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Sudoku for Beginners: How to Improve Your Problem-Solving Skills
Are you a beginner when it comes to solving Sudoku puzzles? Do you find yourself frustrated and unsure of where to start? Fear not, as we have compiled a comprehensive guide on how to improve your problem-solving skills through Sudoku.
Understanding the Basics of Sudoku
Before we dive into the strategies and techniques, let’s first understand the basics of Sudoku. A Sudoku puzzle is a 9×9 grid that is divided into nine smaller 3×3 grids. The objective is to fill in each row, column, and smaller grid with numbers 1-9 without repeating any numbers.
Starting Strategies for Beginners
As a beginner, it can be overwhelming to look at an empty Sudoku grid. But don’t worry. There are simple starting strategies that can help you get started. First, look for any rows or columns that only have one missing number. Fill in that number and move on to the next row or column with only one missing number. Another strategy is looking for any smaller grids with only one missing number and filling in that number.
Advanced Strategies for Beginner/Intermediate Level
Once you’ve mastered the starting strategies, it’s time to move on to more advanced techniques. One technique is called “pencil marking.” This involves writing down all possible numbers in each empty square before making any moves. Then use logic and elimination techniques to cross off impossible numbers until you are left with the correct answer.
Another advanced technique is “hidden pairs.” Look for two squares within a row or column that only have two possible numbers left. If those two possible numbers exist in both squares, then those two squares must contain those specific numbers.
Benefits of Solving Sudoku Puzzles
Not only is solving Sudoku puzzles fun and challenging, but it also has many benefits for your brain health. It helps improve your problem-solving skills, enhances memory and concentration, and reduces the risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease.
In conclusion, Sudoku is a great way to improve your problem-solving skills while also providing entertainment. With these starting and advanced strategies, you’ll be able to solve even the toughest Sudoku puzzles. So grab a pencil and paper and start sharpening those brain muscles.
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- 1. HINDRANCES TO PROBLEM SOLVING PRASHANT RAJ B A .ENGLISH (H) ENROLL.NO-A35306116004 SUB-C0DE-BS 201
- 2. WHAT IS HINDRANCES? The situations, conditions, aspects, issues, behaviors etc. that act as Hurdle in the achievement of a desired objective or in getting a solution to a problem.
- 3. WHAT IS PROBLEM SOLVING BARRIER? A problem-solving barrier is something that stops people finding a successful solution to a problem. These barriers are often caused by cognitive blocks – how we think and feel – as well as by practical social and physical blocks.
- 4. COMMON CAUSES OF HINDRANCES • Defining the problem too narrowly. • Attacking the symptoms and not the real problem. • Assuming there is only one right answer. • Getting “hooked” on the first solution that comes to mind. • Getting “hooked” on a solution that almost works (but really doesn’t).
- 5. • Being distracted by irrelevant information, called “mental dazzle.” • Getting frustrated by lack of success. • Being too anxious to finish. • Defining the problem ambiguously.
- 6. 6 Hindrances in Problem Solving RECOGNIZE THAT THESE EXIST, AND THAT MAYBE ONE OR MORE ARE LIMITING YOUR THINKING.
- 7. 1.PERCEPTION “ WE DON’T SEE THINGS AS THEY ARE, WE SEE THINGS AS WE ARE” Perspective causes us to see the world in different ways, and from different viewpoints. FOR EXAMPLE:- A marketing officer is likely to see a problem in a different way to a service manager. Perception is the process of selecting, organizing, receiving stimuli and converting it into some meaningful picture of the world.
- 8. Inaccurate perception of a problem creates difficulties & may be caused by only seeking what we expect to see and not applying our perspective. E.g. Stereotyping, Halo effect, Horn effect, Recency effect, Primacy effect, Selective Perception etc.
- 9. FACTORS INFLUENCING PERCEPTION:- PERCEIVER TARGET SITUATION
- 10. FACTORS IN THE PERCEIVER ATTITUDES MOTIVES INTERESTS EXPERIENCE EXPECTATIONS
- 11. FACTORS IN THE TARGET NOVELTY MOTIONS SOUNDS SIZE BACKGROUND PROXIMITY SIMILARITY
- 12. FACTORS IN THE SITUATION TIME WORK SETTING SOCIAL SETTING
- 13. 2.WORK ENVIRONMENT The surroundings and factors around a person in his working environment that effect his decisions. It is an important aspect in problem-solving as we know that the problems can be solved in a healthier way if we have the support of our superiors, colleagues and juniors at the work place Distractions (phones,interruptions) Unsupportive atmosphere
- 14. ENVIRONMENTAL BLOCKS Imposed by our immediate social and physical environments Supportive environments - physical space and materials to encourage creative thinking Paper, pens, tape, music, space… Emotional environment - honesty, trust and support so criticism is accepted and incorporated Competition and lack of trust destroy idea quality Autocratic bosses.
- 15. 3. EXPRESSION This is about how we express ourselves. Poor expression of problems and solutions lead to misinterpretation and communication. Many problem-solving techniques often have a way to solve this directly via creating a problem definition and the use of visual techniques. These are hindrances caused by the social or physical environment, and impact on our ability to think clearly or to perform a task. For example, a noisy office stops the problem solver being able to concentrate on the task.
- 16. EXPRESSIVE BLOCKS Inability to Communicate verbal written Report Sketches Drawingss
- 17. 4 .EMOTION Emotions also strongly influence problem- solving. For example- If we are anxious about the outcome of a situation or are impatient etc, the process of problem solving can be blocked
- 18. EMOTIONAL BLOCKS Far of failure and taking a risk - rewarded when we do things right and punished for wrong! Therefore we tend to safety and lower risk ideas. Inability to tolerate ambiguity - an overriding desire for order and no appetite for chaos Judging rather than generating - analysis, synthesis, criticism too early
- 19. Inability to relax and incubate Lack of challenge - must be motivated After a while the money doesn’t matter Inability to distinguish reality from fantasy - manipulation of real and imagined images Imagining feelings, perceptions
- 20. 5.INTELLECTUAL It is related to our knowledge, intelligence, skills or information regarding a particular aspect. If we lack knowledge or skill in a particular area, or have developed an inflexible mode of thinking or are not methodological in our approach to difficulties, we are likely to exaggerate the problem and not solve it.
- 21. Intellectual Blocks Inadequate use of problem-solving strategies making a conscious choice Imagining, visualising, transforming, randomising Lack of training Not knowing where to get the information
- 22. THANK YOU
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- List the 5 barriers to problem solving
- Provide an explanation statement that reinforces the student understands each barrier listed.
- Even the ablest of problem solvers will be unsuccessful at times.
- Problems can be complex and hidden and thus elude the arduous application of the problem solving steps.
- There are barriers to problem-solving effectiveness.
- Overcoming these barriers will enhance your ability to solve problems but will not guarantee success
- Lack of Clarity in stating the problem
- Not getting the needed information
- Premature testing of alternative solutions or premature choice.
- A critical, evaluative, competitive climate.
- Pressure for conformity
- Understanding the barriers to problem solving can assist a person in becoming more successful.
- However, it should be noted that overcoming these barriers will enhance your ability to solve problems but will not always guarantee success.
- Russell, R.V. (2001). Leadership in Recreation (2nd ed.). Boston McGraw Hill, pp. 85-86.
- Objective List the 5 barriers to problem solving
- Question Which of the below is not one of the five barriers to problem solving?
- Lack of clarity in stating the problem
- Pressure for non-conformity
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