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How To Do Well At UKMT Senior Maths Challenge? watch

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    I'm trying to teach myself the skills required to do the senior maths challenge as it looks really good to get a good score and apparently it's very similar to the Oxford MAT tests.

    The problem is I don't feel like I'm getting anywhere. The easy questions are easy but then the hard ones feel impossible.

    The maths is all simple when I read the solutions but they take such leaps in logic that I feel like you need to train your brain to think in a certain way to answer the questions.

    Should I keep working out of past papers and my 2 UKMT problem books (A Problem Solver's Handbook & Mathematical Challenge). Or is there a better way to be doing this.

    Also would like some reassurance that is possible to develop my skill and it is not a lateral thinking ability you need to be born with.


    It's not purely innate ability, although that does help. To improve, you need to constantly exercise the part of your brain that you use for this. Good practice would be AMC 10 which you can find on AoPS.com or by searching "AMC 10 Problems and Solutions"
    Also: Similar triangles are always useful. Dont forget the fundamental theorem of arithmetic.
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