I hate to be harsh, but they are correct out of any course ever taught, algebra one, no matter how "fast paced" is a fairly easy class. Try teaching yourself. If your are as smart as you claim, this shouldn't be too hard. In math, with people who do well, there are two types of people, people who actually are good at math, and those who just plug in formulas, figure out who you are, and if you are really that smart, or just a grade grubber. The first step to doing better in a class, when you actually don't understand the work, is too admit that your struggling, and to stop blaming it on the teacher. Also, congratulations, you figured out that high school is harder than grade school. Let me tell you, it only gets harder.