The mathematician’s toolbox helps you when solving a problem. Here are the strategies…

- Do I know a similar problem?
- Guess, check, improve.
- Try a simpler problem.
- Write an equation.
- Make a list or a table.
- Work backwards.
- Act it out.
- Draw a picture, a diagram or a graph.
- Make a model.
- Look for a pattern.
- Try all possibilities.
- Break the problem into smaller parts.

There are all the strategies I know. 🙂