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    Techniques for Better Abstraction?

    For people like myself, who are still in the womb when it comes to true mathematical intuition, what would you recommend as a technique/way-of-thinking in case you hit a problem where you just see a wall of numbers and find yourself a multiplying here and dividing there just guesstimating for an answer that "looks good"? I find on tests especially that I will tend to hit a slightly tricky problem and just forget all of my book knowledge and get locked up between 5 formulas .

    Thanks as always fellas,

    Warrenx.
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    A very general approach that I've always been grateful for having been taught is: write down what ever you can under the heading 'what I know about the problem' and then something under the heading 'where I'm trying to get to'. Then be conscious of trying to build a bridge.
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