Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies


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Mr. Fukami often confuses his students when he gives them exams, because his questions are unclear. The students complain that they don't understand what type of answer he wants, and therefore they do badly on the tests. Psychologists might argue that Mr. Fukami's difficulty is that his questions are _____.

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1. General 'mental short-cuts' or quick decision-making rules, such as, 'you get what you pay for' or 'shorter lines move more quickly' could be considered what type of problem-solving strategy?

2. Hanna isn't sure what topic to pick for her public speaking class, so she decides to draw out possible solutions in a visual way, to help her explore the options. She writes down different ideas, circles them, then draws lines connecting different related ideas. Which problem-solving strategy is Hanna using?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Problem-solving is an important skill for everyday life, and this quiz/worksheet combo will help you test your understanding of it. You'll be asked to identify and explain different problem-solving techniques.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on your understanding of:

  • Psychology of formulating test questions
  • Problem-solving
  • Types of problems
  • Different problem-solving techniques

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related psychology lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as well-defined and poorly-defined problems
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding problem-solving
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about problem-solving

Additional Learning

To learn more about psychology, review the accompanying lesson on Types of Problems & Problem Solving Strategies. This lesson will help you master the following objectives:

  • Learning problem-solving techniques
  • Identifying and defining different types of problems