# Problem Solving Tips

**Where to Start**
- Read the Problem, sometimes you need to read it a couple of times
- Write out, Underline or highlight what you know
- Draw pictures of what you know, can come before writing it out. Sometimes doodling helps
- Write out, Underline or highlight what you what you need to find
- Some problems have a formula for solving it, some you have to make up your own, some are not formula based
- Once you have an answer, check it. Does it make sense with the problem?
- If it does NOT make sense with the problem, repeat any and all steps above
- If it DOES make sense with the problem, write out a nice complete answer to the original question

**Special Problem Types** have their own best methods for solutions.
- Linear Equations
- Word Problems
- Other types of problems, check out the appropriate section. Links to these may be added later.

- Check out some of the links on the Math Education Page for addition problem solving tips.