I’m a student and, of course, and I make a whole lot of too many mistakes, but while occasionally helping my fellow peers, I’ve seen really--it hurts to say it--awful mistakes that shouldn’t even be mistakes. Like, a 16-year-old not knowing how to use FOIL, or being unable to graph a parabola or circle. One time, I even saw this: ##(5\log)x=5(\log x)## … what does that even mean?? What makes it worse is that it’s not coming from students who plan to just get out of school as soon as possible--these mistakes come from people saying they want to go to a good university and pursue all these highly credited careers. I find it really sad. So I was wondering, for all you teachers/professors/academics … is that really how it is everywhere? Or am I just stuck with a “special” batch of people? If the former, do you just get frustrated and upset and let the student know? Do you ignore the mistakes and just not care? Being a teacher of a higher level class only to discover that those you are teaching can't even do basic work sounds extremely disheartening.