This is really hard. Is there any way to skip and move on and just not get the credit
Unfortunately there isn't.
One thing that may help is to only attempt traces that use your favorite spell. For example, I'm particularly good at casting meteolojinx recanto, so to do that task I only did traces with that spell and fled from the rest. It was a bit of a pain and it still took me a few tries, but that made it much easier for me to complete.