2022 Winter Contest Prep Program (Online)

Who

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

Where

This is an online program.

When

Session 1: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US Eastern Time) on Dec. 20, 21, 22, 23, 2022.
Session 2: 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US Eastern Time) on Dec. 27, 28, 29, 30, 2022.

What

During the 2022-2023 academic year, IDEA MATH offers eight series/programs. To find information of all these series/programs, please visit here . This web page is intended for the Winter Contest Prep Program (online learning) . Courses in the Winter Contest (CW) Prep Program are intended to be supplementary courses to those full courses in the SE, EC, XC, and MO series. In each course, materials for the CW Series are different from year to year. Courses in the 2022 CW Series will focus upon Contest Review 2022: selected high-quality problems from US math competitions (such as AMC 8/10/12, AIME, USAJMO/USAMO, MATHCOUNTS chapter, ARML, HMNT, HMMT) and around the world from 2012, 2002, and 1992. These courses also feature about 16 new (original) practice sets (covering all different levels) written by our academic team.

Program Setup and Workload

The IDEA MATH 2022 Winter Contest Prep Program offers a full range of courses (CW0 to CW10) via remote learning: Zoom-based LIVE classes. The program consists of two (independent and nonoverlapping) sessions: Session 1 (on December 20, 21, 22, 23) and Session 2 (on December 27, 28, 29, 30). One may choose to attend Session 1 or Session 2 or both. We recommend interested students to participate both sessions. There are eight class days (four in Session 1 and four in Session 2) and each class day has a 2-hour class for a total of (4+4)*2 = 16 total class hours. We intend to cover our materials via our classroom activities. Hence, we expect less than 15 minutes of homework for each class day.

The tuition rate are $265 per session (unit rate $33) and $495 for both sessions (for a $35 discount, unit rate $31).

Both the Contest Edge Program and the Winter Contest Prep Program provide additional practice to help prepare for contests like the AMC series (AMC 8/10/12, AIME, USA(J)MO) and MATHCOUNTS (School, Chapter, State, National rounds). These two programs have independent and nonoverlapping materials. Despite the intensity of these programs, we wish to emphasize that these programs are not viable substitutes for the other IDEA MATH programs; these programs are meant to complement the other programs, not replace them. Due to the limited time we have, these programs will not be as comprehensive or holistic as the other programs, and will instead be more focused on taking contests. Thus, we strongly advise students of these two programs to also enroll in either the year-round programs and/or the summer programs.

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 ask our students to:

  1. Always use student's full name along with IDEA MATH ID to join Zoom classes. Only enrolled students are 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 details on our online class policy, please visit here.

What are the 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). (Go here for 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 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.

* 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 students' learning experience, class sizes will remain small---about 8 to 16 students for PC0/PCA 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, 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 Placement and Placement Test

IDEA MATH provides an extensive curriculum. Our courses are intended for able students who wish to expand their mathematics knowledge beyond regular classroom settings. We emphasize study skills (such as taking notes, oral and written presentations, listening, observing, organization, etc).

In general, each applicant not recently enrolled (that is, who has not completed an IDEA MATH course in the spring or summer of 2022) in our programs shall take a placement test in one of our open online/onsite placement test sessions. (For more details on our placement test/course placement process, please visit here.)

It is important for each applicant to input accurate, complete, detailed, and up-to-date academic background information(i.e., age, grade level, math courses taken, official contest scores, etc.) in the applicant's IDEA MATH student account. We review this information to make initial course placement/placement test level decisions. We will find the most appropriate course placement based on placement test work and general academic information in the student account. Please note that our academic team will make the final decision on your course placement based upon your academic background and your work in the placement test. (Further course placement adjustments can be made, by our academic team, based upon your class work.)

Placement test levels and dates are shown below. Please click this link to register for the placement test. The placement test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.

Test Levels and their corresponding courses
Test Level Targeted Course
S0/T0 Extra Curricular Series: PC0/Pre-Algebra 1 and PCA/Pre-Algebra 2
Winter Online Contest Prep program: CW0
S1 School Enrichment Series: Algebra 1
S2 School Enrichment Series: Geometry
S3 School Enrichment Series: Algebra 2
T1 Extra Curricular Series: PC1 and PC2
Contest Edge Series: CE1/CE2
Winter Online Contest Prep Program: CW1/CW2
T2 Extra Curricular Series: PCX and UC1
Contest Edge Series: CE3/CE4
Winter Online Contest Prep Program: CW3/CW4
T3 Extra Curricular Series: UC2 and UC3
Contest Edge Series: CE5/CE6
Winter Online Contest Prep Program: CW5/CW6
T4 XC Series: XC7, XC9, and XC10
MO Series MO1
Winter Online Contest Prep Program: CW7/CW8
T5 MO Series MO2 and MO3
Winter Online Contest Prep Program: CW9/CW10
Test Schedule for Session 1 (Fall Session)
Placement Test Date/Time* Placement Test Location Registered by Test Fee**
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, August 7, 2022
(US Eastern Time)
Online August 2, 2022 $50
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, August 21, 2022
(US Eastern Time)
Online August 16, 2022 $75
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, August 26, 2022
(US Eastern Time)
Online August 21, 2022 $100
Special date
(US Eastern Time)
Online Special date $150
Placement Test Schedule For Session 2 (Spring Session)
Placement Test Date/Time* Placement Test Location Registered by Test Fee**
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, November 13, 2022
(US Eastern Time)
Online November 10, 2022 $75
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm, December 4, 2022
(US Eastern Time)
Online December 1, 2022 $100
Special date
(US Eastern Time)
Online Special date $150

*Each placement test is 90 minutes long. Students should arrive at the testing location (onsite or online) 10 minutes prior to the test. All test times are in the US Eastern Time Zone.

** The placement test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable; that is, it cannot be transferred from one applicant/student to another applicant/student, and it also cannot be transferred from a registered/chosen test session/date to another placement test session/date for the same applicant/student. Special test sessions (test fee of $150 or more) can be arranged depending on staffing availabilities. Please contact info@ideamath.org for inquires on special test sessions.

Course Schedule
Session 1 (December 20, 21, 22, 23); Session 2 (December 27, 28, 29, 30)

The program consists of two (independent and nonoverlapping) sessions: Session 1 (on December 20, 21, 22, 23) and Session 2 (on December 27, 28, 29, 30). One may choose to attend Session 1 or Session 2 or both. We recommend interested students to participate both sessions.

Course Class Time* (US ET)
CW0 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)
CW1 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)
CW2 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)
CW3 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)
CW4 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)
CW5 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)
CW6 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)
CW7 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)
CW8/CW9/CW10# 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm (US ET)

* All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone. Each course will meet 8 times.

# During the initial registration and enrollment process, CW8/CW9/CW10 students will be put into one common pool. After the enrollment process is completed, 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

Please log in to your account to pay the tuition online.

Tuition Payment Schedule
Session 1 (December 20, 21, 22, 23); Session 2 (December 27, 28, 29, 30)
Program Registered By Tuition Paid By* Tuition Amount**
Session 1 only November 25, 2022 December 1, 2022 $265 ($33/hour)
Session 2 only November 25, 2022 December 1, 2022 $265 ($33/hour)
Session 1 and 2 November 25, 2022 December 1, 2022 $495 ($31/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 December 5, 2022 Paid Tuition - $100
On and After December 5
before December 15, 2022
Paid Tuition - $250
On and After December 15, 2022 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.

Credit cannot be transferred from the Winter Contest Prep Program to another program.

For programs of a similar type (e.g., between summer programs), we will follow the withdrawal/refund policies posted on our website. For example, after tuition is submitted and before date X, we will apply the transfer in the following way (assuming space is available for the intended program): switching programs/series is considered a withdrawal from one program/series and an enrollment to another program/series, and any difference in tuition rates will apply.

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.

Academic team

Academic Director

Dr. Zuming Feng

Academic Team

Mr. Ivan Borsenco

Mr. Kevin Cong

Mr. Michael Curry

Ms. Junhua Duan

Ms. Claudia Feng

Mr. Zachary Feng

Dr. Zachary Franco

Mr. Xiaopeng Gong

Mr. Chris Jeuell

Mr. Ertan Kaya

Dr. Ray Li

Dr. Yanfei Li

Ms. Luana Liao

Dr. Yueqiang Liu

Mr. George Reuter

Mr. Alex Song

Dr. Celine Sun

Mr. Yi Tian

Mr. Tao Tu

Mr. Marc Vincent

Mr. Luyan Wang

Mr. Steven Xu

Mr. Zhun Xu

Mr. Jie Zhao

Mr. Howard Zhong

and more, to be updated soon.