“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” Confucius
What a wonderful quotation!
So many of my students get frustrated because the school requires them to reach certain levels at particular ages/grades – and, yet, they are not ready!
The goal of education is to learn – to improve – to enjoy – and to gain an understanding that we didn’t have before (or to remind us or build an additional tentacle to our network of knowledge).
If you are in grade 7 but have a limited (or non-existent) understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and/or division – are you ready for algebra and complex fraction operations?
And there is no shame in that.
Start where you are. Take one step forward. And then another. And another. And so on until the foundation is secure. Before you know it, you will be ready to learn those fractions! (Or write an essay, book report, chemistry formula, etc.)
If you stop, however, then those fractions will forever be a mystery to you.
So, keep moving forward. Keep challenging yourself, and you will be surprised at what you gain!