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Everyone has trouble solving a problem at some time in their life.  What can you do about it if you are stuck?   The truth is, problems are often not as difficult as they first appear.  We just need to train our brain to think the right way.  It is a little like training your arm muscles to throw a ball a greater distance.  How do you do it?  Well many people have ideas about how, especially when it comes to solving problems in Mathematics and games.

Here are  a few ideas for you.  The most important thing to do before you solve a problem is relax.  Take a deep breath and slow down.  Remember the story of the tortoise and the hare?

Ideas that help you solve problems are called strategies.  Below you will find some strategies (ideas) that will help you think in the right way to solve a problem.

      Tools that may help

     4ruler
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     4graph
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Step 1: Reading carefully . . . Step 2: Think time . . . Step 3: Choose a strategy Step 4: Try it out Step 5: Go back and check
         
Find the words that matter.
What do you know for sure?
What don't you know for sure?
What do you need now?
Say what the problem is again.
Think about it.
Organize the information.
How can you represent it?
Draw or use a thinkboard
Do you know a similar problem?
Is there a pattern?
Is there a rule?
Can you w
ork it backwards?
Simplify it (try smaller numbers).
Guess and check.
 
Try the strategy you chose.
Think about the big things first.
Do the small things.
Do not forget where you are heading.
Do you need to use a tool?
Check your answer(s).
Does it make sense?
Think about the answer.
 
   

Remember ... the answer is not the most important thing, the way you did it is!