At this rate I'm scared you may never get halfway through an RPG. :P
This is why I didn't recommend any Shin Megami Tensei games. If he's having this much trouble with Final Fantasy a Jack Frost's Bufu would obliterate him. Anyway hang in there keep training and you should be fine.
I blame you. And me. We spoilt (spell-check is telling me that word doesn't exist but I'm sure it does) him with choice. When I was young I had one RPG to get me through the year. If you didn't like it you MADE yourself like it. Fuck, I sound like my grandpa.