How to Solve Math Problems Easily
BASIC STEPS OF PROBLEM SOLVING
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Steps in Solving Math Word Problems Easily
Several students hate Math and hate even more word problems in Math. As soon as they are caught by word problems, they all have these negative attitude like being passive and self-pity. That is normal for someone who got bad memories related to solving Math problems. However, the positive attitude of "I can do it" should not be gone. Here are some tips to help you solve Math word problems easily:
1. READ AND READ AND UNDERSTAND. Read and understand the problem. If you don't understand it, read it twice, thrice, etc. until you understand it. Make sure that you know the meaning of all the terms used in the problem. You can use a dictionary to help you.
You can underline the given. Take note of what is asked in the problem.
2. RECALL. Find out what is asked in the problem and recall if you have solved more or less the same kind of problem. You can search for more or less the same kind of problem in the internet. Try to understand the solution and be ready to solve on your own.
If internet connection is not available, then list down what are the concepts involved and what have you learned in the past that could probably help you and then recall those concepts. You can asked the help of search engines for that.
3. ILLUSTRATE. For me, this is the best strategy in solving a problem. Illustration whether the use of table, drawing/sketches, or any representation helps a lot. It helps you visualize the problem.
4. REVIEW. Review your answer. If you understand the problem, then you will know whether you got the correct or wrong answer. Check whether the number is just too high or low or whether it is not possible. For example, if your looking for a distance, then it is impossible to have a negative answer. Distance uses positive integers.
If you have an equation, try to use that equation to check if your answer is correct.
Math is a skill. If you have problems in solving word problems, then you got to have more practice. You can try solving problems thrice a week. Start from the most basic to complicated ones. You can do it! Just believe in yourself. This is actually the first step. Moreover, don't be ashamed to ask help. Just be sure that you will do it independently next time. :-)