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## Questions & Concerns

Not sure how to prepare for Olympiad.
My daughter practiced all questions from
textbook. Still did not do well in Olympiad.
IMO follows same curriculum, still

## Olympiad : What is different?

Mixing of skills
Questions intentionally created to confuse

Mixing of skills
Tap A, which has a circular opening of 1 cm radius, fills a tank in 40
minute. There is another tap which has an circular opening of 2 cm
radius. If both taps are opened together find the time taken to fill
the tank.

## Hard for a middle grade student

If you observe carefully it has following parts
Find the time taken by second tap to fill the tank
Required skill : Area of circle, concept of proportions

Given the two times, find total time when both are
open
Required skill : Inverse proportions

Find the area

You are taught only the area of rectangles
Area of such complex shapes is not covered

But if you think (or have seen such questions during practice)
Are of shape = Area of rectangle + Area of triangle
Area of triangle = Area of rectangle

## Even if the skill used in the question looks unknown

Can still solve it using a known skill + common sense

## Of-course it is easier said than done.

It is important to practice as many questions as you can.

Confusing questions
Sulekha has 8 pair of red socks and 8 pair of purple socks. All the
socks are in a bag, if Sulekha picks the socks without looking at
them, how many socks she has to remove from the bag before she
can be sure that she has a pair of a single color ?

## Kids have a tendency to think,

To find answer, all the numbers given in question need to
be used somehow (It may sound odd but studies show that
this is true).

In three socks you are guaranteed to have two socks of
same color

## Point here is to remain focused on the question and

not to get confused.

Structured Learning
Understand the difference between topic
and skills
conditions for unique/real solution to exist
Representing real life problems using Quadratic
equation
Application in word problems

Regular Exam
Concepts
Algebra

Probability

Fractions

Trigonometry

Algebra
Fractions

Trigonometry
Probability
Geometry

Geometry

Fractions
Geometry
Fractions

Algebra

Trigonometry
Probability

Algebra

Trigonometry
Algebra

Algebra

Fractions
Fractions+
Geometry+
Algebra

Geometry

## Application of mixed concepts

Extended concepts (existing + common-sense)
Confusing elements
>50,000 type of questions per grade

## What to do : Before Exam

Identify all the skills of a topic
Make sure to understand all of them.

## Understand the concept of skills

Use theory from NCERT books
experts in some online forum (e.g. Edugain Q&A).

## Practice as much as you can.

Regular books may not provide variety of questions.
Consider using online resources (e.g.
www.edugain.com) to practice unlimited variety of
questions.

## What to do : During Exam

Do not panic and read the complete question carefully.
Important for exam like Olympiad where questions are confusing
It is ok to spend some extra seconds to understand the question
Rather than doing it incorrectly and again spending extra time, when

## If question looks tough, try to break the problem into parts.

However hard the question might look, it is almost sure
that all the skills used in the question are taught you in
You just need to identify and apply the correct skill.
You may have to apply combination of skills.
Sometime you may have to extend the concepts

## What to do : After exam

Relax and stop worrying about how you
performed.

## Dont think too much about the silly mistakes

Everyone make them so no need to loose your
sleep over it.

## Take break for couple of days, and start

preparing for next year exam.

much as you can.

Thank you