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If you want to apply to G5 schools such as Oxford, Cambridge and Imperial College, it is not enough to rely on your examination results alone.
Especially Niu Jian,
By default, the applicant should have 2 ~ 3 paragraphs of outstanding competition results or academic project experience.
I wrote an article “recommendation of science and engineering competition projects applying for G5” before.
Most of these competitions have been participated by myself and my younger brothers and sisters in high school. (Note: the author is currently studying LSE undergraduate)
In today’s article, we mainly focus on relevant competitions and projects in mathematics, finance and business!
0. Write in front
Generally speaking, young partners studying science and technology are more likely to notice the importance of participating in competitions and projects. Because apart from competitions and projects, there are few other ways to prepare for science and technology and show interest.
Compared with science and technology majors, students who choose to apply for Majors in mathematics, economics, finance and business often do not determine their majors very early, and there are no clear competitions and activities to participate in.
It was only in the year when I applied to a formal university that I finally established the direction of giving priority to mathematics and supplemented by economy to apply to a British university.
But I’m lucky.
Since I started IGCSE, the school has given me enough opportunities to participate in mathematics and business competitions.
Therefore, if you are a little wavering like me, try to start the preparation of competitions and projects 1 ~ 3 years before the application year (the first year of British A-level or even GCSE stage, or senior one and senior two in China), and make comprehensive preparation!
Your energy will pay off!
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Start with the following text:
1. Mathematics competition
Because I mainly focus on pure mathematics, I can give you some suggestions for preparing for the exam:
a. Understand what the competition covers
General mathematics competitions will give you an outline, and the test paper will not exceed the scope covered by the outline. So be sure to review according to the scope of the outline requirements. If you are a cross grade student, you should also pay attention to learning the courses not covered by your age in advance.
b. Master the law of difficulty and ease of question type
The content of some competitions is from shallow to deep, giving participants a good opportunity to adapt. For example, the Waterloo mathematics competition in Canada and the Euclidean competition in grade 12 are fixed 10 questions, with 10 points for each question. The content is obviously from easy to difficult. In this way, we must first answer the simple part well and ensure score. If there is time left, we will consider breaking through some difficult problems.
c. Do timing simulation training before the exam
For any exam, timing training is very important, especially for such competition topics with relatively tight time. The concept of timing allows the mind to adapt to high-speed operation, ensure accuracy, and choose the one that can maximize the scoring results. Therefore, it is necessary to keep at least 1-2 sets of simulation problems for timing training.
The following are specific competition recommendations:
Bull sword extra trial step / mat
When it comes to math competitions, the first is the step and mat that Niu Jian applicants must do. There are obvious differences in question type, content and style between step and mat.
In terms of examination form, step is a form in which big questions are divided into small questions. The top 40% of mat are 10 single choice questions. Step is a choice of 6 questions for 11 or 12 big questions, while mat is a must for 10 multiple-choice questions and 4 big questions, so step needs to weigh the answer skills of choosing the appropriate questions.
In terms of content, step is composed of pure numbers, mechanics and statistics. The test outline of mat is pure numbers.
In terms of style, step is closer to the problem setting style of high numbers. Although the difficulty has increased by leaps and bounds, on the whole, there are still laws to follow. The style of mat questions is more creative, and the ideas of the questions are more flexible and changeable. It requires impromptu thinking, which is also a challenge in the tense examination environment. I was a little worse than usual in my final exam
Personally, I think that level 2 and 3 of step are much more difficult than mat.
Waterloo mathematics competition
Waterloo mathematics contests is divided into different papers from grades 9-12, which are named after four mathematicians.
The one with high gold content is the Euclid contest in grade 12. If you get excellent results, you can also get the admission scholarship of the University of Waterloo.
Like step / mat, Eurasia also has corresponding training courses in China. However, from the experience I have participated in, if the foundation is not strong, the effect of training is not great. Because there are too many summaries in the training course, the emphasis is on question type skills, but if the foundation is not hard, maybe you can’t even see such question type routines.
The question types of European competitions have been mentioned with examples above, but they will not be discussed here (see the section “Mastering the rules of difficulty and ease” above).
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