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Small-sized Class Instruction Focused Model

We utilize the highly effective small-sized class teaching model to ensure each student can get enough attention and one-on-one time with our instructors. Smaller classes lead to pupils receiving more individual attention from instructors, 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.

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Our tutoring model is very unique. We ask that all students complete all the required problems at home, and then email their work to us before come to the class. We will carefully review and check the students’ work. Based on their work, we can detect what are the student’s specific weaknesses and use those problems in class to teach the students all the tricks, shortcuts, strategies, and tactics for taking the contest. The entire class time is used for instructional tutoring/lecturing only. We firmly believe that learning is extremely important, and that a student should not waste time doing problems with our supervision if they can do those problems at home. So our 2-hour session is equivalent to a regular 4-hour session.

Twice the results in half the time!

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You Are Welcome to Attend Our Mock SAT Tests

mock-testTaking our mock SAT test is a stress-free (and free) way to find your strengths and weaknesses on the SAT. We will help you prepare for the SAT by administering a practice SAT test. We have 17 full-length recent real SAT booklets (including the experimental sections) arranged into mini practice tests, as described in Table 1. We have a long history of close collaboration with the College Board and the Educational Testing Service. We are only one in the Washington DC metropolitan area having a contract with the College Board to use all real questions from the past SAT tests in our SAT Prep program. Our students have gained great benefits from the program and received top scores on the SAT. Actually, we have accumulated 72 full-length real SAT booklets from College Board. For more details, see the article entitled “72 Full-length Real SATs are a Golden Resource to Our SAT Prep Program.” Based on our statistical data analysis, the correlation coefficient between this year’s SAT questions and the last two years’ SAT questions is as high as 0.96. Therefore, we will use the 17 SAT booklets (as shown in Table 1) from the past two years to evaluate our students’ abilities.

Table 1: List of full-length recent real SATs we have collected from College Board

Year Month Form Codes
2013 January AEJA, BWJA
2013 January International AEWZ, BWWZ
2013 May AEJC, BWJC
2013 May International MFDC
2013 May Sunday JUFH
2013 October AEJE, BWJE
2013 October International AEWV, BWWV
2014 January AEKA, BWKA
2014 January International AEXZ, BWXZ
2014 May AEKC, BWKC, CFKC
2014 May International AEXX, BWXX, CFXX
2014 May Sunday HUIB
2014 June NFCZ
2014 October AEKE, BWKE
2014 October International AEXV, BWXV
2015 January DEWN, EWWN
2015 January International DEJM, EWJM
Total 17 full-length recent real SATs

Our mock test is exactly the same as the real test that provided by College Board/Educational Testing Service. We will provide a detailed score report within 3 days after the test date, which is similar to the College Board’s Question-and-Answer Service. This includes a booklet copy of the mock test with a table of correct answers and scoring information. For each question, we will also provide information about the type of question, level of difficulty, what your answer was, and whether it was correct, incorrect, or omitted. This gives you the opportunity to analyze your mistakes in further detail. In addition, we can give you explanations to the questions you get wrong so that you can learn from your mistakes. Nearing your real SAT test day, we will take the average of the last three mock SAT tests you have taken. Based on our experience, this score will be almost the same as your real SAT score; the error will be within a 10 point range.

Completing full practice tests is a great way for students to get the feel of the test and track their progress. Sometimes, though, a student will come to our next tutoring session with the test partially completed, or not done under ideal circumstances. This ends up partly wasting the student’s time, since we cannot get an accurate idea of where he’s at with the test. Which begs the question: what should it look like when students do practice tests for homework?

If possible, we always encourage students to take proctored tests offered some Saturday mornings at Ivy League Education Center. It takes approximately 4 hours. We’ll tell students what to do and when, just like the day of the test. This takes the guesswork out of the equation and gives accurate results. Plus, students get their tutoring homework done in one morning. This is a win-win situation!

But if it is not possible to come in for a proctored test, students should take the test at home in an environment that resembles the testing environment as closely as possible. What should this look like?

  1. NO DISTRACTIONS! This is so important. Most high schoolers treat their phones like extra appendages. You cannot use phones during the SAT, so do not have them out while you are taking a practice test. You can use your phone as a timer, but make sure to put it across the room.
  2. Do the whole test in one sitting. Yes, this is hard, and yes, it will take about four hours. Yes, we know you have sports and theater and hours of homework to do. But test day is a marathon, not a sprint. Many of students can get great scores, if they could split up the test over three days. Do not be one of those people! The SAT is partly testing your ability to focus and think for several hours straight, so you need to practice that. No shortcuts here!
  3. Time it like the actual test. Follow the timing directions at the top of each section, and set a timer to go off when time is up. Stop writing when you hear the timer, and do not fill in more answers.
  4. Go in order. Do not do all the math sections at once, or all the reading and writing sections together. Complete sections in the order they’re presented in the test.
  5. Take the test when you’re feeling rested. Weekend mornings are a great time to take practice tests because the test itself is given on a Saturday morning. Regardless of what day you choose to complete the practice test, do not start it at 9 pm on a Thursday night after you finished all your other homework. Practice tests completed at 1 am never end well.
  6. Parents, help create a good environment. Make sure your son or daughter has a cleaned-off place to sit and can complete the test without distractions. Do not interrupt them to talk or ask questions. Encourage them to do the test in one sitting, and provide positive reinforcement when they are finished.

Completing several practice tests under testing conditions is one of the best predictors we at Ivy League Education Center have found for a student’s eventual score improvement. Implementing the advice above is sure to help you have a great test day when the SAT in May/June finally rolls around.

MockExamIconContact Information:

Henry Wan, Ph.D.

Senior Instructor in Math

Senior Math Coach Certified by Mathematical Association of America

Tel:  301-922-9508

Email:  chiefmathtutor@gmail.com
Ivy League Education Center

Locations:

1001 Rockville Pike, Rockville, MD 20852

13902 Bromfield Road, Germantown, MD 20874

18206 Endora Cir, Germantown, MD 20841

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Places of Interest in Germantown, Maryland

During class time, parents may be interested in shopping around our area, relaxing or using your laptop/notebook in Starbucks, or going to a gym to pass the time. We have listed below some major shopping areas for your consideration.

  1. Kingsview Village Shopping Center

Address: 18331 Leaman Farm Road, Germantown, MD 20874
Phone: (888) 695-0000

  1. Starbucks

13408 Kingsview Village Avenue
Germantown, MD 208742914
301-540-6827

Regular Hours

Open 6:00 AM to 9:00 PM

  1. Planet Fitness Gyms in Germantown, MD

Address: 13031 Wisteria Drive, Germantown, MD 20874
Phone:(240) 720-7444
Open and Staffed 24 Hours, 7 Days a Week!

  1. 韩国食品杂货店– Lotte Grocery

13069 Wisteria Dr.
Germantown, MD 20874
301 – 916 – 0757
Open Hours: 9:00 am — 9:30 pm

  1. 德国镇GW大中华食品连锁超市)

GW Supermarket

19721 Fredrick Rd.
Germantown, MD 20876
301-916-9199
Open Hours: 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

  1. 德国镇图书馆Germantown Library (内有大量中文书籍、报刊、杂志)

19840 Century Blvd. Germantown, MD 20874 240-777-0110

Open Hours:

Monday 9 am – 9 pm
Tuesday 9 am – 9 pm
Wednesday 9 am – 9 pm
Thursday 9 am – 9 pm
Friday 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday Noon – 5 pm
  1. 购物中心 — Milestone Shopping Center (包括Walmart等数十家店)

20900 Frederick Rd, Germantown, MD 20876

  1. 好市多仓储式量贩店Costco Wholesale

880 Russell Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20879
(301) 417-1500

  1. Montgomery County Shopping Centers + Westfield Montgomery Shopping Center + White Flint Mall + Lake Forest Mall + Washingtonian Center + Westfield Wheaton Shopping Center
  2. Maryland SoccerPlex & Discovery Sports Center

8031 Central Park Cir Boyds, MD (301) 528-1480

  1. South Germantown Recreational Park

14501 Schaeffer Rd Boyds, MD (301) 601-4400

Head Instructor: Paulina Lee

Paulina Lee earned a Bachelor of Arts (with Honors) in English Literature from the University of Cambridge, and a Master of Education (Ed.M.) degree from Teachers College of Columbia University. She, as a college entrance exam expert, has served over 20 years in education. She has been a private tutor, and has also volunteered her talents in high school college planning offices. Along with her professional experience she combines a thorough knowledge of the SAT and ACT. She maintains a private practice for the Critical Reading and Written portions of the SAT as well as the English, Reading, and Essay portions of the ACT.

As a long-term SAT instructor/tutor, she has extensively studied the SAT tests to find patterns and shortcuts to efficiently solve problems. She has also been an SAT Essay Reader and provides students with a detailed essay template designed to get them a double-digit essay score.

At the invitation of Mr. Michael Yu, the Founder, Board Chairman, and CEO of the New Oriental Education & Technology Group (the largest comprehensive educational company in China), Mrs. Lee joined the New Oriental as a Chief English Teaching Officer in 2004. She developed and ran an SAT preparation program at the New Oriental, which was the first one in China, designed to provide instruction and develop effective strategies needed for students to excel on the SAT.

Mrs. Lee moved back to USA at the beginning of 2011 to create the Ivy League Education Center with Dr. Henry Wan, which provides after-school and weekend school enrichment programs for talented elementary, middle, and high school students who enjoy academic challenges. They use  Small-sized Class Instruction Focused Model to offer private (1-on-1), semi-private (1-on-2 or 1-on-3), and small-group (4-10 students) lessons.

Mrs. Lee has continued tutoring because she loves seeing a student reach that “aha” moment when they’ve solved some problem they’d been having trouble with. She believes tutoring, like all types of learning, is a medium for growth and self-improvement, which leads to a boost in confidence. This is especially great for adolescents and teenagers. She loves private tutoring because she’s able to give each student exactly what he/she needs – skipping the material they’re strong on, and finding multiple ways to explain what it is they’re having trouble with.

Chief Instructor: Dr. Henry Wan

Dr. Henry Wan earned his Ph. D. in Mathematics from the University of Toronto in 1988, and conducted research in Discrete Math and Computational Molecular Biology for 16 years at Columbia University and National Institutes of Health. At the invitation of Mr. Michael Yu, the Founder, Board Chairman, and CEO of the New Oriental Education & Technology Group (the largest comprehensive educational company in China), Dr. Wan joined the New Oriental as a Chief Math Teaching Officer in 2004. He developed and ran an SAT preparation program at the New Oriental, which was the first one in China, designed to provide instruction and develop effective strategies needed for students to excel on the SAT.

He moved back to the USA at the beginning of 2011 to create Ivy League Education Center and Mathisfun Education Center, which provide after-school and weekend school enrichment programs for talented elementary, middle, and high school students who enjoy academic challenge. They use Small-sized Class Teaching Model to offer private (1-on-1), semi-private (1-on-2 or 1-on-3) and small-group (4-10 students) lessons. Recently, they developed before/after-sports math enrichment programs with the Maryland Table Tennis Center and Montgomery TennisPlex for those students who enjoy both the athletic and academic challenges.

As a senior math coach certified by the Mathematical Association of America, Dr. Wan has abundant experience training, motivating, preparing, and empowering students of all levels to achieve personal success of the PSAT/SAT/ACT/AP math and math contests, such as: AMC 8/10/12, AIME, Math Olympiads for Elementary and Middle Schools, Mathematical Kangaroo, MathCounts, USA Math Talent Search (USAMTS), Harvard-MIT Mathematics Tournament (HMMT), High School Mathematical Contest in Modeling (HiMCM), Princeton University Mathematics Competition (PUMaC), Math Prize for Girls, Johns Hopkins University High School Math Tournament, The University of Maryland High School Mathematics Competition, The Eastern Shore High School Mathematics Competition, The Newton Mathematics Competition, and George Washington University Math Competition.

Dr. Wan is involved in the Advanced Placement program at a national level and is now a Table leader, guiding other readers in interpreting and applying the standards for grading. He also has served the College Board as an AP Calculus grader for ten years.

He has developed two mathematics enrichment programs: one follows a well-defined path which focuses on “continuous mathematics:”

Pre-algebra => Algebra I => Geometry => Algebra II => Pre-Calculus => AP Calculus;

and the other follows a novel path which concentrates on “discrete mathematics:

Logic => Set theory => Number theory => Combinatorics  => Probability => Graph theory => Discrete geometry.

He and his team provide homework help that addresses gaps in knowledge, teaches students to learn the concepts, formulas, methods, steps, rules, techniques, and strategies, and assists them to improve their grades and performances on exams. He is very committed to helping students catch up, keep up, and get ahead in math.

His previous track record and publications can be found at:

http://scholar.google.com/scholar?hl=en&as_sdt=0,21&q=%22Honghui+Wan%22+OR+%22Wan+Hong+Hui%22

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Notable Achievements of Our Students

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I. New SAT

  1. 2016 – 2019: In total, 16 students scored a perfect score of 1600 on the SAT, including an 8th grader
  2. 2016 – 2019: In total, 105 students got a perfect score of 800 on the SAT Math Section, including four 6th graders, ten 7th graders, and fifteen 8th graders
  3. 2016 – 2019: In total, 46 students gained a perfect score of 800 on the SAT English (Reading, and Writing and Language) Section

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  1. 2011 – 2016: In total, 10 students scored a perfect score of 2400 on the SAT, including two 8th graders
  2. 2011 – 2016: In total, 101 students scored above 2350 on the SAT, including a 6th grader, and four 8th graders
  3. 2011 – 2016: In total, 461 students got a perfect score of 800 on the SAT Math Section, including five 6th graders, twenty 7th graders, and forty five 8th graders
  4. 2011 – 2016: In total, 236 students gained a perfect score of 800 on the SAT Critical Reading Section
  5. 2011 – 2016: In total, 319 students obtained a perfect score of 800 on the SAT Writing Section
  6. 2011 – 2016: In total, 284 students received a perfect score of 12 on the SAT Essay portion

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  • 2011 – 2019: In total, 817 students achieved a perfect score of 800 on SAT Subject Test in Math Level 2

III. AP Tests

  1. 2011 – 2018: In total, 451 students earned top grades of 5 on AP Calculus BC Test
  2. 2011 – 2018: In total, 412 students earned top grades of 5 on AP Statistics Test

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IV. Math Competitions

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.

  1. In 2019, we had 4 Students Qualified for the USAMO and 4 Students for the USAJMO.
  1. In 2019, we had 76 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 22 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 10A: Noah W. and one of our students was among the 10 Perfect Scorers worldwide on the AMC 12B: Kenneth WVery impressively, 32 middle schoolers and 7 elementary schoolers qualified for the AIME!
  2. In 2018, we had 64 students who obtained top scores on the AMC 8 contest!
    • 3 of our students were among the top 44 National Winners (Perfect Scorers): Eric B., Kevin Y., and Isabella Z.
    • 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.
    • 64 out of our 66 students (96.5%) received National Awards for the AMC 8 from the Mathematical Association of America

    Read more at: 2018 AMC 8 Results Just Announced — Three Students Received Perfect Scores

  3. 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 were 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!
  4. In 2017, we had 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

  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 2011 – 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
  8. 2011 – 2015: In total, 23 students achieved perfect scores of 28 on the AMC 8
  9. Vinay M., an 8th grader, scored  an outstanding 144 out of 150 points on the 2015 AMC 10B. He received a GOLD Certificate for Outstanding Achievement from the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). He was ranked in the top 1% nationally on the 2015 AMC 10, and then qualified to take the AIME, which is used to determine qualification for the USAMO.
  10. Neeyanth K., an 8th grader, scored 138 out of 150 on the 2015 AMC 10B. He received a GOLD Certificate for Outstanding Achievement from the MAA. He was ranked in the top 1% nationally on the 2015 AMC 10, and was an AIME Qualifier.
  11. Richard Z., a 7th grader, scored 130 out of 150 on the 2015 AMC 10B. He received a GOLD Certificate for Outstanding Achievement from the MAA. He was ranked in the top 1% nationally on the 2015 AMC 10, and was an AIME Qualifier.
  12. Adam A., an 8th grader, scored 135 out of 150 on the 2015 AMC 10A. He received a GOLD Certificate for Outstanding Achievement from the MAA. He was ranked in the top 1% nationally on the 2015 AMC 10, and was an AIME Qualifier.
  13. Aaditya S., an 8th grader, scored 132 out of 150 on the 2015 AMC 10A. He received a GOLD Certificate for Outstanding Achievement from the MAA. He was ranked in the top 1% nationally on the 2015 AMC 10, and was an AIME Qualifier.
  14. Alex C., a 6th grader, scored 132 out of 150 on the 2014 AMC 10. He received a GOLD Certificate for Outstanding Achievement from the MAA. He was ranked in the top 1% nationally on the 2014 AMC 10, and then qualified to take the AIME.
  15. Serina H., a 9th grader, scored an outstanding 141 out of 150 points on the 2014 AMC 10, and qualified to take the American Invitational Mathematics Examination (AIME).
  16. Eva Q., a 6th grader, ranked in the top 1% nationally on the 2014 AMC 10, and then became an AMIE Qualifier.
  17. Serina H., a 9th grader, qualified for the 2014 USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO).
  18. Serina H., a 10th grader, won the 10th Place in the 2014 Math Prize for Girls, the country’s preeminent math competition for young women in the United States.
  19. Yu Xuan (Wendy) H., a 12th grader, won the 14th Place (Honorable Mention) in the 2013 Math Prize for Girls, the country’s preeminent math competition for young women in the United States.
  20. Yu Xuan (Wendy) H., a 12th grader, qualified for the 2014 USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO)
  21. Sophia W., an 8th grader, was ranked in the top 1% nationally on the 2013 AMC 10 and qualified to take the AIME.
  22. Kundan C., a 9th grader, qualified for the 2013 USA Mathematical Olympiad (USAMO)
  23. Kundan C., a 9th grader, scored an outstanding 141 out of 150 points on the 2013 AMC 10, and qualified to take the AIME.

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  1. 2015 John Hopkins University CTY 8th Grader Talent Search – National First Place Award
  2. 2015 John Hopkins University CTY 7th Grader Talent Search – National Third Place Award
  3. 2015 John Hopkins University CTY 6th Grader Talent Search – National First Place Award
  4. 2014 John Hopkins University CTY 8th Grader Talent Search – National First Place Award
  5. 2013 John Hopkins University CTY 8th Grader Talent Search – National First Place Award
  6. 2012 John Hopkins University CTY 7th Grader Talent Search– National First Place Award
  7. 2011 John Hopkins University CTY 5th Grader Talent Search– National Third Place Award

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Payment and Refund Policy

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Payment Policy

  • Full payment must be received on or before the day of the first class.
  • late fee of $50 will be charged if you send the late payment after the first class.
  • A $35 fee will be charged for all returned checks.

Refund Policy

  • Withdrawal before the first class: 100% Full Refund!
  • Withdrawal after the first class: refund after deduction of the prorated tuition for the first class plus a $15 drop-in fee.
  • There will be no refund once the second class begins.
  • A $35 processing fee is charged for all refund requests.
  • If your child will participate in at least one whole term in the future, we will refund you our drop-in fee ($15) and processing fee ($35).

Referral Fee

  • If you introduce a new student (not your own child) to our center who participates in at least one whole term, we will give you a $50 referral fee!

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