Problem solving

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Why learn problem-solving skills?

Problem solving strategies help you know what to do when you're stuck.

Quick tips for tutors

Problem solving includes:

  • Guidance on problem-solving strategy.
  • Solving problems with one, two or three stages of calculations.
  • Solving problems that involve using different operations.
  • Solving problems in a range of contexts.
  • Estimating answers to calculations.


What do the levels mean?

Skillswise uses the levels of the National Qualifications Framework, which start at Entry 1, 2 and 3 and then go on to Level 1 and Level 2.

  • Entry 3 covers the basic concepts and is a good preparation for starting a Level 1 course.
  • Level 1 is roughly equivalent to a GCSE D-G grade in England, Northern Ireland and Wales, and a Foundation level at Standard Grade in Scotland.

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