For years I have struggled with word problems. No matter how many questions I play with on a daily basis, I cannot reason out the proper steps needed to find the answer. Undoubtedly, I am not the only person who freezes when it comes to word problems. Students struggle and fear word problems regardless of age and grade. It is their math nightmare and mine, too. I am not a student. I have not been a student since the fall of 1993.

When internet became available to the public, I decided to join as many math forums as I possibly could hoping to help students with homework. I quickly learned that it takes a special person to teach math concepts.

I feel that a tutor is not a true math tutor if he or she has not mastered word problems. Why do you suppose word problems are not easy to grasp? Why are students struggling to set up the equation needed to solve word problems?

Textbooks teach to let x be what we are looking for but setting up the equation is not always easy. It takes a person with true understanding of math to solve word problems, say, at the high school level. What do you say?