# Help learning and understanding.

It seems to me that I am completely unaware of the thermos formulas that are used in the solutions, and answers to the problems that are assigned on Brilliant. There is a lot of stuff on here that takes me hours to even days to understand. Because of this I'm subject to drop in math levels(like I already have). In my entire school Career (pk-11) I have never been taught by anyone how to do the likes of these problems, and or learned theorems and formulas that can be used with Brilliant problems.

So, I come to ask.. Is there any place that anyone would recommend that I go to, to study up on certain math topics to learn? I want to be able to do math fast and simple.

This is not just for brilliant,but for personal satisfaction on knowing topics of math that could potentially be used in the future.

And to compete with my friends in my school who also do brilliant. Haha.

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5 years ago

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I am somewhat in a similar situation. In my city, there is really no one capable enough of these olympiad problems so the only the way for me to learn these relatively advanced theorems are through books and the internet. See if you can find a instructor.

- 5 years ago

Same here @pranav , it seems so odd that only a few could do these type of problems . Even our school teachers couldn't help us much with these problems . So , all we got is the internet , some books and teachers like Calvin :D

- 5 years ago

The best teacher is practice! Every time you solve a problem or read the solution, you learn more and more.

The problem is that many assignments here require a different approach. It's simply impossible to teach you how to solve these problem, as each problem is different.

From a western-european point of view: for levels 1 through 3 I think that 'basic' highschool math is sufficient, but beyond that you often need a broader background to recognise different theorems (and know of their existance). This background can be obtaining by a university study of math for example. The people able to explain those subjects to you would be (ex) math students and professors.

Again, they can only teach you about those subjects. How you need to apply those subjects to solve problems is something that comes with practice.

- 5 years ago

Same is the case here in India . But we'll definitely need someone to teach . Atleast some basic ideas . Don't you think ? Please give your E-mail too (only for contact purpose)

- 5 years ago

That's my condition too! And I too am an Indian. This probably is something that is in every Indian's platter.

- 5 years ago

Agreed.

- 5 years ago

Well herein America, most of my teachers have NO IDEA on how to start these problems with out giving them at least 10 minutes to think. I only learn a tiny bit about the ways on solving brilliant problems from my friends who are doing brilliant also(who are also in my school). I just thought that there must be a range of things I could study to prepare me for questions like the ones on brilliant.

- 5 years ago