Summer Program Common Questions
Why should I come to AMSP?
Because it’s awesome! This is an initiative in response to numerous requests coming from the parents and the teachers of bright students who have not yet shined at the Olympiad level. These students are nevertheless very talented, wishing to improve their problem-solving skills and further their mathematics education in general. This program offers mathematically gifted students the opportunity to engage in meaningful problem-solving activities and explore in detail areas in advanced mathematics. The high-quality instruction is provided by renowned lecturers and Olympiad coaches.
How is the AwesomeMath Summer Program different from other programs?
AwesomeMath's primary focus is on problem-solving. We use it as a tool to enhance students’ interest and skills in mathematics. We believe that there are two major parts in advanced mathematics teaching and learning: higher concepts (introducing and developing new concepts) and applying them creatively to concrete problems. These two areas rely on each other, but we focus primarily on the latter. We feel that certain advanced mathematics topics are best introduced to young students by motivating the concepts through problems that encourage investigation.
We have strong problem-solving courses that fit the age and common interests of youngsters. Through this pursuit, we are confident that our students’ performance on AMC and Olympiad-style contests will improve significantly. We lead students to expand their knowledge on their own, so they develop the all-important desire to explore higher-level mathematics.
Following our own advice, we offer an example:
Find the size of the smallest square that will enclose five non-overlapping unit squares. This is approachable by an able 7th grade math student. Let’s look at the solving process in the following steps:
  1. By playing around, one can guess the best situation that leads to the desired minimum;
  2. With a bit more skills, one can find the answer;
  3. Prove your method is indeed the best;
  4. Extend this question.
We would say that step (2) will be helpful for MATHCOUNTS/AMC8, 10, 12/AIME. Working out (3) will be helpful for USAMO/IMO. On the other hand, (1) and (4) develop students’ appreciation for the problem-solving strategies that transcend mathematics and apply to any fields they might choose to pursue.
Who can enroll?
AwesomeMath Summer Program Online is limited to students who were accepted to the summer program (they have gone through the early, regular, or late applications process). The steps to apply are the same as if attending an in-person camp.
What is the age range of the participating students?
The participating students are between ages of 12 and 18. In rare cases, we may accept students who are under 12, but only if they show evidence of remarkable mathematical and personal maturity.
What is the ratio of boys to girls?
We encourage female students to apply to our program. The current ratio of girls is 30%.
Can I switch between locations/sessions once I am accepted into the Summer Program?
Yes, it is possible to switch in-person locations or online sessions. However, it will depend on when you contact us and student counts at a camp location or course sizes within an online session. Please contact admin@awesomemath.org for all location/session change requests. Usually the last day to switch locations for in-person camps is about a month before the first session starts. In most cases, we will allow students participating in our online program to request session changes up to three weeks before a session begins.
What is the Acceptance Rate for the AwesomeMath Summer Program?
With a focus on competition mathematics our program, by its very nature, is self-selecting and those who apply with the requisite background are highly qualified candidates. Students who have been involved in math competitions such as MATHCOUNTS, AMC, AIME, and USA(J)MO, know that our program offers premier training for talented mathematicians who wish to improve their scores, make new friends, and engage in enriching activities. Students who are unable to answer the questions on the admissions test, will not be accepted until they have spent time learning the fundamental concepts necessary to succeed in this prestigious program.
Do I get to choose my courses?
Yes. We provide guidelines on our website to help students choose their courses: curriculum, choose a course, sample problems for each course, etc.
What if I get into a course and it is too easy or too hard?
Students can switch their courses within two days of the start of their camp or session. There is a process that students will need to follow for the in-person camps which will be communicated to them on the arrival date at the camp. For the online program a course change request form will need to be submitted and approved before the change can take place (instructions will be clearly communicated to students before the session starts).
What are the similarities/differences between residential camps and online summer program?
Similarities:
  • Both offer the SAME rigorous curriculum
  • Veteran instructors with extensive experience in problem solving and mathematics competitions are teaching both at the in-person camps and online programs
  • Social activities are part of each of the formats to enhance students’ interaction
  • Students can ask in real time questions to instructors for clarifications and additional explanations
  • Both formats feature two tests to assess students’ progress
  • Office hours are offered twice a week
Differences:
  • Students can review the recorded lectures and problem sessions when attending the online program
  • The in-person camps are more expensive than the online version because of the room and board expenses and transportation costs
  • The residential camps provide a glimpse into a university campus life
  • The online program is a good option for families who cannot afford a residential camp or their students cannot attend due to medical reasons or concerns
  • These are two different learning environments with one of them being more suitable to certain students than others
Do I get a discount since I applied early?
Yes, students who apply early are eligible for a discounted tuition rate. To be eligible, students must complete all required steps to our application process by the early application deadline and be admitted into our program. Please refer to the tuition rates page for our pricing structure. Please note that no additional discounts can be applied for students receiving the early admission tuition rate.
Are there any other tuition discounts offered?
Discounts are available for in-person camps and online sessions during regular and late registration periods only. Please refer to the tuition rates page for our pricing structure. Our multi-course enrollment discount applies to individual students as well families who have more than one child enrolling in our program. In either case, the discount structure as shown on our tuition page is the same.
Do you offer financial aid?
At this time, we don’t offer financial aid. We have a discounted rate for students admitted during early registrations and multi-course discount for students admitted during regular and late application periods.
How and when do I pay?
An invoice will be generated and available on the Student Dashboard once the student is accepted into our program (and enrolled in the desired courses and sessions for the online programs). You will then login to the Student Dashboard to access your invoice. Payment instructions will be detailed on the invoice. Payment methods include credit card or PayPal. No check or wires.
What if I have a question not answered above?
Contact admin@awesomemath.org. Please provide Student Name and UIN when contacting us.