Preparing for an Olympiad is a long and complicated process. With such a large number of students taking the exam, it will be difficult to reach the finish line if we do not follow a strategy. However, there is an added benefit to taking this exam: it gives you training for other competitive tests. Once studied carefully the same amount of study preparation is sufficient for your school exam as well.
Before we begin studying for the test, we need to have a general idea of what to expect. Only then can the approach of preparation be successful and worthwhile to follow.
The following are some factors to take into account before beginning your test preparation.
- SYLLABUS OF THE OLYMPIAD
The IMO exam covers a wide range of topics. Before we begin preparing, we must have a good understanding of all of the topics. This will assist you in determining which topics to cover initially and which to prepare later.
I’ve included the chapters and sections here for your convenience: –
- Verbal reasoning
- Non-Verbal reasoning
- Exponents and Powers
- Algebraic expressions
- Simple linear equations
- Lines and angles
- Comparing quantities
- Fractions and decimals
- The triangle and its properties
- Congruence of triangles
- Perimeter and area
- Data handling
- Rational numbers
- Visualizing geometrical shapes
- Practical geometry
- Mathematical reasoning
The degree to which a topic is difficult varies from person to person. So, first, check over the topics and determine which are challenging and which are easy. This will assist you in determining the number of hours necessary for each topic.
2. WEIGHTAGE OF EACH TOPIC
Find out how much each topic weighs in the IMO test. We can readily discover the weightage on a variety of websites. You can save time by studying according to the weightage. You won’t have to waste your time on a topic from which there aren’t too many questions. This will also help you conserve your energy and cut down on your workload. This is how we do smart study.
3. ANALYZE THE QUESTION PAPER PATTERN
Now you may think that point 2 and this point are the same. but it is not. What I mean by studying the question paper pattern is that you need to understand how questions are framed. Many times, Many times are asked in a manner entirely different from that of textbooks. What they mean maybe the same as that of textbook questions, but in the exam hall, students take time to figure that out, wasting their precious time. But if you are already familiar with such questions then it will help you save time in the exam hall. Another con of not being familiar with the question framing style of Olympiad is that students tend to panic as they have not seen such a question before. Thereby they lose confidence to face the easy questions too. To avoid this is exactly why I am suggesting you analyze the question paper pattern.
Here is IMO Maths Olympiad Previous Year Question Paper Class 7 2011 for you to analyze the pattern. Previous Year Paper for IMO Class 7 Maths 2013
4. STUDY TIMETABLE
So, after you have a good understanding of the syllabus, the weightage of each topic, and the format of the questions, you can build a study schedule based on all of this information. Your efforts will be rewarded if you have a well-planned study schedule. It will save you time because you will just devote the time required for each topic. It will also boost the quality of your studies because you will be evenly dividing your time. When you study at the same time every day, your brain is conditioned to concentrate at that time since it is already programmed that it is study time. A schedule will also assist you in finding time for leisure activities and family time. That way, your interest, and enthusiasm will not wane.
5. KNOW THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THIS
Even if students are well prepared and have studied all topics, they frequently become stressed as they consider how their parents will react if they receive poor grades or how their professors would see them. What students must realize is that this is only an exam, and it will have no bearing on their future. Yes, your parents will be disappointed if you receive poor grades at first, but they will ultimately understand and support you. You should also keep in mind that you will have a life beyond this exam, therefore your physical and emotional well-being is critical. There are thousands of students who are taking the exam, but only one can place first. So don’t be upset if you don’t because there are plenty of opportunities in this world. All you have to do is give your best shot at every opportunity!
There are several advantages to taking Olympiad exams that can be mentioned. It urges schoolchildren to step outside of their usual environment. It creates an innate desire to learn and expand one’s knowledge. It improves their ability to perform well in all examinations. It enables them to assess their progress at regular intervals. It motivates students because of the grades they receive. It instills in students a positive attitude.
It enables them to achieve higher marks in school exams. The more they practice, the better they will become at answering difficult questions. Answering advanced-level questions is the focus of Olympiads. This necessitates a shift in mindset.
One of the country’s leading organisations, the Indian Talent Olympiad, believes that all children are unique. As a result, it ensures that each participant feels valued following the examination. When students are frequently complimented, they feel very good. It gives them confidence and gives them a good feeling. It gives them the confidence to take more such exams. Scholarships of various types are available through the Indian Talent Olympiad.