# What are some tips, tools and methods that I can use in solving proofs? my geometry teacher is trying her best, but  nobody in our class can grasp the concept of solving proofs. We are still on...

What are some tips, tools and methods that I can use in solving proofs?

my geometry teacher is trying her best, but  nobody in our class can grasp the concept of solving proofs. We are still on chapter 2 and it's been 6 months already. I need help before I fail this class. Please, send me any information on methods that I can use to solve proofs and also help my teacher and class understand it. THX

job518 | Certified Educator

I always tell my students that when doing proofs 1) you must know what is given and 2)you must know what you know.

In other words, if it is a proof concerning triangles, what do you know about triangles? (equilateral, isosceles, etc.) If you cannot identify what is given and what you already know about what is given, then you don't know where to start.

Try writing down what you are given, then what you know based ONLY on what you are given(don't assume anything), then write down what it is you are trying to prove. Once you have a starting point, it should be easier to see where you need to go with your information. (ie - if you are trying to prove something about side lengths of triangles, pull from those concepts that yield info about the lengths of sides of triangles)

Maybe you should post a few specific questions and use those responses to help with other proofs. Check out the link and pay particular attention to the "Methods of Proofs" section.

shiloh96 | Student