I have a big problem when I study math,namely when I am stuck on some problem I can't go on and I won't keep studying other material till I haven't solved the problem I've been stuck on.
I am referring to the kind of problem of which I know the "tools" with which it can be solved but I can't see how to apply them or understand how they've been applied if the solution is provided.
This is really a devastating feeling ,it is like if I can't understand that specific problem I won't be able to understand any other thing if I leave it and keep on with the material.
It is literally as I've stated methaphorically in the title:understand it or burn.
This attitude is really bad in general for me because I know I am wasting time that could be used efficiently on other topics and because I haven't really much time to waste.
That's because I've decided to take a gap year after high school to learn some mathematics on my own since I knew I wouldn't have been ready for college mathematics given that for the last years I've been studying arts(also I can't afford a tutor).
So really I have no one which can help me and I have to find a way on my own to solve all my problems and this is the only site which really can help me in the way .
So I am asking not how much I should struggle with a problem,but rather what is the best way to struggle with a problem (I hope you get what I mean).