It's the Mathcounts season !!
(Ask your local high schools if you can participate in the AMC-10 test if you are already working on some Mathcounts state/national problems.)
E-mail or write your inquiries on the comments if you want to join my problem solving group lessons. E-mail or comments will be sent directly to my private account and won't be shown here.
At this juncture, I'm only seeking very motivated students, preferably 4th to 6th graders.
(They are the groups that make the fastest progress.)
Students who do Mathcounts well don't need to prepare for SAT/ACT sections in math and
can already score perfect or near perfect at middle schools because competition problems are fun and much more challenging than those appeared at schools or standardized tests.
I have been coaching students for many years. By now, I know to achieve stellar performance you need : Grit (from TED talk), not only that but self-awareness (so you can fairly evaluate your own progress) and a nurturing-caring environment. (Parents need to be engaged as well.) Thanks a lot !! Mrs. Lin
Now, here are the links to get you started:
Mathcounts official website : last year's competition problems and answer key
This year's handbook questions.
Near the end of the handbook, there is a page called problem index (page 82 and 83 for 2013-2014 handbook).
For state/national prep, find your weakness and work on the problems backwards, from the hardest to the easiest.
Here are some other links/sites that are just the best.
Mathcounts Mini : At the very least, finish watching and understanding most of the questions from 2010 till now and work on the follow-up sheets, since detailed solutions are provided along with some more challenging problems.
For those who are aiming for the state/national competition, you can skip the warm-up and go directly to "The Problems" used on the video as well as work on the harder problems afterward.
Art of Problem Solving
The best place to ask for help on challenging math problems. Some of the best students/coaches/teachers are there to help you better your problem solving skills.
For concepts reviewing, try the following three links.
Coach Monks's Mathcounts Playbook
You really need to understand how each concept works for the review sheets to be useful.
To my exasperation, I have kids who mix up the formulas without gaining a true understanding and appreciation of how an elegant, seemingly simple formula can answer myriads of questions.
You don't need a lot of formulas, handbook questions, or test questions to excel.
You simply need to know how the concepts work and apply that knowledge to different problems/situations.
Hope this is helpful!!