Star Learning offers Math Competition Training in Sugar Land, Texas. Our programs will help prepare students for prestigious academic competitions such as MATHCOUNTS and The American Mathematics Competition (AMC). Courses for competition preparation include:
Designed for 4th, 5th and 6th graders, Pre-MATHCOUNTS prepares students for success in middle school math and math competitions. Students master Pre-Algebra topics through competition problems. This course also introduces students to the topics and problem solving skills required for the MATHCOUNTS competition. Students learn mind-stretching strategies and problem-solving techniques. Research proves that learning best occurs when students' abilities and interests are stimulated by the appropriate level of challenge. Pre-MATHCOUNTS focuses on exploring problem-solving strategies, along with mental math training and logical reasoning. The concepts involve critical thinking and help students to get excited about math in the future grades.
MATHCOUNTS/AMC 8 - Beginner
This course helps 6th, 7th and 8th graders (some advanced 5th graders may attend upon approval) to participate in the American Mathematics Competition 8 and MATHCOUNTS. Through the effective guidance and direction by our experienced teachers, students develop strong problem solving skills that help them perform well in the MATHCOUNTS and AMC-8 contests. This class is good fit for students who are at school and chapter MATHCOUNTS level and who scored less than 18 on AMC-8.
MATHCOUNTS/AMC 8 - Intermediate/Advanced
This course is for middle school students who want to improve in the MATHCOUNTS Chapter, State and AMC 8 levels of math. The focus will be on medium and hard parts of these exams. This is a good fit for those student who are comfortable solving medium end of state level MATHCOUNTS problems and for those students who scored between 18-22 on AMC-8.
After taking this course the student will be able to attack and solve dozen problems and will also acquire skills and habits that will help them minimize their mistakes. The course has a two-year curriculum, neither year being a prerequisite for the other. In consequent years, the same topics will be covered with different set of problems.Students who cannot comfortably solve a dozenproblems in AMC 10/12 are encouraged to register for AMC 8 or respective Algebra,Geometry, Counting and Probability courses to develop proficiency in basic readiness for this course.
H.O.O.T. (Houston's Organized Olympiad Training)
Do your proofs go poof in your grader's grasp? Students scoring 5 or above on the 2014 AIME and planning on taking the 2015 USAMO/JMO will benefit from this 12-week course which focuses on proof-writing and advanced problem solving techniques. We look at what it takes to solve AIME problems #8-13 then focus on Olympiad problems, including their approach, solutions, partial credit, and ideal write-up styles. Through lessons, reading assignments, and graded proof writing, we march through the following topics: inequalities, trig/complex numbers, functional equations, geometry (inversion,vectors, and transformations), combinatorics, and number theory.
Counting and Probability-Introduction
This course covers basic and intermediate counting concepts that will help students improve their scores in math competitions such as AMC 8/10 and MATHCOUNTS. Topics will include permutations, combinations, Pascal's triangle, probability and the Binomial Theorem.
Counting and Probability - Intermediate
This course covers strategies such as the addition and multiplication principles, permutations and combinations, properties of the binomial coefficients, recursions and the inclusion-exclusion principle. This is the intermediate level combinatorics course. It covers hard end of AMC 10 and medium end of AIME. It is a good fit for students with AMC 10/12 scores approaching to AIME or AIME scores between 1 and 5.
Geometry for Competitions - Beginner
This course covers the full Pre-AP Geometry curriculum and many advanced problem solving geometric applications that will help students improve their scores in math competitions such as AMC 8/10 and MATHCOUNTS. Topics include triangle, similarity and congruence, area problems, special quadrilaterals, polygons, power of a point, 3-dimensional geometry, analytic geometry, basic trigonometry and geometric proofs.
Geometry for Competitions Intermediate/Advanced
This course deals with computational geometry in two dimension using Euclidean methods. Manipulation of angles and lengths, properties of Polygram's and circles will be covered. The class also features Ceva's Theorem, Menelaus' Theorem, and Stewart's Theorem. It covers hard end of AMC 10/12 and medium end of AIME. It is a good fit for students with AMC 10/12 scores approaching AIME or AIME scores between 1 and 5.