The results I received for the most recent math competition were quite disappointing, and I have recently found that I greatly lack the ability to solve mathematical problems in an effective and creative manner, particularly in a timed context. As for the timed context, I am conscious of the fact that research mathematics is not a race against others to display superiority (the superiority is questionable, in addition). Howbeit, it does require high order thinking and spurs of creativity, which I do not possess. My mind is essentially analogous to that of a robot. I am able to solve ordinary differential equations, understand concepts such as divergence and curl, yet am unable to solve simplistic mathematical problems, let alone more complex ones. How can I boost my mathematical problem solving proficiency? Note that I am 12 years old, and I desperately require assistance when it comes to preparing for olympiads.