Math can be tough, Believe me, I KNOW. But the good thing is that with math, we can show very easily WHERE we stop our understanding.
In class we always talk about how when we read a problem, we can usually take ourselves SO FAR before we become stuck. We NEVER Draw a picture first, we NEVER just dive right in - we start from the beginning. I may not know what to do right now, but there is stuff I can do to start off.
I can pull out the information, I can draw a picture to match it, I can write out my thinking.
Some things we do in class to trick our brains into remembering what to do:
Look below at steps to solve a problem we did in class.