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There are a couple of “basic” principles that help you **way** more than they seem like they ought to.

They are:

- On a geometry problem, the first thing you should do is to draw a picture, big, and (if possible) accurately.
- On a geometry problem, the next thing you should do after drawing it once is to redraw it for accuracy (if needed), then label everything.
- On a geometry problem, the thing you should do after you have a big, accurate, labelled drawing is ask yourself: would coordinates help here?

On a geometry problem, what should you do first?

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- Draw it big
- Draw it accurately (if you can)

On a geometry problem, what should you do after drawing it once?

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- Redraw it accurately (if you need to)
- Label everything

On a geometry problem, what should you do after you have a big, accurate, labeled drawing?

(spoiler)

- Ask whether coordinates would help

Take a minute right now to try to memorize the above steps, in the order given. We are trying very hard to put this into your memory because **it will help you enormously** if you just start doing these steps, in order, for every Geometry problem on the AMC.

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