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#3 Key To Solving Math Word Problems Is Applying a Plan

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We’ve covered a lot in this series on How To Solve Math Word Problems.

How to Solve Math Word Problems Is A Lot Like Solving Everyday Problems

#1 Key To Solving Math Word Problems Is Understanding the Problem

#2 Key To Solving Math Word Problems Is Creating a Plan to Understand the Problem

Next we cover how to apply the plan you’ve created.

Flexibility Is Key To Solving Math Word Problems

Flexibility means allowing for mistakes and/or errors.

Let’s face it, mistakes happen.

We’re going to make errors sometimes. We got to allow that to be okay.

Just figure out what the mistake and/or error, how it happened, learn from it, and try not to do it again.

Flexibility means you may have to experiment with different solution plans.

The first plan you try may not work. If this happens, no problem, just try another plan.

It might take several tries,but  just let that be okay. You’ll eventually find one that works.

Flexibility means working with others on applying a plan for solving the math problem.

Sometimes other folks who have a different perspective can help.

Plus, working with others can be fun.

Flexibility means being sure to check your answers.

Always double check that you arrived at the right answer to the math problem by checking with the answer key.

Also, if possible, check the solution plan the answer. If it is similar to the one you used – great! If not, that’s okay, too, because there are often several ways to solve a problem.

Read over the solution plan and see if you can learn anything. Perhaps the solution plan provided in the answer key can give you a new idea on how to solve the next math problem you tackle.

Here are steps to consider when applying your plan for solving math problems.

  • Be flexible when applying your plan.
  • Be sure to double check each step.
  • If the plan is not working after a few attempts, try a different plan.
  • Allow for mistakes (remember, the plan may need some revision).
  • Check your answer.

Now, you might think you’re done.

Actually, there’s one more step.

Next Step ..

Be sure to check out the articles in this series.

New mini-courses in math will be available in September, just in time for back to school.


Empower Your Writing With the Awesome Essay Writing Course


Writing is one of the biggest things that holds people back.

Writing is a part of every aspect of life – work, family, relationships, connecting with yourself, expressing yourself through creativity.

When someone doesn’t think they write well, it affects all aspects of their life.

They often think they are less than. Incompetent. Stupid.

It doesn’t have to be this way!

Since writing is a skill that can be learned, you can learn this skill.

Because writing is a system. By following a step-by-step formula, you, too, can write awesome essays.

The Step-By-Step Formula For Writing Essays

This is what the Awesome Essay Writing Course is all about!

Let me tell you a little about what it can do for you …

First, the 8 week online course is mobile responsive, meaning you will be able to access it from any computer, smartphone, or tablet with internet access.

It starts on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

And, it includes the following:

Essay Writing Book

The Essay Writing Book provides guidelines for writing a variety of essay types, including descriptive, narrative, expository, and persuasive essays. We will cover all these types in the course. Usually, writers have a preference for writing one type or another. It’ll be interesting to see which one you like to write.

Essay Writing Workbook

The Essay Writing Workbook provides a place for participants to practice their writing and do the assignments from the course. Of course, using the workbook is not required, it’s just there if you find it useful.

6 Instructional Videos

Part of the teaching will be provided through 6 instructional videos. These instructional videos support what’s in the Essay Writing Book & Essay Writing Workbook. Students will be able to watch and follow along with the videos at their own pace, viewing them when and where it’s convenient for them.

Live Writers’ Workshop

Also, the Live Writers’ Workshop is another name for group video calls. These live video calls will take place via Google On Air (and, therefore, free to attend). During these live video calls, we will look at and work with actual essays from students.

Students can volunteer their essay for critique. I’ll have a student essay up on the screen and students who participate live can ask questions (by typing them into the comment section or emailing their questions to me before the workshop) so I can answer them.

Seeing essays of fellow students is a terrific way to help folks realize the struggles (and successes) they are experiencing are very similar to others’.

Also, students get great writing ideas from their fellow students. This teaching approach (besides personalized one-on-one attention) is a key factor in student writing success.

These Live Writers’ Workshops will be recorded for students to reference later at their convenience.

Personalization with the Premium Version

The Personalized component of the course, exclusive to the Premium Versionstudents can submit their actual essays to me and I will offer positive feedback and suggestions for improvement. No worries … I’m gentle with this process! Nice, yet effective.

These essays can be emailed to me, snail mailed, or any other method we think will work best for the student.

Depending on the student’s learning style, I will offer my feedback and suggestions by writing on their essay (and sending it back).

In some cases, perhaps video recording my comments along with a visual of the essay will be appropriate.

Additionally, the student and I will create a plan for improving their writing.

Students will be starting in different places with different skills and levels of confidence; this personalized aspect allows the student and I to follow a particular plan that is specifically designed for that student.

Next Steps …

Check out the Awesome Essay Writing Course here.

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