2021 Autumn Contest Prep Program (for AMC 10/12)


8:00 pm - 9:30 pm US ET on Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2021


Programs are intended for students in the 6th to 11th grades

Program Setup and Workload

The IDEA MATH 2021 Contest Prep Program intend to offer a pre contest preparation course for AMC 10 and AMC 12 via remote learning -- Zoom based LIVE classes. Each course will have four 90 minutes meetings per week starting on Oct. 15. Therefore, for each course, we have 4 * 1.5 = 6 total class hours.


IDEA MATH provides in-depth enrichment in important mathematical areas, particularly in the fields from which contest 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.


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 detailed 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.


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.

Courses* Date** Time**
AMC 10 Beginner Friday (Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2021) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (US ET)
AMC 10 Intermediate/ AMC 12 Beginner Friday (Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2021) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (US ET)
AMC 10 Advanced / AMC 12 Intermediate Friday (Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2021) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (US ET)
Advanced AMC 12 Friday (Oct. 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5, 2021) 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm (US ET)

* 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 be limited to 25 students

** All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone. Each course will meet 4 times.

Registration and Tuition Payment Schedule

Note that registration is only the first step of towards enrollment. Enrollment 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

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Tuition Schedule
Registered By Tuition Paid By* Tuition Amount**
Oct. 10, 2021 Oct. 10, 2021 $180

* 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 ($50) will be applied to the tuition and admission can only be given if space is available.

* All class times are in the US Eastern Time Zone.

Tuition Refund Policy For Each Session

Withdrawal Request Made Refund Amount
After payment is made No refund

Credit cannot be transferred between different type of programs---say, from summer, year-round, winter, etc.

For programs of a similar type (e.g., between summer programs), we will follow the withdrawal/refund policies. 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 series is considered a withdrawal from one series and an enrollment to another, and any difference in tuition rates applies.

Academic team

Academic Director

Dr. Zuming Feng


Mr. Ivan Borsenco

Dr. Zachary Franco

Mr. Xiaopeng Gong

Mr. Chris Jeuell

Dr. Yanfei Li

Mr. Alex Song

Dr. Celine Sun

Mr. Tao Tu

Mr. Steven Xu