I gotta learn this for college and to play live with full band,
But have real trouble with it as it above my skill level.

of what i can play sounds very sloppy as well,
any tips,
(i wish i could play guitar on this instead)
Well, like all John Taylor's bass lines it's very busy and there's a lot of popping and sliding going on but it's actually not that big a deal. As ever, it's down to practice and more practice. Playing along to the record will get your timing right and of course it always helps if you enjoy what you're playing!