It’s time to prepare for next year’s AMC!
Purpose: To prepare for the ARML and the AMC 10/12A — Friday, February 7, 2020 and AMC 10/12B — Thursday, February 13, 2020.
- 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, especially those hard problems on the AMC 10/12 and easy problems on the AIME, as well as test-taking tactics.
- The emphasis of this class will be on advanced geometry, discrete math, and comprehensive problem-solving, which are very common in competitive math, but are not included in school curriculum.
- We will utilize a highly effective teaching model as described in the article: Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model.
Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register.
Instructors:
Spring Session I
8 Weekends (Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 16 Hours
2/17, 2/24, 3/3, 3/10 (Monthly Mock Test/Review
3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
Spring Session II
8 Weekends (Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 16 Hours
4/14, 4/21, 4/28, 5/5 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
5/12, 5/19, 6/2, 6/9 (Final Mock Exam/Review)
Tuition for Session I:
Tuition : | $500 |
Material : | $140 (including 320 pages handouts, and problem sets with detailed solutions) |
Total: | $640 (We offer discounts of $10 for returning students.) |
Tuition for Session II:
Tuition : | $500 |
Material : | $140 (including 320 pages handouts, and problem sets with detailed solutions) |
Total: | $640 (We offer discounts of $10 for returning students.) |
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 $1,260. Returning students only need to pay $1,230.
Tuition for Session I: | New Students: $640 |
Returning Students: $630 | |
Tuition for Session II: | New Students: $640 |
Returning Students: $630 | |
Tuition for Sessions I & II: | New Students: $1260 |
Returning Students: $1230 |
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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Location:
18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841
Contact Information:
Ivy League Education Center
Tel: 301-922-9508 or 240-780-8828
Email: chiefmathtutor@gmail.com
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.
Although the last round of this year’s AMC 10/12 is coming at a close on February 13, 2019, we must prepare in advance for the 2020 AMC 10/12 contests. As the great scientist Louis Pasteur said, “Chance favors only the prepared mind.” Those who strive to prepare early, and work hard are the ones who achieve the best results. The AMC is a complex math competition that requires dedication and focus. Therefore, the earlier our students start preparing, the better their scores will be. Read more at:
- 116 Full-length Real AMC Problems Sets are a Golden Resource to Our AMC 10/12 Prep Program
- 365-hour Project to Qualify for the AIME through the AMC 10/12 Contests
- Some Hard Problems on the 2017 AMC 10A/12A are Totally the Same as Previous Problems on the AMC 10/12
- AMC 10 versus AMC 12
- AMC 10/12 Historical Results
- Some Problems on the 2016 AMC 10/12 are Exactly the Same as Previous AMC/ARML Problems
- Optimal Strategies to Solve Hard AMC Geometry Problems
- Students Can Easily Qualify for the AIME Through the AMC 12 During 11th and 12th Grade
- The AMC 10 and AMC 12 Have 10-15 Questions in Common
- Every Student Should Take Both the AMC 10A/12A and 10 B/12B!
- The Big Value of Middle School Math Competitions
- Great Benefits of Math Competitions
- A Little Competition Can Inspire Math Students to Greater Achievement
- 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
- Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model
- Why are Math Competitions Important to Girls?
- Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model
- 2016 AIME Qualifiers Announced — 36 Students Qualified for the AIME
- Cutoff scores for AIME qualification in 2016
Specific Goal: To earn a score of 120 or more out of 150 on the American Mathematics Contest 10 (AMC 10), or a score of 100 or more out of 150 on the American Mathematics Contest 12 (AMC 12), and then qualify for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME), which is used to determine qualification for the United States of America Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO). See for more details: Optimal Strategies to Solve Hard AMC Problems
Who should take this class: This class is very appropriate for 6th-11th grade students who are hoping to qualify for the AIME.
Benefits:
- 16 tutorial handouts (>640 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 new problems similar to AMC 10/12 level from the licensed AMC Database
- 4 FREE mock tests that are intended to mimic an actual math competition exam, each of which has 25 questions similar to AMC 10/12 level taken from the licensed AMC Database. These simulated tests 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 10/12A — Thursday, February 7, 2019 and AMC 10/12B — Friday, February 15, 2019. Please see: The AMC 10/12 Contests at Montgomery College on February 6, 2018, and February 21, 2018
Weekly Homework:
At least 3 hours per week. Problem sets include all geometry problems on the past AMC 10/12 and ARML, and 500 brand new problems having similar difficulty and style as the real AMC 10/12 problems, extracted from the licensed AMC Database.
The focus will on the final 15 problems on the AMC 10/12, and the first 3 problems on the AIME, as well as those hard problems on the ARML. Note that some hard problems on the recent AMC 10 and 12 are exactly the same as previous ARML Problems.
Each week, we will carefully review and check 2 students’ homework, and correct any mistakes. The next week, we will check another 2 students’ homework, and this will continue on a rotational basis until all students have had their homework checked at least once and the cycle will start again. Based on the work of the 2 students that week, we will provide the those 2 students with individualized proposal and support.
Class Outline:
In our high school competitive math class, we will focus on efficient tricks, shortcuts, and strategies to solve AMC problems as well as test-taking tactics. The emphasis of this class will be on advanced geometry, discrete math, and comprehensive problem-solving which are very common in competitive math. We will also help students develop quick problem solving strategies and effective time management skills.
ARML/AMC 10/12 Prep Class Spring I
Class | Date | Topic |
1 | 2/17, Sun | Using the Pythagorean theorem and sophisticated algebra to solve hard geometry problems on the AMC/ARML |
2 | 2/24, Sun | Triangle geometry: common base theorem of triangles, triangle inequality, angle bisector theorem, Heron’s formula, Pick’s Theorem, and Shoelace Theorem |
3 | 3/3, Sun | Special triangles I (30^{o}-60^{o}-90^{o} triangles, equilateral triangles, 45^{o}-45^{o}-90^{o} triangles) and hexagon/octagon geometry |
4 | 3/10, Sun | Special triangles II (15^{o}-75^{o}-90^{o} triangles, 18^{o}-72^{o}-90^{o}triangles, 36^{o}-54^{o}-90^{o} triangles, and golden triangle) and pentagon/decagon/dodecagon geometry |
5 | 3/17, Sun | Quadrilateral geometry: trapezoids, parallelograms, kites, and rhombuses |
6 | 3/24, Sun | Area methods and principles, theorems of Ceva and Menelaus, Stewart’s theorem |
7 | 3/31, Sun | Mass Point Geometry and Barycentric Coordinates |
8 | 4/8, Sun | Most commonly used methods to construct auxiliary lines in triangles and polygons and applications of the ruler, protractor, and compass to solve hard AMC geometry problems (See more at: Optimal Strategies to Solve Hard AMC Geometry Problems |
ARML/AMC 10/12 Prep Class Spring II (Continuation of Session I)
Class | Date | Topic |
1 | 4/14, Sun | Circle geometry: power of a point, intersecting chords theorem |
2 | 4/21, Sun | Circles and quadrilaterals, Ptolemy’s theorem |
3 | 4/28, Sun | Circles and regular polygons, efficient strategy to construct auxiliary lines in circles |
4 | 5/5, Sun | Continuous geometric probability |
5 | 5/12, Sun | Analytic geometry and complex number geometry |
6 | 5/19, Sun | Coordinate geometry approaches to 2-D geometry problems on the AMC |
7 | 6/2, Sun | Using analytic geometry methods to solve 3-D problems on the AMC |
8 | 6/9, Sun | Counting points, lines/rays/segments, angles, planes, and geometric shapes |
Small-sized Class Teaching Model: We utilize the highly effective small-sized class teaching model. Smaller classes lead to pupils receiving more individual attention from teachers, and having more active interactions with them. We focus on every individual, not the whole class. Students will thrive from the smaller class sizes that allow them to reach their full potential. Particularly, students can benefit tremendously from high-frequent individualized student-teacher interactions leading to establishment of a stronger foundation for lifelong learning.
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 2018, 63 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!
- 2 of our students were among the top 44 National Winners (Perfect Scorers).
- 40 students received National Distinguished Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 1% test takers, as shown in Table 2.
- 21 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers, as shown in Table 3.
- 63 out of our 66 students (95.5%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America
Read more at: 2018 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Two Students Received Perfect Scores
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!
In 2017, we have 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 Scorersworldwide 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 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 collected 116 full-length real AMC 10/12 problems sets containing 2,960 problems, as described in the article “116 Full-length Real AMC Problems Sets are a Golden Resource to Our AMC 10/12 Prep Program.” Particularly, we have extracted additional 3,000 brand new problems at the level of the AMC 10/12, 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.
All problems from past AMC 10/12 exams (2000-2018) and AHSME (1973–1999) form our “big data” system. The AHSME (American High School Mathematics Examination) was the former name of the AMC, before 2000. 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 10/12. We always show all the “secret code” cracked from the above big data to our students, and teach them to totally grasp and “control” the AMC. For all questions on the recent AMC contests, we can find their “ancestors” and “roots” from the old AMC problems. Therefore, the best way to prepare for the contest is to practice by solving old AMC problems.
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!
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