Here is an example of how to simplify an expression by combining like terms. Remember to read the lesson on this topic.

Basic steps to follow:

1. First understand what like terms are; like terms are expressions that have the same variable(s) to the exact same powers

2. Locate all like terms and add them by adding there coefficients

3. Simplify the expression by writing the terms in standard form- highest to lowest power

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