The key to success in mathematics is to understand that all sub-subjects (algebra, trigonometry, geometry, calculus, differential/difference equations, statistics, probability) are really a LANGUAGE. And more than any spoken language, mathematics is truly THE universal language. It is also key to understand the PROCESS or STEPS: how to take the problem at hand, break it down into its individual parts, and work through the steps to achieve the correct answer. Like any sport, or as in driving, mathematics involves following a series of simple RULES and applying the theory to the real world. Once the rules are followed, all that is required is PRACTICE! So, remember: it's a language, which involves understanding steps, following rules, applying the concepts to the real world, and then . . . the hardest part! :) . . . . practice, practice, practice! You CAN do it!