Ok I can read music and name the notes on the fretboard but for some reason i cant apply this when reading sheet music. anyone have some tips.
Practice. Reading music is a pain in the ass, but very worth it if you plan to seriously pursue music.
Ya, you just have to buckle down and learn. However, it is MUCH easier to learn one string at a time. When i started guitar i went from the high E to the low E about one a week, and its so easy for me now. So try that.
Get an instructor.