Problem Solving Checklist
BEFORE you began
to solve the problem, what did you do? 
Yes 
No 
I read the problem more than once.



I tried to find everything out about the problem that I could.



I asked myself, "Do I really understand what the problem is asking
me?"



I thought about what information I needed to solve this problem.



I asked myself, "Have I ever worked a problem like this before?"



I asked myself, "Is there information in this problem I do not need?"



DURING your problem
solving, what did you do? 


I kept looking back at the problem as I worked.



I had to stop and rethink what I was doing and why.



I checked my work as I went along step by step.



I had to start over and do it differently.



I asked myself, "Is what I am doing getting me closer to the answer?"



AFTER you finished
working the problem, what did you do? 


I checked to see if all my calculations were correct.



I went over my work to see if it still seemed like a good way to do
the problem.



I looked at the problem to see if my answer made sense.



I thought about a different way to solve the problem.



I tried to see if I could tell more than what the problem asked for.



Source: Adapted from Fortunato,
Hecht, Tittle, & Alvarez 1991
Dr. Robert Sweetland's Notes ©