The Berkeley Math Circle

Math Taught the Right Way Program

Math Taught the Right Way (MTRW) is a program of the Berkeley Math Circle for middle and high school students, with meetings normally held at UC Berkeley from 5-8 pm on Monday evenings throughout the academic year. The program is intellectually demanding, and it tests and encourages the mental development of students in a content-rich and challenging environment. The MTRW program does NOT conform to generic U.S. labels of math classes (e.g., Algebra 1, Algebra 2, etc.), but instead interweaves algebra and geometry with general problem-solving and writing skills. By the end of 9th grade, MTRW surpasses the regular U.S. math curriculum, in breadth, and more importantly, in depth and rigor. Learning to "read and write mathematics" is a skill that is emphasized at MTRW as the basis for communicating mathematics. 

The instructors at the MTRW have Ph.D., M.A., BA's in math or other related degrees in science, and are distinguished teachers at the Berkeley Math Circle, universities and elite middle and high schools. The MTRW has homework assignments every week in each of the three subjects. Homework is graded and returned the following week. There are final exams in each subject. Report cards are generated each semester with % of completed regular and bonus work, as well as statistics of the corresponding classes, and a list of top performers and winners in various categories.

Application Dates to Watch For:

MTRW Fall 2021

Application now CLOSED.

 

MTRW Fall 2021 application now live. Limited spots available

We are no longer accepting applications to MTRW Fall 2021. The 6A, 7A, and 8A groups are all full. Strong 9A applicants (high school students with experience doing proofs in geometry and in general) may contact our program assistant Margaret Braun at margaretcbraun at berkeley dot edu around mid-August with details on their background

 

Program Details:

  • Math Taught The Right Way is a math program of the Berkeley Math Circle for middle and high school students, held for 3 hours 5-8 pm on Mondays throughout the academic year. The program is intellectually demanding, testing and encouraging the mental development of students in a content-rich and challenging environment of algebra, geometry, and problem-solving. The MTRWprogram  does NOT conform to generic U.S. labels of math classes (e.g., Algebra 1, Algebra 2, etc.). By the end of 9th grade, MTRW will have surpassed the regular U.S. math curriculum by a lot, not just in breadth but more importantly in depth. Learning to "read and write mathematics" is a skill that is emphasized at MTRW as the basis for communicating mathematics.
  • The instructors at MTRW have Ph.D., M.A., or B.A. degrees in math or other related degrees in science and are distinguished teachers at the Berkeley Math Circle, universities and elite middle and high schools.
  • The MTRW program has graded homework every week in each of the three subjects, and there will also be a final exam in each subject. Report cards are generated each semester with % of completed regular and bonus work, as well as statistics of the corresponding classes and a list of top performers and winners in various categories.

Dates for Spring 2021

  • Monday evenings, 5-8 pm Pacific time
  • Start date: Monday, August 30, 2021
  • End date: Monday, December 6, 2021
  • Location: Please Read Below

As of May 2021, we expect that MTRW sessions during Fall 2021 will be held online. Depending on the developing health situation and decisions that UCB campus makes for in-person classes as well as release of rooms for the math circle sessions (if any), we will consider moving some or all MTRW to in-person on the UC Berkeley campus. Given the complex logistics planning, this application offers the following three choices to families:

  • Default Mode:  Hybrid Online/In-Person

This mode will allow for starting sessions online and then later moving to in-person sessions on campus. The move to in-person sessions may happen at the beginning of the semester or anytime during the semester or it may not happen at all and the sessions may stay online for the whole semester; it may happen only for some MTRW groups or for all MTRW groups. Families signing up for this hybrid mode commit to attending online AND in-person sessions of MTRW in Fall 2021, regardless of when a move to in-person sessions may happen for some or all BMC-Upper groups. Keep in mind that, if a move to in-person classes happens for some MTRW groups but not for others, siblings may be split between attending on campus and attending online at the same time. No refunds will be provided to families signing up for hybrid mode, regardless of changed personal circumstances or whether or not and when sessions might move to in-person mode. Families signing up for this Hybrid Mode will be given FIRST PRIORITY in the enrollment process.

  • Alternative Mode 1:  Online only 

Families signing up for this mode commit to attending online sessions of MTRW in Fall 2021. If classes move to in-person mode sometime during the semester, families who have signed up for online mode will receive a small refund after the semester is completed, around mid-December. The refund will be proportionate to the in-person sessions minus a processing/enrollment fee of $75. If such families change their mind later on and decide they could attend in-person sessions, we MAY or MAY NOT be able to accommodate them due to health reasons and restrictions on the classrooms, and hence we may or may NOT allow these students to attend in-person sessions; in addition, and an extra $50 fee will be incurred to process their late applications for In-Person classes. Keep in mind that, if a move to in-person classes happens for some MTRW groups but not for others, siblings may be split between attending on campus and attending online at the same time. Families signing up for this Online Mode Only will be given SECOND PRIORITY in the enrollment process.

Special note: the joint BMC/MTRW final colloquium talk in December may be held in person on campus even if all normal MTRW classes are held online. This decision will be made by the BMC Director.

  • Alternative Mode 2:  In-Person only 

Families signing up for this mode only will be put on a Waitlist and NOT accepted until such a move to in-person classes happens. Only then we will reach out to collect the semester fee, which will be proportionate to the in-person sessions plus a processing/enrollment fee of $75. If a family singing up for In-Person Mode changes their mind and decides they can attend Online classes, we may or may not be able to accommodate them, and an extra $50 fee will be incurred to process their late applications for Online classes. Families signing up for this In-Person Mode Only will be given THIRD PRIORITY in the enrollment process.

Online sessions will be recorded, whenever feasible and agreeable with the instructor, and made available only to  MTRW students who must miss class due to exceptional circumstances. In-person classes will NOT be recorded.

 

Brief Description of MTRW Fall 2021 groups

6A Group

5:00-8:00pm (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving); intended for advanced 6th graders or motivated 7th graders who lack some background.

7A Group

5:00-8:00pm (Problem Solving, Algebra, Geometry); intended for 7th graders and advanced 6th graders who finished 6B MTRW.

8A Group

5:00-8:00pm (Proofs, Geometry, Algebra); intended for 9-12 graders and advanced 8th graders who finished 7B MTRW

9A Group

5:00-8:00pm (Proofs, Geometry, Algebra); intended for 9-12 graders and advanced 8th graders who finished MTRW 8B.) 

9A Proofs-only Subgroup

5:00-6:00pm (9B Proofs); restricted only to 10-12 graders

Fees for MTRW Fall 2021:

Payments will be collected only from admitted students.  Payments must be made online within 48 hours of the acceptance email and invoice being sent.

DO NOT SEND PAYMENTS before you have received such an email.

Program fees

$715 for 6A Group (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving)

$715 for 7A Group (Algebra, Geometry, Problem Solving)

$715 for 8A Group (Algebra, Geometry, Proofs)

$715 for 9A Group (Algebra, Geometry, Proofs)

$240 for 9A Proofs-only Subgroup (Proofs)