At IDEA MATH, we strive to help enthusiastic and hard-working students develop their critical and analytical thinking through our rigorous academic curriculum.
Our materials cover everything from basic topics such as introductory algebra, counting, and geometry, to complex and deeper materials at the Olympiad level and beyond.
Most importantly, our curriculum emphasizes the importance of the learning processes, which we hope develops students’ leadership, study skills and positive attitudes that are conducive to learning.
IDEA MATH brings together students who take pleasure in tackling
difficult math problems. Not only can students learn a great deal of math through
our classes, but also they will have an opportunity to form friendships with students
who, like themselves, enjoy math.
Who should attend?
Any able student in grades 4 to 12 who is interested in math and wants to advance their
math learning should attend the IDEA MATH program. We have a wide variety of course levels,
suited for students of any background. The only requirement is that students come ready to learn.
Who are the teachers?
Classes are taught by experienced instructors like Dr. Zuming Feng, Mr. Ivan Brosenco,
Dr. Jean Cao. They all have extensive mathematics competition backgrounds, either as
longtime coaches or as contest winners themselves. You can find more about IDEA MATH’s staff
Why IDEA MATH?
We understand the learning processes of young people from our experiences with mathematically talented students. Therefore to help students learn, we apply seminar-style teaching . This pedagogy makes learning a give-and-take process where students are the center of the class.
We encourage students to ask questions and answer their peers' inquiries. We also encourage them to articulate their unpolished original ideas, to try to spot errors in their approaches by either experimenting with smaller cases or working backwards from results,
and to search for correct paths by analyzing their failed attempts. Once they have a correct solution, we emphasize the importance of asking questions such as, What are the key ideas in the problem? and How can I apply these ideas to other situations?
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