"The student has her first math test of the semester tomorrow, so we spent the entire session reviewing all of the material that will appear on her exam as well as completing a practice test worksheet that she was given in class. She was able to complete the first half, covering linear equations and inequalities, before our session, so we spent our time finishing the word problems at the end of the practice test. These types of problems were initially the most challenging part of her math material, but she has made huge improvements in the past few weeks in her ability to approach them. She has four main steps in her process: assign the variable with a "let" statement, design an equation or inequality in terms of the variable, solve for the variable, and write an answer statement responding to the problem's central question. We have since created a few additional steps before designing the equation that break word problems down into smaller pieces and shorter forward progressions. The key in linear word problems is finding the relationships between all of the given information in terms of the defined variable, before attempting to create an equation/inequality that consolidates all of the data. She has become adept at this and is able to approach problems piecewise, avoiding the pitfall of becoming overwhelmed by the volume of given information. We worked together on the first few word problems in her practice test, which she was able to negotiate fairly easily, and I left her on her own to solve the final three problems. She was able to approach the problems with her standardized methods and solved them quickly and accurately. She feels very confident in her ability to solve word problems, and I am very confident in her ability as well. We will meet next pending her math assignments, and we will review her test as soon as it is graded and returned to her."