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Abacus

FAQ

General

In what time zone are your classes scheduled?
We run on Pacific Standard Time (PST). Use the Time Zone Converter to convert the time. 
 
Where are your classes held?
We teach mostly online. We use ZOOM for weekly live classes and tutoring. We consider request for in person small class in Silicon Valley.  Our summer camp is in person. 

What if I have more questions? 
Please feel free to contact me. 

Year Long Class

When does registration open--and how do I register?
Registration opens on February 1st. To register for a class, please visit the page of each course for more details. Our classes begin in August. If you would like to join a class after it has started, please send us an email to discuss.

Where are your classes held?
For Year Long classes, we teach 100% online. We use ZOOM for weekly live classes. Students log in to access their web classrooms via Canvas for weekly instruction, homework, test, exams, and discussion. 
                                                                            
What is the difference between classes offered by Mathamelia vs. Pennsylvania Homeschoolers?
The content and format of the courses are the same. Students registered through PA Homeschoolers will receive a transcript from PA Homeschoolers, while students registered through Mathamelia will receive a transcript through Mathamelia if requested.
 
What if my student cannot attend live classes of the Year Long Class?
Students who are unable to attend live class sessions will be able to watch the recordings. This will accommodate students in different time zones.
 

Who are the students in the Year Long Class?
The Year Long Class can be used as a complete curriculum for homeschoolers or a supplement for afterschoolers. Homework, tests, exams and grades will be assigned. For afterschoolers who do not need a grade, HW, tests and exams are optional. 

What is your refund policy?
Tuition is paid upfront. We will refund the entire tuition paid for a course minus $50 if you withdraw your student before July 30th. After that, no refund will be given. For Self-Paced course, there will be 50% refund if you cancelled it within 2 weeks after the registration. After that, no refund will be available. For classes offered by Pennsylvania Homeschoolers, please refer to the refund policy on their website.    

Small Group Class

What is the difference between Year Long Class and Small Group class?
The main learning in the Year Long Classes are recorded video lectures and weekly live classes that focus on answering questions. In Small Group Classes, students will learn directly from the instructor during the live class teaching in a much smaller group.

Where are your classes held?
We teach mostly online via ZOOM. We will consider request for in person small group classes in Silicon Valley.

For elementary students, which level should I be taking? 
The topics covered are listed under the course description. If you are unsure about the level, an assessment test can be sent. ​

Should my middle schooler be placed to Dimensions Math 6 or 7/8?
If your student has completed any Grade 5 program, start with Dimensions Math 6. If your student has finished any Grade 6 program such as Singapore Primary Mathematics 6 or Beast Academy 5, with solid understanding, start with Dimensions Math 7/8. However, if your student struggled with a Grade 6 program, start with Dimensions Math 6.  Dimensions Math 7/8 covers the entire Dimensions Math 7 textbooks plus some chapters in Dimensions 8. We will not include topics found in Algebra 1.

What is the difference between the 2 tracks (AoPS vs. other curriculums)?
AoPS vs. other curriculums (The Dimensions Math for Pre Algebra and Perason’s series of high school math) approach math differently. AoPS uses the discovery approach. Students discover why the concepts work. It is a rigorous curriculum that teaches in-depth problem-solving skills. It draws questions from many math competitions. This is designed for students who have strong mathematical capability, enjoy abstract concepts and can master math with less practice. The other curriculums use a traditional approach. They teache new concepts and shows the step by step instruction through examples. Students who want to learn in a traditional way and need practice to master a concept will benefit the most. 
 
Can I  customize for a small group?
We are
 happy to customize for a small group. You can  request a specific goal or curriculum. You can even invite a small group for friends or classmates of your child. Please send your request via Contact.

What is your refund policy?
Tuitions are paid upfront. We will refund the entire tuition minus $50 if you withdraw your students by July 30. After that, no refund will be given.  

Private and Semi-Private Tutoring

What is the format and content of private or semi private tutoring? 
Both Private and Semi Private tutoring will be conducted online via ZOOM. Students at different levels will benefit for individual help. We customize the teaching to the needs of the students in a private tutoring. We can group 2 students with similar levels, ability and goals in semi-private tutoring. 
 
What is your payment policy?
Tuitions are due monthly at the beginning of the month. 
 
How can I sign up for private or semi-private tutoring?
Tutoring for the new school year begins in late July. Priorities are given to students that have tutoring in the previous school year. Students can request tutoring anytime during the school year. After signing up, we will contact you regarding schedules. If the tutoring is full, we will start a waitlist. 

Summer Camp

Is the summer camp in person or online? 
Our summer camp is in person. But we can customized an online one if there is interest. 

What is your refund policy?
Tuitions are paid upfront. We will refund the entire tuition paid for a course  minus $50 if you withdraw your students by April 30. After that, no refund will be given.  
 
Can I  customize the camp?
We are happy to customize the camp if you have a small group of friends interested. You can  request a specific goal. Please send your request via Contact.

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