Is anyone able to give me some pointers. I am trying to brush up on my calculus I for my next calc class and I can't grasp optimization. I hated it then and I hate it now. I can do everything else in calculus I except this and it's so irritating. I can learn every integration rule in Calc I in a day but it's been a week and I am still not able to look at a blank question and buckle down and answer it. I understand (but haven't memorized) the formulas but when it gets to it and I see the work being done I just get lost. Is there a step-by-step system people use for solving these?