52584444
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#1
Report Thread starter 2 months ago
#1
Hello all.
From what I could see no one has started a thread for next year's UKMT competitions so I took the liberty of doing so, in case anyone else wants to do some early practice over the summer. Below are provisional dates for the coming competitions; note that the UKMT has stated these may be subject to change. I will update them if and when this happens.
Dates of this year's Challenges:

Senior Maths Challenge- Thursday 5th Nov 2020
Intermediate Maths Challenge- Thursday 4th Feb 2021
Junior Maths Challenge- Thursday 29th April 2021

Dates of this year's follow-on rounds:

Senior Kangaroo- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round One- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round Two- Thursday 28th January 2021
Intermediate Kangaroo- Thursday 18th March 2021
Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad- Thursday 18th March 2021
Junior Kangaroo- Tuesday 15th June 2021
Junior Mathematical Olympiad- Tuesday 15th June 2021

UKMT Website-https://www.ukmt.org.uk/
Last edited by 52584444; 2 months ago
2
reply
vix.xvi
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#2
Report 2 months ago
#2
(Original post by 85254444)
Hello all.
From what I could see no one has started a thread for next year's UKMT competitions so I took the liberty of doing so, in case anyone else wants to do some early practice over the summer. Below are provisional dates for the coming competitions; note that these have not been officially confirmed yet.

Dates of this year's Challenges:

Senior Maths Challenge- Thursday 5th Nov 2020
Intermediate Maths Challenge- Thursday 4th Feb 2021
Junior Maths Challenge- Thursday 29th April 2021

Dates of this year's follow-on rounds:

Senior Kangaroo- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round One- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round Two- Thursday 28th January 2021
Intermediate Kangaroo- Thursday 18th March 2021
Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad- Thursday 18th March 2021
Junior Kangaroo- Tuesday 15th June 2020
Junior Mathematical Olympiad- Tuesday 15th June 2020

UKMT Website- [url]https://www.ukmt.org.uk/


I am currently collating a large list of good BMO resources, and will upload these when I have finished.
thanks mate
1
reply
mqb2766
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#3
Report 2 months ago
#3
(Original post by 85254444)
Hello all.
From what I could see no one has started a thread for next year's UKMT competitions so I took the liberty of doing so, in case anyone else wants to do some early practice over the summer. Below are provisional dates for the coming competitions; note that these have not been officially confirmed yet.

Dates of this year's Challenges:

Senior Maths Challenge- Thursday 5th Nov 2020
Intermediate Maths Challenge- Thursday 4th Feb 2021
Junior Maths Challenge- Thursday 29th April 2021

Dates of this year's follow-on rounds:

Senior Kangaroo- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round One- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round Two- Thursday 28th January 2021
Intermediate Kangaroo- Thursday 18th March 2021
Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad- Thursday 18th March 2021
Junior Kangaroo- Tuesday 15th June 2020
Junior Mathematical Olympiad- Tuesday 15th June 2020

UKMT Website- [url]https://www.ukmt.org.uk/


I am currently collating a large list of good BMO resources, and will upload these when I have finished if anyone is interested.
Looks good, but maybe edit the year for JK and JMO?
1
reply
robertgallacher
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#4
Report 2 months ago
#4
If anyone needs any guidance or advice, feel free to message me. I sat the SMC last year and BMO1 this January, getting gold and a distinction respectively. Whilst I doubt I am the highest scorer on here by any stretch, I'm quite happy to give any assistance to whomever needs it

Edit: Commenting may be better as then more people can benefit
Last edited by robertgallacher; 2 months ago
0
reply
52584444
Badges: 7
Rep:
?
#5
Report Thread starter 2 months ago
#5
(Original post by mqb2766)
Looks good, but maybe edit the year for JK and JMO?
Thanks lol.
1
reply
Muttley79
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#6
Report 2 months ago
#6
(Original post by 85254444)
Hello all.
From what I could see no one has started a thread for next year's UKMT competitions so I took the liberty of doing so, in case anyone else wants to do some early practice over the summer. Below are provisional dates for the coming competitions; note that the UKMT has stated these may be subject to change. I will update them if and when this happens.
Dates of this year's Challenges:

Senior Maths Challenge- Thursday 5th Nov 2020
Intermediate Maths Challenge- Thursday 4th Feb 2021
Junior Maths Challenge- Thursday 29th April 2021

Dates of this year's follow-on rounds:

Senior Kangaroo- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round One- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round Two- Thursday 28th January 2021
Intermediate Kangaroo- Thursday 18th March 2021
Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad- Thursday 18th March 2021
Junior Kangaroo- Tuesday 15th June 2021
Junior Mathematical Olympiad- Tuesday 15th June 2021

UKMT Website- [url]https://www.ukmt.org.uk/


I am currently collating a large list of good BMO resources, and will upload these when I have finished if anyone is interested.
Please note the UKMT are offering past papers free at the moment
1
reply
Muttley79
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#7
Report 2 months ago
#7
(Original post by robertgallacher)
If anyone needs any guidance or advice, feel free to message me. I sat the SMC last year and BMO1 this January, getting gold and a distinction respectively. Whilst I doubt I am the highest scorer on here by any stretch, I'm quite happy to give any assistance to whomever needs it
Please edit - encourage comments on the thread NOT by PM which helps no-one else
2
reply
mqb2766
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#8
Report 2 months ago
#8
(Original post by 85254444)
Hello all.
From what I could see no one has started a thread for next year's UKMT competitions so I took the liberty of doing so, in case anyone else wants to do some early practice over the summer. Below are provisional dates for the coming competitions; note that the UKMT has stated these may be subject to change. I will update them if and when this happens.
Dates of this year's Challenges:

Senior Maths Challenge- Thursday 5th Nov 2020
Intermediate Maths Challenge- Thursday 4th Feb 2021
Junior Maths Challenge- Thursday 29th April 2021

Dates of this year's follow-on rounds:

Senior Kangaroo- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round One- Thursday 26th November 2020
British Mathematical Olympiad Round Two- Thursday 28th January 2021
Intermediate Kangaroo- Thursday 18th March 2021
Intermediate Mathematical Olympiad- Thursday 18th March 2021
Junior Kangaroo- Tuesday 15th June 2021
Junior Mathematical Olympiad- Tuesday 15th June 2021

UKMT Website-https://www.ukmt.org.uk/

I am currently collating a large list of good BMO resources, and will upload these when I have finished if anyone is interested.
Hi, You'd better remove the ukmt papers etc unless you have permission. They're freely available from ukmt, so just point people there?
Last edited by mqb2766; 2 months ago
0
reply
anujann6297
Badges: 5
Rep:
?
#9
Report 2 months ago
#9
(Original post by robertgallacher)
If anyone needs any guidance or advice, feel free to message me. I sat the SMC last year and BMO1 this January, getting gold and a distinction respectively. Whilst I doubt I am the highest scorer on here by any stretch, I'm quite happy to give any assistance to whomever needs it

Edit: Commenting may be better as then more people can benefit
Well done but isn't BMO1 in like november or decmeber or something usually (before the new year)??
0
reply
robertgallacher
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#10
Report 2 months ago
#10
(Original post by anujann6297)
Well done but isn't BMO1 in like november or decmeber or something usually (before the new year)??
Yep it is, I was confusing it with the other Olympiads :/ (even though the other two I did were in like March so I don't know how I did that)
0
reply
loststarsatnight
Badges: 4
Rep:
?
#11
Report 1 month ago
#11
Can someone please explain the difference in approach to the papers above? I'm really stuck as to how to 'jump' up a level
0
reply
mqb2766
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#12
Report 1 month ago
#12
(Original post by loststarsatnight)
Can someone please explain the difference in approach to the papers above? I'm really stuck as to how to 'jump' up a level
You're going to be doing A levels? Have you done IMC etc, if so how did you do?
The SMC is doable with gcse knowledge. BMO needs a bit more work, if you get through.
0
reply
loststarsatnight
Badges: 4
Rep:
?
#13
Report 1 month ago
#13
Right, so I can get full marks in the SMC, and I'm going into sixth form - some of the BMO questions are hard for me to understand, others are comfortable to do within half an hour but i tend to miss out one case/rule/exception.

I got to the Maclaurin olympiads this year, and did well enough to get a certificate, but missed out on the prize due to my proofs being incomplete.
0
reply
mqb2766
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#14
Report 1 month ago
#14
(Original post by loststarsatnight)
Right, so I can get full marks in the SMC, and I'm going into sixth form - some of the BMO questions are hard for me to understand, others are comfortable to do within half an hour but i tend to miss out one case/rule/exception.

I got to the Maclaurin olympiads this year, and did well enough to get a certificate, but missed out on the prize due to my proofs being incomplete.
Have you got onto the mentoring scheme to see about improving proofs - you may be beyond it though? If you can do most of the BMO questions, you probably need a bit more focussed help than your original post implied. Are there any sort of questions you find hard / how many past papers have you done?
Last edited by mqb2766; 1 month ago
0
reply
loststarsatnight
Badges: 4
Rep:
?
#15
Report 1 month ago
#15
Nope - I didn't get onto the mentoring scheme. I can do the most basic questions involving only gcse level concepts, so right now i'm focusing on learning more concepts (mods and functional equations). Honestly, the phrasing of my question was bad and what I meant to say was: is there a 'trick' to BMO questions, like scaling the question down, or just playing about with examples that I'm missing, or is it just brute force?
0
reply
mqb2766
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#16
Report 1 month ago
#16
(Original post by loststarsatnight)
Nope - I didn't get onto the mentoring scheme. I can do the most basic questions involving only gcse level concepts, so right now i'm focusing on learning more concepts (mods and functional equations). Honestly, the phrasing of my question was bad and what I meant to say was: is there a 'trick' to BMO questions, like scaling the question down, or just playing about with examples that I'm missing, or is it just brute force?
For the BMO stuff there is a reasonable amount of extra number theory/geometry/... to learn
https://www.thestudentroom.co.uk/sho...php?p=89686786
But as usual the best way is to practice. Siklos STEP book is good for emphasising the initial thinking about different ways to solve a problem.

Looking at a few of the solution videos would give you some idea whether you need to brush up on your knowledge base or improve your problem solving.
1
reply
vix.xvi
Badges: 20
Rep:
?
#17
Report 1 month ago
#17
(Original post by robertgallacher)
If anyone needs any guidance or advice, feel free to message me. I sat the SMC last year and BMO1 this January, getting gold and a distinction respectively. Whilst I doubt I am the highest scorer on here by any stretch, I'm quite happy to give any assistance to whomever needs it

Edit: Commenting may be better as then more people can benefit
Hi!
Im currently in year 11 and want to practice SMC as I really wanna get a gold or above?
Any advice? How many papers should I be doing? Any books to buy? Also, are there in any 'tricks' for the questions? thanks
0
reply
sakura_23
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#18
Report 1 month ago
#18
I’m doing the intermediate, got through to Olympiad every year getting merit, which I’d like to improve so that I can get distinction every year, but when my school does the mentoring scheme, it’s not challenging? They’ll invite students that just hit silver in the challenge, and do half an hour a week of past challenge questions that they get sent, which is not helping me at all. I always miss out on distinction by 1-2 points, and I’ll get full marks on maybe 2 long questions and 1-3 for a couple of other ones. Any ideas? I regularly do papers and self learn the GCSE and A-Level maths syllabus, does anyone else have any ideas to help?
0
reply
sakura_23
Badges: 18
Rep:
?
#19
Report 1 month ago
#19
(Original post by loststarsatnight)
Nope - I didn't get onto the mentoring scheme. I can do the most basic questions involving only gcse level concepts, so right now i'm focusing on learning more concepts (mods and functional equations). Honestly, the phrasing of my question was bad and what I meant to say was: is there a 'trick' to BMO questions, like scaling the question down, or just playing about with examples that I'm missing, or is it just brute force?
Honestly? The thing about it is creativity. You have to be able to do most of the syllabus content subconsciously, so that you can piece together a solution of your own. There’s no real trick, but a very deep understanding and ability to apply mathematical knowledge is key, and knowing how to think outside of the box.
0
reply
robertgallacher
Badges: 13
Rep:
?
#20
Report 1 month ago
#20
(Original post by vix.xvi)
Hi!
Im currently in year 11 and want to practice SMC as I really wanna get a gold or above?
Any advice? How many papers should I be doing? Any books to buy? Also, are there in any 'tricks' for the questions? thanks
I wrote this on another post and it seems apt to put it here as a rough summary of where I'd recommend focusing your efforts:
Spoiler:
Show
SMC, BMO and IMO are all maths challenges that focus on problem-solving.

SMC (Senior Maths Challenge) is the easiest, and is good to practice on as it is widely-recognised and is a gateway to the others. It is multiple choice and you can prepare for it directly, but because its format is quite unique, spending tons of time practising for it may be counterproductive as you'd be taking time away from the higher level competitions which are probably much better. I would instead focus on other problem-solving maths, particularly the STEP Support Programme - link here: https://maths.org/step/assignments - and other such problem-solving-type questions, and then try to adapt your skills for it. I would definitely recommend trying a few timed papers for the sake of timing, as well as improving your guessing. Whilst it is not advisable to guess, as you will have no net gain of points, if you are just below the boundary and can narrow it down to a few options, that may - emphasis on may - be beneficial and push you over the boundary.

BMO (British Mathematical Olympiad) is set in two rounds, BMO1 and BMO2. Although not exclusively invite-only, it is generally understood that if you could not meet the qualifying mark, you may struggle in the Olympiad. The answers to BMO questions are long and written-out, and will often involve a variety of ideas. For this, I would definitely recommend practising a variety of past papers, as well as other problem-solving maths. You are advised to write out your answers again coherently closer to what a formal proof would be like after finding the answers in note form, so it is advisable to practice under timed conditions when you are more comfortable with the format of the paper. I only got to BMO1, though I only did about a week of preparation for both the SMC and BMO, so I can't advise you from experience on extensive preparation and beyond this paper, but it seems that BMO2 has a similar format but with fewer, and harder, questions.

IMO (International Mathematical Olympiad) is extremely selective, and if you are able to get to IMO, then the previous papers should be no hard task, nor would a lot of the other maths that you are learning. If you are serious about getting to IMO, then you would likely need an exceptional aptitude for maths and a lot of preparation. Personally, it is a hurdle that seems better to target when you get to it, and I think that practising IMO questions on your own, not under timed conditions, is impressive enough, and focusing on the previous papers may be better.

Hope this helped

Personally, I didn't do much for either specifically, which I sorta regret in a way, but I had done a lot of problem-solving maths generally. I think it would be useful to practice your algebraic manipulation and number theory, as they seemed useful in the few past papers that I did get round to doing, but I think working through past questions is pretty useful practice for BMO; and perhaps MAT past paper questions, especially the multiple-choice ones, for SMC

Edit: I just realised that you said you were in Year 11, not Year 12. I'm not too sure of which resources you are able to use - I wasn't particularly focused during my GCSEs, but I think there are problem-solving modules on NRICH, some of which are tailored to GCSE students (don't hold me to that though).
Last edited by robertgallacher; 1 month ago
2
reply
X

Quick Reply

Attached files
Write a reply...
Reply
new posts
Back
to top
Latest
My Feed

See more of what you like on
The Student Room

You can personalise what you see on TSR. Tell us a little about yourself to get started.

Personalise

How are you feeling ahead of starting University?

I am excited and looking forward to starting (41)
13.67%
I am excited but have some apprehension around Covid-19 measures (44)
14.67%
I am concerned I will miss out on aspects of the uni experience due to new measures (105)
35%
I am concerned the Covid-19 measures at uni are not strong enough (29)
9.67%
I am nervous and feel I don't have enough information (65)
21.67%
Something else (let us know in the thread!) (16)
5.33%

Watched Threads

View All