SPIRIT OF MATH CONTEST PREP TIPS
Preparing for the Spirit of Math 19th Annual Math Contest
Spirit of Math Schools is getting ready for our annual math contests for students in grades 1-4. Through a series of problem solving questions, our contest gives students a chance to put their skills on display, take home a medal, and get their name listed on the Spirit of Math National Honour Roll!
Held throughout the world, math contests give students of all ages the opportunity to prepare, apply and showcase their knowledge on a grand stage. The night before contest day, prepare your supplies, get to bed early and eat a healthy breakfast in the morning. When it’s time to write the contest, remember these handy tips:
- If you have trouble with a problem, do not be afraid to skip it. Make sure you note that you have not done this problem so you can come back to it later.
- Read each question slowly and carefully. Don’t be afraid to spend a few extra seconds to read the question in detail, especially, if you see a “long” question. It does not mean that this question is a difficult one just because of the length.
- If the contest includes a separate response form, make sure you give yourself enough time to fill in your answers before the time runs out.
- If you finish the contest early, go back and check your answers. The best way to check your answer without making the same mistakes is to cover your original answer/solution so that you are not following the same thinking.
See how far participating in a math contest can take your child! At our Spirit of Math contest, medals are awarded for 1st place in each grade and a certificate of distinction is given to all students who achieve honour roll status. Our contests are a great way for younger students to prepare for tougher competitions down the road, in which valuable scholarships can be obtained. Take the Centre for Education in Mathematics and Computing (CEMC) contest for example. Held by the University of Waterloo, these various contests are open to students in Grades 7-12 and are written through their day-school. Students who write the Euclid Contest are eligible for scholarship consideration for U of W’s Faculty of Mathematics. Keep scholarships and other accolades in mind to motive your child to stick with it and do their best.
New Spirit of Math Contest Books
Our Spirit of Math Contest Books for grades 1-4 students include thought-provoking multiple choice math problems from our annual contests. Our Math Contest Books are designed to challenge students, boost their confidence, and help them prepare for math contests by improve their skills in numeracy, geometry, logic, and more.