**What can I do when I get stuck on the homework and
don't know where to start**?

For students who are frequently unable to do a
significant portion of the homework (1/3 or more), I recommend buying
the
solutions manual or using solution examples from the online tutorial. These can be helpful, but it's important
to use them as a tool, not a crutch, since you will have to solve problems
on the
test without help. If you get totally
stuck, here's one method you may want to try:

- Arm yourself with a stack of scratch paper.
- For the given problem, copy the solution out of the solutions manual or tutorial. For even-numbered problems without solutions, try a similar odd-numbered one with a solution.
- Throw the solution away
- Now try
to do the same problem without the solutions
manual or tutorial.
- If you get stuck, peek at the solution and finish it.
- Throw the solution away.
- Repeat steps 4-6 until you can solve the problem without help.

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