Tips for the Preparation of Regional Mathematics Olympiad(RMO) Exam.
Regional Mathematics Olympiad-
Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO)-
The Regional Mathematics Olympiad (RMO) is conducted in India by the National Board for Higher Mathematics (NBHM) in coordination with the state universities registered under the UGC, under the guidance and association of Homi Bhaba Centre for Science Education (HBCSE). The exam tests an aspirant’s problem-solving ability at a young age (undergraduate level).
Once you’ve got your feet wet, it’s time to practice. Take out at least 1-2 hours in a day to practice mathematics regularly for at least five to six months. Make sure that you are doing as many different types of problems as possible. If you’re able to solve almost all of them very easily, rest assured that your choice of problems needs to be improved.
More focus on Achilles Heels:
While solving different problems, try to find out the topics that you are strong and weak in. That said, your major focus has to be on combinatorics, geometry and number theory.
Understanding should be paramount:
First and foremost, focus on getting the concepts right and acquiring the basic skills needed to solve problems and prove theorems. In fact, the first few days of study should be spent in avoiding difficult problems and going through the material over and over.
Know the topics inside out:
While there is a prescribed syllabus for the RMO, there is no set pattern. Therefore, it is strongly suggested that you have a very strong knowledge of the topics involved, without relying on any particular book or teacher.
Solving previous years and model papers can work wonders:
This will help you to get acquainted with the pattern and structure of the test along with giving you an idea of the standard required. But more than anything, treat such papers as material for practice rather than an exhaustive question bank.
Dip into advanced topics:
Try to get a hang of the advanced topics in the Olympiad exam from the Internet. The idea is not to spend too much time, but form some understanding which will boost your interest and expand your awareness.
Revising important theorems and results:
Although memorisation is one of the least-needed skills for the RMO, having the important theorems and results at your fingertips will help you save time and reduce effort.
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 entire test will be a sweet struggle.