Algebra is a STRICT prerequisite to Calculus, especially topics such as factoring, simplification, inequalities, and being able to manipulate equations.

Unfortunately It really isn’t possible to understand calculus without a solid basis of algebra. When I tutored Calc I and noticed a student becoming confused when I factored or something, I surprised them our next appointment with zero Calc work. No homework, no explaining reasoning. No, we would be doing basic algebra the entire time.

Everything I could think of basically until they understood what was going on and could teach ME how to solve certain equations that I hand selected bc of difficulty. At that point, the calculus came soooo much easier because calculus is actually super intuitive. It really does make sense, but you have to be able to “read the language” of it first.

So you should have a tutor help you exclusively with algebra or self-teach algebra during the course if you can handle it. It WILL pay off especially if you have math down the road to do.