Math Olympiad Prep (for Rising 3rd to 5th Graders) Summer Weekend Course Starting July 11


5 Weekends (Time: 6:00 – 8:00 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: $500 (including all materials)

Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register.

13902 Bromfield Road, Germantown, MD 20874
18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

Contact Information:
Ivy League Education Center
Tel:  301-922-9508     or        240-780-8828

Purpose: To prepare for the Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS) and Math Kangaroo

This Math Olympiad Prep course is designed to teach the major strategies of problem solving, to foster mathematical creativity, and to stimulate enthusiasm and love for the types of problems that students encounter in competitive mathematics. Each class students explore a different math topic or problem-solving strategy in depth and practice non-routine contest problems. This course provides interactive experiences for students. Students and instructors work on problem solving, clarification of concepts, and group sessions.

The main feature of this course is the use of the concrete → pictorial → abstract approach. This method enables us to introduce simple algebra and geometry as early as in third grade and encourages active thinking processes, communication of mathematical ideas, and problem solving. The emphasis is placed on development and complete understanding of mathematical concepts and their interesting applications, as well as on proficiency in multi-step problem solving, non-routine approach, mathematical reasoning, higher order thinking, and creative thinking.

Grade Levels: Rising Grades 3-5

Class Outline:

In Math Olympiad Prep Class, we will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve competitive math problems as well as test-taking tactics.

Class Date Topic
1 7/11, Sat Mental Math — Best techniques to count faster in your head. Students will learn arithmetical calculations using only the human brain, with no help from calculators, computers, or pen and paper.
2 7/12, Sun Drawing a Picture or Diagram: Both theoretical and applied problems will be used to show how a sketch helps to make sense of and model a problem.
3 7/18, Sat Using Deduction: Students will apply principles of logic to solve classic riddles, such as those involving colored hats and identity of the truth-teller, in addition to non-routine math problems.
4 7/19, Sun Simplification: Students will learn techniques for decreasing the number and complexity of calculations for simplifying problems involving whole number operations, complex fractions, factorials, and exponents.
5 7/25, Sat Finding a Pattern: Students will investigate patterns involving time, additive number sequences, and repeated multiplication.
6 7/26, Sun Making a List: This topic expands on strategies for making lists for counting and arrangements, along with divisibility and remainders, laying a solid foundation for later work with more formal concepts in modular arithmetic, number theory and combinatorics.
7 8/1, Sat Making an Organized Table: Students use tables to compare unknown quantities in an organized way to test possible solutions, which serves as a basis for more algebraic methods in subsequent coursework.
8 8/2, Sun Using Number Operations: Students will broaden their understanding of number operations and factors as they apply methods to solve for unknown digits and complete magic squares.
9 8/8, Sat Working Backwards: This topic exposes students to various situations for which beginning at a given result and working backwards is the best strategy.
10 8/9, Sun Estimation and Elimination: Strong estimation skills are often required in making sense of problems and checking reasonableness of solutions. In this topic, students apply their number sense to make estimates as they narrow the number of possible solutions to problems involving exponents, divisibility, and remainders.

Our class will mainly focus on preparing for the following prestigious national elementary school mathematics competitions

  • Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS): This is a large and popular mathematics competition for students in grades 4 through 8. The goal of MOEMS is to expose students to elementary methods of mathematical problem solving.
  • Math Kangaroo in USA: This is the world’s largest mathematics competition with students in grades 2-12 competing from many nations around the world.
  • Math League: This is a well-known mathematics competition for elementary, middle, and high school students in the United States.
  • Continental Mathematics League (CML): This is an important mathematics contest for students in grades 2 through 12.

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