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Problem Solving Strategies

Alex's Problem Solving Strategies

  • ask for help from a teacher, friend, relative
  • break it into smaller pieces
  • look for the important details - the numbers
  • use what you already know
  • look for key words
  • simplify what you can
  • make a table, graph, equation
  • use a calculator
  • draw a picture
  • use your notes
  • reread the problem
  • look for clues
  • look for a pattern
  • guess and check - and look for patterns as you go
  • try an easier similar problem
  • use process of elimination
  • work backwards 
  • sleep on it
  • write down your variables
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