Welcome to the homepage for McGill MATH 262 Intermediate Calculus (Winter 2017), taught by Prof. Stephen W. Drury, at Jacob’s Help Desk!
- Register for Math 262 Sessions.
- About the Weekly Mastery Lectures for Math 262.
- Cost & payment info for Math262.com sessions.
- Upcoming Sessions for Math 262.
- Comments from previous students.
- Everything you need to know about Math 262: The Long View.
- MATH 262 Mastery Lectures Facebook Group
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About the Weekly Sessions for McGill MATH 262
Intermediate Calculus (McGill, Winter 2017)
The weekly sessions for Math 262 are 2h, small-group, sessions that will help you master the concepts and theory presented in the course lectures. They include detailed, typeset notes that explain the terminology and notation. The notes are carefully designed as interactive documents that provide you with a chance to engage the material during the session so you can test your understanding, and also include representative, fully-solved problems and additional practice problems.
During the session we will look at detailed, developed solutions, meant to illustrate different aspects of the material in a systematic, structured and easy-to-follow approach. Solutions are colour-coded to make it easy for you to see through the barrage of symbols and focus on the key concepts. It’ll also help you learn to structure your answers efficiently and effectively, so that the logic of the solution is clear to you (and the marker!).
The sessions are also designed with a view of the entire course in mind with the goal of helping students know where to invest their time both in terms of success in this class, as well as in terms of the topics that will have the greatest application outside of this course.
In general, students attend weekly tutorials for a variety of reasons including:
- Time Management: although able to learn and understand the material on their own, many students attend the weekly tutorials because it is the best use of their time. The notorious difficulty of McGill classes is not inherent to the content itself; rather, it is the sheer volume of material which makes the classes difficult. Better to spend 2h in a weekly session that will help you really understand the concepts and complete assignments yourself than to spend 8-10+h banging your head against the textbook and trying to decipher online resources only to get answers that don’t really make much sense to you, and have it haunt you later in the semester when you’ve got 4 other classes to study for.
- Maintaing Commitment: despite the best of intentions to keep up with material and not use Uncle Wolfram for Webworks, McGill & Montreal have their way of always offering up absolutely, totally, 100% legitimate reasons that derail the best laid plans. So you make a financial commitment to a weekly session that helps you reach your goal. It’s like the gym-membership model: you can workout on your own, but it’s a lot easier to reach your goals when you surround yourself with others who are working towards the same end. Knowing that you need help to reach a goal (& acting on it!) is knowing how to find the success you want.
- Math Therapy: I believe that anyone who wants to learn math, can. If you feel you’re terrible or hopeless at math, or just don’t enjoy it, there’s probably a list of bad math teachers somewhere in your past that would go a long way to explaining the difficulties you have, & no one wants to spend their time feeling like they just can’t get it. However, if you’re motivated and willing to do the work and practice, then you can definitely succeed. I’ve seen it hundreds of times: students go from failing in a fantastically impressive way to acing the class. The weekly tutorials will go a long way to rehabilitating your relationship with math. Whatever your level, I want to help you reach your goals in this course – there’s so much more to gain than just a good grade in rising to the challenge.
- Top of the Class: many students who attend the weekly Mastery Lectures don’t want to just pass the class, they want to understand the material at an intuitive level, &nd they want to ace the class. The weekly lectures provide a wealth of information that help you develop general, transferable skills in mathematical literacy and reasoning, and I work hard to help students do their very best (and many have both aced their classes and finished very top of the class).
Cost & Payment Structure for Weekly Mastery Lectures for Math 262
If you have never attended one of my sessions previously, your first session is only $20. Simply regiter using the contact form above, or get in touch with me at Jacob@Math262.com – you’ll be glad you did!
Full 7-Week Membership: prepay for the entire set of 7 sessions and get the best price for the Math 262 sessions: $280 for everything you need to master the material and succeed in your class.
Included in the weekly membership: not only the weekly lectures, but detailed notes at every session (7-12 pages, 9pt, colour-coded), and priority registration (as well as discounted rates!) for WebWork Workshops, Midterm Review and Final Mastery Sessions.
This option is only available during the first 3 weeks of sessions and for the total set of 7 sessions. So if you join during the 2nd or 3rd session, the price is still $280; however, you’d receive all the previous notes and still qualify for all the benefits.
My goal in offering this lowest price is to encourage you to join the sessions early, so that you can establish a strong foundation right from the start so you’ll be less stressed for the final and do better in the class, overall: take advantage & register right away!
- Prepay (min.) 4 Sessions: $220, includes notes and all other benefits of weekly membership. There is always the option of getting the notes from previous tutorials, sutdents can contact me at Jacob@Math141.com for exact prices. The same benefits as the 7-week membership also apply. For complete details, get in touch using the contact form or contact Jacob@Math141.com.
- Individual Sessions: $65/session, including all relevant notes; subject to space; cancellations must be made min. 48h prior to the session. For additional information, get in touch using the contact form, above.
MATH 262: The Long View
This class is a first taste of calculus unleashed on the 3D world. The good news is that if you really understood the concepts from Math 133, Math 140 and Math 141, then this class will mostly extend those concepts. The bad news is that, if you didn’t understand the concepts from 133, 140 and 141, but only focused on being able to answer questions (maybe with a little help from Uncle Wolfram?!), then you’ll have a bit of review to do. Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum and what your personal goals may be, it’s definitely possible to succeed at the highest level in this class!
In particular, this class has an opaque structure that can make it hard for first-time students to know what topics are really the most important. Not only that, but historically the teachers spend an inordinate amount of time reviewing material that is already familiar to students (e.g. sequences and series; vector geometry) and then blitz more advanced, challenging material (e.g. Power-, Maclaurin- and Taylor-Series), when they run out of time. We’ll do just the opposite in the weekly Mastery Lectures: we’ll focus on the new material and develop an intuitive understanding of these topics. In fact, we’ll aim to get ahead of the class right from the start so that students can get more out of their class lectures. &nd if you’re worried about those “familiar” topics I mentioned above, fear not – I’ll still provide you with everything you need to learn that material so you feel totally comfortable in this class.
It is relatively easy to succeed in this class; however, many students wait too late to get the help they need and don’t have enough time to master the material before Mid Term and can find this stressful and discouraging (though, even then, there is hope!). This creates unnecessary stress for the second half of the semester, which only makes things more difficult than they have to be. As with any McGill math class, there isn’t really time to go back to refresh on early topics later on in the semester, so be sure to not only understand, but really master the topics as they are presented throughout the semester.
Upcoming Sessions For MATH 262 Intermediate Calculus Winter 2017:
The first group is always scheduled on the weekend, generally at the same time every week, on campus in McLennan Library. Once there are enough students for a second group, it will be scheduled during the week.
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What others are saying about our sessions:
Finding the right teacher is really important, but it’s not easy to know what to expect. Here are some unsolicited comments from recent McGill Math 222 students. You can find more reviews from past students on the tutorials page. Ask around: we work hard to make sure that all of our students do the best they can!
“Illustrations using physical objects to explain the ‘level curve’ and imaginative illustrations really helped clarify the material. I liked the use of many examples. It makes the content much easier to understand.”
“The simple, direct and easy-going approach adopted by the tutor made me more relaxed about math – leading to a clearer way of thinking and solving problems faster.”
“Everything covered was really clear. I didn’t understand partial derivatives before this, so all of the examples for that topic were great. Thanks!”
“I know most people are probably Grieve-ing for their grades right now but I found the final difficult but manageable.
Just wanted so say thanks for the help this semester with ODES. The emphasis you put on theory was extremely useful for this class especially on the final.
Thanks again Bro-dry for the time and effort you put into the sessions and I’ll definitely recommend you to anyone looking for a math tutor. Also quiz apparently went better than I originally thought: I got 100%!”
– Laurent G. MATH 263 Fall 2014
“Thanks again for all the work you’re putting into these tutorials. It’s really making a difference as far as learning and really understanding the material goes … Jacob is an excellent instructor. He takes care to ensure we truly understand the material and can derive the equations needed on our own.
His sessions are clear, concise, and engaging, much better than any materials supplied by the professors or math texts.
I highly recommend him to anyone having issues intuitively understanding the materials in class.”
– Zachary K., MATH 263 Fall 2014
“Just wanted to keep you updated as you asked about my grade! I ended up getting an A- which I am extremely happy about so thank you again so much for your help, would have never been able to do so well without it!”
– Cassie E., Winter 2014
“Got an A! Thanks for the help I’m so relieved woooooow!”
– J. Arnette, Winter 2014
“Comparing my Calc 1 results (C) and Calc 2 results (B+) all I can say is you saved by butt! and I am very grateful for that. Thank you!!!!”
– Dana M., Winter 2014
“I passed. Literally almost threw my computer in the air I was so relieved. I’m pumped – Thanks so much.”
– A. Singh, Winter 2014