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 Applied Mathematics Challenge?
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?


Q: What is The Math Club?

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.

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Q: What is the Mathematical Olympiad?

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.

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Q: What is the Applied Mathematics Challenge?

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.

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Q: What do students do during class-time?

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.

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Q: Is there homework?

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.

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Q: What should students bring to each meeting?

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.

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Q: Can parents visit in on a 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.

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

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.

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Q: When can I enroll my child in the program?

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.

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

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

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Q: How much does it cost?

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.

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Q: What forms of payment to you accept?

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.

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Q: Who teaches the class?

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.

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Q: How many students are in each class?

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.

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Q: What do I do if I miss 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.

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Q: What do I do on vacation days during the term?

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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Q: Is my child ready for the E-Division?

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.

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Q: Is my child ready for the M-Division?

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.

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

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.

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Q: Can my student participate in more than one class session?

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.

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Q: Are there refunds for missed classes or termination?

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.

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

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.

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For more information and registration, please contact us at:

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!"
­ J. Quigley

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