*The period of time between 5th-8th grade **is critical to the development of students’ math skills!*

**Purpose: To prepare for math competitions, such as**

**AMC 8**— Tuesday, November 14, 2017. Please see: The AMC 8 Contest at the Montgomery College on Tuesday, November 14, 2017

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

**Spring Session **

**12 Weekends** (Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), **Total: 24 Hours**

3/18, 3/25, 4/1, 4/8 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)**
**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

*can maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.*

**whole course****Location: **18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

**Contact Information:**

*Ivy League Education Center*

Tel: 301-922-9508 Email: chiefmathtutor@gmail.com

**Tuition: $720, **including

**360 pages handouts, and problem sets and their detailed solutions****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****.**Clickto see a typical sample!**HERE**

We offer discounts of **$20** for returning students.

**Payment Policy **

- Full payment must be received on or before the day of first class.
*A***late fee**of**$50**will be added to the tuition for payment**after the first class**.- For our new parents, you have the option of (A) Paying the full tuition or (B) Pay $60 + $15 (drop-in fee) for a total of $75 on the first day of class. If you continue with our course, you can bring the remaining tuition fee on the second class. In this case, a
**late fee**of**$50**will be added to the tuition**after the second 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 **s**timulate 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:**

**12****tutorial handouts**(360 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 theThese 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.*licensed AMC Database. Mock tests are calibrated to be at the same difficulty level**as the real AMC 8.***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 5-8

**Read more at:**

- Why are Math Competitions Important to Girls? →
- The Big Value of Middle School Math Competitions
- Great Benefits of Math Competitions
- A Little Competition Can Inspire Math Students to Greater Achievement
- Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model
- Homework Correction is very Important — We Give an Extensive Correction of the Incorrect Answers of All Homework
- Homework assignments are a fundamental part of our courses
- 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
- The Importance of Discrete Mathematics

**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.

Class |
Date |
Topic |

1 | 3/18, Sat | The counting principle and binomial formula |

2 | 3/25, Sat | Pascal’s Triangle, Pascal Patterns, Hockey Sticks |

3 | 4/1, Sat | Combinatorial Games |

4 | 4/8, Sat | Logic Puzzles |

5 | 4/15, Sat | Counting and algebra |

6 | 4/22, Sat | Counting and geometry |

7 | 4/29, Sat | Counting and number theory |

8 | 5/6, Sat | Counting divisors, odd divisors, even divisors, perfect square divisors, and perfect cubic divisors |

9 | 5/13, Sat | Counting Techniques in Probability |

10 | 5/20, Sat | Basic Probability Techniques, Complementary Probabilities |

11 | 6/3, Sat | Coin & Dice Probability |

12 | 6/10, Sat | Probability with marbles, balls, or games |

**Homework**: On average, **at least** **2**** hour****s**** 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 (1985-2016) 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

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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.

**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!

Click ** HERE** to find out more about SAT Prep!