Guide to working through a problem in 8 steps
Identify the Problem
Break it down into smaller steps
and decide what you need to action first
Brainstorm and write down as
many ideas as you can that might help solve the problem, no matter how silly
they seem - don't dismiss any possible solutions.
Consider the pros and cons of
each possible solution, using a separate piece of paper.
Choose one of the possible
solutions that looks likely to work, based on the advantages and disadvantages
Plan out step-by-step what you
need to do to carry out this solution. What? When? How? With whom or what? What
could cause problems? How can you get around those problems? Is this realistic
Do it! Carry out the plan
Review how it went. Was it
helpful? Did you achieve what you set out to achieve? If not, how could you have
done it differently? Did you achieve any progress, however small, towards your
goal? What have you learned?
If you achieved your goal - consider tackling the next step of your original problem.
You could also use the FACE acronym for problem solving - print the Face Problem Solving Worksheet PDF and have alongside you when watching the video. See the FACE webpage, or watch the video, or use the