• Problem-Solving Clue Words:

    When deciding on methods or procedures to use to solve problems, the first thing you will do is look for clues which is one of the most important skills in solving problems in mathematics. If you begin to solve problems by looking for clue words, you will find that these 'words' often indicate an operation.
    For instance:
    Clue Words for Addition

    ·                        sum

    ·                        total

    ·                        in all

    ·                        perimeter

     

    Clue Words for Subtraction

    ·                        difference

    ·                        how much more

    ·                        exceed

    Clue Words for Multiplication

    ·                        product

    ·                        total

    ·                        area

    ·                        times

    Clue Words for Division

    ·                        share

    ·                        distribute

    ·                        quotient

    ·                        average

    Although clue words vary a bit, you'll find that there will be consistency with them to guide you to the correct operation.