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# Problem Solving

### www.heuristixx.wordpress.com

in English

Blog on mind mapping and problem solving

### My documents on Scribd.com

http://www.scribd.com/doc/952780/Mind-Maps-and-Math-Problem-Solving

http://www.scribd.com/doc/5003972/Math-Strategy-Poster

http://www.scribd.com/doc/7929697/Mathematical-Problem-Solving-and-Mind-Mapping

### www.probleme-und-strategien.de

in German

focuses on mind mapping in math problem solving

### http://www.thomasteepe-archiv.de/

in German

How to use mind mapping software for problem solving

## Problem Solving and Mind Mapping

### Basic concept: Use 2 mind maps at a time

1. one "tool map", How to use a tool map?, How to organize a tool map?, by problem solving stages, by grouping tools, by common problem solving obstacles

2. one "problem map", How to organize a problem map?

### Why is this a good idea?

visualising thoughts is always a good idea

mind mapping is powerful, flexible, easy, fun to use, quick

the problem map structure helps to dig into the problem

using a problem solving strategy is of great help, e.g. the IDEAL strategy

the tool concept is very useful in problem solving

tool maps help to improve your mental tool belt

rethinking your tool map is a self-correcting process

tool maps help to discuss problem solving strategy, improving problem solving strategies in a social process becomes easier with tool maps

### Further ideas

Use abbreviations, for problem solving stages, e.g. IDEAL (see above), for tools, examples, cp = central problem, c = collection, i = idea, ...

use 2 main parts in your problem map, one for results, one for work in progress

Useful tool: Always (re)focus on the central problem

## Why is problem solving so important?

A large part of routine work is nowadays done by machines and computers. The work that is left over for humans often needs one central skill: problem solving. Yet   h o w   to solve problems is a tricky topic - you need a procedure that is easy and economic enough for everyday use and sophisticated enough to be of real help with real world problems. Here are some ideas on "problemsolvology", especially how to use mind maps in problem solving.