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100 Problem Solution Essay Topics with Sample Essays

Updated on November 16, 2016
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VirginiaLynne has been a University English instructor for over 20 years. She specializes in helping people write essays faster and easier.

What is a Problem Solution Essay?

Describe a problem vividly.

Propose a solution.

Argue that the solution is practical, feasible, cost-effective, and workable.

Explain why it is better than other solutions.

Struggling to find a great topic? Scan the lists below to find many ideas the college students I teach have written about. Remember you can adapt these general ideas to fit your own school, town, or situation.


  1. How can social media bullying be prevented?
  2. What is the best way to help someone who is depressed?
  3. What's the best way to deal with manipulative and domineering people?
  4. How can you help a friend or roommate who is making poor life choices?
  5. How can you get out of a bad relationship?
  6. How can you move out of the "friend zone"?
  7. What is the best way for a woman to show a man she is interested? Should she ask him out?
  8. How has texting affected face-to-face relationships?
  9. What can be done to make sure that people today actually know how to have "real" relationships?
  10. How can we get away from stereotypes and racism? What steps can we take as individuals and as a society?
  11. How can we learn to understand people who are different from us culturally, racially, or socioeconomically?
  12. How can we break down barriers between groups?

How Do We Solve Poverty?


Social Issues

  1. How can we help homeless people in our community?
  2. How can we prevent people from dropping out of high school?
  3. What is the best way to prevent teen pregnancy?
  4. How can kids be persuaded not to experiment with illegal drugs?
  5. What is the best way to prevent deaths from drunk driving?
  6. How can teenagers be convinced to drive more safely?
  7. What can be done to prevent divorce?
  8. How can kids with divorced parents be helped to do well in school, have strong relationships, and build successful lives and marriages?
  9. What can be done to eliminate or prevent racism?
  10. What is the best way to help people who are victims of family violence?
  11. How can we change the welfare system to help people escape generational poverty?
  12. How can we deal with illegal immigration?
  13. What should we do about the increase in gun violence?
  14. How can we best rehabilitate prisoners so that they can be productive members of society?
  15. How can healthcare be ensured for everyone around the world?
  16. How can we improve literacy?
  17. What can be done to prevent human trafficking?
  18. How can we prevent children from being negatively influenced by violence and pornography in media such as video games, movies, and the Internet?
  19. How can we persuade people to make healthy lifestyle choices like not smoking, exercising, and maintaining a healthy BMI?
  20. How can we balance the right for free speech with the right to not be insulted or abused?
  21. Choose a city you know. How can that city be made more bicycle and pedestrian-friendly?
  22. How can we best reduce the problem of terrorism?
  23. Should there be controls in the way the media portrays celebrities?
  24. How can we handle the problem of online data mining or the fact that data brokers are selling our information to advertisers, employers, health insurers, and credit rating agencies?
  25. What should we do to help people get jobs?

Solving Problems

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  1. How can steroid use be limited in all sports (or one in particular)?
  2. Should college athletes be paid?
  3. How can colleges better handle the combination of education, athletics, and business?
  4. Do kids train too hard in athletics at young ages?
  5. What is the best way for a young athlete to learn a sport? (You might want to talk about a particular sport you know well).
  6. How can coaches best encourage their athletes to do their best?
  7. Think about your local sports team. What can be done to make that team more effective? How can the fans be made to support the team more?
  8. Pick your favorite sport. How can someone best prepare themselves to be excellent at that sport?
  9. How can sports media be more effective at covering a sport you like to watch? Should the announcers be biased or not? Which games should be covered by sports networks? What types of interviews and special features make the sport more interesting to watch?
  10. What can be done to increase attendance at your favorite sporting event?
  11. How should a coach or player handle media interviews when they lose a big game?
  12. How can players prepare themselves for the (inevitable) loss?
  13. What should professional players do to prepare themselves for retirement or injury?
  14. Pick your favorite sport. How much should players get paid? Should there be salary caps?
  15. How should money made from sports be divided between players and owners?
  16. Think about your favorite venue to watch sports live. What could be done to improve that venue?
  17. How can injuries in sports (especially football) be prevented?
  18. How can coaching be improved in the sport you participated in during high school or your favorite professional team?
  19. How can players prevent injuries that take them out of competitive sports?
  20. What can be done about parents or coaches that push kids too much in sports?

Should college athletes get paid?
Should college athletes get paid? | Source

College Life

  1. How can college be made more affordable?
  2. How can college students study effectively and earn better grades?
  3. How can a student avoid procrastinating?
  4. How can college students avoid the "Freshman 15" and eat healthily in college?
  5. How can college students stay in shape when they aren't in sports like they were in high school?
  6. What is the best way for college students to balance work, studying, classes, and social life?
  7. How can college students handle problems with roommates?
  8. How can college students ask parents for more money effectively?
  9. How can parents of college students let go?
  10. What is the best way for college students to convince their parents to let them be independent?
  11. What should you do about loud neighbors in your dorm or apartment?
  12. How can you handle a long distance relationship in college?
  13. What should college students do when they have a suicidal friend?
  14. How can college students decide on a major?
  15. How should you decide what college to attend?
  16. What should you do if you don't get something you expected and hoped for (like a scholarship, college admission, or acceptance into a special program)?
  17. How can students learn to be better test-takers?
  18. How should college instructors handle attendance in class?
  19. What can be done to make college students more active participants in politics and elections?
  20. How can colleges be made safer?
  21. What should be done to prevent sexual assault on college campuses?
  22. Should parents be allowed to know the grades of their college students?
  23. How can colleges help students who are failing get back on track?
  24. What can be done to help relieve stress in college?
  25. How can students pay more attention in class?
  26. How can college students overcome homesickness?
  27. How can college students manage their money effectively?
  28. What can be done to make college more affordable?
  29. Should the government offer more support for a college education?
  30. How should a student decide whether to rush a sorority or fraternity?

How Can Students Pay for Private College?



If you choose a problem solution essay about education, you can narrow your paper's topic to talk just about your own state, or even your own school.

  1. How can we make education better for kids who have trouble in school?
  2. How can schools help the problem of childhood obesity?
  3. How can schools best serve special education students?
  4. How can schools allocate more money and resources for sports, fine arts, and other special programs?
  5. What should be done about misbehaving and disruptive students?
  6. What should be done to make gifted and talented education programs effective?
  7. How can we help kids who are in failing schools?
  8. How can homeschooled kids be prepared for college?
  9. What can be done to stop bullying, teasing, and violence in schools?
  10. How can we be sure that students are learning what they need to know? Is a nationalized test the answer? How should testing in schools be handled?
  11. How can cheating in school be best handled? What should teachers and students do to prevent cheating?
  12. Should all students be required to learn a foreign language? Should schools offer other languages like Chinese or Arabic?
  13. Should schools move to digital textbooks?
  14. Is it a good idea to give every child an iPad or laptop? How can schools adapt to changing technology?
  15. Should schools have a common core curriculum? If so, what should it include? What does every student need to know?
  16. Would the U.S. benefit from changing to a more European-style education system?
  17. Should schools require more physical education?
  18. How can schools help develop a healthier society?
  19. How can schools attract and keep outstanding teachers?
  20. Should high schools offer a technical track for students to get job-ready rather than force everyone to take college prep courses?
  21. Should online high school courses be offered to students who want a flexible schedule?
  22. What should be done for students who get pregnant in high school?
  23. Should school uniforms or strict dress codes be used in schools? What sort of dress code is appropriate and helpful?
  24. Should teachers and administrators who are appropriately trained and licensed be allowed to carry concealed weapons in schools?
  25. Should policemen be undercover in classrooms?


Family Life

  1. How can parents handle their child's cell phone and social media use appropriately?
  2. Should parents be held responsible for the obesity of their children? What should be done to help families with obese children?
  3. How can parents help their children have a positive body image and avoid eating disorders?
  4. What can be done about parents who push too hard for their children to achieve in sports, academics, fine arts, or another area?
  5. What can be done to increase the number of children who are adopted?
  6. How can we prevent young people from aging out of the child welfare system without ever finding a family?
  7. What is the best way to help families who have a child with mental illness?
  8. How can parents teach their children about money management?
  9. What is the best way for parents to discipline their children?
  10. How can parents encourage their child to be honest?
  11. What is the importance of a religious education? How should parents handle teaching faith to their children?

Solving issues about driving: How can beginning drivers be trained better?
Solving issues about driving: How can beginning drivers be trained better? | Source

Driving and Transportation

  1. What should be done about the problem of texting while driving?
  2. How can parking be handled better on your college campus (or other busy area you know where it is difficult to park)?
  3. What is the best way for students to be trained to be good drivers? Should there be any changes to the current laws of your state?
  4. How can traffic around your town be changed so that driving is easier and less stressful?
  5. How can people be encouraged to take public transportation? What needs to be done to make public transportation an effective option for more people in your town?
  6. How should we encourage people to be better drivers?
  7. What changes could be made to the traffic laws that would make driving better? What should the speed limits be?
  8. What is the best way to find the route to a place you've never been before? (GPS, Google Maps, directions from a friend?)
  9. What are the worst traffic violations? How can these be prevented?
  10. Is the current driver's education in your state effective? What can be done to improve it?
  11. What is the best way to prevent DUI and deaths due to drunk driving?


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      Stevie Glenn 3 weeks ago from Minneapolis

      Great topics on education! Good sources for quick education articles.

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      Chris Velo 2 months ago

      Thank you for all the topics to write on; I would read one section thinking that I couldn't write anything only to discover a few points I had to make into a quick essay.

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      Virginia Kearney 2 months ago from United States

      Hi Colleen--I'd suggest you look at my Non-Profit Research Paper article for help.

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      Colleen 2 months ago

      Hello Virgina,

      I have a Critical Analysis & Research Writing paper due the assignment is A Good for A Community: A Research Based-Solution Essay I am having the most difficult time with this. Can you help?

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      Virginia Kearney 3 months ago from United States

      KyLie--That is an interesting idea. The departmental final exam for my students included a question about this topic. I will see if I can add some to the list.

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      KyLie 3 months ago

      I would like some topics on the death of Harambe the gorilla....

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      Karla 4 months ago

      Should have a topic about animal abuse or cruelty!

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      Bangladesh Page 13 months ago

      Here is a lot of topics to write on. It really makes me think to write something on the topics. There are some topics here I never thought that an essay can be written! Thanks for sharing.

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      Virginia Kearney 15 months ago from United States

      Hi Zero, I don't exactly understand what you want. Perhaps you mean you want to write an essay about "How to find a good job?" or "Solving the difficult problem of finding a good job?"

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      Virginia Kearney 16 months ago from United States

      Hi mtariqsattar--I actually have also written articles about how to write essays of many types. You can search for this on Hubpages or just look for the links next to my topic ideas articles.

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      Tariq Sattar 16 months ago from Karachi

      Hi there VirginiaLynne, I don't know how to start but you nailed it and you seem to possess command over topics. You do justify what you have said in your profile.

      Anyway, I enjoyed reading your hub - it is helpful to those who are seeking to teach essay at the college or university level, and those who want to writer such a genre of essay. That is problem-solution essay.

      I would ask though about the tips to writing an essay quickly and accurately at the same time. How should you as an essay writer achieve both ends?

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      Virginia Kearney 23 months ago from United States

      Thanks for the ideas Jaime--I may think about putting some solution ideas into another article.

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      b.s.s 23 months ago

      Wow!! What a great topics

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      So glad Symphony Dunbar that you are using my site to get good ideas. You must be doing a good job writing those essays too!

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      Symphony Dunbar 2 years ago

      I love this site. I come on here, get a topic, write an essay, get an A+, just like that!

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      sera 2 years ago

      Thanks it helped so much

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      Maria Cuevas 2 years ago

      I would really like environment issues. It is very passionate among many.

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Hi Justin--Glad this helped you. I have a 5th grade daughter and two daughters in 7th. I used to teach 6th grade myself and know that you are learning a lot about writing!

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      justin 2 years ago

      I really like the questions for the problem and solution it makes me want to improve some mistakes I made.P.S. I'm a 6th grader.

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      Tessa 2 years ago

      Awesome website! I'm definitely going to use one of these topics. Helped a lot. Thanks!!!!!

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      Hyder 2 years ago

      How "Education is solution all our problem" I want to write essay this topic anyone help me

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      Ova ELai 2 years ago

      I would like a topic on counselling a teenage who thinks is having a sexually transmitted disease or HIV

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      Virginia Kearney 2 years ago from United States

      Thanks Ashley--I will write some topics about that!

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      Ashley 2 years ago

      Military life topics would be great!

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      djelke16 2 years ago

      Great topics! Thank you so much.

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      Dottie 3 years ago

      Thank you! This was so helpful!

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      Rachel 3 years ago

      This website is perfect! Helped me a lot, thanks!

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      Lcarter 3 years ago

      Great topics!

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      Virginia Kearney 3 years ago from United States

      So glad I helped you Kaiya! I know that getting the right topic and finding some good information can really help someone overcome that writer's block that makes starting an essay so hard!

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      kaiya123 3 years ago

      This helped a ton! Anyone of these topics could easily be well written, being that there is so much information about each topic. I seriously couldn't have thought of any of these topics, and this definitely helped my essay. There was many topics to choose from, depending on the area you are interested in. It made me think about what I really wanted to write about! Thanks so much!!! :)

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      Maria Jordan 3 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      A meaty and worthwhile list of subjects for anyone to pursue...most thought provoking and interesting topics. Excellent job.

      Voted UP and UAI. Hugs, Maria

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      SaM 3 years ago

      This HELPED a lot! Thanks!

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      Pamela Oglesby 3 years ago from United States

      You really thought of so many valid topic that are all worthy of discussion. Anyone of this topic could easily be written about and really there are so many problems, it is a bit overwhelming, but then we must start somewhere. This is a great idea for a hub and no one should have to have writer's block anymore. Voted up and useful.

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