Overview

What is IDEA MATH?

IDEA MATH’s comprehensive teaching materials are modeled after those of one of the nation’s strongest math teams, the Phillips Exeter Academy math team.

IDEA MATH’s materials cover everything from introductory algebra, counting, and geometry, to complex materials at the Olympiad level and beyond. The program also puts emphasis on student leadership, critical 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.

Zuming Feng, Director

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 here.

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?

More Questions?

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