I usually spend about an hour of my day teaching different students how to (appropriately) solve problems. Just answer these questions!
What is the problem?
How could I fix it?
What is the best way to fix it?
Then fix it!
Problem: Oh no! The dog got out of the house and ran away!
Solutions: I could get a new dog. Or I can call after the dog. I can search for him. I can put up signs. Then contact the local powers that be.
The best way to fix it would be to do items 2-4. Then camp out in my front yard until he comes home.
Problem fixed? Not quite. My dog is still missing and I’m suuuuuuuper sad.
Okay, well, the model usually works well with factual, concrete problems.
However, when solving conceptual, abstract, I-like-a-boy-I-don’t-know-if-he-likes-me problems, I stick to trying to forget about it and/or writing bad poetry. And these are the problems I most often have.