I understand where you're coming from...I'm feeling the same about my Algebra class. I did terrible on my first test, and our 2nd one is tomorrow night. My teacher is foreign, and although I really like her personality (she's very upbeat), she's still quite hard to understand. Plus, she's also one of those crazy people that eats, sleeps and breathes mathematics, and doesn't understand why the rest of the world doesn't share her enthusiasm. I can tell many of my classmates have had her for other math classes, because she seems to know them, but I haven't had any Algebra since 1995, when I was pursuing a business degree, so I'm having a tough time picking it back up.
Why do we have to take this class for prereqs anyway? I know its supposed to teach us "critical thinking skills", but I'm a "non-traditional" student of 46 years young, embarking on my 2nd career (I currently work in the financial world, and have managed quite successfully without college algebra until now, thank you!) and it just seems such a waste of time and energy to struggle through this class. I know the basics...FOIL, factoring, square roots. When will I use this in nursing? And don't we pretty much have computers to do this sort of "computing" for us these days?
I have given myself "permission" to get a "C" in this class, despite the 3.95 GPA I have right now, just to get it over with and be able to apply to the nursing program at year end.
My daughter, who is a math whiz, tutored me for a few hours last week, and her explanations in simple english helped quite a bit. My son gave me several websites to check out, which I will do later on today. I'll think I'll be fine, and I know that class last Monday seemed to make more sense after my daughter's tutoring.
Hang in there, give it your best shot, and take the advise of the other posters...go to the math lab, see about a tutor, and check out the other resources. Just don't give up on your dream now. Good luck