GENERAL

Can I hire you for private tutoring?


The short answer is 'no'.
The long answer is 'it depends'. I love helping people, especially one-on-one. However, teaching takes up most of my time. I usually spend up to 75 hours on my teaching each week, including weekends and public holidays.




Can I get a shout-out/plug on your YouTube or Twitch channel?


Uhh.. I hadn't really put much thought into it, but sure.
During my Twitch livestreaming, just send through a donation and you'll get a shout-out!
If you want a shout-out in a YouTube video, I might set up a Patreon some day if I get enough viewers/subs.




Can you review my work? Or mentor me?


I would love to have time to mentor students, but unfortunately with my workload I am unable to. If you upload your work to Twitter and tag me @TheMathLab2 I will take a look but can't promise anything. Alternatively, if you get together with your friends and have a bunch of work for me to review, I could make a YouTube vid for it. Just send the lot through to themathlabnz@gmail.com




How can I send you a question?


Great question! You can send me a math question through my social media accounts: Facebook, Twitter. Or you can email me directly at themathlabnz@gmail.com, or you can send a quick question through the Let's Chat! box in the bottom-right of this website. I'll reply within a day with a timeline of getting you an answer.




Can I get a post an article on your site?


Perhaps. Send me an email with your ideas and I'll consider it. I'm not against guest posts, whether it's from teachers, students, regular people from the community, anyone. I'm not against posting guest posts from people who disagree with my ideas or my philosophy. I'm happy to post any genuine ideas so we can discuss it.





ADVICE

How can I be a good mathematician?


A 'good mathematician' is not someone who is necessarily good with numbers or fast with logic. A good mathematician is someone who can recognise when there is a need for a tool and uses their mind to make connections. It is someone who takes their time with their work and persists through the struggle. It is someone who knows they are at risk of failing and using that knowledge to their advantage. It is a long and difficult road to become a good mathematician, but everyone has the ability if they want it!




What advice do you have for my lack of confidence in math?


Be honest with yourself and with your teacher. When you are in class, listen to your teacher and talk with them. Be genuine. The worst thing you can do is push someone away who is able to help you. They are there for you but you need to show them you are willing to put in the work. Once you have the favour of your teacher, and you have the confidence to pull together your mathematical community (your class), your life will become so much easier and your mathematical confidence will soar!




Do I need to go to university to become a mathematician?


This is a tricky question. In general, no you don't have to. However, the advantage of university is that it creates clear goals for you to work towards. Without that structure, most people get distracted and their attention gets diverted away from their initial goal. University also offers experts that you can talk to. While you don't need to go to university, it does open you up to new ways of thinking.





EQUIPMENT AND RECOMMENDATIONS

What programs do you use?


For my YouTube videos, I use OBS Studio. It's easy to use but a bit of initial set up to get used to it. For Twitch I use StreamLabs OBS. It's just so nice to have everything in one neat package! My work is written in Photoshop CC 2019. There are cheaper or free-er options out there which are great to use. Other tutorials or teachers go simple with the Google Slides.




What physical equipment do you use?


I have two microphones that I switch between - my Blue Snowball and my Sennheiser GSP500 headset. I recommend both but if you've got a bit more money, check out the Blue Yeti (on my wishlist!) My tablet is a Wacom Bamboo that I bought about 12 years ago and it is still going strong! My webcam I use for recording is about the same age as the tablet. It's not great but it does the job. My green screen is a length of material I bought from my local materials store. Cheap, easy, and a good opportunity to practice my sewing skills!




What kind of computer do you have?


I built my computer from scratch with help from a friend. Here's my setup, it wasn't cheap but took my render time from over an hour on my old computer to about 8 minutes. G.Skill Aegis 2 x 16GB DDR4 Corsair RM650x PSU Seagate Ironwolf ST4000VN008 4TB 64MB 6GB/S NAS Hard drive AX370-Gaming K3 Motherboard AMD Ryzen 7 Processor 2 x Samsung 970 EVO 500GB M.2 NVME SSD





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