Fall

Final Exam Mastery Prep for McGill Math Classes

… are on their way! Registration is now open for the Math 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry Final Exam Prep Sessions, as well as Math 122 Calculus for Management. See the Math 133 and Math 122 pages, respectively, to register: spots are limited, so register right away to guarantee your spot – you’ll be glad you did!

Registration for Math 139, Math 140, Math 263 and Math 315 will be up in the next couple days, followed shortly thereafter by Math 222 and Math 262 – so check back soon if you’re counting on joining us for those sessions!

Math 139 Quiz 3

Math 139 Homepage & Registration Form

This ~2.5h session will cover everything you need to know to ace your third quiz. The focus will be entirely on solving representative quiz-level problems. We will briefly review the necessary theory in an easy-to-understand way, and then see how it applies to the types of questions you can expect to see on your quiz. Despite the brief summaries of the theory, it is expected that students come prepared and with a basic familiarity with the material – the focus will be on probelm-solving.

Topics covered will include: infinite limits; asymptotes; limit-definition of the derivative; rules for differentiation; advanced application of product, chain and quotient rules; implicit differentation; tangent lines; horizontal tangency; application to position, velocity and acceleration, as well as special limits. Click here to go to the Math139.com registration page.

Cost: $25 for non-weekly members who register before 9pm Friday; $30 before 5pm Saturday; $35 afterwards, or without a deposit, or at the door (pending space); $20 for weekly members (before Friday 9pm).

Special offer: attend the Quiz 3 Mastery Prep Session + Math 139 Mastery Lecture #7 (advanced differentiation: product & chain rule and the general exponential function) for only $45 (for registration before 5pm Friday), $40 afterwards – limited to 4 spots.

Deposit: to confirm their spot, non-weekly members are required to make a 50% non-refundable deposit. This allows us to guarantee a small group setting where students are able to participate and ask questions.

Deposits can be sent by PayPal or e-transfer to Jacob.Beaudry@mail.mcgill.ca. Via PayPal, please include in the note that it is a non-refundable deposit. Via e-transfer, make the question “Calculus Quiz 3” and the answer “math139” (all lower case, no spaces). Payment can also be made in person between 1-5pm in M3-37A on Saturday.

Math 141: Tutorial, Quiz Prep & WebWork #1

McGill Math 141, Cal 2, this is your week to get things moving! Three sessions to help you recover from the busyness of the start of term, get ready for that first quiz, take care of that first webwork and keep up with the material so far! & it’ll be e-z! Full details and registration on the Math 141 page.

Weekly Tutorial #2: Definite Integrals & the FTC

Friday Jan. 23rd, 5:30-7:30pm (M3-37A; $35/$40/$50*): this will be the second of 12 weekly tutorials covering all the theory and concepts from Math 141. We’ll be focusing on evaluating definite integrals and their relationship to FTC, as well as developing you intuitive understanding of the FTC. Detailed notes with fully developed solutions to highly representative practice problems included. *Registration and full details about pricing options on the Math 141 page.

Quiz #1 Prep Session

Saturday Jan. 24th, 1:00-3:00pm (M3-37A; $20/$15*): this 2h session will whip through the concepts and theory covered by the first quiz and focus on solving a number of highly representative problems based on quizzes from the previous years (drawing on a bank of >10 years). Acing quizzes right from the start is an easy way to take off some of the pressure on the final exam. Space is limited. *$20 for non-weekly members; $15 for fully-paid weekly members. Register on the Math 141 page.

WebWork #1 Workshop: No More Tears

Sunday Jan. 25th, 1-3pm (M3-37A; $20/$15*): a 2h session that will whip through problems that are structurally identical to your webwork problems, explaining the theory along the way. You won’t need Wolfram or Yahoo to answer your questions after this session. Save yourself the hours of banging your head against the wall & scouring the internet and get your assignment done quickly (while actually understanding it!). *$20 for non-weekly members; $15 for fully-paid weekly members. Register on the Math 141 page.

Multivariable Calculus

McGill Math 262 and Math 222, it’s finally your turn – Mastery Sessions start Friday! A super efficient way to review all the material and prepare yourself for the final. Here are the details. Register on the Math 222 or Math 262 pages.

Mastery 1: – Infinite Series, Vectors & Parametric Functions –

Friday Dec. 12th, 6:30-9:30pm (M3-37A; $60*): in this three hour session, we’ll review the techniques for finding Taylor, MacLaurin & Power-Series expansions; focusing on representative exam-level practice problems. Come knowing how to handle basic power series & learn the methods and tricks for advanced questions. We’ll also review solutions to standard vector-geometry problems that have appeared on past finals. Finally, the end of the session will focus on the manipulation of parametric functions (integrals; derivatives; arclength; curvature; torsion; radius of curvature T/B/N etc). You should be familiar with the definitions and their basic application. This session is a great way to refresh on the first half of the class in 3h so you can focus on the multivariable content.  *Discounts available, see below for details. Register on the Math 222 or Math 262 pages.

Mastery 2: Partial Diff, Multivariate Chain Rule, Implicit Diff & Applications

Saturday Dec. 13th, 1:00-4:00pm (M3-37A; $60*): in this second three hour session, we’ll shift into genuine multivariable mode: looking at exam-level chain-rule and implicit diff questions as well as applications of partial differentiation, including finding tangent planeslinearization; identifying critical points of a multivariate function and classifying the extrema of bivariate functions. As with all mastery sessions, the emphasis will be placed on solving exam-level examples and basic familiarity with the theory is assumed. *Discounts available, see below for details. Register on the Math 222 or Math 262 pages.

Mastery 3:  Constrained Optimization (Lagrange) and Multiple Integrals

Sunday Dec. 14th, 5-8pm (M3-37A; $60*): in this third three hour session, we’ll look at exam-level constraint problems requiring the method of Lagrange multipliers, with an emphasis on solving the associated non-linear system of equations (many examples will be provided to help with this process). The rest of the session will focus on multiple integrals requiring iterative methods or change of variable & applications thereof. Emphasis will be placed on advanced exam-level problems. Be sure to know how to compute the Jacobian of a change of coordinates, assuming the substitution is provide. Familiarity with polar coordinates is very helpful. *Discounts available, see below for details. Register on the Math 222 or Math 262 pages.

Mastery 4:  Full Review – Mock Exam

Monday Dec. 15th, 4-7pm (M3-37A; $60): This last session will attempt to recreate some of the stress of the exam by presenting you with a mock final in an exam-like setting. Some of the stress of your exam will be approximated by providing an insufficient amount of time to solve the questions, where your goal will be to identify the correct method and setup the appropriate equations and/or anticipate the general form of the solution; we will then solve the questions together. Questions will not be grouped by theory nor content, but will reflect the realistic structure of the exam. Additional variations on each question may be provided, where needed, to help you practice sections that proved most challenging.  *Discounts available, see below for details. Register on the Math 222 or Math 262 pages.

Discounts:

It’s simple: the more review you get, the better you’ll do, so for every additional session you register for, the deal gets better:

  • 1 session: $60 for 3h, i.e. $20/h – including notes and practice problems;
  • 2 sessions: $120 $110 for 6h, i.e. $18/h – including notes (for each session);
  • 3 sessions: $180 $150 for 9h, i.e. $16.5/h (!)- including notes (for each session);
  • 4 sessions: $240 $180 for 12h, i.e. $15/h (!!) – including notes (for each session).

Discounts will be applied automatically, additional details and information will be provided in the confirmation email you receive upon registration. Register on the Math 222 or Math 262 pages.

The Multivariable Calculus Study Hall Begins!

McGill MATH 222 and MATH 262 it’s time to get serious about problem solving! The first Study Hall will be this Thursday October 2nd in room M3-17B on the third floor of McLennan Library from 5-8pm. The cost is $20. I’ll provide some sample material to work from (past assignments, past midterms etc.). I suggest you focus on material related to sequences and series, power, MacLaurin & Taylor series. Register for the session here.

The *real* new-year: back to it!

Howdy all! Welcome (& welcome back) to the grind! We’re only into the third week of classes and already things are moving full tilt. Very excited to announce that this year I will be acting as the in-house tutor for the Mastercard Foundation’s scholarship program at McGill: meaning I get to work with the wonderful and talented scholarship students in MATH 133, MATH 139, MATH 140, CHEM 110 and physics, which means all these groups are ready to go. If you’re interested in any of them, just get in touch using the contact form at the bottom of the Tutorials page (under “About”).

In addition to the above classes, we also have groups for MATH 222, MATH 262, MATH 263, and hope to be introducing a class for ISLA 521 – Introductory Arabic. Many of these are quickly reaching capacity, so if you’re interested, be sure to get in touch ASAP.  If you’d like to join a group but your class isn’t listed, use the contact form on the Tutorials page and mention your class in the comments field.

Finally, a doodle has been posted for the homework sessions. This will be used to determine potential times for holding homework sessions during the week, so if you’re hoping to attend these often, be sure to fill out your *general, weekly* availability ASAP. The first sessions will be posted here on the site as soon as we have min. 5 people available at the same time.

Looking forward to helping you understand &nd succeed in your classes this year. Remember, if you have any questions, just get in touch – I’m here to help!

~ Jacob B.