Heuristic in Problem Solving

Heuristics/Problem Solving

'Heuristics' refers to strategies that we can adopt
to solve unfamiliar problems.
The following are some heuristics you may need
 to use to solve non-routine problems:

 -> Useful for solving simple problems and together with as systematic listings, this
strategy helps to narrow down to the correct guess in the shortest time possible.

Make a list
 -> Commonly used with 'Look for patterns' strategy as it accounts for all possibilities
systematically. It organises, presents or generates information in a systematic manner.

Look for patterns
 -> As it involves active search from a sequence of figures or numbers, information can be expressed/viewed in an organised manner.

Draw a model
-> Suits pupils who need to see to understand and it translates words or information into pictorial representations.

Work backwards
-> Useful when the final result has already been given.

Simplify the problem
-> Separates the problem into sub-problems to be solved individually or in sequence.

Before-after concept
-> Compare information to find the unknown as it lists information given before and after the action.

Model for Problem Solving

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