To me, math is about translating letters into meaningful numbers. The key to problem solving is to take baby steps to translate a word problem into a formula you can use. Of course, memorizing formulas is good but also knowing when/how to use it might be difficult. My teaching style centers on showing students how to turn difficult looking problems to simpler ones. Everyone has his/her own technique when it comes to problem-solving and my goal is to help students discover their own method in which they are comfortable with using during test conditions.