I’ve tutored in math, science, history and English; of these, I love math the most. One thing that I learned early on is that the primary problem in learning how to solve “word problems” isn’t the mathâ€”the calculationsâ€”itself; it’s understanding the language, the words, that’s used to express it. The key to success in math is understating that math is a language that describes relationships, a language with it’s own unique terminology and contexts. I explore two examples in which the challenge is understanding the concepts and relationships in the problems, not the calculations themselves.