HOW TO PREPARE FOR THE CLASS 9 MATHS OLYMPIAD

Between exams, life has always been a hassle for students. In the middle of the pressure to succeed, it’s so difficult to get good grades that make you and your parents proud.

Life has become a pressure cooker for students, as Aamir Khan remarked in 3 idiots, and it may burst at any time if not given the proper amount of care, inspiration, and hard work.

Many students put in a lot of effort and dedication but may not receive the grades they desire. As a result, competitive tests have become a nightmare for them. The International Mathematical Olympiad is no exception. It may also be rather draining if not addressed in the proper way, with a wide range of complicated topics spanning from number systems to permutation combinations and trigonometry.

This is precisely why I’ve come to see you today. To assist you in turning the International Maths Olympiad nightmare into a pleasant dream.

If you blend planning and smart effort, you don’t have to be a pressure cooker and blow your brains out to excel in the math Olympiad. Allow me to walk you through the stages.

Every student faces this dilemma of whether to write a new exam during their board exams and lives in fear of exam preparation as not scoring well in these exams would be a major demotivator. One should keep aside such assumptions and forget about the results. What a student can remember is the fact that since the portions of the Olympiad and the board exam would be the same, one needs to approach this as any other mock examination. 

What mainly Olympiads do is push the students to think bigger and apply the concepts. The Indian Talent Olympiad also understands the pressure students usually face and has prepared an IMO workbook with questions, answers and explanations to those answers so that students can equip themselves with a  comprehensive understanding of their solutions. 

  •  SCANNING THROUGH SAMPLE PAPERS

Yes, you read that correctly. Despite the fact that the majority of students opt to do it last. I recommend that you simply look over the sample papers; I don’t want you to solve anything at this point. All you have to do is: 

# Examine the structure of each question. After you’ve completed this, you’ll have a better sense of how to approach each topic.

# Determine the question’s standard. This will help you determine what degree of preparation you need and how much time you should devote to each topic.

  •  USE SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS TO GO OVER THE BASICS.

The next stage is to establish a solid foundation, and nothing may assist you in this more than school textbooks. rapidly skip through the theory and move right into solving problems. You can begin with easy problems and progress to more difficult ones.

  • SEARCH FOR EXAM GUIDES AND SPECIALIZED BOOKS.

Once you’ve mastered the fundamentals, you may further your preparation by beginning to tackle questions from math Olympiad guide books. These books assist you in organizing your preparation and adapting to the Olympiad standard. There are several high-quality guide books written by renowned academics accessible on the market.

  •  SAMPLE  PAPER

It’s now time to work on the practice papers. Start by setting a timer and answering questions. Mark the difficult questions, go through it again and solve related problems to make it comprehensive. Because you’re tackling a variety of problems from various areas, sample papers can aid in revision.

That’s all there is to it, guys. Here’s how to excel at IMO without destroying your mind. I’d also like to point out to you that examinations aren’t the end of the world. As a result, never put examinations ahead of yourself or your health.

To start with the student can start reading chapters and forming concept notes,  once these are done the student can also look at the chapter summary and add notes accordingly. After every chapter, the student is advised to solve multiple-choice questions available online for free on multiple ed-tech websites to get a  

hold of the pattern of questions. The Internet is a big arena and it is natural for one to feel lost in the web, but remember it’s always a choice, one needs to be mindful of their goal and not end up getting distracted. Prepare a timetable and stick to it 

so that students can track their progress over time rather than working on a  random basis. Sticking to a schedule and developing a routine will also train the student’s brain not to get lethargic and forget its duty. 

After all, we have heard a million times from everybody around us that practice makes a man perfect. This is highly relevant and applicable for  Mathematic students. Taking mock tests online or practising tests physically,  entering into a discussion on topics and clearing doubts is the best way to channelize the student’s energy at this point of time until the Olympiad is attempted.  

It is equally imperative to be in touch with teachers and sit with them for concept clearing. Always have a notebook with you when you are getting your doubts cleared so that you have a record of what you remembered before the doubt was cleared.  

Most importantly it is essential that a student learns to relax throughout this period because burn-outs are real. If you exhaust your energy without taking mindful breaks and relaxing, there is a high tendency that you might lose the motivation required to face the exam. Pick up a sport or an instrument, read a  book or go out to play. Do not stay glued to your screen or books the entire day.  Find a way to relax in a way that makes you feel energised after the activity is done. After all, it is only an exam and life is much more than exams.

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