Problem Solving Techniques for Beginners

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Subject: Maths » GCSE Maths
Last updated: 15/03/2008
Tags: advice (beginners), gcse maths

Problem-solving can be a very difficult task. But when a specific method is used, the problems can be solved much more easily.

General Problem-Solving Technique

A technique for solving any type of problem involves:

  • Identify whats being given
  • Clarify whats being asked
  • Select a strategy (trial and error, search, recall, deductive reasoning, working backwards, etc)
  • Solve using the selected strategy
  • Review your answer

Problem-Solving Technique for Word Problems

A problem-solving strategy that turns the above general strategy into a strategy specifically for solving word problems is the KUDOS method:

  • K = Known (identify the known)
  • U = Unknown (identify the unknown)
  • D = Definition (identify definitions, equations, equalities, constants needed)
  • O= Output (use your definitions to output an answer)
  • S = Substantiation (check appropriateness, units and significant figures of your answer).

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