Class 7 is not middle school anymore. This is the age when students learn to see things from various dimensions. They are adapting concepts beyond simple multiplication, addition or division. Students in this grade must (if they haven’t already) start exploring and expanding their skills and knowledge beyond the school curriculum.
Maths and science olympiads are usually their first attempts to explore. Students register thinking it’s a foreign or advanced exam. But once they see the workbook and syllabus they realise these are familiar concepts. That’s the exact time when one should begin to plan the attempt. One should consider preparing for the exam.
Though the Olympiad is thought to have tough questions it’s usually to a level that’s advanced than NCERT and not some concept completely alien to a class 7 student. So, don’t believe it as an exam too hard for you but as an upgrade to the exams, you are familiar with.
- Sandwich technique
This can also be seen as an incremental technique. That is doing Simple-Complex-Simple concepts or questions during preparation. By doing so you are not tiring yourself with tough topics and making it all seem so hard. The incorporation of simple concepts/questions balances out the extreme concepts and is mentally rewarding to know you hold a grip of the subject. By doing this practice for two or three weeks your mind will be trained to do even better and make more sense of the concepts in a relatively shorter time. This methodology will be best suited for doing advanced level questions. Even the questions in the exam are masked in this pattern. This way the student attempting the exam is not terrified and also not over-confident. This is a technique that makes the advanced level questions doable and not a threat. Therefore, the overall point of view after preparation or giving an exam is balanced.
- Visualize your goals
This is a technique that works at a subconscious level. It is believed that if you have a dream or goal you aspire to achieve, you should start visualizing that you have achieved it. Doing so elevates your morale, confidence and positivity. One tends to generally feel low or burdened as one needs to balance the rest of the subjects as well. To be able to visualize scoring high and doing great at the exam gives one mental strength to exceed even their expectations. Thus, operating with a positive attitude even at a subconscious level is a big boost to the preparation phase. Always try not to look at the syllabus as a burden but as an opportunity to learn more and know more. Visualize your success story and start by taking action on it.
- 1-2-1 technique
This is another technique to embolden your practice and foundation. How does this work?
This simply means to do practise papers (1), NCERT (2) and mock test papers (1).To simplify further before the exam one must write practise papers and mock test papers at least once. Such as Previous Year Paper for IMO Class 7 Maths 2012, etc. The revision of the covered syllabus from NCERT twice for sure. This method is a gold standard for the preparation of the International Maths Olympiad. This is not a technique that every student would follow or know of. Therefore, if you are reading this right now you are lucky. So don’t skip it and make the most of it.
Remember everyone has a plan but only those succeed who take action.
Keep your approach action-oriented and utilise every idea, source and asset for preparation and awareness. Aim for holistic mental and physical growth.
- Tricks to solve patterns
Once you are regular with your practice of numerical, you will start appreciating similarities and differences in various overlapping concepts. You get an understanding that there are multiple ways to do an equation or geometry theorem. This is where the subject becomes fun to do and follow with. At this, you will also not have to push yourself to practise more because you would already be doing so. Once the syllabus/ concepts are intriguing to you there’s no going back then. Also, by now you would have done enough numbers of problems to know formulas for shortcuts and derivations. You cut the longer algorithms and reach the solution in seconds. There are shortcuts to many concepts but one should approach them before having a strong foundation and practice of basics. As tricks and shortcuts are not valid in every scenario.
- Youtube, Google, library
Various online platforms and portals share verified information. One must join one such latest and up-to-date source of education. Youtube videos are great audio and visual medium of learning. You can google anytime anything and find the best answers. Knowledge these days is just a touch away. There are online libraries as well. These libraries have abundant sources and links of great value. But, still, nothing beats handwritten notes and written practice. The offline libraries are a great solution to this problem. This keeps one involved and engrossed with books and reduces screen time with gadgets as well. If one cant practises much at the library then can get books issued from there for practice. Usually, school libraries have many books related to the olympiad practice. Even the previous year workbooks are available too. Following the workbook is the best authentic source. Must not skip these workbooks.
These tips listed above if followed well would do miraculous help for your preparation for the exam. The technicalities in the tips will help you work smart and not just hard. The tips are simple and unique focussed philosophies for exam preparation.
Make the most of these. These can also be generalised to fit into the preparation model of other such exams. You have the blueprint with you and customise it as per your needs. While designing these methods one must keep the exam pattern, syllabus and level of difficulty in mind.
All the best.