            F ind what you are solving for. Look for the question mark. Underline the information that tells you what you are solving for. Look at the keywords. Underline them twice. A sk yourself, "What information is given?" Read the whole equation. Look for "like terms". Combine "like" terms. S et up the equation. Write the equation with the numbers in the correct order. Tie down the equation. Reread the underlined sentences. Check highlighted key words and operation signs. Say aloud the operation and what the operation means (e.g. "addition means I need to combine the numbers.") Solve the problem if you can, or draw pictures to solve it using DRAW. D iscover the sign. Find the sign. Circle the sign. Say the name of the sign aloud. R ead the problem. Say the problem aloud. A nswer the problem or draw. See examples for how to draw answers. Be sure to double-check your answer. W rite the answer. Write down the answer to the problem. Click here for an Example Print FASTDRAW for Basic Math Strategy Back to Math Strategies Back to All Strategies                       