These six steps help students find a clear path toward solving word problems, and checking their answers for accuracy. 1. Draw a picture

2. Identify the objective -- i.e., make sure you understand the question, so you can move toward the solution

3. Identify the available data

4. Write an expression

5. Solve

6. Check

2. Identify the objective -- i.e., make sure you understand the question, so you can move toward the solution

3. Identify the available data

4. Write an expression

5. Solve

6. Check