93% of students say All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad has improved their problem-solving skills

93% of students say All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad has improved their problem-solving skills

93% of participants in the final of All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad 2016 report that the contest has helped them to enhance their problem-solving skills. These results were revealed in a survey of contestants at the national final of the contest, which was held in March 2016 at Trinity College Dublin.

The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is a key element of the ADAPT Centre’s Problem-Solving Initiative. It challenges students to develop their own stratiges for solving complex problems in unfamiliar languages, thus enhancing the lateral thinking skills necessary for careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).

The survey also revealed that AILO is increasing students’ propensity to consider careers combining computing and language. After participating in the Olympiad, 81% of students say they would consider studying computing and language at third level – up from only 47% of students before the contest.

A huge 98% of AILO 2016 finalists said they would recommend the Olympiad to a friend.

Among the reasons cited for this were:
“AILO helps young people to discover their skills.”
“This competition has improved my confidence when solving even maths problems because it’s so challenging.”
“Huge sense of satisfaction from figuring something out.”

It is clear that students find the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad hugely beneficial, challenging and fun.

Test your mind against the world’s toughest puzzles in logic, language and linguistics! Check out AILO puzzles now and register for the contest from mid-September 2016.

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