MRD, what college are you attending if you don't mind me asking? That is really weird about the add/drop only being for 3 days. Is there an appeal process? I would think they should let you have a few classes before the deadline I took stats many moons ago (before the wheel was invented) and you will have your "eureka" moment. Going back to school is a bit of a culture shock and you have the added pressure of keeping a household going. I am sure it will work out well for you, and it's good that you are using all the resources available to you. I would try the math lab again since maybe you just got a dud the first time
Star...that sounds like an interesting class!