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Problem Solving There are many different strategies that good problem solvers use to solve a problem Before using a strategy you must remember a few things First take your time Few good problem solvers solve problems fast Second dont give up You will never solve a problem if you dont try Last be flexible If a first you dont succeed try another way And if the second way doesnt work try a third way There are a few steps to solving a problem that you should follow First read the problem very carefully Try to understand every word and make sure you know what the problem is asking If you dont know the meaning of a word look it up in a dictionary Second sort out information that is not needed Third devise a plan Even guesses have to be planned out Arrange information in tables draw pictures and compare the information to another problem you know of Fourth carry out the plan Attempt to solve it and work with care If the attempt doesnt work then go back and read the problem again Last check your work carefully Dont check by repeating the problem estimate or find another way to try and to solve the problem You can understand what the problem means yet still not be able to solve it immediately One good way to help you solve the problem is to draw a picture One example of this strategy is suppose you received a problem asking you how many diagonals a heptagon has The plan is very obvious Draw a heptagon and then draw its diagonals Another strategy is trial and error Trial and error is a problem solving strategy that everybody uses at one time or another In trial and error you try an answer If the answer is an error you try something else You keep
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