Here is a worksheet that lists the 8 steps needed to complete and optimization problem: determining what is needed, writing the correct notation in general, writing the chain rule, solving the problem, and finally writing an answer statement for the problem.
Included are step-by-step problems that utilizes the 8 steps. These include a geometric problem, a business problem, and a Pythagorean problem.
I encouraged my students to do every one of their problems on this worksheet so that they would have the steps clearly in their mind. When giving an exam, I did not provide the worksheet.