14 Weekends (Time: 3:30 – 5:30 pm):
- 10/3 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
- 10/31 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
- 11/21 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
- 11/28 Thanksgiving No Class
- 12/19 (Final Mock Exam/Review)
- 12/26 Winter Break—No Class
Tuition: $700 (including all materials)
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Ivy League Education Center
Tel: 301-922-9508 or 240-780-8828
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: Grades 3-5
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.
|1||9/12, 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||9/19, Sat||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||9/26, 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||10/3, Sat||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||10/10, Sat||Finding a Pattern: Students will investigate patterns involving time, additive number sequences, and repeated multiplication.|
|6||10/17, Sat||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||10/24, 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||10/31, Sat||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||11/7, 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||11/14, Sat||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.|
|11||11/21, Sat||Number Sense: Students will learn number meaning, number relationships, number magnitude, operations involving numbers and referents for numbers and quantities. These skills are considered important because they contribute to general intuitions about numbers and lay the foundation for more advanced skills.|
|12||12/5, Sat||Elementary Number Theory: Prime numbers, factorization, greatest common factor, and least common multiple will be introduced and explored in ways that build stronger number theoretic foundation.|
|13||12/12, Sat||Basic Algebraic Processes: Students will learn writing and using simple formulas, rules for writing algebra, and solving simple equations.|
|14||12/19, Sat||Basic Processes of Geometry: Students will learn constructions. A construction is a method of creating a geometric object (such as a triangle) using a set of tools. In the case of this book, the tools we will be using are a compass and a ruler. The constructions are useful for letting the child experience geometric ideas and get visual results.|
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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- 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