# 23 Strategies to Help Students Who Have Trouble Using Steps to Solve Math Problems

Are you looking for strategies to help students who have trouble using steps to solve math problems? If so, keep reading.

1. Let the learner use a calculator for math computation and emphasize the math process.

2. Assess the degree of task difficulty to ascertain whether the learner will require additional information, time, assistance, etc., before starting a math assignment.

3. Assign the learner math problems that require the same operation to make it easier for the learner to follow steps in solving the problems. As the learner shows success, introduce problems with various operations.

4. Get the learner to circle each math problem’s operation symbol before they solve any math problems.

5. Get the learner to ask for help when needed.

7. Get the learner to write the name of the operation beside each word problem before they solve any math word problems. Inspect the learner’s choice of operations before they begin to answer the problems.

8. Color-code math operation symbols next to math problems so the learner will be more likely to observe the symbol.

9. Create a math reference sheet for the learner to keep at their desk (e.g., steps used in doing subtraction, multiplication, addition, and division problems).

10. Get the learner to check their answers to math problems on a calculator.

11. Get the learner to tutor another learner who is learning new math ideas. Explaining the steps in basic math problems will help the learner reinforce their own skills.

12. Get the learner to ask themselves questions (e.g., “What is next?”) to keep themselves focused on solving a problem.

13. Get the learner to orally repeat directions, explanations, and instructions after they have been given to reinforce retention.

14. Get the learner to question any directions, explanations, or instructions before starting a task to reinforce math comprehension and fluency.

15. Get the learner to raise their hand after finishing several problems so the teacher can check their work before continuing.

16. Get the learner to relate math problems to real-life situations so that they will better understand the steps involved in solving the problem.

17. Get the learner to talk through math problems as they are solving them to find errors they are making.

18. Get the learner to orally explain steps to the teacher for solving a math problem to check the proper sequence of steps.

19. Get the learner to orally state the steps required to finish a specific math operation (e.g., the steps in long division are +, x, -, bring down, etc.).

20. Get the learner to work math problems at the board so the teacher can see the steps being performed.

21. Consider using Alexa for the Math Classroom.

22. Try gamifying your math lessons.

23. Consider using one of the apps and tools from our many math app lists:

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