Here is an example of how to solve a multi-step equation. Remember to read the lesson on this topic.

Basic steps to follow:

1. Do any parts of the problem that require the distributive property; any place where there is parentheses

2. Combine like terms and simplify both sides

3. Simplify the equation until you have just a one-step equation; then solve for the variable

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