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I’m 21 years old and recently got accepted to start a bachelor of science degree in physics. This will be starting next February.

I had left school at 17 due serious health issues so since school I’ve worked and also travelled to multiple countries, which for me was amazing.

In school I never cared for maths nor tried a lot because I (at the time) thought I wouldn’t need such an extensive mathematic mind for the future (stupid I know). Overtime I discovered my passion for space and the more and more I went in-depth with understanding (from self study) I knew I wanted to study this in university and hopefully become a career someday.

Now I have about 4 months before I start university but unfortunately my mathematics isn’t the best. My leave right now is problably algebra (I know shocking).

I’m sure you have heard this before but I am extremely willing to put in copious amounts of study and effort to learn appropriate material before i start studying. I’m just a bit lost as to what and how I should begin studying.

I know I will need a refreshment of algebra, trig, geometry, calculus. I will be getting a tutor so should I ask them to help me in what order to study first and for how long, because I only have 4 months to get the best knowledge I can.

These are some of the questions I hope you can answer:

- Please List the subject in order of what I should study?

- When will I know to move to the next subject?

- How long should I stay on one subject?

- Should I study intro physics before i start an undergrad physics course or will strong maths help me understand?

- Please suggest some textbooks for me

Should I study physics alongside studying the math or would that be somewhat pointless?

Anyway enough rambling and I hope this all makes sense because I’m writing this crammed up against a pole on the train so I’m trying to do it fairly quickly.

I appreciate all your help.

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