Teach your child the art of problem solving

Has your child taken up the Vidyartha assessment? If yes, you now know about your child’s  areas of interest, the skills they possess and the aptitude they require to pursue a higher education or the career of their choice. What’s more? You also know about the areas that they need to improve on. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’ll help you understand the different types of aptitude and give you a step-by-step guidance on how you can improve their skills and help them score better marks.

One of the types of aptitude is problem solving. Yes, you heard that right, we said problem solving. Most of you would be flinching at the thought of it because you associate it with math and numbers. But, problem solving is not just restricted to math, it is something that your child uses in everyday life. It is, in fact, a mental process—a way of thinking logically. You are using your problem-solving ability every single day to resolve things, make decisions and ensure that things go your way.

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What is problem solving?

Wondering what exactly is problem solving? It is defined as the process of recognizing a problem, defining it, identifying alternative plans to resolve the problem, selecting a plan, organizing steps of the plan, implementing the plan, and evaluating the outcome.

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Why is problem-solving important?

Problem solving is important because it helps students deal with academic, social and interpersonal challenges that they face every day.

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Myths associated with problem-solving

There are a lot of myths and misunderstandings about problem solving. Some of the biggest myths are that it can only be used in mathematics, it cannot be learnt and that there is only one solution to every problem. You’ll be happy to hear that all of these myths are false!

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The problem-solving process

To make it easy for you, we’ve have broken down the problem-solving process into 5 easy steps:

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  • Identify and define the problem

This may seem obvious and unnecessary but you need to identify and define the problem before you start working on solutions. If required, write down the problem in your own words. You can also break down the problem into smaller, simpler problems.

  • Organize the information that you have

Write down the facts that you know and don’t know about the problem. This is important because the amount of information that you have about a problem will determine how effective or good your solution will be. You can also create mind maps to visualize the problem.

  • Form a strategy and come up with solutions

A strategy is nothing but a step by step plan about how you will arrive at the solution. You can make mind maps, create lists, make tables where you can group and organize data. This will help you see the problem clearly and organize and group data that is related to the problem. This will also help you arrive at the solution or multiple solutions.

  • Monitor progress

You need to monitor each step outlined in your strategy to ensure that you don’t get stuck at any level. This also allows you to change the plan or strategy if you see that it is not working or giving you the required solution.

  • Evaluate the results

It is vitally important to evaluate the effectiveness of the solution once you arrive at it. This is to ensure that you have got the best possible solution to the problem. Questions like” Are you satisfied with the results you’ve obtained?” and “Why do you believe this solution is an appropriate one for this problem”, will help you evaluate the solution or results in a better manner.

With this, we hope that you’ve got a good understanding of the problem-solving concept and how to go about the problem-solving process. Now, you can log into your child’s Vidyartha dashboard and take a look at their problem-solving scores.

Have they aced their test? Is their score average or slightly below average? Whatever their score maybe, there is always room for improvement. Their problem-solving skills is something that gets better with time, so they need to constantly work on it. Get in touch with the counsellors and learning mentors at Vidyartha so that they can help your child develop excellent problem-solving skills.

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