How to Make Math Problems

Do you enjoy making your own math resources, but HATE creating new questions or problems to go in your resources? Creating new problems from scratch can take a ton of time and it is probably time you don’t have. I’ve got you! 


In this post I will show you 3 ways to efficiently find and recreate questions for math resources.

Tip #1: Use Old Textbooks

Old textbooks feature so many problems in them! You can easily find similar problems and use them as inspiration for your resource. Be sure to NOT copy the questions though. Only use them for inspiration.


Not sure where to find old textbooks? Be sure to search for old textbooks in the book storage room at your school, yard sales, libraries, etc.

Tip #2: Recycle, Recycle, Recycle

You probably have notes, worksheets, and/or activities that pertain to the skill and concept you are making resources for.


Recycle, recycle, recycle! Use the examples or problems from them and change the numbers.  Now you have your own unique problems. No need to reinvent the wheel every time!

Tip #3: Start With the Answer

Working backwards to create problems has been very time efficient for me. First, write down the answer that you want.


Then, continue to do the same operation to both sides until the problem is as complicated as you want it to be. 


You can even add variables to both sides, distributive property, or anything that you want your problem to contain.

The beauty of starting with the answer first is that you can keep going until you have the problem exactly how you want it. There is no trial and error where you have to constantly start over because the answer did not turn out the way you wanted it to.

I hope these tips were helpful! Figuring out effective and efficient ways on how to make math problems for resources has not only saved me time, but it also saved my sanity. Do you love creating questions using any of these tips?! Comment below or tag me on Instagram and let me know!

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