Thursday, March 9, 2017

Alex's Tentative AIME Results - A Score Of 9






Song:  Asturias

Artist:  John Williams


Last week...
Alex had done well enough in the AMC 12b (top 5% nationally) to advance to the AIME
(American Invitational Mathematics Exam).

A couple of days ago (Tuesday)...
Alex competed in AIME
(a national math competition of only the top 5% of the AMC 12 participants).


My wife had gotten up extra early to cook a salmon and rice breakfast for Alex...
and to wake him up.




Alex had taken AIME at The Davidson Academy.



Alex emerging from AIME many hours later...
and he was very happy.

As he neared the car...
he had a huge smile on his face
(I missed catching his smile with my camera).

He knew he had done well.

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It is now Thursday...
and just a few hours ago...
Alex had checked on AOPS during their Math Jam.

Some of the top mathematicians in the US participate, moderate, or teach, on AOPS.

They had gone over all of the questions on the most recent AIME.

Alex had done as well as he had suspected.

He had gotten 9 of the 15 questions correct
(two years ago...Alex had only gotten 5 of them correct).

AIME is designed to top out the competitors...
so that most never get anywhere near answering all of the questions.

Sometimes, the average score is only 3 - 5.

Although the official results won't come out for a few more weeks...
AOPS has been a reliable source for young mathematicians
to get accurate scores of math competitions early.

This national competition is of tremendous importance...
as a score of a certain amount is looked upon favorably by many of the top universities.

It depends on where the exam norms out...
however, on many of the past exams...
a score of 7 was considered to be noteworthy enough
for MIT and Caltech to take notice of with their prospective applicants.

Alex's score for this AIME will be the one he will be including in his
university applications in October of this year.

As Alex had a score of 9...
he should be well above wherever the AIME score is considered
to be a major plus with many of the major universities.


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Alex has been doing so well.

He has shown considerable and steady improvement in everything.

Alex loves to see himself improving...
and he well knows the key to this is his study habits.

He studies everyday...
and he loves to compete to accurately gauge his progress...
and to discover any weak points...
so he may then work on them.


Alex has always put in many hours of daily quality study time...
and he is reaping the fruits of his labors...
in this, the most important time...
the year that he will be sending out his applications to the top universities in the US
(this October).


I am so happy for Alex.

His life is steadily moving towards the fulfillment of his dreams...
because of his unwavering efforts.


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On our car ride home...
I was excited...and elated.

As I already knew Alex is a young man of great dreams...
and the discipline and drive to achieve them...
I then talked of the underlying reasons for his continued success.

Alex had said that he has a dream to fulfill...
and this is what drives him forth.

Although I had readily agreed with him...
I had also told him that...
by design...
his mother and I had worked to instill a love of learning in him...
from the very beginning.

I then went on to explain that the reason I was telling him this
was so that he would then raise his children in the same manner
(Alex also reads this blog.  A major reason I write this blog is that this
will be one of his guides in life...especially as a parent...
so his children can experience the magic of life as well).


The major reason for Alex's love of learning
came from Positive Reinforcement from a loving
and dedicated stay at home mother.

We had never used a babysitter...
and Alex was always intellectually stimulated and encouraged...
throughout the day...and especially, every night, at bedtime
(his mother always made bedtime a special time of reading...
to, and with him...and of laughter and cuddling...
until he drifted off to sleep...
happy, relaxed, and perfectly content).

His love of reading was key...and a springboard...
to the establishment of his love of learning.

Once again...
his mother had always read to him from the very beginning (birth)...
and she always used her finger over the text read...
and then...had Alex follow along with his finger...
all the while...she cuddled him, shared laughter with him...
 and made the whole experience a warm and loving one.

This sets up a direct association of extremely pleasurable sensations
with that of reading...and later...with all of his studies.

Alex was always happy.



If there is one secret to the typical Asian parent...
it is this:


It is not the image of a Tiger Mom whom you should think is behind
the academic success of the typical Asian child.

It is that of a deeply caring and loving stay at home mother
who dedicates herself to her children...
one who instills a love of learning from the very beginning
so that a child develops an inner drive to achieve his dreams.

She further enhances her children's love of learning
by guiding them in their homework to ensure
they do not get frustrated.

She does this by explaining the fundamental concepts...
and then covers similar problems in very small bites...
so they may fully digest them.

And...as always...
their homework is done first thing after school...
with her being able to help them at a moment's notice...should they need any.


Once again...
it is NOT a question of race...
but one of culture.


A typical Asian mother...
feeds her children highly nutritious and delicious meals...
and she takes great pride in this.

A typical Asian mother...
ensures her children work ahead of the curve in his or her studies...
and she helps guide her children in their academics...
and the whole family takes great pride in this
(I could also help Alex from when he was young...
since I fully retired at an early age).

A typical Asian mother...
ensures there is perfect quiet in the house
so her children may study without distractions.

A typical Asian mother...
is always engaged with her children.
She teaches and guides them in all aspects of life
(and the father also helps).

A typical Asian mother...
 always researches supporting educational material...
so her children will have the best from which to learn.

A typical Asian mother...
has a great and enduring maternal instinct...
and she always puts her children's welfare before her own...
and she takes great pride in this.


Can any woman be like a typical Asian mother?

YES

When you love your children more than anything else in life...
when their happiness gives you happiness...
and their sadness give you sadness...
when your deep love for them guides your life and everything you do in it...
when you do anything and everything to further their achievements in life
so that they may achieve their dreams...
when you realize that you are the center of your family...
that your children's future depends upon you to help guide them...
and you take great pride in this...
then you just may be like the typical Asian mother.



Many studies in the field of child development
point to the child having had a stable and loving home environment
as the single most important factor outside of the child himself...
to him becoming happy and successful in life.

There simply is no greater causative factor for this than a warm and loving mother...
one whom is always there...
and whom guides her children in life.

A stay at home mother...
the linch pin of the family unit...
and the linch pin of all of society.

There are alternatives (as not all can stay at home)...
however...
no one can do this better.


And...
yes...
there are always exceptions.

However...
if you were to design a way to successfully raise children...
a warm, guiding, and loving mother centric household...
would be the best way to do it.










2 comments:

  1. Results like this document what Alex has already demonstrated many times - that he is a high achiever who keeps progressing and learning even as he was already at a high level. Congratulations!

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  2. Alex was particularly pleased with this score. He had not only done very well...it was done at the right time in his life. We were all so pleased.

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