The key to solving word problems is organization. Almost all of the time, integer problems are the major exception, some kind of chart is the best way to do this. How the chart is set up will depend on the type of problem. (The various articles in this section will give you the details for each type.) Once you have your chart, start by entering the data the problme gives you. From there multiply across the columns and/or add down the rows to build an algebraic equation whose solution is the answer to the question.