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What is Cheenta Math Circle and how is it creating success stories in advanced mathematics?

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Since 2010, Cheenta has worked with thousands of brilliant kids from all around the world. Our students have performed brilliantly in national and international mathematical olympiads, ISI-CMI Entrances. Many of them have pursued successful careers in mathematics at leading global universities such as Harvard, Oxford, MIT, UCLA, TIFR, ISI, CMI to name a few. Learn more about Cheenta success stories here.

As years progress we learn more and more about the process of human learning. We understand what works and what does not work. Our teaching methods evolve and so does our curriculum. As of 2022, Cheenta advanced mathematics programs have four components:

  1. Weekly Concept class and 1-on-1 review sessions
  2. Problem Solving Workshops [usually 2 or more times per week]
  3. Math Circle [usually once every 2 weeks]
  4. Research Track [for advanced students]

In this article we describe the math circle process and why it is vital for student success in advanced mathematics.

A math circle at Cheenta consists of 6 students and one mentor. The mentor is usually an advanced student, an active alumnus or a faculty member. The six students in the group are carefully selected so that there is some compatibility in problem solving ability amongst the kids.

The group meets biweekly in a live one on one session. The mentor usually provides a problem set. Some of these problems are discussed in the live sessions. The mentor usually encourages the students to discuss the problems amongst themselves. These problems are carefully selected thought provoking challenges that may not require a lot of tools. They are styled after Russian Math Circles of the previous century.

After the live sessions some more problems are given as provocations for the time until the next meeting. Students or parents are usually put in a whatsapp group along with the mentor. The discussion, hint-sharing, and brain storming go on in that space in an asynchronous manner.

Statistically speaking, the most active children in math circles have been the most successful kids in olympiads as well. Mathematical Olympiads require the students to change the mind-set about problem solving. It is a slow and continuous process that must evolve within the mind of the participants. Math Circles have played a crucial role to keep the children motivated, pensive and sharp all through the process. It is highly recommended for all kids who wish to be successful in the highly challenging mathematical olympiads.

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