If you’ve ever wondered about the reason behind a ‘Solution’ appearing at the top of a Student Solutions Manual, this is one of the key details. Most pupils would be very confused by a Solution appearing at the top of the paper, especially if they haven’t had a chance to do any homework. It could be much simpler than you think.

Solutions can be as simple as a diagram and a few diagrams for example, or they could be many pages long and complex too. In both cases you can see that it is aimed at pupils. Since so many pupils can’t find their answers because they are at the bottom of the page the paper, the solution appears. In order to solve it, you need to turn to the next page where you will find all the solutions to the problem.

So, why would the student’s solution to be there? I have found that it’s not simply a simple symbol and some symbols but a series of questions that will be asked in the upcoming sessions of the year. The student then has to find the answer for those questions.

If the question asked is related to the topic of the work then the pupil searches for an answer. The average pupil has no idea of what any of the symbols mean, but he or she does know the subject and that is why he or she is in this exam. So, he or she finds a symbol and tries to figure out how to connect the dots using that symbol to the questions asked in previous lessons.

In this case, the question posed relates to the content of the problem. So, you should be able to learn about the subject even before you start to solve the problem.

In the past, people might go to a search engine to find out more about the problem, but now they might be able to find it right away using other means of education such as blogs and forums. You can also see information from previous exam papers on a discussion board.

These answers are all helping pupils to solve the problem and get a grasp of the subject. That is the key to getting a satisfactory grade in a student’s exam.

Therefore, if you ask students ‘what is the answer to my problem?’ Most would say ‘it’s a diagram’ and there might be many others who might say something else. It’s not worth worrying about as the answers appear at the top of the student’s paper anyway.