We had a running gag in my tutoring center whenever someone has a problem with integration, we ask them if they've used the "Master Blaster" to solve it. It stems from my friend who, when we were in Calc BC, he would always use RK on an integration problem to see if it would work. We had a conversation about what everyone else' "Master Blaster" was. Mine is meticulously writing every variable down and what I know before I would tackle something. We actually starting compiling serious ways of tackling physics and math problems. We made a handout for our students and they seem to work well with it. I was sort of wondering what the internet has to say about more complicated problems though, since all our students are in middle and high school and I'm going off to college soon. The sad thing about my education currently is that my physics classes I'm in basically only challenge us to do plug and chug and I was wondering how you would tackle a problem where just knowing an equation and solving for a variable won't cut it, like the famous inverted pendulum in oil problem or proving Gauss' law without prior memorization or online/book resources. In other words, what's your "Master Blaster" PF?