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I am in a serious issue now. I have an exam in the next few days and have a lot of questions to ask to the community at MSE. I had been procrastinating since to ask all of these problems. Unfortunately, only maximum 6 questions per day can be posted.

Also, most of these are combinatorics problems and ... I don't know what to mention in the "What I tried" section. Combinatorics is mostly trial and error of questions (which is useless and time taking to type, who wants to see all the long calculations and stuff I did, I also have no time) that I don't know and apparently I am getting downvotes because of this.

I have a friend named sparkle23 and he is new to MSE and is facing this same issue for his regional contest.

I have this issue and no time. Can anybody help me what to do?

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    $\begingroup$ The problem you have is that you don't see the method in the madness (I'm not saying it's your fault, some teachers are just like that, and it's hard to follow them). Combinatorics is not "mostly trial and error". There is a method, and you're not seeing it. Focus on seeing the method. Also, who wants to see all that effort you put into a question in order to understand how to make your life better with improved abstract understanding? I guess the people to whom you pay nothing and volunteer their time for you? $\endgroup$ – Asaf Karagila Nov 5 at 11:17
  • $\begingroup$ I understand Asaf and I agree with you. But my question is just on how to manage to ask more questions. Can I post 2-3 similar problems in the same post? $\endgroup$ – Vasu090 Nov 5 at 11:22
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    $\begingroup$ Some suggestions that might (possibly) be useful were made in the comments to this recent question: Best way to ask multiple questions. $\endgroup$ – Martin Sleziak Nov 5 at 11:40
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    $\begingroup$ Is this website really the only place you can ask questions? If this is for a class, can't you ask the teacher? Do you not have friends with whom you could form a study group? Could you hire a tutor? This website is not meant to take the place of those alternatives. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 5 at 11:55
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    $\begingroup$ In any event, usually when one has a lot of questions, they are sufficiently closely related that if you truly understand how to do one or two of them then you can work out how to do many of the others. So my advice is to ask one question, study the answers you get, see whether they help you figure out some of your other questions. Continued. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 5 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ More advice: by this point, I suspect that every combinatorics question that could ever be asked has already been asked and answered on this site. Searching this site is not the easiest thing to do, but it's worth trying, as you may find that exactly what you're looking for is already here. $\endgroup$ – Gerry Myerson Nov 5 at 11:59
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks Gerry for the suggestions... Yes this website (and other forums) are the only place I can ask questions. My teachers are just normal high school teachers and the combo problems are olympiad type so they can't often help me. So, I just refer to forums (or my olympiad classes) for any question of mine. :( I am so stressed and in tension that I can't even type properly.. $\endgroup$ – Vasu090 Nov 5 at 12:25
  • $\begingroup$ dr math, email purple math ? look up on khan academy ? look up on wikipedia, look up on mathworld, lookup on numberphile,standupmaths,singingbanana, mathologer(youtubers), $\endgroup$ – Roddy MacPhee Nov 5 at 13:14
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    $\begingroup$ People have been helping you with alternatives of what you can do now, but I wanted to address the original title "want to post many problems for an exam". I'm pretty sure that you would receive a lot of negative feedback if you posted many (as in, the daily quota is too small for you) such problems. And if you let any of that "urgency" leak into your posts, you would have been even less popular. What you really should take away from this experience is "I sure don't want to make this mistake of procrastination (at least, not of this magnitude) again." Hopefully this helps it stick. $\endgroup$ – rschwieb Nov 5 at 13:37
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    $\begingroup$ The whole idea of scrambling to learn a subject at the last minute is as laughable as it is unsustainable. But the silver lining is that learning is always possible when you start earlier. $\endgroup$ – rschwieb Nov 5 at 13:38
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    $\begingroup$ "I am so stressed and in tension that I can't even type properly" Being stressed and in tension won't help you to solve your problems. So don't worry, it's useless. Notice the worst thing that could happen is you to fail the contest, but another contest will come :) and this time you will for sure do better. $\endgroup$ – Isabella Nov 5 at 21:24
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    $\begingroup$ @Vasu090 I've seen AoPS (Art of Problem Solving) referenced on this site several times, but I've never used it myself. You may wish to check which of the available communities best suits what you're looking for & then try asking a few questions there as well. However, I suggest you first check at least some of their questions & responses to get a feel for any minimal requirements for questions, type & quality of responses, etc., plus you may find some personally useful questions/answers. Regardless of what you do, good luck on your exam. $\endgroup$ – John Omielan Nov 6 at 0:18
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    $\begingroup$ One last note in this stream of comments; I advise you to pick up a text on combinatorics. A simple google search will yield some results. Just pick one and start on it. Find one that seems to be well known and has some answers on the web. Then, you have a structured environment where you can understand the theory behind what you are doing, and then you also have an "anchor" where if you find solutions or guides online to the textbook you can study them. If you are at the stage where combinatorics is still "trial and error", I advise that you do not do competition math but rather use a book. $\endgroup$ – D.R. Nov 14 at 2:06

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