Who Is The Online Math Guru Patrick JMT And Why Should We Help Him?

Who Is The Online Math Guru Patrick JMT And Why Should We Help Him?

He genuinely cares about helping everyone understand math for free and we can help him do this.
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Patrick JMT is a prophet sent down to this planet by the gods of mathematics. His soothing voice is absolutely wonderful when it comes to explaining how an integral works or why Euler's formula is a thing. Of the hundreds of math tutorial videos that I've watched online, I always end up back on Patrick's website. His videos are far and away the best at explaining and visually expressing mathematical processes, complete with detailed examples that he solves along with you. I would recommend Patrick JMT over any other free online math tutorial service, even over the monopoly that is Khan Academy, and here's why.

Patrick JMT was a math professor at a local community college who decided to start uploading short, but detailed, math tutorial videos to YouTube in order to share his exceptional knowledge of mathematics with struggling students to help improve their grades. His channel took off, boasting almost half a million subscribers and tens of millions of video views, and he decided to quit his job as a professor to make math tutorial videos full time. He's recorded and uploaded over one thousand videos on a huge variety of topics on everything from basic arithmetic to discrete mathematics and linear algebra. His calculus videos are especially thorough and are definitely his most popular videos.

Patrick and his math tutorials all but got me through calculus in high school and I still find myself going back and watching his videos for math process reminders in upper-level math classes. What makes him so unique is that he spends the majority of his videos going over examples. He goes incredibly in depth, reminding the viewer of and explaining even the most basic processes in more complex problems, step by step. Math professors often assume that you remember all the processes that they use in their examples, which I find to be the greatest source of confusion. Naturally, this means that each example takes a long time for him to go over, which makes it even more helpful in the end. Not to mention you can pause and rewind the videos if need be. That is something that you obviously can't do to your professor in class.

Now Patrick needs our help. YouTube has recently experienced a revenue decrease and the educational section has been especially affected. He isn't earning a true income from YouTube and he's worried that he may have to get a job outside of making math tutorial videos once again, effectively diminishing the amount of time that he'll have to donate to making these videos. He very humbly highlights his recent financial issues and future plans in this video.

We should help him out. In the video, he highlights how he wants to revolutionize math tutoring by creating videos to help teachers teach math to students, alongside creating even more math videos in areas where he doesn't have as many topics such as statistics and probability. He also wants to journey into SAT and ACT prep. Additionally, he wants to create very basic math videos to help younger kids in elementary school to learn how to do math. While he wants to make videos for the sole purpose of helping those who struggle in math, and keep them free to encourage those who might not be able to afford a paywall to watch the videos economically, he's having trouble making a decent living. His solution is to ask for donations to help him make more content for people via Patreon.

On a very serious and personal note, Patrick JMT is the sole reason that I decided to continue on with, and get a degree in, mathematics in college. I was decent at math, but never a whiz, and I honestly didn't have a lot of courage when it came to math courses in high school. One day, while studying for pre-calculus, I stumbled across one of his videos. In the 10 minutes that it took to watch the lesson and a couple of the example problems I completely understood the topic that I had such a struggle with earlier. Patrick's videos gave me the background knowledge that I needed to go into tests and know what I was doing. That expanded into encouraging me to take the monster that is AP Calculus BC, where his videos saved me time and time again. Finally, here I am, taking 200 and 300 level math classes because this man's videos gave me the courage to take them. But I'm not the only one who he's helped and encouraged, countless others have been heavily influenced and assisted by his amazing math tutorial videos and I hope that he doesn't stop creating them anytime soon.

You can donate here. Thank you, Patrick, for your videos. I hope that you're able to continue to inspire people to learn mathematics. You're doing great work.

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I'm A Woman And You Can't Convince Me Breastfeeding In Public Is OK In 2019

Sorry, not sorry.

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Lately, I have seen so many people going off on social media about how people shouldn't be upset with mothers breastfeeding in public. You know what? I disagree.

There's a huge difference between being modest while breastfeeding and just being straight up careless, trashy and disrespectful to those around you. Why don't you try popping out a boob without a baby attached to it and see how long it takes for you to get arrested for public indecency? Strange how that works, right?

So many people talking about it bring up the point of how we shouldn't "sexualize" breastfeeding and seeing a woman's breasts while doing so. Actually, all of these people are missing the point. It's not sexual, it's just purely immodest and disrespectful.

If you see a girl in a shirt cut too low, you call her a slut. If you see a celebrity post a nude photo, you call them immodest and a terrible role model. What makes you think that pulling out a breast in the middle of public is different, regardless of what you're doing with it?

If I'm eating in a restaurant, I would be disgusted if the person at the table next to me had their bare feet out while they were eating. It's just not appropriate. Neither is pulling out your breast for the entire general public to see.

Nobody asked you to put a blanket over your kid's head to feed them. Nobody asked you to go feed them in a dirty bathroom. But you don't need to basically be topless to feed your kid. Growing up, I watched my mom feed my younger siblings in public. She never shied away from it, but the way she did it was always tasteful and never drew attention. She would cover herself up while doing it. She would make sure that nothing inappropriate could be seen. She was lowkey about it.

Mindblowing, right? Wait, you can actually breastfeed in public and not have to show everyone what you're doing? What a revolutionary idea!

There is nothing wrong with feeding your baby. It's something you need to do, it's a part of life. But there is definitely something wrong with thinking it's fine to expose yourself to the entire world while doing it. Nobody wants to see it. Nobody cares if you're feeding your kid. Nobody cares if you're trying to make some sort of weird "feminist" statement by showing them your boobs.

Cover up. Be modest. Be mindful. Be respectful. Don't want to see my boobs? Good, I don't want to see yours either. Hard to believe, I know.

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The Truth About Responsibility

Part three of a five-part series on leadership.

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In this five-part series, I'm not going to give you a definition of leadership. I'm not even going to try to come up with one on my own, because your idea of leadership is exactly that, YOURS. My only hope is that my ideas can help you better understand your idea of leadership.

By now, you may have noticed that these articles are structured in a specific way. If you have absolutely no idea what I'm talking about, go check out the first two articles in this five-part series. I tell you why a respective trait, this week that trait is responsibility, is so much more than its definition. Then go on to explain why it's crucial for being a successful leader and leave you with something to ponder.

However, now and in the future, I am going to add a general example to help solidify my point and allow you to see the full picture. These examples are for your use. Interject characters or people you know into the scenarios to better illustrate it for yourself. Maybe you've been in one of these situations, I would love to hear about it.

Part 3: What is responsibility? And what does it have to do with leadership?

Responsibility is similar to leadership in that everyone you ask will probably explain it with a story rather than a definition. This makes sense because it is just too broad to be accurately defined in one statement. I could probably come up with some ideas for stories to illustrate my point about responsibility, but I don't think that would be helpful to you.

Google would tell you that responsibility is "the state or fact of having a duty to deal with something". I actually like this definition! But to better illustrate my point, try this little thought experiment. Think back to the last time you had "a duty to deal with something".

What was that something? Who charged you with that duty? Was it really yours to deal with?

Too often we think of responsibility in mundane terms. Some may say that responsibility is shown by getting an assignment done or showing up to an important meeting on time. I would generally agree that doing these mundane activities show responsibility, but only in a mundane sense. The completion of a duty that someone else charges you with is just too simple.

Think about responsibility. It is so much more than just getting things done. It is so much bigger than an assignment or a meeting.

Responsibility is a mentality. Responsibility is a way of life.

You should really be thinking about responsibility as an ideal which you strive for, not a box that you check. Welp, I was responsible today! I made all of my meetings, check! I finished all of my work, check! Guess I don't need to be responsible tomorrow!

See how well that works out.

Responsibility is about taking ownership of what you do, in all situations. Everything you say and everything you do. The things that you are proud of and those which make you feel ashamed. Each one of your successes, as well every single one of your failures and shortcomings. That last one isn't easy, I know.

Responsibility is also seeing things through to completion. If you start a project, you finish it. If you set a meeting, you make it there on time. If you say you will do something, you do it. No ifs, ands, or buts.

Responsibility is completing a duty which you charged yourself with, regardless of that duty.

But when you start thinking this way, day in and day out, responsibility becomes natural. It becomes the way of life you want it to be, ubiquitous and easy to see. This is when leadership comes into play.

Being more responsible in your everyday life will make you a better leader.

Regardless of the situation, responsibility will carry over. It will also spread. As more and more people see you taking ownership and seeing things through to completion, they will follow your example. Friends, coworkers, neighbors, and family will appreciate the fact that you actually care enough to do what you say you are going to do.

Leading by example, isn't that the best form of leadership?

Here is a scenario for you to view through your own eyes. You are part of a group which is charged with completing a project in a given amount of time. For simplicity, say your boss has appointed one person to be the "leader", charged with scheduling meetings and holding members accountable to the work they say they will do.

As time goes on, this "leader" is often late to meetings or doesn't show at all. This leader often forgets his duties and brings nothing of value to the meetings. This so-called leader is not being responsible, and the group is suffering. You are no closer to your goal then the day the group was formed.

This appointed leader is not showing leadership because he or she is not being responsible. Why should anyone else show up on time or complete what they said they were going to if the leader doesn't do the same? Change starts with you setting the example of responsibility.

Whether you are in the office, on the assembly line, or at home, being responsible will change you and those around you. It will make life better because it makes life easier. Just imagine how much better your life would be if every person who made a commitment to you, followed through on that commitment.

To end and to drive this point home, we will get a little meta. The next time someone breaks a promise or cancels a meeting, accept it for what it is: a lack of responsibility. Then, when it's your turn to keep a commitment, keep it. Don't be petty by saying "Well they did it to me, why can't I do it to them?". A cancellation for a cancellation makes the whole world uninformed.

Lead by example by taking ownership of your commitments and seeing them through to the end. People will respect your responsibility and return it in kind.

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