Sorry... long read. So firstly, I am quite possibly the worst student in the history of students. I entered my first year of university as a Political Science major (because all the courses I liked required some math prerequisites, and I and hated math) and ended up despising every moment of it. End of first term I had failed one course and dropped one course. Second semester I decided to take pre-calculus and hated it. Just hated it. So what did I do? I failed it. Also dropped another course. So at the end of my first year I had dropped two courses, failed two, and had 6 elective courses that count towards nothing. At the beginning of April I actually picked up my pre-calc book (something I never did) and worked my way up to the unit circle and trig functions. I really enjoyed doing it myself. I enrolled in the same pre-calc course with a different teacher and here I am today. My problem is that I am still not doing well. I got 62% on my first test and by the looks of this one I just took... I did terrible. I did all the work correctly, but when it came to the answer I did something wrong at the last steps. So now I am sitting here relying on my final exam which will be shifted to 100% assuming I do better on it than I did on the tests (just his marking scheme). It's really frustrating me because I also picked up a calculus text book and I am able to understand and do questions with the maclauren (spelling?) and taylor series, and I really enjoy linear algebra... I just keep screwing up on pre-calc and it's so important for me; I can't do anything I want to until I get this done. My plan is to get this done, get my GPA up, and switch into my sciences faculty and possibly do statistics with a minor in maybe economics. I enjoy business but also math so I think it's a good middle ground. Now that I have ranted I just have a few questions... Is there any specific way I should be studying? Just repetition, repetition, repetition? This is my first time trying to take math seriously in my LIFE. Are there any outside books I should pick up? Is it normal for me to be much better at calc than pre-calc? What gives? I'm sorry for the long rant.