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Polya's Four Steps
  1. understand the problem
  2. devise a plan
  3. monitor your plan
  4. look back at your work

  • own your work, ask questions, make sure you understand, reflect on your thought process
  • be an active reader, think about the material, ask questions
  • use these four steps as a guide, buy them
  • after solving a problem, reflect on the tools you used
  • textbook word problems versus real-life problems