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  1. The Maa has a form on its site for finding the nearest location offering the tests. Generally, as a host myself I try to accomodate anyone who finds us through that route and that seems to be the case with the others I know. It's a pain in the neck but it might be worth trying to forge a relationship with a local school/math teacher if nothing is close by.
  2. Well since AMC 8 Statistics are finally out I can write up a small entry. I had the most kids yet 21 take the test and we had our highest school score and made it to the Merit Roll. I suppose most importantly since I see many of the kids multiple years there were decent amounts of growth across the board even accounting for the test's difficulty this year.,
  3. I'm looking for a US History Textbook or equivalent that would work well for an 8th grader. I'm probably already going to get Zinn's People's History so I want a second book that makes a good counterpoint perspective.
  4. Yes totally true. That snippet was for AMC 8 prep in the fall. I only focus on one at a time (There's a limit to how much time anyone I coach can spend on extracurricular Math) . But they translate really well so I just switch over source material after AMC 8 is done. In addition, for the OP, if you're using the Algebra book a good portion of the problems will pull from both contests and help out.
  5. Here's an example of something I did this fall. Its nothing super complicated. I used some google forms as well to have kids report back what they were doing and how it felt level-wise so I could adjust. I didn't use the MC trainer this year (its on my list for next) mostly because we had a really weird run of snow days that completely destroyed my scheduling prior to then. Here'
  6. Also a little goes a long way. Based on my experience last year, just consistently doing an hour or two a week for multiple months really adds up. For example, I had one student who wanted to improve her AMC 8 scores this year. She followed a lightweight practice schedule: 1 practice a week, reviewing what her mistakes each time and by the end saw significant gains. Likewise, I've sent a team to State Math Counts the last two year and just interacting with interesting problems every week and then doing some practice activities leading up to MathCounts was enough for me to see huge growth year to year.
  7. Given those constraints I'd say option 2 sounds best. You'll get a lot of bang for the buck out of knowing the Algebra. Then carve out a specified amount time on top of that for practicing tests. Make sure to focus the practice on reviewing answers and looking for how to improve being methodical. Is there a pattern to the "silly mistakes". What could you do next time to catch the error etc. Note: you could also use the AoPS problem solving book for this additional practice instead of or in addition just past tests. The advantage here would be the soln manual explanations.
  8. I have some question: Currently what is the biggest problem? 1. Accuracy 2. Speed 3. Missing content knowledge 4. Problem solving In general I wouldn't compromise curriculum for a contest so I would also consider how much extra time are you willing to spend after doing regular Math on this. Note starting Algebra in 6th/7th is fairly accelerated to put things in context and having done the AoPS algebra I think its worth the investment and will pay off long term better than practice tests. There is inherent value to the conceptual framework and problems that are not suitable for contests.
  9. I have a friend who's looking into summer Calculus AB options for her son. She was asking about CTY vs EPGY and I have to admit I haven't heard much either way. Does anyone have any feedback on these or any other online Calculus courses?
  10. As I remember, at the time we did a mixture of oral answers and written work. Writing was mostly used when needed as opposed to a formal answer format. Over time, we started working on some organisational basics like always work moving down the page, never erase or cross out etc. Neatness has definitely improved 3.5+ years later. This was one of the few things I saved from around 10: [I can't figure out image uploads at the moment]
  11. seaben


    Where are you stopping in the curriculum?
  12. This is a personal celebration. I just finished giving my talk about Math Circles at the Northwest Math Conference. Definitely out of my normal wheelhouse and I'm really happy with how it went. If you're curious I dumped the slide deck here:
  13. Thanks for the responses so far. I'm looking for physical resources more than online ones since I'm more familiar with the latter. From what I was told, this is a student who works at mathematical ideas on his own like analyzing Pascal's Triangle for various formulas or self deriving the quadratic equation but he hasn't had access to anything outside school and the regular math pathway there. The friend is their former math teacher who is trying to find more resources.
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