Numerical reasoning requires you to use a set of skills or approaches to problems. This information is in every classroom, as it will help you with mathematical problems you will come across in all subjects.

**Generalise **– “I will use something I already know to help me.” “I think the answer will be roughly …”

**Trial & Improvement** – “I’m not too sure whether this will work, but I will have a go. If it doesn’t work out, can I learn from it and try again?”

**Justify **– “I will show my workings to explain my thought process.” “I will write a sentence to explain what I have done to solve the problem.”

**Draw it out/Act it out/Make a list or table **– “I will arrange the information in the question, to make more sense to me?”

**Compare & Contrast** – “I need to look for differences in the information presented to me. This could be the first step that will help me with all the other steps, leading to the answer.”

**Look for patterns** – “I will look for patterns or sequences. This will help me to predict what comes next.”

**Interpret & Solve** – “What is the information in the question telling me? Can I break down the question into simpler steps?”