It's the middle of the semester of my first year and I'm finding this math course extremely difficult. The course is essentially teaching real analysis and they labeled the course honors calculus. Im finding the professor is not teaching the material well which made me find some supplementary books: Calculus, M Spivak and Understanding Analysis , S Abbott . I guess what I mean to ask is: is it really supposed to be this difficult or should I just not be taking this course, or is it the professor? If it is considered really difficult is there something I can do to help me understand it better? I've been reading quite a bit but when I go to the exercises I sometimes don't know where to start. A big problem is when I understand the questions and know the answers but can't turn my thoughts into a proof. Any thoughts appreciated thank you.