math is so logical and defined its not funny. i decided to retake math classes from elementary algebra to trigonometry for fun a few years ago because i had a lot of trouble in my second quarter of calculus because my foundation in trigonometry was not good. that's how i discovered the interactmath.com website since it was given to us with one of our textbooks. it originally came as a cd with my elementary algebra book and in using it i began to realize how the exercises were structured as they went from easier to harder and harder. just one little concept was being added to the problems as you went up a level in the exercise problems. that's when i began to see how logical algebra and eventually trigonometry was structured. it really is not hard, but you have to start out by learning the very basic information. everything builds upon that and little by little more complicated things are added to the very simple basic stuff. and, it is true what they say. practice, practice, practice. you have to work problem after problem. you have to do this so you can learn to recognize the basic underlying patterns in the problems you are given so you can break them down and solve them. eventually, you begin to see that a huge problem filled with all kinds of terms is really a very basic problem that is just jacked up. but, you won't see it as that unless you've been practicing and working problems. what you want to achieve is seeing math problems as a challenge to conquer rather than something to be feared. that is the way a scientist thinks. and, remember, you are going into a profession that is based primarily on science, so you want to start changing your thinking to that direction--challenges, not fear. i've seen more nurses become mediocre nurses because of their fear of some piece of equipment or treatment a patient is receiving than taking on the attitude of it being a challenge and hitting the books in the library and finding out as much as they could about the subject. that, i think, is the difference between excellence and mediocrity. what kind of nurse will you be? a mediocre one or one who strives for excellence in their practice? in a way there is a bigger issue here that is all about one's character. because i guarantee you that while math may be a problem for you now, when you get into nursing school there will be many more problem subjects you will have to face and you will have to have the essential character within you to deal and conquer them. there are many lessons to be learned from one lesson.