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Try and identify the reason that you are unable to proceed, for example:
1. Being too tired after spending 5 consecutive hours solving problems. If so, go to sleep.
2. Being too panicked about not being able to solve the problem. If so, take a short break. I've gotten a lot of inspiration in my trips to the bathroom.
3. Not knowing the basic terms in the question (for example, probability, expected value, etc. ). If so, read up on that chapter, make sure you understand the terms and basic techniques.
4. Not knowing various approaches that can be used for the question. If so, reading and learning from the solutions can be very helpful.

There will always be questions that you can't solve, and it doesn't help to become frustrated about it, as that simply clouds your thinking. As you work your way through the education system, you will slowly find that there are various gems which seemed impossible that were finally cracked. A famous example would be Fermat's Last Theorem, which stood for over 350 years, till Andrew Wiles solved it.

One of my proudest achievements, was spending 8 weeks over summer to solve a math problem given by my professor. Each step of the way, I didn't know what I was doing, nor what I was looking for. I tried different interpretations of the problem, viewing it first one way and then the other. I'd pick an approach which seems the most viable, and if that fails move on to another approach (or go out and enjoy the summer).

Try to understand the question differently or simply don't overthink the question that you are working on.

READ REFERENCES FOR SURE! When you are completely zero about the question, read the references of its theory is really helpful, especiallny in physics.

If you can't solve a problem there are two things you can do:
1. Don't freak out about that one problem constantly. Leave it alone, come back in a few days when you can have a different perspective on it. Don't always try to solve it in the same way as you are used to or have been doing.
2. If you keep trying to solve a problem and you can't do it you can always GIVE UP. A lot of people seem to think that if they just keep plowing at a problem they will eventually solve it. Though this may be true it is not beneficial for them in the long run. Knowing when to give up on a problem can be a great advantage to your learning. Just make sure you get a few different solutions to that problem and truly understand why you could not overcome it and how you can improve those areas. Inside of you is a great mathematician waiting to be born, just let them flourish by themselves.

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TopNewestTry and identify the reason that you are unable to proceed, for example:

1. Being too tired after spending 5 consecutive hours solving problems. If so, go to sleep.

2. Being too panicked about not being able to solve the problem. If so, take a short break. I've gotten a lot of inspiration in my trips to the bathroom.

3. Not knowing the basic terms in the question (for example, probability, expected value, etc. ). If so, read up on that chapter, make sure you understand the terms and basic techniques.

4. Not knowing various approaches that can be used for the question. If so, reading and learning from the solutions can be very helpful.

There will always be questions that you can't solve, and it doesn't help to become frustrated about it, as that simply clouds your thinking. As you work your way through the education system, you will slowly find that there are various gems which seemed impossible that were finally cracked. A famous example would be Fermat's Last Theorem, which stood for over 350 years, till Andrew Wiles solved it.

One of my proudest achievements, was spending 8 weeks over summer to solve a math problem given by my professor. Each step of the way, I didn't know what I was doing, nor what I was looking for. I tried different interpretations of the problem, viewing it first one way and then the other. I'd pick an approach which seems the most viable, and if that fails move on to another approach (or go out and enjoy the summer).

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My suggestion is ....

Try to understand the question differently or simply don't overthink the question that you are working on.

READ REFERENCES FOR SURE! When you are completely zero about the question, read the references of its theory is really helpful, especiallny in physics.

Always think that you are having fun! XD

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Some frustration is good; that's how you improve. :)

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If you can't solve a problem there are two things you can do: 1. Don't freak out about that one problem constantly. Leave it alone, come back in a few days when you can have a different perspective on it. Don't always try to solve it in the same way as you are used to or have been doing. 2. If you keep trying to solve a problem and you can't do it you can always GIVE UP. A lot of people seem to think that if they just keep plowing at a problem they will eventually solve it. Though this may be true it is not beneficial for them in the long run. Knowing when to give up on a problem can be a great advantage to your learning. Just make sure you get a few different solutions to that problem and truly understand why you could not overcome it and how you can improve those areas. Inside of you is a great mathematician waiting to be born, just let them flourish by themselves.

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can't sleep well

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yes i agree with the second point. i also get some of my solutions in the bathroom.

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just have a walk wait till ur brain is back in equilibrium.....then i bet u can solve the problem.(make sure u knw the concept use in the question)

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just be fustrated :p

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i know its annoying

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Even I know Its annoying...Diganta B. ,,,,,,, To overcome the Frustration.. I suggest to ask Others who could solve it.... hahahaha :) :)

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