# Problem Solving Resources

Hi there!

I'm really enjoying using Brilliant and solving the multitude of problems! Currently, I'm on level three for most topics, however I really want to learn the techniques and theory to successfully approach the higher level questions.

Are there any resources that will help me boost my ability and skill at solving problems from Olympiads etc.?

Note by Soham Karwa
6 years, 2 months ago

This discussion board is a place to discuss our Daily Challenges and the math and science related to those challenges. Explanations are more than just a solution — they should explain the steps and thinking strategies that you used to obtain the solution. Comments should further the discussion of math and science.

When posting on Brilliant:

• Use the emojis to react to an explanation, whether you're congratulating a job well done , or just really confused .
• Ask specific questions about the challenge or the steps in somebody's explanation. Well-posed questions can add a lot to the discussion, but posting "I don't understand!" doesn't help anyone.
• Try to contribute something new to the discussion, whether it is an extension, generalization or other idea related to the challenge.

MarkdownAppears as
*italics* or _italics_ italics
**bold** or __bold__ bold
- bulleted- list
• bulleted
• list
1. numbered2. list
1. numbered
2. list
Note: you must add a full line of space before and after lists for them to show up correctly
paragraph 1paragraph 2

paragraph 1

paragraph 2

[example link](https://brilliant.org)example link
> This is a quote
This is a quote
    # I indented these lines
# 4 spaces, and now they show
# up as a code block.

print "hello world"
# I indented these lines
# 4 spaces, and now they show
# up as a code block.

print "hello world"
MathAppears as
Remember to wrap math in $$ ... $$ or $ ... $ to ensure proper formatting.
2 \times 3 $2 \times 3$
2^{34} $2^{34}$
a_{i-1} $a_{i-1}$
\frac{2}{3} $\frac{2}{3}$
\sqrt{2} $\sqrt{2}$
\sum_{i=1}^3 $\sum_{i=1}^3$
\sin \theta $\sin \theta$
\boxed{123} $\boxed{123}$

Sort by:

Thanks for the advice guys! AoPS looks great and I've ordered a few books from them :)

- 6 years, 2 months ago

I'd like add something. Even if you learn enough techniques, that does not mean that you'll be a good problem solver. Problem solving skills come from solving lots of problems. Techniques are like tools. It helps you when you have a lot of them, but they are useless if you can't apply them. So I suggest you take a problem-oriented approach to learning.

Just keep solving problems and you'll be good!

- 6 years, 2 months ago

aops is really the best resource out there. Watch some instructional videos, discuss problems with people, and try your skills out with FTW!. Also, if you can, order some of their books. :D

- 6 years, 2 months ago

Definitely AoPS.

- 6 years, 2 months ago

- 6 years, 2 months ago

I see that you have @mentioned Calvin here. Click on his profile and then click on sets located at the left hand side of his profile. You'll be able to find many sets that discuss different techniques in different topics.

- 6 years, 2 months ago

Thanks - I forgot to tag you in as well :) I've had a look at them but I was looking for something in more depth?

- 6 years, 2 months ago

Can you be more specific about what you have in mind?

- 6 years, 2 months ago

I would like to learn techniques and content which will allow to answer the level 4 or 5 problems - I'm sorry I can't be more specific - essentially, I want to improve and was wondering if anyone had come across any resources which addresses either techniques to solve problems or simply has the content necessary to answer such problems.

- 6 years, 2 months ago

Sorry, Does that make it any clearer?

- 6 years, 2 months ago

Well, I'm fairly sure that Calvin's sets have the necessary information to learn problem-solving methods. If that doesn't work for you, you can always buy the AoPS Volume 2 which covers more advanced topics. However, depending on where you live (in or outside US), the cost will be from around 40 USD to 80 USD from the extra cost of shipping.

- 6 years, 2 months ago