Competition Math: Mr. Ahn’s Perfect Circle
“Math is like exploring to get from one point to another. Your path may be different from others’, and that is okay! The goal of this class is to teach students to construct their own thinking patterns to advance to the next level of math.”
-Mr. Ahn, Founder of MEK Review and Experienced Math Teacher
Mr. Ahn brings structural approaches to mathematics, which helps students develop more efficient problem-solving skills. Structure gives students training for math competitions the chance to understand the mechanics behind advanced concepts, which improves confidence and efficiency.
Who should join Competition Math?
Mr. Ahn’s Perfect Circle (MAPC) is designed for elementary and middle school students who are passionate about mathematics. It is not mandatory for MAPC students to get involved with math competitions, but they must have a healthy and rigorous desire to become efficient and thoughtful mathematicians.
How is the class structured?
Each Mr. Ahn’s Perfect Circle class has 6-8 students interested in taking their problem-solving skills to the next level. If many students are interested in joining the program, more teams will open to accommodate students of varying math abilities. The two Competition Math teams are:
- Team E: up to the 5th grade
- Team M: 6th and 7th grade
Session length: 90 minutes
- Mini Competitions (30 minutes): students complete math problems in a variety of topics
- Peer Workshop/Lecture (60 minutes): students collaborate to review Mini Competition work and learn about new problem-solving methods
Mr. Ahn’s lectures are seminar-style, meaning the small class size gives students a chance to exchange ideas, find differences in one another’s approaches, reach consensus, and connect with the material as they learn.
Will students enter real math competitions?
Students will train with Mr. Ahn for a variety of official math competitions in the state of New Jersey throughout the academic year.
How can my child get started?
All students interested in joining Mr. Ahn’s Perfect Circle must take a 1-hour pre-competition math assessment for class entry. Learn more here.