We call this approach to problem solving the StoPGoPS method:
- Stop: State the question.
- Pause: Prepare a plan of how you will solve the problem'
- Go! Follow the steps in your plan.
- Pause: Ponder the plausibility of your answer. (Have you answered the question you were asked? Does the answer look "about right"?
- Stop: State your solution (if your answer seems plausible) or Start again (if your answer doesn't look right)