I am sure you have all heard the story before. A good student does well in most subjects. English, Philosophy, History, Physical Anthropology, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Biology; good grades with a minimum of effort, Math F--.
I had decent grades in College Algebra, decent grades in Trigonometry. However when I got to Calculus I was just blown away. I feel like I am weak in certain areas; fractions, unit circle, trignometric functions. I thought during the class that I was learning about derivative, limits etc. However I apparently was missing something very central, as I failed the class about half way through. Was quite disappointed, and felt like my academic career had come to an end. I stopped attending college and got a minimum wage job. I have a AAS in both pharmacy technology and surgical technology, however I feel those are degrees that have no meaning.
So enough of my SOB Story. To my question. What should I do.
I feel very very depressed that math does not seem to click for me at all, I consider myself pretty intelligent, however when I think, and do math I feel like I am missing some key component mentally.
Question #1 Has anyone encountered this and if they have what have they done to remedy the situation?
Question #2 What resources would you recommend to help remedy the situation? (Books, software, etc)
Question #3 What can I do to become a math whiz and to be able to think mathematically?
Question #4 I want to become math, learn math, live math, no longer be afraid of math, no longer allow this one subject to control my life. How can I achieve this goal.
Thanks in advance. Mathematically Lost in Los Angeles.