Welcome Back !! Hope during the summer, you are still working on some challenging word problems
(my honor students do; they never stop learning ) + trying some new activities (don't just do math).
E-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to join us. Currently I'm running different levels of problem solving group lessons, and it's lots of fun learning along with students from different states.
My most advanced group students are just AMAZING !! to say the least. Ha ha, we are using
AMC-10, 12 questions as countdown round practices and some can solve the first few AIME problems in less than a minute. Oh dear !!
Before going full throttle mode for competition math, please spend some time reading this
well- thought-out article from BOGTRO at AoPS "Learn How to Learn".
It will save you tons of time and numerous, unnecessary hours without a clear goal, better method in mind.
Less is more. My best students make steady, very satisfactory progress in much less time than those
counterparts who spent double, triple, or even more multiple times of prep with little to show.
It's all about "deliberate practices", "tenacity", and most of all, "the pleasure of finding things out on your own".
Take care and have fun problem solving.
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!!