What I've found effective is to take all the information and categorize and paginate it. Then, I auto-generate a table of contents, and I'm all set. Thank goodness for Microsoft Word. You could try indexing it, too, but that might be more time-consuming than it's worth. I get all my information to comfortably fit in a 1.5" binder, at least for regionals. I've seen some people with massive binders, though.Hey! I'm new to this event, and I'm still a little confused on the test.
How do you recommend my partner and I to do the test- Should we split it in half and work on it separately? If so, how do we share the binder in an effective manner? (we had trouble on this during regionals.)
Also, how long are most people's binders? What method of organization did you find best?
If anyone has done this event more than once- do you often see random trivia based on time in tests? On our regional test, there was a question on the incubation period of H1N1, and we had no idea. If so, how do you suggest to prepare for these sorts of things?
Thanks! Any information at all would be great.
Splitting the test in half and working on it separately is a great strategy. My partners and I have usually been able to share the binder pretty easily; if you need it for a question and its in use, just skip to a question you don't need it for until your partner finishes. If it's organized well, you won't need to use it for long. If you're really worried, I guess you could make two copies of everything, staple them into two packets, and then remove them from the binder once competition begins.
And yes, random trivia shows up all the time. In fact, I think we had the same question. As far as I know, the only way to prepare for it is to find all the random bits of time-related knowledge you can.
I don't think it's required that you use the official files--you just have to use a computer capable of timing things extremely precisely.They have to use three. it's part of the rules, isn't it? to use the official SO time trials? they're all available on the official site....During competitions, are the time trials generally started using three beeps or one? At Mentor this year it was only one, but all of the other competitions we've been to have been three.
Finally, has anyone managed to get a pendulum with a stiff rod to oscillate for the full five minutes. Even with ball-bearings and a 7lb weight, I can only get it to last for about a minute.