Last year I wrote a guide for students taking the University of Toronto’s big (2000 student) first year calculus class MAT135. It was so successful that I wrote another guide to MAT137, the more specialized first year calculus class. Let me share them with you:
They are both links to Reddit, but you don’t need an account there to read them.
Tonight I got a very nice message from a student that I would like to share. (This student had contacted me early on this year for advice.)
The full conversation is useful, so let me share that too. If you want to skip, go to the last 3 messages.
[–]from XXXXXXXX sent 29 days ago
Hello Mike. I am a first year student at UTM and well, the transition from laid back high school to high demanding UTM has been an extreme shock to me as one would expect. Mat 135 is the math course I ended up taking(trying for CS).
I’d like to thank you for the post you made 10 months ago.
Finding that post made me change my outlook in university and I have made myself a schedule to follow, which would focus on me doing eight hours on a course per week. So far it has been immensely helpful(but goddamn its exhausting). While I can’t ask you about other courses since you were a Mat 137 instructor, I can still ask you about 135 and general questions.
1) Any study habits I should try and pick up in general? While I have no issue just brute forcing a study session for a subject for an hour and then switching to another one, I get tired much faster that way.
2) For 135, sometimes I would come across a rare situation in which I would have to use something I’ve never done before(such as an obscure identity or a completely weird way of solving). This method never appears again and I’m left wondering “Do I have to know that?” Is it better to learn it anyway or spend time on the general practice?
3) Regarding the post you made, you wrote down that you devote 8 hours a week for each course for a total of 40 hours. Is this just the bare minimum or a limit to keep your sanity in check? I imagine the latter since I’m still transitioning from high school(extremely painful experience), but I want to make sure.