High school students can struggle with word problems in upper level math classes. Causes for this struggle could include lower reading comprehension, limited mathematic vocabulary, and difficulty changing words to algebraic expressions. This article proposes three techniques to help teachers instruct these struggling students that include (a) organization by difficulty of comprehension and computation (b) scaffolding and (c) utilizing the Explain, Practice and Assess (EPA) strategy.
Holmes, Vicki-Lynn, Karla Spence, Libbey Horton, Jane Finn, and Shelia Ingram. “Conquering Worrisome Word Problems - Algebra Success.” International Journal of Learning, Teaching and Educational Research 16, no. 6 (July 11, 2017). https://www.ijlter.org/index.php/ijlter/article/view/946.