Middle School Competitive Math (for 4th to 8th Graders) Special Spring Session Starting April 13

The period of time between 4th-8th grade is critical to the development of students’ math muscles and skills!

To prepare for math competitions, such as:

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Spring Special Session

8 Weekends (EASTERN Time: 6:00 – 8:00 pm), Total: 16 Hours
4/13,   4/20,   4/27,   5/4 (Monthly Mock Test/Review)
5/11,   5/19,   6/1,   6/8 (Final Mock Exam/Review)

Online Registration is now open! Click HERE to register

  • 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 geometry and comprehensive problem-solving, which are very common in competitive math, but is not included in school curriculum.
  • We will utilize a highly effective teaching model as described in the article: Small-sized Class Instruction-focused Model.

Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan

commitmentto the whole coursecan maximize the benefit of learning all the math ideas, methods, strategies, tactics, skills, and techniques.

New Students: $480

Returning Students: $470

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Tuition: $380, 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$100, (including 240 pages handouts, and problem sets with detailed solutions)
Total Fee:$480We offer discounts of $10 for returning students.

Location: 18206 Endora Cir, Germantown/Boyds, MD 20841

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

Specific Goal of the AMC 8:Math-Competitions

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 2019 AMC 10:

To earn a score of90or more out of 150 on the 2018 AMC 10, and then receiveNational Achievement Honor RollCertificates.

Specific Goal of the MathCounts:

To become one of thetop winnersin the individual competitionat the chapter level and thenadvance 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:

  • 8 tutorial handouts (480 pages) developed by Dr. Henry Wan and 500 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 12, 2019. Please see: The AMC 10/12 Contests at Montgomery College on February 7, 2019, and February 13, 2019

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 geometry and fundamental discrete math which are the most important to competitive math.

Spring Special Session

1 4/13, Sat Circles and Right Triangles
2 4/20, Sat Incircle of a Triangle
3 4/27, Sat Quadrilaterals, Pentagon, Hexagon,  and Polygons
4 5/4, Sat Area and volume
5 5/11, Sat Applications of the ruler, protractor, and compass to solve hard AMC/MathCounts geometry problems (See more at: Optimal Strategies to Solve Hard AMC Geometry Problems)
6 5/18, Sat Transformations, similarity, and solid geometry
7 6/1, Sat Coordinate geometry
8 6/8, Sat Counting paths, triangles, rectangles, and squares on a grid,  counting geometric figures

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 coursesWe 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.

do-mathWe 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 (1990–2017) 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.

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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 2018, 63 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • 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.
  • 21 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 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, 63 students who earned top scores on the AMC 8 contest!

  • 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.
  • 22 students received National Honor Roll Certificates awarded to top 5% test takers.
  • 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 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

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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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