How to Manage Time While Giving IMO in Class 6th
Updated on January 3, 2022 | by Evan Chase
IMO along with the other Olympiads, are highly competitive exams in which students have to solve 50 questions within a time limit of just 60 minutes, which makes it essential for students to manage their time while giving the exam so that they are able to finish the paper in the given time.
Many students walk out of the exam hall thinking that if they had some more time, they would have been able to solve more questions or they should not have spent so much time on a single question. The Olympiads conducted not only test your knowledge in the respective subject, but they also test your character under pressure, how you react when the odds are stacked against you.
Most of the students prepare the subject of which they are giving the Olympiad, in the best way they can but don’t give a second thought to how they are going to manage their time in the exam hall so that they can attempt all the questions in the limited time given to them. Learning to manage time is not a really difficult task and can make a huge difference in the result we secure.
Here are some tips that will help you to manage time while giving IMO in class 6th –
Scan Through the Paper Before Starting –
Before starting off with solving the paper, go through the entire paper and decide on the strategy through which you will be attempting the paper. Make sure to read each question carefully, with utmost concentration while solving the paper as students tend to misread the questions due to haste and thus give the incorrect answer.
Decide on the Questions You Will be Starting Off with –
While going through the paper, mark the questions that you think are easy and start with those questions so that you gain confidence in solving these questions. You can also alter your strategy and start off with the Achiever’s section, which has 5 questions carrying 3 marks each but is also more difficult than the other questions in the paper. As they contain 25% of the total marks of IMO for 7th and 6th, you can go through them at the start and see how many you can solve, but keep in mind not to devote extra time to these questions as there are 45 more questions to solve. In the end, it all depends on the student, which strategy he or she chooses to attempt the Olympiad with depending on their level of comfort.
Decide When You Will be Filling in the Responses in the OMR Sheet –
Many students first solve the question paper and mark the answers that they get in the question paper itself and then later on fill in their responses in the OMR sheet. One disadvantage this strategy has is that if you are late in filing your OMR sheet, you might not be able to mark some answers in the OMR sheet even though you were able to solve these questions correctly. If you do decide on this strategy, make sure to decide a time after which you will start filling in the responses in the OMR sheet so that you can fill in all the answers in time. Another strategy that students can adopt is to fill in the responses in the OMR sheet the moment they get the answer simultaneously. This can save you the trouble of filling up all the responses altogether after solving all the questions.
Have an Idea of the Pattern of Question Paper Before Appearing –
Take a look at the pattern of the question paper of IMO before appearing in the exam. You can easily find the pattern of the paper on the official site of SOF and then solve IMO Maths Olympiad Previous Year Question Paper Class 6 2011 so that you are familiar with the pattern and are not uneasy giving the Olympiad exam. Giving previous years’ papers and mock tests can help you in getting a thorough understanding of the pattern of paper of IMO and test the strategy you have prepared to attempt the paper.
Allot a Specific Time for Each Question or Section –
You should have an idea of the number of questions that are asked in each section so that you can bifurcate the time that you allot to each section and question in such a way that you can solve the entire paper in the given time limit. Don’t spend the same amount of time on each question though, as some questions would require more logical thinking while you might be able to get some answers easily. If you spend more time than you allotted to a question, don’t waste any more time on it and leave it for later.
If Unable to Solve a Question, Take a Guess –
If you are unable to solve a question, make sure that you don’t leave that question unanswered before submitting the OMR sheet and make a guess as to what the answer could be because there is no negative marking in IMO. In a question paper that is as complex as IMO, there are bound to be some questions that you won’t be able to solve, so make sure to attempt those questions as well so that if by chance you are correct, you can get bonus marks!
If You Finish the Paper Quickly, Revise Your Responses –
Some students are able to complete the paper very quickly by giving the answers to the questions they can solve and guessing the answers to the questions that they are not able to solve. However, they should not leave the exam hall after completing the paper quickly and should revise the responses they gave or give another try to the questions they weren’t able to solve.
Leave the Questions That Require More Calculation, for Later –
In IMO, there are bound to be questions that would require more calculations than the other questions, which could take up more time than you can allot to it and can result in you missing out on some questions you could have instead solved in that time. Hence, for the questions that you can identify at first glance that would require detailed calculation, leave them for later after you have attempted all the questions at least once.