It true that math Olympiad is in different level compared to what are learnt in classroom. Although these are the same mathematics, the questions and problems in the Olympiad can have higher level of difficulties and complexity. This can happen since the Olympiad is not only to test their understanding. The Olympiad is also to see their analytical skills and comprehension toward the mathematics. That is why students cannot just be enough and satisfied with what they have learnt in the classroom during the mathematics class. They need to have deeper understanding.
In this case, there are several things to pay attention when students are preparing for the math Olympiad. In this case, the first things is to learn deeply and comprehensively. It is important to fully master what teachers have taught in the class of mathematics.
Understanding the basics are not enough since they have to fully master each subjects and principles in mathematics based on their level of study. In this case, they will need special portions and allocation for deeper studies and understanding. They will also need teachers to help them personally when they have questions and problems. This will also need a lot of practices. Practices by answering the questions of mathematics Olympics will be necessary. This is to make them accustomed and trained to solve the problems well.
Then, it is also important to have better time management. Time management will be needed since students cannot work on each questions slowly. They can run out of time if they cannot manage the duration well. That is why more practices will be needed to make them able to solve the problems quickly. In this case, they also need to focus on their weakness. Weak points must be strengthened so there will be no points. Somehow, meticulousness is also needed since sometimes students can make tiny mistakes and this can affect the whole answers.