Here is an example of how to factor a quadratic trinomial.  Remember to read the lesson on this topic.

Basic steps to follow:

1. First understand that you may not be able to factor a polynomial- i.e. the polynomial is prime
2. Next there are a few common methods to factoring trinomials- master the method you like the most
3. Trinomials that have a 1 as there leading coefficent are easier to factor than polynomials with a number other than 1 as there leading coeffcient
4. It is always a good idea to check your factoring using the FOIL method as you learn to master factoring

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Important habits to master math:

1. write out all steps
2. be very neat
3. use pencil not pen
4. review your work as your go
5. make sure you know the basics like fractions, positive and negative numbers and order of operations