Trouble shooting is an important skill for anyone, not just students. Relying on an answer key or your friends every time you’re stuck will ultimately leave you powerless in an exam.
More importantly though, this has been known to lower confidence and increase frustration levels. In the long run, an ability to troubleshoot translates into greater habits that reflect a lack of grit and perseverance – easily giving up, despairing when you can’t ‘get it’ and building a sense of learned helplessness.
Rather than instantly giving up or feeling emotions of doom, below is a five step process you can take before you give up and go straight to the answer key or teacher for help.