2021 Winter Contest Prep Program

When

Dec. 20, 21, 22, 23, Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30 (2021)

Who

Programs are intended mainly for students from the 5th to 12th grades

Program Setup and Workload

The IDEA MATH 2021 Winter Contest Prep Program intend to offer a full range of courses (CW0 to CW10) via remote learning -- Zoom based LIVE classes. Each course will have one 2-hour meeting (from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, US Eastern Time) on every class day. Therefore, for each course, we have 8*2 = 16 total class hours. In the Winter Contest Prep Program, we intend to cover our materials via our classroom activities with no additional homework assignment.

Winter Contest Prep Program is a great supplementary program for our Year Round Programs (School Enrichment series, Extracurricular series, Contest Edge series, and XC series). In particular, it is parallel to Contest Edges series. Winter Contest Prep Program will have its own independent teaching materials.

In each course (starting from CW1), materials for Winter Contest Prep Program are different year to year. The 2021 Winter Program will focus upon Contest Review 2021: selected high quality problems from US (such as AMC8/10/12, AIME, USAJMO/USAMO, MathCounts chapter, ARML, HMNT, HMMT) and around the world from 2011, 2001, 1991; and about 16 new (original) practices sets (covering from all different levels) written by our academic team.

The tuition for each of these courses is $495 for a total 16 in-class hours (unit rate is about $30 per hour) with (additional) grading/reviewing (on submitted written work).

What

Designed for students focusing on the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) series (AMC8/10/12/AIME and USAJMO/USAMO) and MathCounts (school/chapter/state/national rounds), these classes feature mock tests and problem solving strategies tailored to the appropriate exam . In addition to learning important mathematical concepts and problem-solving skills, the students will also develop critical test-taking skills, such as learning how to work under time pressure and avoid costly mistakes.

The classes will be organized by the specific contest level from AMC to AIME to USAMO and each class will hold several practice tests that closely track the difficulty of the respective contests. Moreover, the practice tests are targeted to the parts of the test most likely to improve students' scores based on their level. By taking these exams and discussing them with their peers afterwards, the students will not only improve their test-taking performance, but also further their mathematical knowledge and problem solving skills.

Despite the program's intensity, we wish to emphasize that the contest preparation is not a viable substitute for the other (year-round, online or summer) IDEA MATH programs: the contest preparation program is meant to complement the other programs, not replace them. Due to the limited time we have, the program will not be as comprehensive or holistic as the other programs, and will instead be more focused on contest-taking. Thus, we strongly advise students of the contest preparation program to also enroll in either the year-round programs or the summer program.

Why

IDEA MATH provides in-depth enrichment in important mathematical areas, particularly in the fields from which contests problems are drawn: algebra, combinatorics, geometry, and number theory. We believe students learn best by discovering, rather than simply memorizing, essential theorems and techniques. Our process puts students at the center of the classes, as students work together to develop their ideas. Our instructors lead this process by teaching vital ideas, giving meaningful examples, and guiding students through the problem-solving process.

How

We apply seminar-style teaching in our classes. Class sizes are small to ensure that students receive plenty of individual attention. Students are expected to work as a group and present their solutions and ideas to the class.

ZOOM Class Policies

To protect students' privacy, we have the following online class policy:

  1. Always use student's full name along with IDEA MATH ID to join ZOOM classes. Only enrolled students is allowed to join our LIVE classes.
  2. Turn on video and audio during the class.
  3. No recording or taking photos is allowed.

For more detailed online class policy please visit here.

Unique strengths of IDEA MATH that distinguish it from other (summer/winter/online/weekend) math programs?

The unique strengths of IDEA MATH can be summarized as follows:

  1. Comprehensive and well-tested teaching materials, modeled after the training materials once used by our academic director Dr. Zuming Feng in his work with the Phillips Exeter Academy Red Lion (PEARL) math club/team and Math Olympiad Summer Program (MOSP). (Find more references on curriculum info. )
  2. Strong team of instructors, consisting of front-line teachers, coaches, and top former students. (Find more staff info. )
  3. Emphasis on student leadership and the development of an attitude conducive to learning.
  4. Focus on schools and the local math communities.

For more details, please visit our FAQ page.

Contact IDEA MATH

As always, we welcome parents' specific academic questions about our curriculum and teaching styles, as well as students' class-work and preparation. Please contact info@ideamath.org---make sure to include the following info in your email subject: student's full name, 4-digit IDEA MATH ID, and intended program.

Courses Offered

IDEA MATH Contest Preparation program is designed to sharpen students' skills for upcoming nationwide middle school and high school mathematic competitions. We offer a series courses for students of varying mathematical backgrounds. As the winter program spans but a week, the courses will have a focus on the application of mathematical concepts and problem-solving to competitions. To that end, the different levels of courses will be aligned with the AMC/AIME/USAMO competition series; through participation in and discussion of mock exams of these difficulty levels, students will develop contest-taking habits along with mathematical knowledge and problem-solving.

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. The course list shown below consists of projected courses we will offer in this program. Two of the major strengths of our program---a strong academic team and a full range of materials---allow us to create new courses/groups to meet the needs of the students body. Therefore, the course list (and course schedule) is subject to change based on actual enrollment and staff availability.

Please visit detailed curriculum grid for a more complete reference of IDEA MATH course curriculums.

Course  
CW0* Goal: An introduction to extra curricular math activities such as AMC8;
General scoring reference: For applicant new to our programs -- a decent score from T0 placement test;
Recommended pairing course: CW0 is a good supplementary course for PC0 and PCA (Extra Curricular series) or Pre-Algebra 1 and Pre-Algebra 2 (Enrichment series).
CW1* Goal: A pleasant start on AMC8 and MathCounts school/chapter round;
General scoring reference: AMC8 score 10 or above;
Recommended pairing course: CW1 is a good supplementary course for PC1 (Extra Curricular series) or Algebra 1 (Enrichment series) or CE1 (Contest Edge series).
CW2* Goal: A solid job on AMC8 and MathCounts school/chapter round;
General scoring reference: AMC8 score 16 or above;
Recommended pairing course: CW2 is a good supplementary course for PC2 (Extra Curricular series) or CE2 (Contest Edge series).
CW3* Goal: A pleasant start on AMC10 and a solid job on MathCounts chapter/state round;
General scoring reference: AMC8 score 20 or above and/or AMC10 score around 90;
Recommended pairing course: CW3 is a good supplementary course for PCX (Extra Curricular series) or Geometry (Enrichment series) or CE3 (Contest Edge series).
CW4* Goal: A solid job on AMC10, a pleasant start on AIME, an excellent job on MathCounts chapter/state round.
General scoring reference: AMC10 around 100;
Recommended pairing course: CW4 is a good supplementary course for UC1 (Extra Curricular series) or Algebra 2 (Enrichment series) or CE4 (Contest Edge series).
CW5* Goal: A solid job on AMC10/12, a solid job on AIME, an excellent job on MathCounts state round.
General scoring reference: AMC10 score around 110 and AIME score around 6;
Recommended pairing course: CW5 is a good supplementary course for UC2 (Extra Curricular series) or CE5 (Contest Edge series).
CW6* Goal: An excellent job on AMC10/12 and AIME;
General scoring reference: USAJMO/USAMO index (AMC10/12 score + 10* AIME score) are consistently above 190;
Recommended pairing course: CW6 is a good supplementary course for UC3 (Extra Curricular series) or CE4 (Contest Edge series).
CW7* Goal: An excellent job on AMC10/12 and AIME and a pleasant start on USAMO;
General scoring reference: USAJMO/USAMO index (AMC10/12 score + 10* AIME score) are consistently above 210;
Recommended pairing course: CW7 is a good supplementary course for XC series students who have completed UC3 and/or MO1 (Extra Curricular series) or CE7A (Contest Edge series).
CW8/9/10*/** Goal: A solid to excellent job on USAJMO/USAMO;
General scoring reference: good score on USAJMO (50% ranking) and higher;
Recommended pairing course: CW8 is a good supplementary course for XC series students who have completed MOX or MO2 (Extra Curricular series) or CE7B (Contest Edge series). CW9/10 are good supplementary course for students with strong Math Olympiad backgrounds.
** During the initial registration and enrollment process, CW8/CW9/CW10 students will be put into one common pool. After the enrollment process is completed in early December, our academic team will determine the sectioning and choose proper materials based upon the academic background of the students who are enrolled and placed in this pool.

* Each course will only be offered when a minimum number of students have enrolled. Some courses might run multiple sections. To maintain the high standard of our student's learning experience, class sizes will remain small---about 6 to 16 students for CW0 courses, about 8 to 20 students for other courses.

** During the initial registration and enrollment process, CW8/CW9/CW10 students will be put into one common pool. After the enrollment process is completed in early December, our academic team will determine the sectioning and choose proper materials based upon the academic background of the students who are enrolled and placed in this pool.

Course Schedule
Class Dates: December 20, 21, 22, 23; 27, 28, 29, 30, 2021
Course Class Time* (US ET)
CW0 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)
CW1 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)
CW2 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)
CW3 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)
CW4 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)
CW5 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)
CW6 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)
CW7 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)
CW8/CW9/CW10** 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm (US ET)

* All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone.

** During the initial registration and enrollment process, CW8/CW9/CW10 students will be put into one common pool. After the enrollment process is completed in early December, our academic team will determine the sectioning and choose proper materials based upon the academic background of the students who are enrolled and placed in this pool.

Registration & Tuition

Note that registration is only the first step of towards enrollment. Enrollment (for each session) is completed only after the tuition is paid in full. The tuition payment is independent to student's course placement because the tuition is for the program, not for a specific course. The IDEA MATH staff will work with students on course placement by reviewing their academic backgrounds, assigning placement test levels, reviewing placement test work, and more. IDEA MATH staff make the final decision on students' course placements. (Please see our Course Placement Policy section for details.) All tuition refund for withdrawal will be processed based on the refund policy.

Pay Tuition

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Tuition Payment Schedule
(Class dates: December 20, 21, 22, 23; 27, 28, 29, 30, 2021)
(Class time: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM, US Eastern Time.)
Registered By Tuition Paid By* Tuition Amount**
November 25, 2021 December 1, 2021 $495 (about $30/hour)

* The tuition payments may be stopped earlier than the published date if the program has reached to its upper capacity.

** After the tuition payment deadline date, a late fee ($150) will be applied to the tuition and admission can only be given if space is available.

Tuition Refund Policy
Withdrawal Request Made by Refund Amount
Before Dec. 10, 2021 Paid Tuition - $100
Before Dec. 21, 2021 Paid Tuition - $250
On and After Dec. 22, 2021 No refund

Please note that only tuition is refundable per the above policy. Other fees such as the application fee, the registration fee, and the placement test fee are non-refundable and non-transferable.

To request a refund and withdraw your student, please send a complete request in writing to info@ideamath.org. You must include the payee name and mailing address matching the information in the student's account in order for your request to be deemed complete and submitted. Please include "Refund Request" and the student's name in the subject line. The amount of the refund will be based on the time that a complete request is submitted; incomplete requests will not be deemed to meet deadlines for withdrawal.

If the student is ill and chooses to withdraw from the program, we can offer prorated credit (proportional based upon the first refund policy: paid tuition deducted by $100, then prorated per day) towards a future program. A note from a licensed physician is required. The doctor's note should clearly assert that the student's current medical status does not allow the student to complete the remainder of the program. The date when the doctor's note is submitted to IDEA MATH (via info@ideamath.org) is considered the initial date for the prorated refund (credit) calculation. The same policies apply if the IDEA MATH staff determine that the student must withdraw due to illness in order to protect the health and welfare of themselves or other students.

For all purposes related to this refund policy, a day shall be deemed to begin at 12:01am local time in the US Eastern Standard Time Zone (EST).

Academic Director

Dr. Zuming Feng

Instructors

Mr. Ivan Borsenco, Mr. Zhuoqun Alex Song, and many more. (To be updated soon.)