We in Albania have a good team in the IMO, and this year I will probably be part of it.

Since Albania does not have a public training programme, I have to consult the training programmes of other teams. What programmes do other teams use ? If you have participated in, coached, or simply know about programmes used by other countries; please let me know. I would like to know your suggestions about books/exercises/work methods etc.

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    $\begingroup$ who is we? i'm working also with a part of the IMO team in Leipzig $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2014 at 19:08
  • $\begingroup$ We as in our nation. $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2014 at 19:08
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    $\begingroup$ what nation? USA? $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2014 at 19:09
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    $\begingroup$ Albania, we have a very bad public olympiad training program. And by bad I actually mean none. Most of the students are privately trained, if not at all. $\endgroup$ Oct 25, 2014 at 19:12

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I am somewhat involved with the national olympiad in Mexico.

Here is the official website.

In Mexico they do a national Olympiad where each state sends six students. The cut-offs are the same percentages as in the imo. The gold medallists are invited to several training camps (each a couple of weeks long). During these training camps participants write tests and are eliminated until they select the six imo participants. In between they write other national competitions and other international competitions like APMO or Centro-american olympiads. After IMO we also have the Ibero-American olympiad.

It is also importatnt to mention there are also other training camps for young students who don't get gold, like the training camp to go to the IWYMC and the training camp to go to Centro.(In fact most of the IMO participants had previously assisted to these other camps.

The material used to teach the basics can be found in these books. They also have a problem magazine published four times a year. However, the later classes are not tought from these materials as they do not have the level of an imo exam.

As for my personal recomendations:

I think you should try lots of shortlists from the IMO. If these are too hard try to solve national exams from countries with a level similar to Albania. You can find these at AOPS.

I recommend that you try to solve the problem of the day every day in AOPS. And read the various solutions for it also. You should also try the contest of the week. Finally, you should check out brilliant.org. They also give problems of the day, you should try to solve all three of them every day, they are pretty easier than IMO problems, but they are pretty good for learning new techniques.


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