Problem Solving Notes:
1. Why a problem-solving plan: (A plan is not just an outline.)
Reasons: To have you be conscious of going through the whole process of solving a problem. In a way, your information-seeking strategies will influence your findings and, in turn, whether your solutions are practical or not.
Another way to help you become aware of your writing/problem-solving process is the self-evaluation rubric we use.
"Students are not taught the problem solving process. The thinking part of problem solving is typically suppressed. They are primarily exposed to the result of the process. In the typical textbook the thought processes, the planning, the problem solver used to solve the problem are omitted. Only the results of that planning are displayed. Thus the very thing most needed, training in thinking, is omitted from the examples of problem solutions presented to the student." (source: http://www.hawaii.edu/suremath/why1.html)
2. General Mistakes of your problem solving papers:
1) The problem is
a. not properly defined or exemplified‘yet’—though all of your efforts well appreciated.
e.g. how to gain weight (how is underweight a problem?); how to think independently; inaccurate information of online news (examples?);
(Note: See problem definition here.)
2) The solutions
a. do not properly address all of your problems --> suggestion: narrow your scope down to an area which you can work on specifically while showing your awareness of related aspects.
b. are overlapping --> some problems share similar solution.
* To sum up the above two situations: there can be different situations in the ways different aspects of a problem are related to each other:
c) may be limited by our lack of knowledge à suggestions: try our best but acknowledge our limitations
3) Lack of citation -- where did you get your information from