I am sort of in an odd situation or at least I think it is odd. Right now I am currently dual enrolled in precalculus and trigonometry. Trig I don't feel is difficult but I am worried that is because my professor is too easy. In short, for trig I don't feel like I am being prepped in the way I need to be prepped for calculus and future math classes.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

That aside, my biggest problem is my precalculus class. (sorry, I have to give my history to fully explain the situation). When I lived in another state in a small town I took a class called "College Algebra" which was 6 years ago. After that class I was able to enroll into precalculus (yes, without taking trigonometry), but I quickly dropped with a "W" because I had no idea how to do anything. I took the class again and got another "W." So, in that small town I earned two "W's" in precalculus. (I'd also like to mention that I was going through extremely rough period during that time -- depression.)

important side notes:

*a graphing calculator was required (the precalculus class I am in now says we can't have one at all)

*trigonometry was not a requirement (the precalculus class I am in now says we can't go into precalculus unless we have completed trig or are enrolled in it)

*first time I ever saw mixture problems, functions, depreciation, rate e.g. P(0)=(1+b)^r (or something like that) (the precalculus class I am in now expects us to have an expert knowledge of algebraic simplification, mixture problems, functions, and probably the rate problems although we haven't done that yet)

I soon found my way out of that small town and moved to CA.

Now at a community college in CA I’m having real trouble. It took me along time to piece myself together and get my school career going, but I know I want to major in math and I will doanythingto succeed in math. So, the problem is that I discovered there is a class called, "Algebra 2" whereas I took "College Algebra" in the small town which is nothing like "Algebra 2." I was looking on other professors web pages for "Algebra 2" problems and I can say with 100% certainty that most of them I have never done or seen...(they look like the material I should be learning, like I can almost solve some, and I can solve a few). I also see a lot of the problems I was dealing with in my precalculus class dealt with in this colleges "Algebra 2."

Now that I am already enrolled in these classes... I don't know what to do. Trigonometry I am sure I will pass and precalculus I am feeling hopeless with because my professor makes problems off the top of his head and never uses the book except to say "these problems are too easy and boring!" I have been spending hours and hours at my tutoring center and I find a lot of the time the tutors don't know how to do my precalc professors problems. Also, my professor said, "the mathlab tutors don't know anything. Going there is a waste of time." He is really difficult, but he does know math... It is just that he refuses to do any kind of review... Also I really really care about math and I want to know everything about it. So, if I missed out on Algebra 2 and Geometry I don't know how I am going to make it up. I am in crazy mode because I can't even drop with a "W" at this point and I have been trying so hard to pass... I have no idea what my grade is, but I may pass with a C...MAYBE.

My question is: What should I do? How can I get my math career on the right track so I can transfer to a state university? I want to go to CSUN to be honest, but my math skills are all discombobulated. How can I learn skills that I may have missed? Is re-taking those classes going to hurt my chances of transferring if for example I pass trigonometry with an A and then take geometry? What happens if I fail precalc and retake it and get an A? Any advice at all is very welcome.

I'm really sorry this is so long.

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