As you know, most students find word problems to be stressful. I have to agree. There are tons of books and online rules and steps for solving word problems. Yet, when students like myself face word problems, it is hard to create an equation from written word.
I guess the difference between a mathematician and a math student is the ability to create the needed equation to solve word problems.
What is your view?
What is the "best" way to master word problems?
I know we should let x = the data we are looking for but what then?