 ### Five Proven Steps on How to Solve Math Word Problems Quickly

One of the most common complaints of students during Mathematics examinations is that they often run out of time; in that case, advice on how to solve math problems more quickly will help them finish timed exams. Math is a complicated discipline, and while some problems are routine and straightforward, some problems require zigzag mazes and long expositions of solutions before an answer can be found. Many teachers, while willing to give plenty of help to their students so that they can be faster in Math, do not have the time to do so. In that case, it is up to the student to figure out techniques on how to solve math problems more quickly than they did before. Here are five effective means to do so:

(2) Set up easily solvable equations. After reading the question you should be able to translate all the given data into mathematical equations. Also, keep in mind to select proper notation for your equations. Refrain from using the same letter to represent different unknowns (although letters with different cases, such as R and r, are permissible) to avoid confusion and to proceed more quickly. There is also an art in choosing notation; for instance, in adding seven consecutive integers, it is easier to have

x - 3, x - 2, x - 1, x, x + 1, x + 2, and x + 3 as the unknowns,

instead of x, x + 1, x + 2, x + 3, x + 4, x + 5, and x + 6.