This is more closely tailored to Physics problems, but can be applied with equal usefullness to a multitude of other situations.

**NB:** This is a guide on how to solve an *academic* problem, not on how to solve the problem of a flat tyre! :)

**Understand the Problem:**

Make sure you understand all aspects of the problem to be tackled, and exactly what is being asked of you, before you begin.

**Hunt:**

Hunt for the connection between **known** and **unknown**.
- Consider past problems
- Consider the laws
- Make new laws

**Plan:**

Every operation (military or otherwise) requires an action plan! Take a step back and consider how you are going to go about solving your problem!

**Execute:**

Execute your plan to the letter, with military precision, checking each step of the way.

**Examine:**

Examine the outcome of your operation!

**Marvel:**

Marvel at your efficiently deduced solution for a short period of time before checking it and realising it is incorrect.

**Repeat:**

Repeat as necessary until you have reached a solution which matches that in the back of the book.

**Alternatively:**

Alternatively, at any stage you can take the working result, add/subtract 63, multiply by the number you first thought of, square this product, then add or subtract a number until your answer concurrs with that in the back of the book. This method is very convenient but often fails during exams -- The silly examiners usually forget to include the answers in the back of the question paper.