Online Middle School Competitive Math (for 4th to 8th Graders) Spring Sessions Starting Feb. 18

The period of time between 4th-8th grade is critical to the development of studentsmath skills!

Purpose: To prepare for math competitions, such as

Read more at: 2016-17 Math Contests Information (for Middle School Students)mathequalsawesomelogo

You are very welcome to sign up for our Online Intensive AMC 10/12 Prep Fall Weekend Course which offers a quick, efficient way for students to interact with teachers over long distance. We use Google Hangouts to video chat and easily connect with students to teach them our tricks and shortcuts to getting an amazing score on their contests, as well as offer them our guidance and support. Students can ask questions face-to-face, and can complete problems with the supervision of our teachers/coaches.

Spring Session I
8 Weekends (Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 16 Hours
2/18,   2/25,   3/4,   3/11  (Monthly Mock Test/Review
3/18,   3/25,   4/1,    4/8  (Monthly Mock Test/Review)

Spring Session II
8 Weekends
(Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 16 Hours
4/15,   4/22,   4/29,   5/6 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
5/13,   5/20,   6/3,   6/10 (Final Mock Exam/Review)

  • We will help students gain a deeper understanding of the fundamental math concepts, build a solid foundation in math, and develop the critical thinking and problem-solving skills different from those in the school classes, motivation, and perseverance for reaching their full potential.
  • 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 discrete math and comprehensive problem-solving, which are very common in competitive math, but is not included in school curriculum. See: Why Discrete Math is very Important
  • We will utilize a highly effective teaching model as described in the article: Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model.

Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan

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.

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

Tuition for Session I:
Tuition: $400, including 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!
Material Fee$80, (including 240 pages handouts, and problem sets and their detailed solutions)
Total Fee for Session I: $480. We offer discounts of $10 for returning students.

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Tuition for Session II:
Tuition: $400, including 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!
Material Fee$80, (including 240 pages handouts, and problem sets and their detailed solutions)
Total Fee for Session II: $480. We offer discounts of $10 for returning students.

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There are 2 tuition payment options.

  • In the first option, students may choose to pay on session-by-session basis. That is, choosing to pay for Session I, only, and then, if they decide to continue, pay for Session II.
  • In the second option, students may pay for the whole 2 sessions at a discounted price of $945. Returning students only need to pay $920.

Total Fee for both Sessions I & II: $945

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Payment Policy

  • Full payment must be received on or before the day of first class.

Refund Policy

  • Withdrawal before the first class: Full Refund
  • Withdrawal after the first class: $75 deduction
  • No refund after the second class

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.

Benefits:

  • 14 tutorial handouts (480 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 new problems similar to AMC 8/MathCounts level from the licensed AMC Database
  • 4 FREE mock tests, each of which has 25 questions taken from the licensed AMC Database. Mock tests are calibrated to be at the same difficulty level as the real AMC 8. These simulated tests will help students assess their level of preparation for the Math Competitions. After attempting the test, students get answers, explanations, and a detailed score report and wise performance summary.
  • FREE registration for the AMC 8 Contest on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. See: The AMC 8 Contest at the Montgomery College on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Grade Levels: Grades 4-8

Read more at:

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 are the most important to competitive math.

Spring Session I

Class Date Topic
1 2/18, Sat Sets and Venn Diagrams
2 2/25, Sat Basic Counting Techniques: Casework, Complementary Counting, Constructive Counting, Counting with Restrictions
3 3/4, Sat Factorials and permutations
4 3/11, Sat Combinations
5 3/18, Sat Binomial formula
6 3/25, Sat Pascal’s Triangle, Pascal Patterns, Hockey Sticks
7 4/1, Sat Combinatorial Games
8 4/8, Sat Logic Puzzles

Spring Session II  (Continuation of Session I)

9 4/15, Sat Counting paths on a grid
10 4/22, Sat Counting triangles on a grid
11 4/29, Sat Counting geometric figures
12 5/6, Sat Counting divisors, odd divisors, even divisors, perfect square divisors, and perfect cubic divisors
13 5/13, Sat Counting Techniques in Probability Problems
14 5/20, Sat Basic Probability Techniques, Complementary Probabilities
15 6/3, Sat Coin & Dice Probability
16 6/10, Sat Probability with marbles, balls, or games

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.

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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 (1985-2016) 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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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