Math Olympiad

IMO: Equating Math with Creativity

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According to Po-Shen Loh, USA’s coach for the International Math Olympiad: Math is creative thinking and problem-solving in an analytical environment. It induces the ability of mathematical reasoning in your child.

Mathematical thinking is not the same as just solving a math problem; Mathematical Thinking is not the same as performing Mathematical calculations or solving complex Mathematical problems. Mathematical Thinking is an essential life skill that would help your child develop a valuable mental ability.

The Math that your child is taught in school focuses mostly on learning procedures that equip them with the knowledge to solve highly complex and stereotyped problems.

Professional mathematicians think in a certain way, that helps them solve real-life problems arising in everyday life, mostly with the help of Mathematics itself. The critical success of school math is to inculcate in your child, the habit of solving a problem in many different ways and fostering the ability to think outside the box.

The International Math Olympiad is one of the most prestigious Math competitions in the world, hosting over 100 countries every year in a match that goes on for 12 days at a stretch. The International Math Olympiad gives your child the ability to assess every situation around them with a mathematical or arithmetical mindset.

Here are some of the ways IMO’s make Math a fun affair:

1.Induces Mathematical Creativity:

Math is the art of creative thinking in a problem-solving environment, using analytical and creative skills togetherly to solve complex problems. IMO’s requires your child to focus on a complex problem in many different ways which goes beyond the basic structure of the blackboard educational system. IMO questions are made in a way that requires your child to find and use solutions that are not straightforward. Such problems require your child to find innovative solutions to complex problems, thus inducing the habit of looking at any given problem in innovative ways.

2.Allows your child to brainstorm with different people from all over the world:

The International Math Olympiad allows your child to meet and interact with people from all over the world. This poses a great opportunity for your child to compete with some of the best mathletes all over the world. Such bonds make room for positive connections and healthy competition for your child to partake in.

3.Gives a window for your child to explore Math beyond school:

The pattern of questions set in the International Math Olympiad is different from what your child is taught at school. The Math Olympiad is created to challenge your child’s problem-solving skills in the practical world that is beyond what your child learns at school. At Cuemath, we believe your child needs to be equipped with the knowledge to solve complex real-life problems that would help him/her work their way through the curve balls the world throws at them.

4.Changes your child’s perspective about Math:

IMO’s are created keeping in mind the fact that Math is not all about routine problem-solving. IMO’s help shows your child that Math can be fun, that it requires creative thinking and is not rooted in rot learning and memorizing formulas.

This helps curb the fear of math in your child, by showing them that Math is after all a fun affair.

5.Allows your child to invent their solutions:

Math problems can have many different answers. IMO problems are set in a way that requires your child to find and innovate their unique solutions to real-life problems realistically. When your child solves such unique problems, it does not just challenge them; it improves them to continue striving towards betterment.

The International Mathematical Olympiad was first started in Romania in the year 1959. As of 2017, China holds the top position in the International Mathematical Olympiad. This year, the International Mathematical Olympiad is set to be conducted from the 3rd of July to the 14th of July in Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

Do you want your child to be Olympiad ready for the International Mathematical Olympiad? Enroll your child with our Cuemath special IMO course today!


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Isha Chakraborty