The instructions and expected outcome is clear, and you can use a simple memory recall strategy to come up with the correct answer.
However, if your teacher gives you a quiz that instead asks you, 'think about some history, then draw a picture and be sure to wash your hands,' you're not really sure what to do. This is a poorly-defined problem, because you don't know how to reach a solution or answer.
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This lesson covers different types of problems, such as routine vs.
However, in more advanced years or in more advanced subjects in school, teachers might present students with non-routine problems that require skills and subjective solutions.
For example, the ethics of social issues such as the death penalty, or the role of civil rights in laws, or themes in famous literature, might be considered non-routine problems.
Heuristics are sometimes referred to as mental short-cuts, and we often form them based on past experiences.
You have probably used heuristics all the time in your daily life, maybe without knowing what they are called.
Non-routine problems require more complicated or creative problem solving strategies.
Let's talk about problem solving strategies now and go over several possible options.