One of the things I'm trying to accomplish this vacation is learning college-level Algebra on Khan Academy, so I can take the College Algebra CLEP test rather than spend a whole semester learning math in a classroom at 9am and wanting to stab my hands off instead of fail another test. I'm beginning to remember why I hate math so much.

In writing, occasionally, I miss a comma.  Or I spell a word wrong.  Or I misplace a period.  All that is fine.  It doesn't really matter.  I write multiple drafts, I have spelling and grammar checkers to point out the most obvious mistakes, and for bigger works, I have proof readers.

In math, though, there's none of that protection.  If I miss one symbol the way I so often do in writing, that's it.  Game over.  Zero on the question.

I do that all the time.  And it's painful.  Getting question after question wrong, not because I don't understand, but because I'm bad at keeping track of negative signs, sucks.

Still, it's better to do this on my own time than to do it in front of a classroom of people.  Given the amount of stress and self-esteem issues I have around math, I honestly think it would be self-destructive to try and learn it in public.