Middle School Competitive Math (for 4th to 8th Graders) Weekend Course Spring Session Starting April 9

To help 4th-8th graders prepare for math competitions, such as AMC 8 (Tuesday, November 15, 2016),  MATHCOUNTS, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS), Math KangarooMath League, and Continental Mathematics League (CML)

We will utilize the highly effective teaching model as described in the article: Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model.

Spring Session
 Weekends (Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 22 Hours
4/9,        4/16,      4/23,        4/30 (Monthly Mock Test/Review
5/7,        5/14,       5/21,         5/28 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
6/4,       6/11,        6/18 (Final Mock Exam/Review)

$660, including all materials and an extensive correction of the incorrect answers of all homework as described in the article: Homework Correction is very Important — We Give an Extensive Correction of the Incorrect Answers of All Homework. Click HERE to see a typical sample!

We offer discounts of $20 for those returning students who must have attended all winter session classes described at: Middle School Competition Math Weekend Course Winter Session Starting Jan 9.

Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register.

A commitment to the whole course can maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.

18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

Contact Information:
Ivy League Education Center
Tel:  301-922-9508     or        240-780-8828
Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com

Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan


Description: Our curriculum focuses on advancing the mathematical skills of 4th-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.


  • 11 tutorial handouts (220 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 new problems similar to AMC 8/MathCounts 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 4-8

Read more at:

Class Outline: In Middle School Competitive 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, because it makes up a significantly larger portion of the questions on middle school math contests.

Class Date Topic
1 4/9, Sat Fractions, decimals, repeating/terminating, and conversions
2 4/16, Sat Exponents and Binary Numbers
3 4/23, Sat Radicals and Exponents
4 4/30, Sat Number Sense & Patterns
5 5/7, Sat Pascal’s Triangle, Pascal Patterns, Hockey Sticks
6 5/14, Sat Arithmetic Sequences and series
7 5/21, Sat Consecutive Integers
8 5/28, Sat Polygonal Numbers
9 6/4, Sat Geometric Sequences and Series
10 6/11, Sat Fibonacci Sequences and the Golden Ratio
11 6/18, Sat Variables, Expressions & Equations

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, as described in the article: Homework assignments are a fundamental part of our courses. We will carefully review and check students’ homework, and correct any mistakes. Based on the student work, we will provide him/her with individualized help and support.

Click HERE to see a typical homework sample we developed.


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 (1985-2015) and MathCounts (1990–2016) 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.


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.


Our Students

In 2016, we have 36 students who are qualified to take AIME either through AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 23 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Joel (Junyao) T. Particularly, seven middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Pravalika P., a 6th grader, got a 115.5 out of 150 on the AMC10B, which is very impressive. Read more at: 2016 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 36 Students Qualified for AIME

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. Read more at: Notable Achievements of Our Students


Our Uniqueness

We have a long history of close collaboration with the MAA‘s American Mathematics Competitions (AMC), which are dedicated to strengthening the mathematical capabilities of our nation’s youth, and are the first of a series of competitions in high school mathematics that determine the United States team for the International Mathematical Olympiad (IMO).

We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area to offer elementary, middle, and high-school level competition math courses. Our students have received top scores and awards at prestigious national and math competitions.

We have extracted 5,000 brand new problems at the level of the AMC 8 from the licensed AMC Database. In addition, we have also collected all AMC8/10/12 and AIME Official Solutions as shown in the article “American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) Materials.” All these materials have formed a golden resource for our students, who are the ultimate beneficiaries.

Click HERE find out more about Math Competitions!

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