Here is an example of the properties of exponents.  Remember to read the lesson on this topic.

Basic steps to follow:

1. First know the basics about powers- they have a base and an exponent
2. Take note that to multiply or divide powers the bases must be the same
3. Never leave a power with a negative exponent- simplify so that a power is expressed with only positive exponents

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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