Algebra 1 is not the funnest class in the world. There are numbers and counting and complicated formulas that you must endeavor to master. Coming from Pre-Algebra to Algebra 1 you get blindsided by a truck full of new information that they say has roots from your previous study but you're not so sure. Pick up that study guide and read through it. It will reinforce your previous education and introduce much more painlessly into the new knowledge your being taught. It acts as a hand to hold through your studying process.