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redpiano

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Like the title says I've been awful at math since grade school, I still don't know my multiplication tables by heart, I certainly don't know simple division even adding and subtracting takes me a second.

So needless to say I've struggled with math my entire life, I failed through gradeschool, I failed pre-algebra in junior high, twice and then again in high school before I dropped out at which point I took some GED preparedness classes and ended up just giving up on that specifically because I just don't get math, even the rather simple seeming GED math.

But I want to learn, I want to be able to look at an equation and know how to solve it and not just tilt my head and get a migraine lol. I've also been thinking about college recently and everything I'm interested in will require at least some math. So I was watching this video of Richard Feynman talking about his past and he mentioned a series of books calling "(insert type of math) for the practical man" So I immediately hunted down a .pdf of one of these books, the algebra version and in the first chapter I'm already lost, I can understand some very basic problems but once you start mixing in a bunch of letters and fractions and decimals it just becomes a total wash for me.

So if anyone has any pointers or tips for me, any books you'd recommend, anything you can tell me about how to approach math, where to start etc. I would like to this from home and not hire a tutor or take classes at the moment. But is it just a matter of ramming my head into the wall of numbers until it clicks or what?

Thanks for looking.