In a classroom set up, mathematics is one of the subjects that students know it is hard no matter how much you love it and this has made them let it go and no more passionate about it. Many people try to love it but it is very discouraging since it is only meant for very few students. On the other hand, some are born without any knowledge about mathematics but as they grow, they tend to develop passion about it and you will them competing well with those born with the mathematics blood. For you to prepare well for a mathematical contest, there are some things you need to do.
The first thing you must do is to study one level up. In that case, you will be able to ask for any guidelines toward those sums that seem challenging to you from the relevant resource persons such as mathematical teachers among others. Preparing early will help you settle your mind for the upcoming mathematics examinations.
Mathematics is just but playing with numbers and if you can play with them to arrive at the right number, then you are a real mathematician, however, you need to be conversant with all the mathematical formulas and know how to apply them in the right way. Everything that most people are good at do not come in a hard way and most of them apply some tricks for them to be better than others. The best thing you must do during an examination room is to take a deep breath and believe in yourself. Beginning with what you are familiar with will help you to remember how to handle the complex questions.
You need also to have a strategy of tackling an examination paper. In that case, you know which sums needs to be done and those that will require more time depending on the complexity of each sum. Understand all the terms used in mathematics and know their meaning.
Skipping those sums that are too difficult for you is another strategy you must put into practice since you will be able to save your time and tackle other sums which you can do rather than wasting your time on sums you will never get even if you spend the entire day and night doing them. Another vital tip you must know is that when you teach what you know in mathematics, the concept tends to get deeper in your understanding and this perfects your knowledge. Many people see it as a waste of time in trying to explain mathematical concepts to the ones who do not understand them not knowing that it is the best thing for them to do as it helps them improve their memory about the concept they teach.