Struggling with this, I have employed sentence diagramming I learned in English classes.
equations drop straight out
Some other considerations taken together may save the day for you and maybe you can even enjoy a feeling of mastery over word problems. Good luck.
These things made all the different for me
"Is" diagrams to equals,
"of" diagrams to multiply,
"Quotient" diagram to divide
"sum and more than" diagram to add
Job related problems are down to each acting participant doing his fractional part of a whole job.
Dimensions for the asked for answer, put everything down to juggling units of numbers supplied to match the units of the answer. ii think of it as the dimensional analysis thing
Multiple terms of an expression must all have the same units, it's that apples and oranges thing
Ratio and proportion based issues are down to ratios of corresponding sides of similar (triangles/ figures) being equal
Maintain UNITS with "Given Quantities" throughout
Maintain UNITS with "asked for quantities" throughout.
OBSERVE UNITS INTEGRITY, Mixed cm and meter values is a teachers favorite to do thing