FYI: Joy to the World, Calculus Help Is Here!

FYI is a weekly column dedicated to showcasing resources, topics of interest, and humour for students.

Title: Integration (Calculus) Videos “Playlist”
Author: PatrickJMT
Type of Resource: Youtube Videos

This play list covers stuff from second semester calculus. I start with antiderivatives and integration, then go on to applications of integration (areas, volumes), along with inverses (exponentials, logarithms) , polar/parametric curves, some differential equations and lots of sequences and series…


Comments: Sometimes, learning calculus is like getting hit over the head with a baseball bat. It’s hard, it’s dry, and it just plain doesn’t make any sense (especially when your prof seems more interested in the ceiling than teaching you!). Luckily, PatrickJMT, a math instructor/teacher/tutor has a wonderful series of wonderful math videos up on youtube. The link above is for integration and second term first year calculus, but he also has differentiation, multivariable calculus, and even non-calculus videos if you are interested. This is one source I myself have used exhaustively and can definitely vouch for. I remember sitting in my room madly watching the videos right before my midterms/finals and finally understanding what is going on. Whether you need to learn an entire semester’s worth of math or just need to tackle a few tough areas, these videos are definitely great places to start.


FYI: Tom Lehrer – “I Can’t Think Why!”

FYI is a weekly column dedicated to showcasing other resources available for students (and occasionally providing a bit of humour!).

Title: The Professor’s Song
Author: Tom Lehrer
Type of Resource: Youtube Video!

If you give me your attention I will tell you what I am,
I am a brilliant mathematician also something of a ham,
I’ve tried for numerous degrees,
In fact I won a beach,
Of course, that makes me eminently qualified to teach…

Comments: Ever had a professor whom you just can’t understand? Ever wonder how they felt? (Tom Lehrer is a musician and mathematician who writes “geeky” songs about math and science. However, you don’t have to be a science student to appreciate his sentiments in this song) To those of you who are just days away from reading break – hang in there! Relax for a moment and also check below for some of my other favourite Tom Lehrer Songs.

Poisoning Pigeon’s in the Park:


New Math:

FYI: Learning Tips from Graduate Students

Title: How to Succeed in College: Learn How to Learn
Author: Robert A. Bjork + Others
Type of Resource: Editorial
Originally Published in: The Observer (American Psychological Society)
Date Published: March 2001 (Vol. 14, No. 3)



“Assume that you have a younger sibling who is going to be a college freshman next Fall. Assume further that this particular sibling actually believes that you may have learned something – that is, that you may be a source of good advice on how to succeed in college. Drawing on concepts and phenomena covered in this course, list six different recommendations you would make to your sibling (with respect to notetaking, study techniques, exam performance, and so forth).”

A few years ago, I asked this question on a final exam in my graduate course on human learning and memory…


Comments: This article lists many study techniques from graduate students. These tips are good for a few reasons. One is that most of these graduate students are still in or have just finished school, and still remembers what it is like (so they are not preaching from lofty perches). On the flip-side, they have been in school for some 16+ years and are getting close to being experts at learning and studying. There is nothing particularly mind-blowing in this article, but with only a couple of weeks to go before midterms, it serves as a quick ‘n easy refresher.