Problem-solving Study Tips

For classes such as Chemistry, Physics, Math, etc., consider the following study strategies:

1.Practice, practice, practice. Try to spend time every other day working problems. Don't just look at them; keep solving problems. Do all homework, and then find more practice problems. Problem-solving is almost like a muscle. You have to get it in shape. The more you practice, the more automatic it becomes.

2. Analyze how the problem is set up. What clues are in the question that help you see how to solve it? Work backwards. Examine the answer and figure out how to get there.

3. Create flash cards with various types of problems. On the back, write a short solution or page number to find it in your textbook (if it's a long problem). Mix up the flash cards up and practice setting up the problem. Mixing them up is helpful since the tests usually cover several types of problems.

4. Find study buddies. Take advantage of various help labs (math lab, math 1030 lab, accounting lab, lead tutoring) or sign up for tutoring, if available. Working with others can help you when you get stuck.