Hello, I started learning math at 29, I went through the high school curriculum in Ontario taking the advanced math courses route. The last book I studied was "nelson calculus and vectors" (Table of Contents) http://www.nelson.com/secondarymath/calculusandvectors/table.html ( Curriculum Correlation) http://math.nelson.com/calculusandvectors/Resources/Curriculum Correlation Calculus.pdf I asked my brother who is studying CS to recommend a book I can start after completing that math course. He told me to start "Calculus, Vol. 1: One-Variable Calculus, with an Introduction to Linear Algebra by https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=dp_byl...ield-author=Tom+M.+Apostol&sort=relevancerank " I've started reading and I find this book a bit difficult to go through on my own and I'm not sure if I'm prepared for studying this book at a reasonable rate. Would anyone have any alternatives to this book that would help me progress in my understanding of math? What I find the most striking is the completely different approach to presenting the material. Previously I was exposed to a concept and it was applied in a few examples, then you had variations of it. The language now being used is more general and assumptive? (I’m not sure if that’s the best way to describe it) Is there a book that has a more gradual approach to beginning to learn in this style? Or a better method? I’m willing to hire a tutor or take some courses which are within reasonable proximity. Extra info: I don't have a large background in math, this was the 3rd math class I've taken. I'll be applying for fall 2017 for the math/physics specialist program at UofT and a variation of it at WaterLoo. When I looked up the class that i'm required to take first year I got "MAT157Y" http://www.math.toronto.edu/murty/MAT 157Y Syllabus.pdf The book they use is a "Calculus by M. Spivak (4th Edition) (Publish or Perish)" which my brother has and I've looked over it. I'm rather confused because it says that the prerequisite for this class is the calculus I took and mentioned above. Meanwhile when I go through the book it seems to be leaps and bounds different from anything I've been exposed to. Now I'm not sure how I'm suppose to prepare for a book/courses of that sort when it's prerequisite is clearly some sort of joke. The other course is an Algebra I MAT240H1 http://www.math.toronto.edu/rayan/Mat223SS/223Syllabus.pdf The book they use is “Linear Algebra with Applications 1st Edition (Hardcover), by J. Holt” course which I heard is taught from scratch, so I'm not too concerned about it’s prerequisites. I do have the available time I would like to study it on my own and move ahead, but this calculus/analysis class has me stumped at what to do.