Welcome to the Weekly Mastery Lecture page for Math 133 Linear Algebra and Geometry at McGill (Fall 2020) taught by Profs. Rosalie Bélanger-Rioux, Florian Dr Aigner &nd Gavin Ball, with J-Sesh. Here you can register and find information about the sessions.
All the content taught in Jacob’s Math133.com sessions has been catered specifically for Math 133 students at McGill and has helped thousands of them understand the material and succeed in this class.
- Cost &nd Payment info for Math 133 Weekly Mastery Lectures
- First time trial: if you have never attended one of my sessions previously, your first session is only $20.
All Weekly Mastery Lectures: prepay for the entire set of 7 sessions and get the best price for the Math 133 sessions: $240 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 (6-12 pages, 9pt, colour-coded), and priority registration (as well as discounted rates!) for WebWork Workshops, Midterm Mastery Prep and Final Mastery Prep.
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 $240; 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: $190, includes notes of those 4 sessions and all other benefits of weekly membership. There is always the option of getting the notes from previous tutorials, students can contact me at Jacob@Math133.com for exact prices. The same benefits as the 7-week membership also apply. For additional information, get in touch using the contact form.
- Individual Sessions: $55/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.
N.B. All payments are non-refundable; for additional details, please contact Jacob@Math133.com.
- Everything you need you know about Math 133
Math 133 is a great class to teach because a good teacher with the right approach can make a huge difference. The class consists of learning certain problem-solving skills in what appear to be ~5 different but loosely related areas: matrix algebra; vector geometry; linear operators; sets and spanning and linear dependence. You might not have too much difficulty with these isolated topics; however, in the last month, they are all brought together and you are expected to relate each section to all of the others, effortlessly – a skill which requires a much more thorough understanding than the basic problem-solving skills required to handle each section, individually.
As a result, when the end of the semester arrives, you can feel blindsided by the subtlety of this class, when there is not a lot of time to revisit early topics and stress-levels are high. In light of this common experience, I like to introduce concepts and vocabulary from all the sections right from the start of the course. This way, by the time the toughest topics arrive, you are already familiar with them and generally don’t struggle at all.
Linear algebra is usually your first taste of a more conceptual-class. It may seem very removed from the real world and without practical application, but in reality, it’s just the opposite: the foundation laid in this class will provide insight in many other classes, including Math 222, Math 262, Math 263, Math 315 etc. It is the language of quantum mechanics and computer science and finds practical application in nearly every domain. A class well worth mastering.
If you are already managing to find answers or even doing well in the class, I’ll help you develop your mathematical reasoning and help you focus on the most important concepts; concepts which will return over and over (and over!) again in future classes (Math 222, Math 262, Math 263, Math 264, Math 314, Math 315 etc). Without someone to help you identify this important material, it’s easy to get lost in the large mass of topics. Not to mention that it feels great to get to later classes and have the content seem easier and easier while everyone else is struggling more and more. It all starts with this class!
- About Math 133 Weekly Mastery Lectures
- Time Management: even if you’re keeping up with the class on your own, the Math133.com Weekly Mastery Lectures will help you make better use of your study time. The notorious difficulty of McGill math classes is not inherent to the content itself; rather, it is the sheer volume of material that makes the classes so challenging. Better to spend 2h in a weekly session that will help you really understand the concepts and complete assignments yourself, rather than spending 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 come exam time, when you’ve got 4 other classes to study for.
- Maintaining 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 plenty of 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 Mastery Lectures 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).
The Weekly Mastery Lectures for Math 133 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 Mastery Lectures 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, so you know where to invest your time both in terms of success in this class, as well as in terms of the topics that will have the greatest application in future classes.
The Weekly Mastery Lectures will help you with: