Science Olympiad Foundation conducts level 1 International Mathematics Olympiad every year in November or December for the students of class 1 to class 12 and level 2 examination in January for all the students who will score 50% minimum marks for qualifications. There is absolutely no doubt that the question will be tough. Not every parent thinks that making their kid appear in the International Mathematics Olympiad examination will help their kid’s academic growth. Few of them consider this exam as a waste of time.
The Olympiad is not something your school teacher will teach you in school nor does appearing and scoring good marks will directly affect your annual record. It’s beyond your school’s syllabus. Here the students fight for glory. Olympiad benefits a student in more than one way. It makes a child confident. In the international Mathematics Olympiad, preparation is everything. While preparing for the exams students hone their skills. Through the Olympiad examination, students are exposed to the world of competition for the first time. The exam is not for everyone. The exam is not built for everyone. Only the best students from all over the world take part in the exam. This exam will not get you a job but it will give you glory. The syllabus of the exam is more or less similar to what you read in school but the difficulty level of the question is what makes the exam tough. Here are the few tips that will help you to excel in International Mathematics Olympiad:-
1) Always know the exam pattern
Knowing the exam pattern is important, without a piece of proper knowledge about the exam pattern it becomes really difficult to anticipate the variety of questions that can be asked. The questions are all multiple choice based and a total number of 50 questions will be asked that have to be solved within an hour. There is only one right answer to every question and the mode of examination is offline. After a student can solve a question the right answer has to be shaded in the OMR sheet.
2) Manage your time
Time management is really important for any student to do good in the exam. It doesn’t matter if a student can correctly answer all the questions if he can’t answer the question on time. 50 questions need to be solved in 60 minutes. That means a question has to be solved in less than 1 minute 30 seconds. This type of clutch situation needs proper training and practice. If you take more time just to solve 1 question, you will be missing out on a few of the other questions. The answer to that question is practice. The more you practice, the more knowledge and confidence you gain. Practice as many sample papers, previous question papers and Class 6 IMO Question Paper 2014 you can. In this way, you will be able to solve a variety of questions.
3) BrainStorm and Practice
The most important tip is brainstorming and practice. To do good in the exam a student should find out all the possible ways and methods to solve a particular problem. When a student is preparing for the IMO exam it’s common to find questions that are difficult to answer. Sometimes students that have good in-depth fundamental knowledge find it difficult to answer. The best thing to do at that time is before you look into the answer key and analyse the question. Analysing the question will make it easier. Break the question into two parts and then try answering the question. If you still can’t do it then only look into the answer key. Practice questions similar to the questions you find difficult to solve. If you ever find a question, hard grind it before it becomes easier.
4) Solve Previous Year Question Papers
The syllabus for the Olympiad is similar to that of the school of every particular class. However, there is not a single book where you will find everything. You have to be resourceful and get the job done. Sometimes you will find good books from the market, sometimes you can get them online from genuine websites. Try getting it online, it is cheaper as compared to the market price. Once you get your reading material, go for the sample papers and previous year question papers. Solving them is important. After a student is done with a chapter-wise revision, go for the sample papers. You will come across a variety of questions with different difficulty levels. This process will also teach you time management. If you’re able to manage your time, you have already won the half battle. If a student can solve the question papers from the last 10 years, they already have covered every section of the book. There is a high probability that a student will find similar questions in the exam too.
5) Make notes and Revise
Make notes for the last minute preparation. While you read a topic underline all the important topics that need more attention. After you’ve completed the chapter, read that chapter again. If you are remembering the formula, don’t just remember the formula. Try solving as many questions as possible using the same formula. The more questions you solve, the better understanding you have in using the formula to get the answer. Understanding fundamentals is incomplete if you don’t know its application. Revise all the concepts and theorems chapter wise. Once you complete one chapter, try to attempt multiple questions from the same paper. Solve questions with different difficulty levels, it will give you a lot of confidence.
Trust the process and have faith in yourself. It is okay to make mistakes, it is impossible to get success overnight. It’s the hard work, practice and dedication that defines you. The student should work smart and not only just hard. There is always a demand for people who can do things in less time. If you are appearing for the exam, you’re already better than a lot of students. Not everyone has what it takes to fight for glory.