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How to Raise Math Competition Ability Quickly

How to Raise Math Competition Ability Quickly

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A student's math competition ability takes time to develop and the math competition ability is raised gradually through continually working on math problems, but is there any way that a student's ability (say the students are already at grade 6 or grade 7) could be raised more quickly than normally could have done when student had not had the time to work on some math competition problems at younger age? In other words, how do we train a late bloomer to prepare for math contests?
A student's math competition ability takes time to develop and the math competition ability is raised gradually through continually working on math problems, but is there any way that a student's ability (say the students are already at grade 6 or grade 7) could be raised more quickly than normally could have done when student had not had the time to work on some math competition problems at younger age? In other words, how do we train a late bloomer to prepare for math contests?

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How to raise math competition ability quickly
Frank Ho, Amanda HoMath teachers at Vancouver Ho Math Chess Learning Centrewww.mathandchess.com A student's math competition ability takes time to develop and the math competitionability is raised gradually through continually working on math problems, but is there anyway that a student's ability (say the students are already at grade 6 or grade 7) could beraised more quickly than normally could have done when student had not had the time towork on some math competition problems at younger age? In other words, how do we traina late bloomer to prepare for math contests?If students could learn the following math concepts as earlier as possible after buildingthe 4 basic operations including whole numbers, decimals then they will possibly do muchbetter in math contests. This idea can easily be transferred to prepare students who areinterested in preparing any math entrance exams such as SSAT or any enrichment mathprograms.1.
 
Know how to work backwards especially in fractions.2.
 
know how to use the concept of 1 or 100%3.
 
Can comfortably convert the three types of data among decimals, fractions, andpercents without any problems.4.
 
Know the concept of quantity divided by its corresponding fractional number andalso the concept of fractional numbers.5.
 
Learn fractions right after learning the 4 basic operations, the reason is theconcept of converting improper fraction to mixed fraction involves the concepts ofdivision, multiplication, and addition all in one operation. Also it teaches the conceptson why dividend is found by using the divisor
quotient and then adds theremainder. An equation concept is learned at this stage also.There are a few computation techniques which can be sued to make computations mucheasier, they are listed as follows:
 
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If the answer for fraction is
then it should be written as 7. However when doingthe following computation, it will be a different story.
 Why use "Invert and Multiply" in fraction division?
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Use Unitary method, we know there are 7 of
, so when it is divided by 7 then theresult is just
From this example we know that a fraction can be a "division" such as
operation and also a "multiplication" operation such as 7
 
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When encountering fraction division, a multiplication is performed. Whenencountering a multiplication, a division is actually performed, for example thefollowing 24
12 is performed first before multiplication.24
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5 = 103.
 
A fraction involves left to right order of operation, top to down operation, and alsodiagonal operation. The following example demonstrates three operations.
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?The reducing operation involves top/down and diagonal and the final result is obtainedby multiplying numbers across from left to right.4.
 
Because the fraction operation is so powerful, often the word problems of % or ratiois transferred to fraction and the fraction operations are performed to solve theproblem.5.
 
We must learn how to translate English sentences into math sentences.Example 1 For every 3 girls there are 2 boys.It could be thought as a repeating pattern problem such as the following:BBBGGBBBGGBBBGG......

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