Winter Booster Camps
Winter 2021 Schedule of Camps
What Does a Winter Camp Course Daily Schedule Look Like?
The daily schedule of camp courses' is as follows. Consult with each schedule attached to the subject matter in the following section regarding the content of each class period. There is break time in between periods.
Math courses include lectures in four subjects every day: Algebra, Geometry. Combinatorics, and Number Theory. In each class there is a brief theory lecture led by a problem solving discussion. A typical ordering, subject to change, will look like the following.
Computer Science (USACO) camps dedicate half of the periods to lectures and the other half to hands on implementation and coding practice. During the Implementation and Practice time students may interact freely with their instructors regarding their questions or codes related to the topic.
|Lecture & Discussion||8:30am||10:00am|
|Implementation & Practice||10:30am||12:00pm|
|Lecture & Discussion||1:00pm||2:30pm|
|Implementation & Practice||3:00pm||4:30pm|
In the Physics camp, the structure of periods will vary slightly from course to course. There is more theory, therefore more lectures, in introductory level courses. As courses advance there is more problem solving discussion. A typical schedule may look like the following.
|Lecture & Discussion||8:30am||10:00am|
|Lecture & Discussion||10:30am||12:00pm|
|Guided Problem Solving||1:00pm||2:30pm|
|Problem Solving & Discussion||3:00pm||4:30pm|
Dedicated students can achieve a lot during a portion of their winter break. Winter camps provide intensive and distraction free learning before the official exams.
Academic competitions require serious study. It's hard to allocate sufficient time to properly adress the needs of such rigorous learning during the school year.
Why Are Winter Camps Great?
Since early last decade, we have been running summer camps across the country mainly in the West Coast but also in Boston and New York too!
We only employ qualified and experienced teachers. Most of them are participants and champions of the target competitions of their subjects worldwide.
Our curriculum is kept up to date by world champions to withstand the rigor of target competitions. The coursework presents all that is needed and more.
We are experts in online learning. We started out in 2015 ,and have been continually improving our technology and practices to meet the needs of our students.
Withiut practice, learning new and intensive material can be unrewarding. Our summer camp daily programs include interactive practice time led by student interest and needs.
Most of our teachers are not only subject matter expert but also experienced academic competition coaches. They will answer your guidance questions too.
We provide early access to the camp coursework so students can start studying in advance. That way, student's interaction with teacher will be optimized.
We keep our instructor/student ratio at about one to tewelve. If student number is more than 12, a second instructor is added up to a max of eighteen students
Are Online Winter Camps a Good Idea?
A learning environment where students are able to interactively engage with teacher, other students, and other course resources is certainly meaningful and valuable. If you make the best of it, an online winter camp may be as effective as its physical counterpart in our experience.
We, as teachers and as parents, know how you feel about the recent COVID-19 educational changes. As you've certainly noticed, following an online class requires additional self-discipline and serious engagement with the course material. We advise you to encourage to explore our courses while remembering that online courses lack certain dynamics of a traditional classroom inherently provides. In a traditional classroom, a teacher may reign in the attention of their students, thereby ensuring their engagement with the material. However, within an online setting, self-diligence and motivation become essential in maintaining the engagement to further your academic goals.
Is Online Winter Camp for You?
Effectiveness of online classes has a strong correlation with active communication between the student to engage with the course instructor. Students may easily ask questions via chat without waiting and interrupting the instruction. For self conscious students private chat is a great option.
Takeaway: If your student is comfortable in expressing their questions, online learning can be as useful as a traditional physical class.
We encourage students to engage with other students and collaborate during and after the class using the technology provided. However, nothing can beat physical presence together in a classroom environment.
Takeaway: If you have a safe way of arranging a small group who will take the same class, then we certainly recommend the online camp for your group. As a bonus, all of your group members will get sibling discount.
Students may start studying the course materials in advance with the self study versions of the same curriculum. By the time summer camp starts, if they master some of the material, it will help build their confidence. This also means that they may focus on their specific questions during the lectures.
Takeaway: If you can commit to the early access and study somewhat in advance, online winter camp is going to be beneficial for you.
Helpful STAR LEAGUE Policies for Winter Camps
If early access option is not requested, you may cancel the registration after the first day of class by paying a prorated daily rate. This may serve as an insurance policy, if you are not 100% sure that online camp is for your student. See full cancellation policies here. You may also consider tutoring at your own schedule.
We provide access to the summer camp course materials and the recordings until September 2022. If the student cannot complete all the work during the summer camp period, they may be completed later during the summer. Keep in mind that offline teacher support will still be available even after the summer camp.
Have Another Question?
We are available to speak with you everyday 10AM-8PM Pacific Time at (949)-502-8567.