AMC 8/MathCounts level from the licensed AMC Database, and is intended to mimic an actual math competition exam. After attempting the test, students get answers, explanations, and a detailed score report and wise performance summary.
Homework: On average, at least one hour per day. We will carefully review and check each student’s homework, and correct any mistakes. Based on his/her work, we will provide the student with individualized proposal and support.
The only way to learn mathematics is by doing mathematics. Homework assignments are a fundamental part of a mathematics course. Homework is also seen as a welcome challenge and an opportunity for further learning. Homework given prior to a lesson can aid in understanding later during class. Homework also provides opportunities for reinforcement of the material learned in class.
We have to face the simple truth that to do well on these grueling contests, we will need to practice. Just like it is for sports and music, the key to success is repetition and practice. We strongly believe in effort and the malleability of intelligence. Intelligence can be enhanced through effort. People can develop impressive levels of expertise through hard work and practice. Effort and persistence are the keys to success. Hard work always pays off: practice makes perfect!
All problems from past AMC 8 exams (1985-2014) and MathCounts (1990–2015) form our “big data” system. We have used data mining and predictive analytics to examine the types and the frequencies of questions in all these materials, and then completely “decoded” the AMC 8 and MathCounts. We will show all the “secret code” cracked from the above big data to students, and teach them to totally grasp and “control” the AMC and MathCounts. For all questions on the recent AMC/MathCounts contests, we can find their “ancestors” and “roots” from the old AMC/MathCounts problems. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the contest is to practice by solving old AMC/MathCounts problems.
Small-sized Class Teaching Model:
We utilize the highly effective small-sized class teaching model. For the class size, we will maintain a size of less than 8 students. Smaller classes lead to pupils receiving more individual attention from teachers, and having more active interactions with them. We focus on every individual, not the whole class. Students will thrive from the smaller class sizes that allow them to reach their full potential. Particularly, students can benefit tremendously from high-frequent individualized student-teacher interactions leading to establishment of a stronger foundation for lifelong learning.
Our main purpose is to help our students gain deeper understanding of the fundamental math concepts, build a solid foundation in math, and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills that are so valuable to success in any career. We are big believers in the FUNDAMENTALS! Our students will receive the LIFELONG BENEFITS from learning math.
Regardless of his/her math level, each student will have the opportunity to learn math in a fun, friendly, cooperative, supportive learning environment. The most important thing is to have fun.
We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area to offer elementary, middle, and high-school level competition math courses. Our tutoring model is very unique. We ask that all students complete all the required problems at home, and then email their work to us before come to the class. We will carefully review and check the students’ work. Based on their work, we can detect what are the student’s specific weaknesses and use those problems in class to teach the students all the tricks, shortcuts, strategies, and tactics for taking the contest. The entire two hours are used for instructional teaching only. We firmly believe that learning is extremely important, and that a student should not waste time doing problems with our supervision if they can do those problems at home. So our 3-hour session is equivalent to a regular 6-hour session, and thus our hourly rate is equivalent to $15 per hour.
Click the following articles to read more about our competitive math prep courses:
- Premier National Mathematics Competition — AMC 8
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- American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Materials
- Great Benefits of Math Competitions
- A little competition can inspire math students to greater achievement
- Chief Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan
- Head Math Instructor: Dr. Natasha Khovanova
- Senior Math Instructor: Dr. Irina Kufareva
- Notable Achievements of Our Students
- American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10)
- AMC 8 Winners for the U.S. Ivy League Education Center
- The Big Value of Middle School Math Competitions
- Why Discrete Math Is Very Important
- Mathematics competitions are NOT mysterious, and every student can attend them! — 数学竞赛绝非神秘，每个学生都可参加！
- Girls should attend math competitions — 女生更应参加数学竞赛