Summer is the golden time to prepare for the American Mathematics!
The period of time between 4th-8th grade is critical to the development of students’ math skills!
Summer Session I
6 Classes (Eastern Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm), Total: 18 Hours
7/14, 7/15, 7/21 (Mock Exam/Review), 7/22, 7/28, 7/29 (Mock Exam/Review)
Summer Session II
6 Classes (Eastern Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm), Total: 18 Hours
8/4, 8/5, 8/11 (Mock Exam/Review), 8/12, 8/18, 8/19 (Mock Exam/Review)
Tuition (including all materials) | |
Session I: | New Students: $540 |
Returning Students: $530 | |
Session II: | New Students: $540 |
Returning Students: $530 |
Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register.
You are very welcome to sign up for our online 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. Click HERE to see detailed instruction.
A commitment to the whole course can maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.
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Purpose:
To help rising 5th to 8th graders prepare for the AMC 8 (See: The AMC 8 Contest at the Montgomery College on Tuesday, November 13, 2018), MATHCOUNTS, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools (MOEMS), Math Kangaroo, Math League, and Continental Mathematics League (CML)
- 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 are 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
Contact Information:
Ivy League Education Center
Tel: 301-922-9508
Email: chiefmathtutor@gmail.com
Specific Goal of the AMC 8:
To become part of the top 5% of scorers on the 2018 AMC 8, and then receive National Honor Roll Certificates.
Specific Goal of the AMC 10:
To earn a score of 90 or more out of 150 on the 2019 AMC 10, and then receive National Achievement Honor Roll Certificates.
Specific Goal of the MathCounts:
To become one of the top winners in the individual competition at the chapter level and then advance to the state competition.
There are many math competitions in the United States. Of those, only AMC → AIME → USAMO sequence would take you to the IMO (International Math Olympiad), the highest level math competition for high school students in the world!
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:
- 12 tutorial handouts (360 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 new problems similar to AMC 8 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 13, 2018. Please see: The AMC 8 Contest at the Montgomery College on Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Grade Levels: Rising Grades 4-8
Read more at:
- 2017 AMC 8 Honor Roll and Distinguished Honor Roll Cut-off Scores
- 2017 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Seven Students Received Perfect Scores
- The Hardest Problems on the 2017 AMC 8 are Extremely Similar to Previous Problems on the AMC 8, 10, 12, Kangaroo, and MathCounts
- 2017 AMC 8 Problems and Answers
- 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 AMC 8/Mathcounts Prep 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 which is the most important to competitive math.
Spring Session I
Class | Date | Topic |
1 | 7/14, Sat | Sets and Venn Diagrams, Basic Counting Techniques: Casework, Complementary Counting, Constructive Counting, Counting with Restrictions |
2 | 7/15, Sun | Factorials and Permutations, Combinations, Combinations |
3 | 7/21, Sat | Binomial Formula, Pascal’s Triangle, Pascal Patterns, Hockey Sticks |
4 | 7/22, Sun | Counting Paths on a Grid, Counting Triangles on a Grid, Counting Geometric Figures |
5 | 7/28, Sat | Counting Divisors, Odd Divisors, Even Divisors, Perfect Square Divisors, And Perfect Cubic Divisors |
6 | 7/29, Sun | Counting Techniques in Probability Problems, Coin & Dice Probability, Probability with Marbles, Balls, or Games |
Spring Session II
Class | Date | Topic |
1 | 8/4, Sun | Divisibility, Number Bases, and Primes |
2 | 8/5, Sun | Testing Primality |
3 | 8/11, Sun | Modular Arithmetic |
4 | 8/12, Sun | Patters of the Last Two Digits |
5 | 8/18, Sun | Integer Divisions, Integer Equations, And Diophantine Equations |
6 | 8/19, Sun | The Stars And Bars Method |
Homework:
The focus will be on the final 15 problems on the AMC 8, and the first 10 problems on the AMC 10, as well as those medium-level difficulty questions on the MathCounts. We will provide students with 500 brand new problems, extracted from the licensed AMC Database, having similar difficulty and style as the hard real AMC 8 problems.
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 (1985-2017) and MathCounts (1990–2018) form our “big data” system. Based on artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning, we devised a data mining and predictive analytics tool for math problem similarity searching. Using this powerful tool, we examined the types, styles, frequencies, characteristics, and traits of questions in all these materials, and then completely “decoded” the AMC 8 and MathCounts. We always completely show all the “secret code” cracked from the above big data to our 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.
In 2018, we had 73 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. Two of our students was among the 35 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M. and Jason W. and two of our students were among the 21 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kaan D. and Edward W. Remarkably, 11 middle schoolers and 2 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!
Our students earned top scores on the 2017 AMC 8 contest!
- 7 of our students were among the top 75 National Winners (Perfect Scorers).
- 34 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers, as shown in Table 2.
- 22 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers, as shown in Table 3.
- 63 out of our 65 students(97%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America
Read more at: 2017 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Seven Students Received Perfect Scores
In 2017, we had 61 students who are qualified to take the AIME either through the AMC 10A/12A or AMC 10B/12B. One of our students was among the 28 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Austen M., and two of our students were among the 65 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10B: Ashwin A. and Brad Z. Remarkably, eight middle schoolers and one elementary schooler qualified for the AIME, which is geared toward high school students. Very impressively, Bryan Z., a 6th grader, gained a score of 132 out of 150 on the AMC 10B.
Read more at: 2017 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 61 Students Qualified for the AIME
In 2016, we had 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.
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