Economics is difficult. However, it is no more difficult than anything else – just difficult in a different way. Most people cannot read a chapter of an economics book and expect to end up with a decent understanding of the material. Economic theory has to be worked at, concept by concept. Don’t be discouraged: it provides you with a set of approaches for thinking about human behaviour that you will probably use informally all your life. And there are few more satisfying (academic) achievements than writing a well-structured essay on an economic question and knowing that, even if it may not be the final truth, it is not nonsense.