Problem Solving Strategies

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Problem Solving Strategies

 

  • There are numerous approaches to solving maths problems. ‘Model Drawing’ is the first one that we have introduced because we feel that it has the greatest impact in building children’s confidence in dealing with maths problems. Most students enjoy visual effects. Seeing abstract relationships, represented by concrete and colorful images, helps in understanding, leading to the solution of the problem. Our section on Model Drawing is by no means exhaustive but it will open a new doorway for the student who has been struggling with math problems.
  • Besides the Model-Drawing Approach there are several other strategies, which are necessary for the student to master, to achieve proficiency in math problem solving. In our next section, we introduce the important and most useful ones. These are:

(1) Draw a Picture

(2) Look for a Pattern

(3) Guess and Check

(4) Make a Systematic List

(5) Logical Reasoning

(6) Work Backwards

  • The student may also come across problems which may need the use of more than one strategy before solution can be found.

 

 

OTHER PROBLEM-SOLVING STRATEGIES
Primary 3 Primary 4 Primary 5 Primary 6
Draw a Picture/Find a Pattern Draw a Picture/Find a Pattern Draw a Picture Draw a Picture/Find a Pattern
Guess & Check Guess & Check Guess & Check Guess & Check
Work Backwards Work Backwards Work Backwards Work Backwards
Systematic Listing Systematic Listing Systematic Listing Systematic Listing
Logical Reasoning Logical Reasoning Logical Reasoning Logical Reasoning

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