Winning Secrets for Olympiad examination
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- Cover syllabus exhaustively: Its very crucial to check the syllabus before start preparing for the exam. For SOF Olympiad you can check the SOF Website for National Science Olympiad (NSO), National Cyber Olympiad (NCO), International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) or International English Olympiad (IEO). You can check the syllabus for each class as well.
- Solve Sample Papers: Solve as many sample papers as you can. Practice alot for all the questions including each topic. Give the mock test and examine your results by checking your assessment report.
- Minimum Preparation for Two Months: Minimum of 2 months preparation is required to clear Olympaid examination for any class. Cover all the topics and practice online. Focus on areas you are weak in and then practice on them.
- Workout on Puzzles for Maths and Daily words for English: Best way to score in maths is work on as many puzzles as you can and for english is growing your vocabulary with addition of words daily.
- Create Revision Booklet: While preparing for exam, prepare notes and quick facts to remember and do quick revision before exams for better learning.
- Understand the depth of topics: While there is a prescribed syllabus but no set pattern, so have strong knowledge of the topics involved, without trusting any specific book or teacher.
- Form a clear understanding: Focus on concepts & acquire basic skills to solve problems and prove theorems. Avoid hard problems initially and go slow, slow and steady wins the raceand going through the material over and over:
- Practice, practice and practice: Find at least 1 − 2 hours in a day to practice mathematics frequently for at least five to six months and try to do as many problems as you can.
- Locate Strong and weak areas: While solving tough problems, find out the topics that you are strong and weak in. Focus on combinatorics, geometry and number theory in mathematics for RMO and IMO.
- Solve past papers: Solving past year papers will give you an idea about the pattern and structure of the test along with giving you an idea of the standard needed.
- Learn crucial theorems and results: Although memorisation is one of the least pre-requisite for the RMO, having the crucial theorems and results at your fingertips will save time and minimize efforts.
- Read questions slowly: If a problem appears too easy, it's a sign to be alert and read more carefully. Olympiad problems are known for their craftiness, which means the whole test will be a sweet struggle.
- Don't put lots of Effort: Do not waste your time in solving very difficult questions. Leave those and switch on to the next set of questions.
- Refer Challenges from the Olympiads by C. R. Pranesachar, S. A. Shirali, B. J. Venkatachala, and C. S. Yogananda and Problem Primer for the Olympiad by C. R. Pranesachar, B. J. Venkatachala, and C. S. Yogananda.