If you are done with this year's Mathcounts, read these articles.
Hope you are just taking a short break from the minor setbacks if you didn't get a better placement
at the chapter or state. After spring break my students and I will put more contents on the blog so
come join the fun.
You can now discuss this year's Mathcounts school and chapter questions.
Here is the link from Mathcounts.org.
Have Fun, that's the most important ! You are going to meet some other kindred spirits in the state and later at the same college or at work. No kidding !!
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join us. (students who love problem solving from different states and me).
I have been coaching students for many years. By now, I know to achieve stellar performance you need : Grit (from TED talk), not only that but self-awareness (so you can fairly evaluate your own progress) and a nurturing-caring environment. (Parents need to be engaged as well.)
Thanks a lot !! Mrs. Lin
"Work Smart !!" , "Deliberate practices that target your weakness ", " Relax and get fully rested.", "Pace your time well", "Every point is the same so let go of some questions first; you can always go back to them if time permits."
"It's tremendous efforts preparing for a major event on top of mounting homework and if you are the ones who want to try that, not your parents and you work diligently towards your goal, good for you !!"
"Have fun, Mathcounts changes lives, because at middle school level at least, it's one of those rare occasions that the challenges are hard, especially at the state and national level."
Now, here are the links to get you started:
Of course use my blog. Whenever I have time I analyze students' errors and try to find better ways (the most elegant solutions or the Harvey method I hope) to tackle a problem. Use the search button to help you target your weakness area.
Mathcounts official website : last year's competition problems and answer key
This year's handbook questions.
Near the end of the handbook, there is a page called problem index (page 82 and 83 for 2013-2014 handbook).
For state/national prep, find your weakness and work on the problems backwards, from the hardest to the easiest.
Here are some other links/sites that are the best.
Mathcounts Mini : At the very least, finish watching and understanding most of the questions from 2010 till now and work on the follow-up sheets, since detailed solutions are provided along with some more challenging problems.
For those who are aiming for the state/national competition, you can skip the warm-up and go directly to "The Problems" used on the video as well as work on the harder problems afterward.
Art of Problem Solving
The best place to ask for help on challenging math problems. Some of the best students/coaches/teachers are there to help you better your problem solving skills.
Register for Alcumus and start using the great tool to practice deliberately.
Change the setting based on the levels of your proficiency of different topics. Do Not Rush !!
For concepts reviewing, try the following three links.
Coach Monks's Mathcounts Playbook
You really need to understand how each concept works for the review sheets to be useful.
To my exasperation, I have kids who mix up the formulas without gaining a true understanding and appreciation of how an elegant, seemingly simple formula can answer myriads of questions.
You don't need a lot of formulas, handbook questions, or test questions to excel.
You simply need to know how the concepts work and apply that knowledge to different problems/situations.
Hope this is helpful!!