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Succeed with maths: part 1
Succeed with maths: part 1

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7 Problem-solving strategies

There are many different ways that you can help yourself solve a problem, and get around an aspect that you find particularly tricky.

Man sitting at a desk in front of a laptop. He is writing in a notebook.

In the last problem you used the following techniques, try to keep these in mind when faced with any new problem.

  • Write down what you know – the information you have, any techniques that might be helpful, and your ideas for tackling the problem.
  • Write down what you want to do or find.
  • Break the problem down into smaller steps that you can tackle one at a time.
  • Draw a diagram or use a physical model.