I met a very helpful second or third-year grad student¹ that really helped me out with finding interesting research assistant positions. There are two for which I will be applying for. One will be for next semester, and the other one will be for next year, running for a whole year from July 2010 to July 2011². There was no way that I would have been able to apply for these this year. Still, it’s going to be interesting. That only leaves me to check out all of the profs with grants at my university to see if they need a RA for this semester. I think that it will most likely in PDEs since NTNU received some major funding on two large PDE projects.
One of my colleagues is an SAT tutor to some senior high school kids. This is paid quite well, something around 3 times what a usual foreign ESL teacher makes in Taiwan³. I’m going to see if I can teach something similar. It would be different from teaching English. The good thing is that I have taught math before, as well as science. What’s really interesting is that I wouldn’t have to work that many hours. I doubt that many hours are available anyway. Two hours would be the same as 6 hours of ESL teaching.
It’s taken me a little while to upload my latest photos from this week, sorry about that. It’s the end of the semester, and I’m busy with school. I’m feeling pretty good about myself. I’ve done a lot in these last few days and I feel that my mathematical intuition has returned almost in its entirety.
In Analysis I, I’ve worked hard and spent a lot of time on problem sets. Since we’ve started with the study of mathematical series, I’m confident that I’ll do well in the last exam. I think that I’m maintaining a B+ average this semester. It’s not fantastic, but it’s a lot better than when I was in school the last time.
Also, I’ve had to reconsider my note taking system. I bought two 300 page spiral notebooks for my four courses at the university. The system isn’t working out. My notebooks are disintegrating. I’ve bought a compact accordion folder with 13 subjects. I’ve started taking notes on ruled sheets of paper instead. It makes things more compact and ergonomic.
At the same time, I’ve bought a Blueline A91 Lab notes book. It’s got 200 pages and has a solid binding. I’m using this as my research notebook, noting interesting things in mathematics. I’ve started out by writing review sheets for my Linear Numerical Algebra class. I plan on working with one of the professors on a little project during the summer.
It’s taken me a while to find the right writing pens. I’ve settled on a Staedtler triplus fineliner for the moment. I’ve used a set to write for most of the semester, but find that the tip recesses after a while due to my writing. The tip isn’t rigid enough. I bought a Pilot V10 Grip and was disappointed with it. Since I find that felt tip pens write a lot better, I’ll get a few Pilot V Razor Point Marker Pens next week. They should to the trick.
Naturally, I’m not using my drawing pens to write. That would be a waste. When I was in the campus store at the visual arts faculty, I was a bit confused by the choices that I had. There were a lot of pens to choose from.