You may be familiar with the expression 'don't look back'.In problem solving it is good to look back (check and interpret)..A lot of numeric types of word problems revolve around translating English statements into mathematical ones.
Then as you become a more confident problem-solver you can try more past STEP questions.
One student who worked with NRICH said: "From personal experience, I was disastrous at STEP to start with.
Whether you like it or not, whether you are going to be a mother, father, teacher, computer programmer, scientist, researcher, business owner, coach, mathematician, manager, doctor, lawyer, banker (the list can go on and on), problem solving is everywhere.
Some people think that you either can do it or you can't.
Whenever you are working with a percent problem, you need to make sure you write your percent in decimal form.
You do this by moving the decimal place of the percent two to the left.
Yet as I persisted with it for a long time it eventually started to click - ‘it’ referring to being able to solve problems much more easily.
This happens because your brain starts to recognise that problems fall into various categories and you subconsciously remember successes and pitfalls of previous ‘similar’ problems." A Problem-solving Heuristic for STEP Below you will find some questions you can ask yourself while you are solving a problem.
Once the problem is read, you need to list all the components and data that are involved. When you devise a plan (translate), you come up with a way to solve the problem.
Setting up an equation, drawing a diagram, and making a chart are all ways that you can go about solving your problem.