Are you thinking of applying to study Mathematics at university? We're running a weekly livestream this summer, talking about maths problems and discussing problem-solving strategies, with a particular focus on Oxford's Mathematics Admissions Test (MAT). The sessions are free and available for everyone.
First livestream: 05 August 2021 at 17:00 UK time
Each week will be themed around a particular set of topics, with a sheet of questions available in advance. Each sheet includes revision material, warm-up problems, some past MAT questions with hints, and extension material that's not related to the MAT. The MAT questions are all taken from the 2013-2017 papers (inclusive), saving the 2018, 2019, and 2020 papers as practice, which we'll cover in three livestreams at the end, just before MAT 2021. After the MAT, three special bonus livestreams will cover the following; unrelated mathematics (to give us all a break from MAT), a look at the 2021 paper, and then finally some Oxford Maths interview questions.
Solutions for the worksheets will be posted here the day after the live session.
The schedule for the livestream is as follows;
|05 August||Sequences and series||Web, PDF||YouTube|
|12 August||Trigonometry||Web, PDF|
|19 August||Geometry||Web, PDF|
|26 August||Graphs & Transformations||Web, PDF|
|02 September||Logarithms and powers||Web, PDF|
|09 September||Integration & Differentiation||Web, PDF|
|16 September||Algebra||Web, PDF|
|23 September||Polynomials||Web, PDF|
|30 September||Primes & Proof||Web, PDF|
|07 October||Recursion||Web, PDF|
|14 October||MAT 2018|
|21 October||MAT 2019|
|28 October||MAT 2020|
|04 November||(completely unrelated to MAT)|
|11 November||MAT 2021 debrief|
|18 November||Interview questions|
(Details may be changed without notice)
If you can't wait for the 2021 MAT livestream to start, you can find an archive of the 2020 MAT livestream at the bottom of this page!
Oxford Online Maths Club
You might also like the Oxford Online Maths Club, which is our free and interactive super-curricular maths club for ages (very) roughly 16-18. There are more than 25 episodes that we livestreamed over at www.maths.ox.ac.uk/r/club, and each comes with some further reading to investigate the topics in the livestream in more detail afterwards.
2020 MAT Livestream Archive
Most of the 2020 livestreams looked at MAT questions from 2007 to 2015, with certain questions selected each week and bundled together into a worksheet. In the four weeks before the MAT, the livestreams focused on the past papers from 2016 to 2019. There were also four special livestreams; #010 and #023 just looked at bonus problems (not MAT), #024 reviewed the MAT 2020 paper after the test, and the last livestream #025 contained interview advice and sample problems.
There's no need to watch the previous livestreams in any particular order. For each previous livestream, you can download the worksheet to try the problems that we covered live, and you can either watch the entire video on Panopto, or watch a shorter edited version (just the maths, no chat), uploaded later. There's a YouTube playlist for the maths-only edits here.
* The quality gets much better after the first two. If you're planning to watch these back, maybe skip 001 and 002. I'm writing this because the first couple have twice as many views as the others, so I'm worried that people are giving up when they see my awful handwriting (it gets better in 003 when I got a graphics tablet!)
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