The data driven USACO Bronze training program that precisely prepares students with the objective to advance into the USACO Silver division.
Our complete and laser-focused Bronze curriculum comprised of Bronze 1 & Bronze 2 are specifically designed for students to reach Silver level in the most efficient and solid way possible. 2-hours long lessons are organized by topics and cover all techniques a student needs to learn and practice in the USACO Bronze division, in the best fine-tuned and progressive order. With 100+ USACO Bronze problems, all with thorough key analysis and highly readable and commented solutions, the curriculum thoroughly prepares students to ascend to the next level.
USACO Bronze 1 Course Objective
By the end of Bronze 1 (i.e. Lesson12), students should have learned all techniques needed for USACO bronze division, and move forward to Bronze 2 where we look at more difficult USACO problems and the problems in the most recent years.
USACO Bronze 1 Lesson Lineup
USACO Bronze 1 Course Details
In USACO Bronze Lesson#1 we introduce students to USACO and go through details of how the contest works and the details steps of how to solve a USACO problem. By the end of lesson#1, students will have gone through the entire process of solving a usaco problem from beginning to the end, and be able to answer all these questions about USACO:
- When is the USACO season each year?
- How many USACO contests can I take a year?
- How long is the usaco contest and when do I take them?
- What are the different levels and what will be my level?
- How many problems are in each contest?
- How do I get promoted to next level?
- How are the usaco scores calculated?
- When and how do I know if I am promoted or not?
- What is instant in-contest promotion?
- Once I am promoted to the next usaco level, do I stay in the new level forever or only for the current year?
- If I don’t well would I be “demoted” back to a lower level?
- What is the format of the usaco contest? How do I register?
- Do I go to school or a test center to take it?
- Do I need to do something to qualify to participate in USACO?
- What are the key elements in every usaco problem and how to read and understand it?
- What are the steps to solve a usaco problem from beginning to finish?
- How to take input and generate output for a usaco problem?
- Once I submit my solution for a usaco problem, can I resubmit again?
- Once I complete a usaco contest, can I do it again?
- Can I jump around different problems or have to do them in the given order?
- What are the different programming language I can use?
- Why is the last contest of the season called “Open”?
- Can I participate in the “open” contest?
- and much more.. Anything you wonder if we cover or not in this lesson? Ask in the comment below
From Lesson#2 to Lesson12:
- We go over all methodologies and algorithms that students need to master to pass the Bronze level.
- We teach students how to analyze and calculate time complexity so that their solutions won’t time out, which is an important aspect of successfully solving a USACO problem.
- When reading a problem, how to determine the complexity needed for the problem
- When planning or implementing a solution, how to calculate the complexity of your solution
- Just the correctness of a solution is not enough. Only if the complexity of your solution meets the complexity requirement of the problem, will the solution completely pass all test cases.
Ascende Learning’s proprietary automation system
We also teach student Ascende Learning’s proprietary automation system so that:
- students can troubleshoot/debug on each usaco problem in the most efficiently manner and overall achieve optimal productivity and same endless amount of time
- students can work on older USACO problems when a submit option is no longer available on usaco.org
Any other questions? Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire!
Self Paced, Weekly Live (Zoom)