MAST

Mathematical Advancement by Self Training

Introduction

The Mathematical Advancement by Self Training program (MAST) is targeted towards AIME qualifiers who want to do better on the AIME.

Application

If I do not respond to your application within 24 hours, please email me at proofprogram@gmail.com and let me know because something has gone very wrong.

New version of Diagnostic has been pushed out. Mostly formatting changes, but please look at #9 again because it has been modified.

I called this a Diagnostic instead of a Qualifying Test or an Application because it's not supposed to be scary. This is just a way for me to gauge a few things.

  • If taking this class would benefit you.

  • Your strong/weak subjects and knowledge/knowledge gaps.

  • As much as I hate to say this, the quickest way to roughly gauge your general skill level is to know your contest scores.

  • Score distributions will give me a good idea of what units to recommend.

This is also a way for you to learn a couple of things.

  • If taking this class would benefit you. (This is so important I'm saying it twice.)

  • If you like the style.

  • What you need to work on, either in MAST or some other class.

  • I don't bite.

Once students have been accepted to MAST, they leave the diagnostic out for all future re-applications. Students may send problems to be considered for a diagnostic, if they wish.

Also, I recommend against spending too much time on the diagnostic (1-2 weeks of serious thinking should be sufficient). At this point I will accept you if you are qualified for the program because I have enough time to accept everyone right now, and your time is probably better spent working through the units (at a minimum).

Guidelines

  • LaTeX your solutions. Google is a good place to learn it, and Overleaf is a good place to compile it.

  • You do not need to write a lot about yourself when I ask you to write about yourself. A couple of sentences is sufficient.

  • Fill out as much as you remember, but if you don't remember a contest score or the score distribution (particularly for AMCs), it's not a big deal.