Mathematics has always been one of the most difficult subjects students have to deal with in their school life. Difficult questions require quick and accurate calculations. A simple silly mistake and one can only pray that the examiner gives some marks for the steps. Nervousness before the exam gets on our nerves and causes us to make mistakes we never would have made.
There are many things one must have to win an International Mathematics Olympiad. Now that you’ve enrolled in school, it’s time to make the most of your study opportunities to learn how to prepare for the Math Olympiads. The first step in preparing for this competition is to familiarize yourself with the competition rules and regulations. You will be asked to write a short essay on the topics you want to study and submit it to the IOA. You will also need to prepare a series of tests to be used in competition. To prepare, you can ask your school counselor for help, or you can use some of the online resources available.
Here are some tips on how to avoid them in the future.
- Make a good plan
Textbooks always have some examples in each chapter to help students. In addition to explaining how to solve a question, they are there to give you a rough format to follow when solving questions. These examples are extremely helpful as they answer questions step by step while describing what is being done. Also, each student must follow a systematic pattern to solve questions and approach each problem in this way. It prevents any type of confusion and the possibility of robbery.
- Redo your calculations on paper
To save time, students often do math in their heads, which is the number one cause of stupid mistakes. It is recommended that you always have a pencil with you so that you can do your calculations on paper; In this way, you can check your calculations at any time and the possibility of errors is reduced. It is better to be careful in solving the question rather than realizing your mistake when you are done with the problem and wasting time repeating it all over again.
- Read question twice
Often, we come across questions that sound familiar to us and begin to confidently resolve them without looking at the question again. It is very risky! You should always read each question carefully and put them all together in your head. Even with word problems, we tend to ignore sentences that seem unnecessary to us, but what makes these questions so special is that they always contain important information that needs to be considered when trying a question. Don’t be overconfident or careless as it can cost you the entire question and is a risk you should not take.
- Be careful with graphs
Students often find the questions to be solved in diagrams straightforward. But it’s not always like this. Graphics also require a lot of concentration, as it is also very easy to make a mistake when solving it. You should always mark and label axes correctly. The points where you mark your answers should also be clearly highlighted and specified. Another tip is to use graph paper carefully, as pencil marks can easily smudge.
- More and more practice
Most of the mistakes you make are due to low self-confidence. Many times, due to stress, we doubt our methods and solve a question incorrectly instead of using the correct method first. Practicing different types of questions increases our speed and helps us understand the concept better, which in turn gives us more confidence and leaves us with no opportunity to make mistakes.
- Recheck your answers
At the end of the job, if you have time, you’d better double-check all your answers. Do the math again and see if you missed any steps or not. If necessary, add the units to your answers. Many students skip this, but it is more important than it sounds as it gives them a chance to correct their mistakes, if any, and prevent them from later regret and confusion.
- Don’t forget to take the mocks
Before the Olympic exam, you must take a practice test. This will help you identify in which areas it is weaker and in which areas it is strong. It will also give you an idea of the type of question you might face during the exam. It can help you prepare for the types of questions you will face on the actual exam.
Few things to never forget!!
- Stay up to date with the curriculum with google and understand the seriousness of the competition.
- Trust only official sites on such matters. Make the Internet the friend of your success, not the enemy.
- Always remember that time never waits for anyone. Before you start preparing, create a schedule or timeline. Honesty in studying is the key to success on this exam.
- Regardless of whether you are a beginner or a regular, it is imperative to have a thorough understanding of preparing for the Olympiads.
- Questions on Olympiad exams are more complicated than on normal school exams. Test your concepts. Practice thinking outside the box.
- Olympiad ranks will also strengthen your profile and allow you direct admission to many of the best universities in the world. Therefore, do not take them lightly.
- Know that a healthy lifestyle is necessary, which includes good sleep
- Having the right attitude is also necessary.
- Get the right book from the right place
Refer below class 9 IMO question paper 2016
We hope this helps you avoid silly and annoying mistakes, and you do your best in the exam. See you again with more advice and guidance.
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