**This is Day 25 of 31 Days of Math Learning Success. Follow all the days here and check out others that are writing for 31 days here.**

*Bill Gates is a very rich man today… and do you want to know why? The answer is one word: versions.
~Dave Barry*

Everything that can be done, has a different version.

Depending on your style and way of thinking, one of those will be significantly simpler than some of the others.

### Changing letters to numbers

If you can’t remember what to do with , think about it as .

You have only a couple of choices for . You have and . You know those two rules. But you get them mixed up sometimes.

So what’s and what’s ?

Aha!

Since and also, you can see that you’re supposed to add those exponents.

Which means the rule to follow in this case is “add the exponents.”

### Compare and Contrast

Always be on the lookout for similarities. Polynomials, linear expressions,place value and fractions all behave the same way if you look at them like this:

(aka 357)

So focus on remembering how to deal with one, and use him as the hub to remembering the others.

### Finding Favorites

Math is like everything else in the world – there are bazillions of pieces to it.

So you don’t have to like or dislike MATH, but you can pick and choose the *pieces* you like and dislike.

Find your favorites. And figure out how everything else is like those.

You’ll be a much happier student. And a far stronger one too!

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