# Using Strategies

A strategy is simply a plan to achieve your goal. Using a strategy is deciding the best way to solve a problem before you start working on it.

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## Draw pictures to represent problems

Lucie made 2 cakes, Maria made 3 cakes. How many cakes did they make in all?

Use drawings that don't have so much detail to save time.

## Strategy for answering multiple choice questions

• Read all of the choices
• When you are unsure, cross out the incorrect ones and make your best guess
• With picture answers, see one picture at a time and cover all other answers
• Compare the answer choices, some answers may look very similar
• If working with a word problem, ignore the unnecessary information

Example:

Martin is a tailor. He has 4 red buttons, 6 white buttons, and 5 sewing machines. How many buttons does he have?

We don't need to know that Martin is a tailor, or that he has 5 sewing machines. We can ignore this information.

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