Middle School Competitive Math (for 4th to 8th Graders) Spring Session Starting April 15

The period of time between 5th-8th grade is critical to the development of studentsmath skills!

Purpose: To prepare for math competitions, such as

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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 is 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.

Location: 18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

Contact Information:
Ivy League Education Center
Tel:  301-922-9508                Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com
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: $480. We offer discounts of $10 for returning students.

Payment Policy

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

  • 8 tutorial handouts (240 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 250 new problems similar to AMC 8/MathCounts level from the licensed AMC Database
  • 2 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

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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 4/15, Sat Counting and geometry: Counting paths on a grid, Counting triangles on a grid
2 4/22, Sat Counting geometric figures
3 4/29, Sat  Counting and number theory: Counting divisors, odd divisors, even divisors, perfect square divisors, and perfect cubic divisors
4 5/6, Sat Counting and algebra
5 5/13, Sat Counting Techniques in Probability Problems
6 5/20, Sat Basic Probability Techniques, Complementary Probabilities
7 6/3, Sat Coin & Dice Probability
8 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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