I'm in a cal II class at my university, and we just started integration applications. As with any application, you have to find a way to come up with something to evaluate because the equation isn't always given. The problem is that being totally new to integration applications is not helping me when I'm all of a sudden hit with outrageous word problems. I don't know how to approach any word problem because I don't know how to bring things together to form an equation for integration.

My question is are there any general strategies I can use to approach the word problems I encounter?