A Seniors’ Ode 2008
In the fall of 2008
3 nurses did debate
To take a course they feared
With chins held high they persevered
“Rumor has it he’s the best”, they said
Rest assured no tear shall be shed
“But it’s STATS, it’s hard”, we did rant
They said have faith in this man called Grant
So off we did tread our wits too few
“No problem”, they said “he’s the STATS guru!”
We’re too old, we’re too tired, we must listen and sit
The math, the graphs, the algebra, Oh Sh*t!
They say, ”Attend the seminars they can’t be beat”
So our lunches and books we brought, even a cushion for our seat
“12 hours!”, our families gasped “You poor souls!”
We shall overcome we said or heads will roll!
“Don’t you ever! That is rubbish!” Grant did stress
This replayed in our heads as we wrote our tests
“He was right this Beatle loving Scotsman!”, we declared
His knowledge, we’re so fortunate, that he did share
This ode, this limerick, this poem is sent your way
With much thanks from the Seniors and, by the way
Those U of M profs can go jump in the lake
We are indebted to you Grant it was piece o’ cake!
Have a Merry Christmas Grant from
Corinne, Kim and Carol (Thurs evening seniors!)
Tammy D, 8 May 2012
I just wanted to say a HUGE thanks for your help with my Calc 1500 and Calc 1700. I was doing Calc 1500 last semester (Fall 2011) and finding it really difficult through distance ed. I had a partner whom I was taking it with, and together we were extremely nervous about the final. We heard about your 12 hour seminars and signed up for it. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made concerning my academics (second only to signing up for your tutoring in Calc 1700 the following semester!) In your 12 hour seminar, I learned more than in the previous 3 months from my distance ed professor. And I am very pleased to say that I received an A+ in my Calc 1500. The second semester I took Calc 1700, but my study partner decided not too. So I signed up for the tutoring, and would have definitely dropped the course without that resource. The distance ed prof for Calc 2 didn’t help me at all. After much work, and a lot of driving, and listening to some great lectures, I am very VERY pleased to say that I got an A+ in Calc 1700 as well!! So Grant, without you, none of that would have been possible. You’ve definitely made a huge impact in my first years in university and given me a lot of confidence. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Sunny, 28 Apr 2012
Thanks to your books I got an A+ in Stats 1000 this semester. Although I took the course before and got a D (the A+ removed the mark!). I’m not a bad student. But man did your books ever help me home in on the important aspects of the course. I also was able to dissect the old exams book you told me to work on and it paid off. No pain no gain. Thank you.
Arly 27, Apr 2012
I can not thank you enough for everything you have done to help me this term in calculus. I am just finishing my honors degree in economics and had been terrified to take calculus since I began school. Taking the course by distance ed and attending your weekly lectures was a fantastic choice. Your lectures were incredibly straightforward and easy to follow, and you prepared us well for the final exam. Checking over our assignments was incredibly helpful as well as a useful learning technique. Most importantly though, I was so thankful that you provided us with quick feedback for any questions I had throughout the term (at basically any hour of the day). My final grade for the course is a B+ which I am quite pleased with. I actually had an exam at 6pm the night before calculus in another class that I had to allocate most of my time to studying for. So I received that B+ without nearly as much effort as I would have liked to have put into studying. Again, thank you so much for all of your help. Your benevolence and teaching skills are far superior to every professor I have encountered. I will recommend your tutoring sessions to all of my friends, as they truly are a recipe for success.
Alanna, 26 Apr 2012
I took stats 1000 last year in the winter. I attempted to follow along with the notes given by the Profs and failed miserably. I had to get the F off my transcript so I registered to take it again this semester. This time I bought your books and attended your 12 hour seminars (and basically disregarded all of the class notes). I just received my grade, which was a B!( I had to check three times before I believed it) I’m so happy thank you so much, you broke everything down in a way that wasn’t over my head. You made something that seemed scary and almost impossible very much doable. I just wanted to say thank you, you’re helping a lot of students out!
Derek B, 26 Apr 2012
I would just like to say thanks for writing you Calculus for Management Tutoring Book. I only used your book and didn’t use my textbook at all. Ended up getting 97% on the exam and finishing with an A+!
Janelle, 26 Apr 2012
Thanks for everything during both terms! I really appreciated your help [weekly tutoring groups]! I ended up getting an A in Calculus (Math 1500) and an A+ in Stats 1000! I’m thrilled and again thank you! I will continue to recommend your tutoring services to my fellow classmates!
Kate S, 26 Apr 2012
Thank you so much for your patience and your exciting lectures. You saved me from a semester of pulling out my hair and screaming at professors who shouldn’t be teaching calculus! I took the course through distance on your advice and it was the best thing I could have done. In high school I was the student who just scraped by getting my precal credit with a 51 then dropping in gr 12 to take the night class quick version in university. I finished with a B+!!!!!! At the beginning of the semester I thought I’d be luck to get a C! Thanks so much for tolerating my stream of constant emails and texts! I’ll definitely be signing up for stats with you in the fall!
Tara R, 26 Apr 2012
I totally appreciated your weekly tutoring, all the advice of taking “Grant’s” from other BPRN students was bang on. I would have been lost without it. I will continue to encourage “Grant’s Tutoring” to anyone taking stats…I just checked my mark, was hoping for a “B” so I can go into the Master’s program next year, got an “A+” ( Holy crap!)
Derek P (Stat 1000, Math 1500, and Math 1700), 2 Feb 2012
Hey I’ve been going through this book, and man has it helped. I’ll probably end up seeing you one more time as my university career furthers, but just in case. Thank you, every question is like a tool, or a reminder for something I need.
Phillip D, 4 Apr 2009
After working hard in Statistics 1000 and only achieving a ” C ” letter grade I decided to try Grant’s tutoring for Statistics 2000. With the same amount of effort and half the stress I achieved a “B+”. Grant was available 24/7 to answer questions, and was always courteous and helpful. Thank you Grant for all your help.
I just wanted to say a HUGE thanks for your help with my Calc 1500 and Calc 1700. I was doing Calc 1500 last semester (Fall 2011) and finding it really difficult through distance ed. I had a partner whom I was taking it with, and together we were extremely nervous about the final. We heard about your 12 hour seminars and signed up for it. That was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made concerning my academics (second only to signing up for your tutoring in Calc 1700 the following semester!) In your 12 hour seminar, I learned more than in the previous 3 months from my distance ed professor. And I am very pleased to say that I received an A+ in my Calc 1500. The second semester I took Calc 1700, but my study partner decided not too. So I signed up for the tutoring, and would have definitely dropped the course without that resource. The distance ed prof for Calc 2 didn’t help me at all. After much work, and a lot of driving, and listening to some great lectures, I am very VERY pleased to say that I got an A+ in Calc 1700 as well!! So Grant, without you, none of that would have been possible. You’ve definitely made a huge impact in my first years in university and given me a lot of confidence. Thank you, thank you, thank you!/span>
Andrew Canham, 31 Jan 2009
I have recently graduated with a B. Comm(Hons.) and would like you to know that you have helped me achieve my goal. The first time I took Stats 2 I received an F, the second time I took it with your materials and a lot of hard work I got my first A+ ever on my transcript. You really are doing an excellent service to the students of the U of M. I am happy to hear you are expanding as I know many students will be excited to hear about tutoring in accounting and finance! Thank-you and good luck in the future.
Aaron (Stat 2000 A+), 12 Jan 2009
I recently completed Econ 3170, Quantitative Methods in Economics, which is basically a third year analog to Stats 2, except slightly more in-depth, complicated and difficult. It is also the prerequisite to Econ 3180, Econometrics, which I plan to take. I received a final grade of A in this course and it was not curved.
Without what I had learned about statistics from your seminars and tutoring sessions, I do not think this would have been possible. From my experience, a high grade in stats cannot be achieved by just learning the theories, it takes a lot of practice too. I do however believe that earning final grades of A in Econ 3170 and in Stat 2000 would not have been possible by just doing the problems, attending lectures, and reading the textbooks. You facilitated the learning process and made it possible for me to achieve high grades in these two stats courses.
You helped tremendously in my understanding of statistics, and I am still applying what I learned from you in other courses. It is for these reasons that I would recommend your services to anyone struggling with stats, and to anyone who wants a better, clearer understanding of stats.
I just wanted to thank you again for what you taught me in your Stats 2 weekly tutoring sessions and the exam seminars. They were well worth the time and money, and I can write a testimonial on your website if you would like. I hope you enjoyed your holidays, you definitely earned them!
PassedMath1300, Jan 2009
As a first year student, my “week at a glance” on Aurora Student was booked solid. When I went to my first Linear Algebra class I knew that there would be trouble when I couldn’t understand my professor, let alone the way he taught. When I tried my hardest to understand, he only showed us radical methods of doing simple things, but never explained what he was doing. The lab T.A. was better, but she assumed that you understood everything in class and could easily answer any question from any mid-term or final exam. I was in big trouble in that class had to drop it, and I needed it to get into my faculty. As a fighter, I decided to take it again the next semester and, of course, the only slot available was with the same bloody professor. I didn’t have time to waste going over the material 5 or 6 times in the textbook or going to another tutor that didn’t have any credibility (I will not mention any company names) and for minimum 4-5 times a week as my schedule was even more hectic this term. A couple of close friends told me about Grant’s and how they aced courses after taking his seminars. I immediately signed up for his Linear Algebra seminar when he told me the sessions were once a week, for 3 hours every Tuesday after school which fit beautifully into my schedule. His home is near the University, it’s inviting and there is a leather sectional which clearly doesn’t hurt as much as Armes building seats (read: plywood benches)! When I went to his first class I immediately knew I would ace the course.
I expected to learn about the course, write the exam, and move on but Grant taught me more than just formulas and methods for completing problems. He explained various situations where the math could be applied (I’ve found that I’m not a calculator that just crunches numbers from formulas professors hand to me but I learn better when I know why I’m doing the math, what purpose it serves and how I can use it to my benefit when I will go into my faculty and even fundamental problems that one could use as dinner conversation!) he also made the sessions enjoyable by cracking a few jokes here and there (something my professor couldn’t even dream of if he was handed a joke on a piece of paper), and even explained how other subjects in first year could benefit from the math I was learning. Basically when I signed up for his course, he touched base on all of the other courses in my schedule at the same time which paid off when the time came to study for mid-terms and finals. I would’ve saved money going to him the first time I took the course so I’m saving you from making the same mistake by telling you to go sign up for his seminar(s)! I’m definitely going back for at least 4 more courses even though I don’t need to. I’m just curious to see how those classes are supposed to be taught.
Ashley, 19 Dec 2008
I just wanted to say how much your study books and the exam prep seminars helped me with Linear Algebra. I have never been very strong in math, and your books really helped me, and I believe they were the main factor in me getting an A in the course. Thank you again so much and happy holidays! More schools need people like you who care about students doing well.
Thea Pedersen, 23 Nov 2008
I was at the Calc 1500 seminar today and I just wanted to say thank you so much for everything! At the start of the year I was thinking about dropping the course because it was just too hard and no one could help me make sense of anything! When a friend told me “you have to get Grant’s” I never thought it would be so easy! I have been recommending your book to all my friends since then! You made every lesson seem so simple, and if it wasn’t for your seminars and your book, I would have had to drop this class!! I am feeling really confident for the final, and I have never felt good about a math exam…EVER! I keep hoping one day there will be a Grant’s book for all courses, but thats probably asking too much!! You taught the course, in one day, better than any one I could imagine! I can not thank you enough!!
Anthony Wiebe (student in Faculty of Nursing), 20 Nov 2008
I’m a basic stats I student and was struggling immensely. I was unable to learn anything in class, and as the first half of the term went on, I became increasingly further behind and stressed (because I need stats, like most people, for a degree requirement). With two weeks to the midterm, I heard about you, purchased your book, and attended the 12-hour exam prep seminar. It was tremendously helpful. I worked my ass off on the sample examinations in cheng’s (or something like that) book, and managed a 30/35 on the midterm! Probably the best math mark I’ve ever received. Now in the second half of the term, I’ve been more on the ball. I purchased your book right off the hop, and have been breezing my way through the homework assignments and am feeling much better about it all. I know that I still have a lot of work to do, but am feeling more confident about tackling the content of the course. Your books are laid out in such a logical way, explaining the concepts, and then providing questions that illustrate all the ways/angles in which a particular concept can be fleshed out in a question. The pragmatic, to-the-point, hints on how to find out exactly what a prof is asking in their long, drawn-out questions are also tres helpful.
Rees, 29 Jul 2008
I took STATS 1000 this year and came to both of your extended study days.. thanks to you I received an A in the course and achieved my Science and Math requirement for my degree! I cannot thank you enough!!!
Darren McGill, 2 Jul 2008
I would like to thank you for all of your help over the years. Truly I could not have passed those courses without your study books and seminars and for this I will always be thankful, you have made a great difference in my life. Over the years I have purchased all of your books and taken all of the seminars for which you offer. I am now studying in the Faculty of Management.
Alison Rempel, 24 Jun 2008
My journey through the world of STATS has come to an end. Thank you for all your help! I ended up with an A and I am positive that is only because of your seminars. Thank you thank you thank you!
Stats Gal, 25 Apr 2007
Wow! I just want to say that your books and seminars are awesome! I got an A in DE Stats 1000 (where the exam is worth 70%, so no easy feat, that’s for sure!) and I can’t thank you enough.
Chester, 28 Feb 2007
I just got back my midterm mark and I have to thank Grant for helping me get a 95%. For those of you who have not been to a tutoring seminar, Grant is great at giving tips to improve your approach to questions. This is the third seminar I took with Grant (I took his Calc II midterm and final seminar previously) and I believe that the study session has improved my mark in all cases. And for those of you who are unsure of going to someone for help, Grant’s session is also an inexpensive way to force yourself to do 10 hours of studying in a single night. That alone is a good reason to go. Thanks a lot Grant. I can’t wait until the final seminar.
Chester, 25 Apr 2007
Just an update: Got my final mark back and I passed with an A+. Unfortunately it is the last class I can take your seminar in, but I enjoyed your Calc I, II, and Linear Algebra seminars immensely and they were of great help to me. It really gave me a solid foundation to build on. Thanks again for your effort. I know you get paid to do it but you do go the extra mile for the student. I don’t think people truly understand that you will spend time on the phone, or time on the message board to make sure that you can help, and it really shows in the quality of your work. Grants Tutoring is a good name and your effort shows that you care about your companies reputation. Thank you.
boarder_95, 12 Dec 2006
Dear Grant, I want to thank you personally for how wonderful your books and seminars have been for clarifying and understanding topics in several subject areas. I have used your services for Linear Algebra, Calc for Management, Stats 1, and Stats 2, and could not imagine these courses without help from your tutoring. I went into my Stats 2 exam this morning with complete confidence and the exam was easier than I had expected thanks to what I had learned from your book. At this point I am finished needing to use your services but will always recommend your services to anyone I come across while continuing my education. Thank-you so very much for everything and I wish you luck as you continue into the future. Sincerely, Paul Dick
UofM veteran, 08 Aug 2005
For anybody who is unsure of what help Grant can provide, please read this. I have been at the UofM a long time, so I know what works and what doesn’t. In my first year, I took calculus 1, and failed it. From then on, I studied Grant’s guides and went to his seminars for Stats 1 and 2, Linear Algebra, and Calculus 2 and I have gotten only A’s and A+’s in math. This stuff works! Here’s why it works: Profs want to make it sound like everything in a text book will be on an exam. It is nearly impossible to study and remember every part of a text. When it comes to the test, only certain things are tested. Half of what a prof rambles on about in a lecture, you won’t even need to know. Grant will get to the point and teach you only the things you need to know, without all the confusing clutter. Secondly, text books (particularly math books), are written extremely poorly. I’ve probably read 50 or more text books, and the calculus text is the worst text I’ve ever seen. Grant goes through a variety of problems, step-by-step, and provides solutions to previous exams. Text books on the other hand will give you a couple sample problems. Then you have to do a bunch of practice problems on your own, which have no solutions, so you don’t know the correct way to do it. Lastly, Grant explains everything in an easy-to-understand format. Anybody can understand the concepts the way Grant explains them. I sound like an advertisement here, but I’m telling you this because I’ve been frustrated in courses before, when all I needed was somebody to explain it to me in simple terms. Grant has helped me tremendously, and he can for you too.
Kyle, 03 Sep 2005
I’d like to chime in quickly and give my own testimonial to Grant and his study packages. I took Algebra, Calculus, and Stats 2 with Grant and after a few years of school and paying for other types of prep courses, I can honestly say that Grant has been the best bang for my buck in tutoring. What made his weekly sessions so great was that you basically get spoon fed the course and are able to digest the concepts slowly throughout the term. Granted, some people only attend seminars, but I really liked being able to learn slowly, and then use the seminars as review, and to pick up some details I may have missed the first time around. The best testimonial I can give though was with Stats 2. (Even though he saved my butt in Calc and Algebra as well). I hadn’t taken Stats 1 in about 5 years (and at Red River no less) before I took Stats 2 at the UofM last year. In short, all the knowledge I needed from Stats 1 wasn’t there. Needless to say I was lost even though I was attending Grant’s weekly sessions. I mean, I couldn’t remember any of this stuff, and was in over my head. With diligent practice using Grant’s book though, I slowly came around and knocked off a decent mark in the course. I guess my point is this: Grant took a guy who didn’t know anything about Stats 1, and got him through Stats 2. No small feat in my opinion. I’m now finished with Grant’s (I’m not forced to take any more math courses) but his methods are top notch. Using Grant, and some hard work, I truly believe anyone can pass the courses he offers tutoring in.
amandashimmer, 13 Jan 2007
Thank you so much, Grant! I finished with a B+ in stats 1000! I couldn’t believe it when I was checking my marks, I had to double check just in case I was seeing things. Unbelievable services…I can’t tell you how much I appreciate your help. I’ve had a tutor in every math course since grade 8, so all I did was follow your book like a bible, attend the seminars, and I did better than I ever expected. Thanks again!
S, 06 Jan 2006
What do you get when you cross a 50 something nursing student with a basic stats course- disaster of course unless that student has attended Grant’s Tutoring courses and seminars. Just got my final mark today and thanks to you Grant I will be graduating with my nursing degree in 2006!!! Couldn’t have done it without you, as Ferris’ cohorts would say ” you are a righteous dude”!!!!! Thanks again, from S
Anonymous, 19 Dec 2005
Grant today i took the lin alg final, and to me it seemed very easy, hopefully pullin off an A probably because i attended ur seminar and studied all your examples and explanations. the midterm, i didn’t do good at all. not attending ur seminar and i needed a way to boost my mark. i wanna say thank you for ur hard work to help us, and i appreciate ur time to answer our questions on here [the message board]! Thanx see you next term for stats 2!
Jamie, 14 Dec 2005
I took your weekly seminar for calc last year and got an A in the course! Thank you so much for that!!
puckbunny, 05 Nov 2005
I just wanted to say thank you for the great tutoring, Grant!! If anyone is unsure about attending a seminar or getting the books, I ensure you it works! No exaggeration, I never studied or did the homework for 136.130 [Math 1300] and seriously feared the midterm. But I attended the seminar (a Friday night), did a fraction of the practice questions over the weekend and pulled an A on the midterm (Monday night). Just think of what I would have received if I studied regularly or did all of the practice questions! Grant teaches you what you really need to know, no extra nonsense to contemplate. I now swear by it and will be spreading the word…. Again, thank you very much for the A Grant!!
cassie, 20 Nov 2006
Hi! I attended your midterm seminar, and I just wanted to say thank you! Before your seminar I was a bit confused about some of the concepts. After everything made perfect sense and I got 100% on the midterm! Thanks again.
Sid, 27 Apr 2006
I was really having trouble with this course (Intro Calc 150). I was barely passing going into the final and with the help of your great book and tutoring session, I really aced the final. Thanks alot! I really appreciate what you offer to math students.
Guest1234, 13 Dec 2005
Just wanted to say thanks for the Calc 136.150 book. I took distance education 136.150 and the course manual they gave was terrible so bought your book studied it two days straight went this mornings exam and finished in no time. Your book is super easy to follow will definitely buy the 136.170 book for next term. Once again, thanks!
Chris1, 07 Jan 2005
Finally got my mark, B+ in calc. I went to about 3 lectures.. I went to about 4 labs.. I only did 2 out of 5 of the lab quizzes (automatic -5% on final grade).. I studied 2 days with grant’s book. Your books are like bibles! Next time I go to university, I’m going to pick up your Calculus 2 book… who knows when I’ll go next though haha, damn I’m lazy.
Anonymous, 09 Nov 2004
Grant, I just wanted to let you know how much your amazing teaching skills helped me. YOU ARE SERIOUSLY ONE OF THE MOST AMAZING TEACHERS I HAVE EVER HAD! I studied your book for days and ended up getting an A on my midterm keep doing your seminars and making your books because they truly are incredible. The world needs more passionate teachers like you.