Article Summary: "It is recommended that you
write this outline on a sheet of paper that you can follow every time you
work on math problem solving. The goal of using a math outline to solve
problems is to provide you with an organized strategy for solving any type
of math problem."
Are you are having difficulties solving math problems? One alternative could be the use of an outline to help you plan your approach to solving the problem. A problem solving outline provides a strategy for solving even the most difficult problems. Once you have mastered this problem solving technique, math problems will be breeze to solve.
Let's take a look at a problem solving outline or plan. The first thing that you need to do is identify all the needed information in the problem. You can do this by looking for clues:
Other clues will help you when reading the problem. Addition uses clues like sum, total, in all, and perimeter. Subtraction uses clue words like difference, how much more, and exceed. Multiplication uses clue words like product, total, area, and times. Finally division uses clue words like share, distribute, quotient, and average.
Once you have done this, develop a strategy or plan how to solve the problem. This can be accomplished by:
Another option that you can use in this problem solving outline is rewrite the problem to help identify key terms, information, and words that will help you understand what is being asked in the problem. In addition if you can rewrite it and still have the same meaning, then you have a better understanding of the problem.
After you have completed your outline for the problem, then carry out the plan you developed to solve the problem. After you have solved the problem, carry out the next steps:
All of these strategies will work when solving math problems using an outline. This plan of action will help identify everything needed to solve the problem.
It is recommended that you write this outline on a sheet of paper that you can follow every time you work on math problem solving. The goal of using a math outline to solve problems is to provide you with an organized strategy for solving any type of math problem. It will also provide you with an outline for solving life's problems. The more you use this outline the less that you will actually have to follow the actual written outline. It will just become second nature.