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Math Enrichment (ME) Series

  • Weekly Installment : $60/student
  • Full Payment : $500/student

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STEM Concept Series

  • Two Installments : $240/student (for first four weeks) and $300/student (for the next five weeks)
  • Full payment : $520/student

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Master (MAP) Courses

  • Monthly Installment (payable seven times) : $360/student
  • Semester Installment (payable two times) : $1220/student
  • Full Payment : $2400/student

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Blended Learning – our various offerings

At The Young Socratics, we uniquely combine traditional class-room teaching and live webcast classes with online self-paced content and one-on-one tutoring sessions. A brief description of our offerings is provided below:

  • Instructor Led Classes (ILC) provide interactive classroom experience wherein small teacher to student ratio (at most 15:1) is maintained. In addition to in-class instructions, students have access to self-paced online content. Typically such classes are 12-14 weeks long covering 3 hours of instruction every week. Visit our Course Catalog to enroll choosing the “In Class” option.
  • Live Webcast Classes (LWC) provide facility to view the live class online for those who cannot attend the class in-person. Dedicated office hours outside the class are provided to clear doubts. In addition, students have access to self-paced online content. Typically such classes are 12-14 weeks long covering 3 hours of instruction every week. Visit our Course Catalog to enroll choosing the “On Web” option.
  • One-on-One Classes (OOC) provide one-on-one tutoring, often targeted to specific exams the student may be appearing for in the near future. In addition, students have access to self-paced online content. Please fill out the form to Request for OOC. We will get back to you shortly on the availability as the seats are limited.

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One on One Classes (OOC)

Our OOCs are specifically designed to individualize the learning based on the needs, interests and the inclinations of the students. They are often targeted to specific exams the student may be appearing for in the near future.

In addition, to one-on-one tutoring, the student also has access to related self-paced online content on our website. The charges are $50 per hour. 1:1 Tutoring is available as both : “in-class” and “on-web” options.

Please fill out the following form to request for OOC. We will get back to you shortly on the availability as the seats are limited.

The World of Motion : A Short Summary Course for Winter Break 2015

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“The World of Motion”
                        … an overview primer on Calculus and Newtonian Physics

What were the significant developments that led to the consolidation of the branch of mathematics called “Calculus”? Did physics, or as it was known as, “Natural Philosophy”, plan any role in its inception? How these two important branches of modern education continue to interplay even today? What are their applications in different areas of science and technology? Join us for a short course in your winter break this year, to unravel the connections between Calculus and Newtonian Physics. We will not only use the lens of history and philosophy to motivate the concepts and arouse the curiosity but will have special emphasis on efficient problem-solving, covering a wide gamut in their nature (read our FAQs page) as well as complexity (including problems from Olympiads, National Level Competitions, Examinations from all over the world including IIT JEE Mains etc.). The course includes an overview on selected topics from :

  • AP Calculus
  • AP Physics 1, 2, C

Pre-requisites include : Algebra 1 and 2

The flyer for the course can be found here.

Timings and Venue:

Our 6-day winter  course will be held from 25th December to 30th December. Classes will be held in the evening from 5 pm to 630 pm at 3205 Cabrillo Avenue, Second Floor, Santa Clara.

Instructors and Course Designers:

Himanshu Asnani is 2014 Marconi Society Young Scholar, earning his MS, PhD in EE at Stanford. He earned his B.S. in EE from IIT Bombay after securing AIR – 4 in IIT JEE Mains Exam and is also  2005 International Chemistry Olympiad Bronze Medalist.  He currently works in Ericsson as a Network Architect and is a faculty at The Young Socratics.

Contact Information:

If you have any questions  please email

Registration and Cost Information:

To register, you can please fill out this form.

Cost is $30 for the first class and $25 per class for more than two classes.

Please note $30 is non-refundable to secure your seat in the course.

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Academic Endorsements and Parent Reviews on The Young Socratics:

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Summer Class 2015: The Story of Numbers


Join us this summer for a 5000 year-old global journey into the origins and evolution of humanity’s concept of number. The journey will take us from paleolithic tally marks near the shores of a lake in Congo, to the quipus of the Incas, from clay tokens used by Neolithic farmers in Mesopotamia, to the occult religion of the Pythagoreans having numbers at its core. We will take a peek into the secret teachings of the Egyptian scribes in the mathematical Rhind Papyrus, the calendars of the Mayans, the bamboo rods of the Chinese, cuneiform clay tablets of the Babylonians, and the use of zero as an independent number in India. Major figures whose contributions we will consider include Euclid, Eratosthenes, Archimedes, Al-Khwarizmi, Leonardo of Pisa (Fibonacci), Simon Stevin, Descartes, Gauss, Euler, Fermat and Cantor. The contributions of every major civilization will be considered, and starting from the very rudimentary roots of number sense, we will proceed all the way to the modern notion of number. We will cover the various types of numbers — natural numbers, negative numbers, rational numbers, irrational numbers, real numbers, complex numbers, algebraic numbers, transcendental numbers and transfinite numbers, along with their history. We will also cover special numbers — zero, prime numbers, Fibonacci numbers, infinity, pi, e, i and the various orders of infinity.

Click here for a more detailed course description, including prerequisites.

A University of California approved course!

This class fulfills the year-long elective requirements on the UC a-g list and counts for credit and college GPA, in addition to having a transcript.

Timings and Venue:

Our 6-week summer camp will be held from June 15 to July 24, 2015.

Classes will be held on Mon & Wed from 9 am to 12.30 pm.

The classes will be held at 21050 McClellan Road, Cupertino, CA 95014. We are partnering with Legend College Preparatory school to offer this class. Transcripts will be issued by Legend College Preparatory school.

Maximum class size will be 15 students, so only 15 spots are available!

Instructors and Course Designers:

Omkar Deshpande

Principal Engineer at WalmartLabs.
M.S & Ph.D, Computer Science, Stanford University
B.Tech, Computer Science and Engineering, IIT Delhi

Vivek Kaul

Data Scientist at Facebook
M.S & Ph.D, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Tech
B.Tech, Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay


The complete course will cost 1555$.

Contact Information and Registration Information:

If you have any questions, please email To register, please click here.

Academic Endorsements and Parent Reviews:

“I am very pleased and encouraged to learn about your innovative and exciting ideas about curricular reforms that will replace the barren and stultifying teaching-to-test emphasis of recent years with programs that will stimulate children’s natural sense of curiosity and desire to understand, and encourage their creative engagement and commitment to inquiry.” (Noam Chomsky, Professor Emeritus, Linguistics and Philosophy, MIT)

“I am thrilled to learn about your efforts to make education for children free of discipline boundaries, humanities-friendly, more creative, and encourage critical thinking.” (Yash Pal, Professor and Scientist, former Chairman of University Grants Commission, Padma Bhushan Awardee (Govt. of India))

“My son has returned happy, bubbling with information and challenged, after every day of his class, and ever eager to go to it the next day. I haven’t seen him so unequivocally positive about any of his classes… I often wished that I had had the opportunity to learn mathematics in this manner!” (Parent of a student from our summer class in 2014)

“I would rate The Young Socratics very highly, and would strongly recommend these classes to every student. Mathematics is a beautiful subject, and these classes help showcase the true beauty of Mathematics to the students. And this should help to remove any fear or dislike for Mathematics, and replace it with a deep appreciation of the subject. This learning should help the students throughout their studies both in school and college.” (Parent of a student from our summer class in 2014)

“One of the most important thing about this camp was content provided by Omkar and his team. It is truly exceptional and I have never seen such a high quality content anywhere in my life. I wish, I was taught like this during my childhood days. “ (Parent of a student from our summer class in 2014)

Timed Tests and Math Anxiety

Midway through our summer class in Cupertino, when we asked our students whether they wanted to be tested through a weekly contest (like the numerous contest-focused math programs in the area), everyone resoundingly voted “No!”. When asked why, the main reason they offered was that they wanted the class to continue to be “fun” and not be “spoiled”. In an article published earlier this year, Jo Boaler, professor of Mathematics Education at Stanford University, points to the negative impact of administering timed tests to children to assess their mathematics fluency. A summary of the article –

1. Timed tests, used for assessing math fluency, cause math anxiety in many.

2. They produce the impression that math is all about good performance (equated with fast performance) in tests, and not about learning and enjoyment.

3. Many slow but deep thinkers turn away from math, discouraged, even though deep thinking is important in the discipline of mathematics, while speed is irrelevant.

4. Math anxiety, being a form of stress, blocks working memory, which hinders the recall of important facts in timed tests, leading to underachievement, and possibly more math anxiety.

5. Math anxiety affects not only low achievers, but also high achievers.

6. “Number talks” (an example of which is given in the article) are a good alternative to timed tests, helping students develop math fluency without the negative pressure of speed, and helping them develop “number sense”.

Read the full article at

Polymers in your life


Polymers are a large part of our daily lives and without them around, this world would be very, very different, if not impossible to live in. However, most people do not even know what a polymer is, or just how widespread they are around us.  Many a times, the term polymer is taken to refer to plastics, but it actually encompasses a larger class of natural and synthetic materials with a wide range of properties. A variety of polymers exist in nature. Among these are silk, cotton, cellulose, shellac, amber, as well as the incredibly complex polymers like RNA (ribonucleic acid) and DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid), which hold our genetic codes. The list of synthetic polymers includes polyethylene, synthetic rubber, Bakelite, neoprene, nylon, PVC, polystyrene, teflon, polypropylene, polyacrylonitrile, silicone, and many more.



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Live online classes begin at Purnapramati, Bangalore

This week, we started teaching online classes (as volunteers) at a school in Bangalore called Purnapramati, which aims to provide a holistic education to its children, that is rooted in Indian culture. They were very eager to have us teach their kids, given the different way in which we are approaching mathematics and science education. Here are a couple of videos from the first session. For the actual content on Cryptarithms, check out our online course on Cryptarithms!

History of Science – What and Why?

One of our goals at The Young Socratics is to integrate the teaching of science with its history. When I mentioned this to a 5th grader, he said he was indeed quite interested to know the names of the people who made different discoveries. That was his conception of what the history of science would teach him. While knowing names (and dates) might be a part of history, there is a lot more to the history of science than the memorization of names and dates.

What then is the history of science, and why should one bother about it? Watch the following videos to learn more!

In the first video, I explain what the history of science is:

In the next three videos, I discuss some reasons why learning the history of science is important: