How to get "Aha" moments in the middle of math exams? I find that when I work on math homework, I usually spend hours (or days) on a single problem, with little success. I usually go around in circles, and end up frustrated and clueless, with a huge mess of scribbled paper in front of me. Then I go do something else completely unrelated to math and all of a sudden the solution just pops out at me, and I can write it in 5 minutes. The problem is - what to do on exams? If I don't get a flash of insight, I will probably just sit there and twiddle my thumbs, or randomly jot down any bits information I have that might pertain to the problem at hand and see if I can piece them together to form a solution (usually this strategy doesn't work, since the crucial missing piece is the not-so-obvious insight that comes when I'm not looking for it).