12. YLC How to Identify the Correct Method of Solving a Math Problem

How to Identify the Correct Method of Solving a Math Problem

The most important thing to know when solving a math problem is to know what to look for. A required procedure is to be used when solving a math problem that the student should be familiar with. The only way students are able to memorise these strategies are with practice. Primary mathematics tuition provide the child with different levels of math problems according to how efficiently the child is able to solve the problems. These math enrichment centres also teach them the correct steps that have to be followed when solving a math problem.

There are four main steps for solving a math problem

1.Identify the clues

the child has to read the given problem carefully and underline and of the clue words that are given in the sum. Then they have to identify whether they have done a similar type of sum before and decide what was similar about it. They then ask themselves what they need to solve the problem and what facts are given to them. Finally they have to identify what they need to find.

2.Choosing a game plan

there are various ways in which a problem can be solved so this is the most important step of all. Using the similarities that they had identified in the sum they have to think about what they did in the case of the previously solved similar sum and come up for a game plan for this one. Then they define the strategy that they are going to use and try it out on the sum. If the strategy does not work in the first try it can lead to a light bulb moment as to which strategy will work.

3.Solve the problem

using the strategy that they identified they can then solve the sums.

4.Reflect on the solution

finding the solution to a problem is not the last step to getting the right answer. It is very important that the child reflect on the answer that they have fund and decide if it makes sense. Is the answer that they found a probable solution to the question; is the answer written in the language of the question and also most importantly are the units used in the question and the answer the same?

Using these few steps a child can solve any problem that is given to them without getting overwhelmed by a difficult problem.

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