Devote your best effort to each and every problem
before you. Honestly report your efforts. Admit
to false paths.
Do NOT refer to outside sources until after you
have completed an exercise completely.
No Google, no books, no nothing.
The obvious exception to this rule is a problem
which requires you to obtain more
If you have seen a problem before, admit it
immediately. For a homework assignment, you can
be given an alternative. For an in-class
assignment, you can learn a tremendous amount by
helping to teach the problem and watching how
others struggle with it.
Once you think you have solved a problem in a
group situation, simply state as much. Do not
reveal or even hint at your solution right away.
Give others the opportunity to wrestle with the
problem. This is both a courtesy and an
opportunity to witness alternatives to your own
Immediately and vociferously shut up anyone
attempting to spoil your problem solving
experience by prematurely revealing a