Word problems can be very difficult, but they show up on the GMAT quite often. So focusing on improving word problems is worth your time. If you haven't already, be sure to watch the lesson videos about word problems.
As you do practice problems, I recommend keeping an error log in which you evaluate each question you got wrong. Ask yourself questions such as:
- What mathematical concept do you need to review in order to answer a question like this in the future?
- What words in the question were confusing?
- Was there a method in the explanation video that was new to you?
- After watching the explanation video, would you be able to explain how to solve this problem in the future?
Here is a blog post that could give you more tips on how to learn from math practice. There is not a one size fits all approach for word problems, but as you work through various practice problems you will notice strategies and patterns.
For specific guidance on how to deal with word problems, please see this two part blog post:
- Intro to Word Problems: Translating from Words to Math (Part I)
- Intro to Word Problems: Assigning Variables (Part II)
When you approach a word problem, you need to read it carefully and put it into your own words. It's incredibly important that you know what the question is asking. You then need to translate the words into math, and assign variables.
You can also find lots of strategies and practice questions on our blog. Here are a couple of posts to start with:
Improving you word-problem skills takes time, but with hard work you will improve :)