"We continued to work through the same chapter section as the session prior, reviewing the 4 problems she was assigned as homework due on Monday. She had completed 3, the first 2 with little difficulty, but the 3rd causing more problems. The problems focused on using rates to calculate growth (usually given either a rate or a duration, a starting position, an end point and then tasked to solve for the unknown rate or duration, whichever was not originally given). The problems also focused more generally on determining relationships between values given and values unknown, with the goal of assigning variables to unknown values, solving for them, and then interpreting the available information both solved and given. The student still has no trouble with algebraic methods for solving for variables. Her most obtrusive issue is detecting relationships in material listed in word problems; she struggles to convert words into usable equations and manipulate the designated equations to solve for critical information. As we also did last week, we walked through problems that were difficult, going over step by step the proper way to approach all word problems that tested both algebra and reading comprehension. Our method relies on recording all available information, moving through the problem one sentence at a time and writing down all values and relationships that are given to us. We then determine what the problem is asking for, what additional pieces of information we might need, and which of these values are unknown. We assign variables to the unknowns, design equations based on our understanding of the question, solve for the variables and then re-approach the question. We manipulate the values we have solved in order to correctly answer the question that the problem asks. Some problems require the use of two variables and two separate equations in order to solve for one or both. She picks up material very quickly and I am confident that with practice, she will be able to move through word problems more quickly, using the same method but with greater acuity. After finishing the problems assigned for Monday we started additional problems for more practice."