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January 7th, 2017, 06:32 PM  #1 
Newbie Joined: Jan 2017 From: Costa Rica Posts: 3 Thanks: 0  Books/advice to improve math skills
Hi, I am a university student, and I want to significantly improve my mathematical skills. I take the usual courses of calculus, differential equations, linear algebra, etc. But since I want to apply to a scholarship, I want to be better than average, and be able to tackle exams such as the GRE Math/Physics, etc. I consider mathematical olympics to be a good start, so if you know anything about this please guide me. Also, if you have any general advice on topics I should know, how to be faster, etc, please tell me. Thank you. 
January 7th, 2017, 06:37 PM  #2 
Senior Member Joined: Jan 2017 From: US Posts: 104 Thanks: 5 
Have you heard of Arthur T. Benjamin? He is sort of like a "human calculator" and has some really amazing books and CD's to teach you simple tricks to do math in your head, and fast. One of his books is called Secrets to Mental Math 
January 7th, 2017, 07:09 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Feb 2016 From: Australia Posts: 1,453 Thanks: 489 Math Focus: Yet to find out.  The Art of Problem Solving is a good one. I think the author is Paul Zeist (not sure about the first name). It's not only a book filled with problems from a variety of areas, but also strategies and things to look out for when problem solving. Note that it's important to note the difference between problems and exercises. This book is filled with problems. 

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