People may think that math Olympiads are difficult. It may be true that this is difficult to solve since the questions are in different level compared to tests and practices that students get in the mathematics class in school. However, actually there are several interesting and positive things to obtain from joining the math Olympiad.
The first one is about the real experiences and competitions. The math Olympiad, both in national and international scales, can provide kids or students with the real experiences of competition in real life. This can be good way to prepare the students. This can be such an simulation of competition in life since they will find various people who are friends and competitors at the same times. They will get experiences of competing, winning, or even losing something. This is important experiences.
Then, it is clear that the Olympiad can be good way to think innovatively. In the math Olympiad, students do not get regular questions as what are found in their regular subjects. The questions are quite difficult and these cannot be solved just by single understanding of certain topics or concepts.
They may have to combine some principles and concept just to answer a single questions. Then, they also need deeper analysis and understanding to solve the complexity. Of course, this will make students able to think innovatively since they are trained to use their logic wells for solving the problems.
Of course, the problem-solving situation is not just to think innovatively. In fact, this has big impact on personality and even future life of the students. In real life, problem-solving is necessary. By having this habit, students will not have difficulties when they have problems in life. They have been trained to see the problems thoroughly and meticulously in order to solve them properly and correctly. These may be simple, but it is needed in real life and in future career.