I'm 2 years into a part time physics degree, I'm in my 40s, dropped out of schooling earlier in life.
As I'm doing this for fun whilst I also have a full time job, I thought I would list what I'm did to supplement my study preparation.
I started working through these videos - Essence of Calculus as a start over the summer study whilst I had some down time. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLZHQObOWTQDMsr9K-rj53DwVRMYO3t5Yr
Ive bought the following books in preparation for my journey and to start working through some of these during the summer prior to start
Elements of Style - A nice small cheap reference to improve my writing skills
The Humongous Book of Trigonometry Problems https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/1615641823/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Calculus: An Intuitive and Physical Approach
Trigonometry Essentials Practice Workbook
Systems of Equations: Substitution, Simultaneous, Cramer's Rule
Feynman's Tips on Physics
Exercises for the Feynman Lectures on Physics
Calculus for the Practical Man
The Feynman Lectures on Physics (all volumes)
I found PatrickJMT helpful, more so than Khan academy, not saying is better, just that you have to find the person and resource that best suits the way your brain works.
Now I'm deep in calculus and quantum mechanics, I would say the important things are:
Algebra - practice practice practice, get good, make it smooth.
Trig - again, practice practice practice.
Try not to learn by rote, try understand the why, play with things, draw triangles and get to know the unit circle well.
Good luck, it's going to cause frustrating moments, times of doubt, long nights and early mornings, confusion, sweat and tears, but power through, keep on trucking, and you will start to see that calculus and trig are some of the most beautiful things in the world.
I noticed you mentioned having Grammar and style errors, if you want some help with grammar and style let me link you two extremely helpful books that are very low bullshit for their price:
The Elements of Style, Fourth Edition: https://www.amazon.com/dp/020530902X/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_-YyyCbQ6NC2R1
This is the best book for grammar help in my opinion, it's especially helpful if you still have to write essays.
On Writing: 10th Anniversary Edition: A Memoir of the Craft: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1439156816/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_L0yyCb9D4H4SE
The first half of this book is a memoir, but the second half is absolutely packed with good advice for novels, regardless the genre.
The first book will help you catch those Grammar errors before you go back with another story, and the second will help you with Style. IE your "The elf walked with grace to the door." Sentence and how to avoid Adverbs.
"Arguing with a trump supporter is like arguing with a wall that has no substance" Wowdy wow wow wow, you used a wall analogy that makes absolutely no sense to denigrate a Trump supporter. I'll have to check but I think calling someone a troll is an offence on this sub, I'll have to check. Reducing your argument to personal insults only affirms your magazine of logic is empty. Also here's a tip, read Strunk And White's The elements Of Style it might make your posts more understandable and less likely to make you look like an idiot, here's a link for it on Amazon, 9 bucks, cheap for not looking like an idiot https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/dp/020530902X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1549506533&sr=8-1&keywords=s
Honestly there isn't anything that you couldn't get by simply reading and applying the advice from
"The Elements of Style" by Strunk and White and "On Writing Well" by Zinsser .
The primary philosophy is that if you can't write well, then you haven't thought it through. The act of writing is an act of reasoning.
0. Practice in a strong feedback loop. This applies for anything, not just writing.
1. Ruthlessly reduce your sentences. Repeat until you can't eliminate or combine any more words.
2. Avoid adverbs. Use "dashed" or "sprinted" instead of "ran quickly". Learn more words.
3. Avoid weasel words like "should" "could" "might". Take a stance and give concrete reasons.
4. Use concrete data over descriptors. "+5% profit" over "increased profit".
5. Write in active voice. Look up the "by Zombies" trick.
6. Use the simplest word that maintains your meaning. No one needs to use the word "utilize".
1) On Writing Well - William Zinser https://www.amazon.com/Writing-Well-30th-Anniversary-Nonfict...
2) On Writing - Stephen King- https://www.amazon.com/Writing-10th-Anniversary-Memoir-Craft...
3) The Elements of Style - Strunk & White - https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/...
The two most important points are concise style and active voice. Both of these habits are critical for SEs to write concise emails, specs and commit messages. You will even see improvement in more casual day to day interactions (via slack, SMS etc).
>along with a not-so-numb alcohol-induced dehydration headache
>I took a moment to recollect the last 18 hours as I had accepted the seemingly random last minute invite to the New Years poker party from a former colleague who had moved on a few months ago.
Is this supposed to be a sentence?
>Recently single, nearly lifeless, and despite not playing in 5+ years
>Little did I know that night would spark something within me, and with just one, two, seven deposits of $100-200 on Pokerstars I would soon be funding a poker trip to feed the soul of my competitive being.
If your work is free of grammar and spelling errors you're probably ahead of most of your classmates right there.
You might read some books about writing like The Elements of Style. The only writing I've done professionally was for TV news. I read exactly one book on the subject, Writing Broadcast News by Mervin Block (he wrote for Cronkite). It's basically the Bible of broadcast writing and it was very instructive.
I've given away more copies of that book than any other. Improves all relationships.
"Elements of Style" aka Strunk and White. https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Style-Fourth-William-Strunk/...
I'd prefer they not only read Elements of Style, but work on it.
Is this the book you recommend? I see what you mean by being an aggregation and I guess in my case, unless I start studying in a field of astrophysics or any other, there is no way out.
The gold standard for this sort of thing is going to be A Pocket Style Manual by Diana Hacker and Nancy Sommers. You would also do well to pick up The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.
^^ I came here to say this .