*FAQ*

We hope that the following list of frequently asked questions help you decide on joining The Math Club. Please contact us directly with any questions or concerns that you may have regarding your student's involvement in The Math Club. We offer a flexible program that can be customized to meet your needs for an enrichment program for mathematics.

What is The Math Club?

What is the ** Mathematical Olympiad**?

What is the

What do students do during class-time?

Is there homework?

What should students bring to each meeting?

Can parents visit in on a class?

What can parents do while waiting for their student to finish the class?

When can I enroll my child in the program?

Where is The Math Club located? (See the "Location" section.)

How much does it cost?

What forms of payment to you accept?

Who teaches the class?

How many students are in each class?

What do I do if I miss a class?

What do I do on vacation days during the term?

How many contests are there in a season and how often are they held?

What is the difference between the E-Division and M-Division of the Math Olympiad?

Is my child ready for the E-Division?

Is my child ready for the M-Division?

How I choose between the E-Division class and the E&M Division class?

Can my student participate in more than one class session?

Are there refunds for missed classes or termination?

What is the policy for snow days or cancellations due to weather or other concerns?

**A: **The Math Club is an enrichment program that focuses on having
fun with mathematics and learning. In the Lexington and surrounding communities,
Joe Quigley has sponsored math teams over the past twenty years. He is an
industry consultant in mechanical engineering, design and mathematical analysis.
His efforts have resulted in a customized set of materials that prepares
the math student for the rigors of the Math Olympiad contests at the elementary
school and middle school levels. The Math Club operates from September through
June in weekly practice sessions with supervision, instruction and coaching
by Joe Quigley.

**A: **Mathematical Olympiad was originated in 1978-79 as an extracurricular
project for students and teachers in the elementary schools of Valley Stream,
New York. The project was designed by the director of mathematics to foster
the pursuit of individual excellence in problem solving while enhancing
creativity and resourcefulness ideas akin to those of the ancient
Olympic Games. The goals of the Math Olympiad for children were:

1. To develop their enthusiasm for problem solving;

2. To contribute to their cognitive development; and

3. To provide the initial foundation for an intellectually stimulating and pleasurable mental activity.

The contest has expanded to include many schools across America and involves taking five exams during the year. Awards for participation and/or performance are presented to all team members at the end of the year.

**A: **The Applied Mathematics Challenge is a new contest offering
for the math student that is interested in understanding math problem solving to a deeper level. Once a student has mastered math contest
problems that were originated for the quick answers or at most five or six
minute solution times, the Applied Mathematics Challenge offers the student
the next level of research oriented experience in a competitive contest.

**A: **The Math Club begins promptly at the scheduled time with the
students working on the daily lesson plan, The E-Division class covers five
problems during the first 30 minutes of the class time. The remaining 45
minutes of the class are used for covering the problem solutions, presentation
of solutions by students and special topics, solution strategies and methods
by Joe Quigley.

**A: **Completing the weekly homework is considered optional, but
completing some homework each week does help the student to achieve higher
mathematical skills. There are three levels of homework available. The student
chooses the level of difficulty of homework to work on each week. The solutions
to the homework problems are handed out the following week during class.
Many students will work on two or three levels each week depending how much
time they have available. A lower level is completed to practice and master
solution methods, a higher level to be challenged with more difficult problems.

**A: **The student should bring their Math Club binder to each class.
Pencils are optional since The Math Club provides sharpened pencils for
students to borrow during the class.

**A: **Yes, parents and other family members are welcomed to attend
class whenever they wish. When one or more parents attend, the student's
siblings (second grade and younger) are welcomed to attend free of charge. There are some games and
mathematics based tangible projects that siblings are welcomed to enjoy.

**A: **The Math Club classroom is right in Lexington center only steps
from stores, restaurants, coffee shops, ice cream shops and the public library. There is a small reception area to the Math Club and parents are welcomed
to sit and relax while waiting, The Math Club office has wireless Internet
available to all Math Club parents that bring their own laptop computer.
The wireless network is available to a limited region outside of The Math
Club classroom.

**A: **The Math Club registration period for Fall Math session (Term-I) begins in July
for re-registering students and August for the new students to the program.
The Winter Math session (Term-II) registration period is December and needs to be completed before
the start of classes. The Spring Math session (Term-III) registration is due in April. If you have missed the formal registration periods, we do have a rolling admission process based on available space.

**A: **The Math Club is located in downtown Lexington, Massachusetts.

**A: **Please see the Schedule web page for times and costs. The costs
are base on a flat fee for each of the terms of the program. The costs of the
Term-I and Term-II include registration in the Mathematical Olympiad. The
cost of Term-III includes registration in the Applied Mathematics Challenge.

**A: **The Math Club can receive payments with cash or check. A payment
plan can be organized for a small additional charge. Payment must be made before attending classes.

**A: **The founder of The Math Club, Joe
Quigley, teaches of the classes. Each class also has Teaching Assistants to help answer questions and assist the students.

**A: **Typically there are 20 to 25 students will be in a class. The
class size may vary due to students making up a missed class earlier in
the week. The design of the classes will based on 20 to a class.

**A: **There are several other class times through the week. It is
recommended that you attend on another day to benefit from the class time.
If you are out of class for an entire week, please contact The Math Club
for receiving the class materials. If you are traveling, the lesson sheets
can be emailed to you.

**A: **There are few vacation or holy days in some of the weeks, the
students on these days are expected to choose another day during these weeks
in order to not miss class time. The Math Club curriculum is expected to
be covered to improve the teams performance. We do not have classes in the Thanksgiving week, in the Holiday week in December, winter break and spring break. This schedule corresponds to the public school calendar. A detailed schdeule of all dates is available here.

**A: **There are five contests during the competition season for each
of the elementary division (E-Division) and middle-school division (M-Division)
parts of the contest. Both contests are offered to all interested students.
The contests arrive to the Math Club about once per month beginning in November
and ending in March.

**A: **The E-Division is intended for students up to grade six to
master problem solving techniques. The M-Division are intended for seventh
and eighth grade students.

**A: **The founder of The Math Club has developed methods and materials
that have helped third graders to have good success in the E-Division. The
original intent of the Math Olympiad was designed for fourth, fifth and
sixth graders. It is believed that it is important to start children in
the third grade in order to develop the skills needed to master the contest
in the higher grades. Over the past years there have also been a few
second grade students that have participated with the dedicated help
of their parents.

**A: **The M-Division is a good challenge for sixth, seventh and eighth
grade students. In past years, participation on the M-Division Team for
interested third, fourth and fifth grade students has been offered for an
additional Math Club experience. Being "recruited" for the higher
M-Division Team is only intended to be for fun for the student. In past
years, some very good results have been earned by the younger students on
the higher team.

**A: **The E-Division class is usually intended for third, fourth
and fifth graders. During the E-Division session, five competition level
problems at the E-Division level are covered in detail and discussed.

The E&M-Division class is intended mainly for the sixth, seventh and eighth students. During the E&M-Division session, five competition level problems at the E-Division level and five competition level problems at the M-Division level are covered in detail and discussed.

Under some circumstances, students in grades lower than sixth grade can attend the E&M Division sessions. Please contact Joe Quigley with questions.

**A: **Yes, participation in the E-Division class will focus on the
E-Division level contest materials. In the case that the student would like
receive additional training for the M-Division level contest, the student
can attend a second class of the E&M-Division class for an additional
discounted fee. Please contact Joe Quigley for information.

**A: **Please ask questions
and express your concerns before signing up for a class. To sample The Math
Club experience, a visit to a class session as a visitor is offered upon
request for a small fee. The refund policy for new students to the Fall Math session is that after the Friday at the end of the second week of classes, there is no refund. If the cancellation is made in writing before the Friday of the second week of classes, a fee for the two classes will be charged. There is no refund for the Winter and Spring Math sessions. There is no refund for returning students. Medical emergencies will be decided upon on a case by case basis.

**A: **For class cancellations, the web site will be updated in the afternoon before classes start. Since many afternoons are clear and good for travel after snow the night before, the classes maybe given even though the public and private schools have been closed for the day. An informational email will also be sent to all parents when classes are cancelled. It is very important for parents to check their email on a regular basis for communications from The Math Club.

781-860-9012

*info@TheMathClub.com*

**Now Accepting
Applications for the 2016-2017 Contest Year**

*"Work hard. Work smart. Check your
answers!" J. Quigley
"Labora Diligenter. Labora Perite. Comproba!"*