8 Tips to Conquer Any Problem

Instructor Edition

Course 1: Middle School Mathematics Series on Problem Solving

About this Course

This 'first of its kind' course lays out a proven roadmap for building mathematics problem solving skills from an early age. James Tanton, a master mathematician and educator, has created a delightful bag of techniques, strategies, and tricks to help students solve a wide assortment of mathematics problems they are likely to encounter on their middle school journey and beyond. Tanton uses 45 carefully compiled problems drawn from diverse mathematics topics to illustrate 8 highly effective problem solving strategies. 

Includes both online, self-paced problem sets and a complete eBook with instructional content.


  • 11-15 years old, Grades/Years 5-9
  • United States, Canada, U.K., Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, India, and affiliated curricula

How to Use & Objectives

Use it in the classroom or on the side. This short  course will help you boost your students’ critical reasoning skills and develop a toolkit of strategies for solving challenging mathematics problems. The 9 problem sets contain exemplary problems that showcase the use of 8 specific strategies for problem solving . The course is used equally to help students prepare for mathematics competitions or just to increase their mathematical curiosity. 


The problems in this course are drawn from a diverse set of topics related to:

  1. Algebra
  2. Numbers
  3. Geometry
  4. Combinatorics
  5. Patterns and Logic

What's Inside

  1. 9 skill-building problem sets
  2. eBook with instructional content
  3. Complete solutions with author's commentary
  4. Auto-grading and performance analysis

At a Glance

  • Online, self-paced problem sets
  • eBook with instructional content
  • Performance Analysis. Complete solutions. 
  • 6-month subscription
  • Dashboard to monitor student progress



James Tanton
Mathematical Association of America, Mathematician-at-Large

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