I'm reaching the end of a 2-course series of remedial algebra. So far I have performed greatly in both courses (A grades) but only because I spend hours in the library solving exercises through repetition. This summer I will be taking pre-calculus and I still feel like I have not learned anything that will prepare me for it. I believe (erroneously?) that every student taking the class with me will be able to solve problems and relate them to the real world. I don't want to be the idiot that knows how to use a hammer but doesn't know how to craft one. The reason this worries me so much is because I'm only interested in science and engineering (meaning, I'm not interested in working in anything else). Still, I should be able to force my mind to understand calculus, no?