12 Weekends (Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm):
4. 1/30 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
8. 2/27 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
12. 3/26 (Final Mock Exam/Review)
$720 (including all materials and an extensive correction of the incorrect answers of all homework. Click HERE to see a sample)
America’s public school system has a major flaw: teachers grade homework for completion, rather than accuracy. They neglect to check their students’ daily progress through their homework, and lose the opportunity to correct their students’ mistakes. Our teaching style is unique in that we adamantly believe in the importance of checking and reviewing our students’ homework. By examining our students’ homework, we can assess their current levels of academic engagement and performance, and to identify their strengths and weaknesses. Additionally, our students can learn from their mistakes and ensure that these mistakes will not be repeated. No other tutoring center will provide such an emphasis on checking homework; this is merely one of the unique aspects of our education service.
We offer discounts of $20 for returning students.
A commitment to the whole course can maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.
Ivy League Education Center
Tel: 301-922-9508 or 240-780-8828
Purpose: To help 5th-8th graders prepare for math competitions, such as MATHCOUNTS, AMC 8, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS), Math Kangaroo, Math League, and Continental Mathematics League (CML)
Description: Our curriculum focuses on advancing the mathematical skills of 5th-8th graders to prepare them for math competitions, such as Mathcounts, AMC 8, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS), Math Kangaroo, and Math League. A variety of 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.
- 12 tutorial handouts (240 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 new problems similar to AMC 8 level from the licensed AMC Database
- 3 FREE mock tests, each of which has 25 questions taken from the licensed AMC Database
- FREE registration for the AMC 8 Contest on Tuesday, November 15, 2016.
Grade Levels: Grades 5-8
Class Outline: In Middle School Competition Math 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 in fundamental discrete math which is the most important to competitive math.
|1||1/9, Sat||Number theory I: Prime numbers, composite numbers, and testing primality|
|2||1/16, Sat||Number theory II: Prime factorization, divisor counting, and divisor sum|
|3||1/23, Sat||Number theory III: Modular arithmetic, linear congruences, and Diophantine equations|
|4||1/30, Sat||Arithmetic and propositional reasoning|
|5||2/6, Sat||Counting I: Basic Counting, Venn Diagrams, and Bowling Pin Pattern|
|6||2/13, Sat||Counting II: Paths on a Grid and Combinations|
|7||2/20, Sat||Counting III: Complementary Counting|
|8||2/27, Sat||Probability I: Discrete Probability and Compound Probability|
|9||3/5, Sat||Probability II: Geometric Probability and Expected Value|
|10||3/12, Sat||Statistics: Mean, Median, and Mode|
|11||3/19, Sat||Sequences: Consecutive Integers, Arithmetic Sequences, Geometric Sequences, Fibonacci and the Golden Ratio|
|12||3/26, Sat||Discrete Geometry: Pythagorean Triples and 3-D Pythagorean Theorem|
Mock Test: Three simulated tests will 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 2 hours per week. We will carefully review and check their 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.
From 2011 to 2015, in total, 37 students scored above 120 on the American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); 26 students scored above 100 on the American Mathematics Contest 12 (AMC 12) and qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME); 3 students qualified for the USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO), the highest level of math competition for high school students in the USA.
Small-sized Class Teaching Model: We utilize the highly effective small-sized class teaching model. 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.
Main Purpose: 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 2-hour session is equivalent to a regular 4-hour session, and thus our hourly rate is equivalent to $15 per hour.
- 2016 Winter – Competitive Math Prep
- Premier National Mathematics Competition — AMC 8
- Mathcounts — Challenging Students to Achieve in Math!
- Chief Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan
- American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Materials
- Great Benefits of Math Competitions
- The Big Value of Middle School Math Competitions
- A little competition can inspire math students to greater achievement
- Optimal Strategies to Solve Hard AMC Geometry Problems
- 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
Click HERE find out more about Math Competitions!