I trained for about 6 months last year in Wisconsin and learned very little. They seemed to teach to much in too little time, being tossed around and confused on too many techniques in one night was'nt worth the money paid. I would like to find a dojo that takes time to teach the basics in a more timely manor that one can absorb and repeat them until you understand the why and what of that technique and the Japanese name for it and maybe some history too. Does anyone know of a Sensei and dojo in southeast Wisconsin that can give a hungry student this?
Something to try is to talk about your frustration with the sensei or one of the advance students. It's possible the structure of what an instructor is trying to show is not apparent enough. Usually an Aikido class is "about" something and will be practiced from several (possibly many) different aspects. That can be pretty confusing for a new person who naturally would have no clue as to how to recognize what the "something" being practiced is.
We tell newcomers to our dojo "Don't try to learn anything for the first six months" with this in mind. Hopefully you will continue with just practicing and will start seeing the patterns. Good luck.