Solving Word Problems

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?”

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