Tinkering with the spreadsheets seems to be a reasonable approach to working with a new problem, in line with generating and testing alternative strategies to find a solution. In other words, learning. Women who tinkered with the spreadsheets seemed to be doing just that, and, for them, tinkering predicted more effective problem solving. Counter-intuitively, though, when men tinkered with the spreadsheet, they were less effective in correcting the errors. The opposite results seem attributable to the fact that women paused before trying something else, long enough to process the information.