Frequently asked questions

How can I join the MWMC (Midwest Math Circle)?

Please submit the Waitlist form if you wish to add your student to MWMC waitlist. We will email you once space has been opened.
Please don’t show up at class without receiving email confirmation.

Is there are a fee for the MWMC?

MWMC is run by student volunteers. There is an annual contribution of $100.00 per student to cover costs such as venue, printing question papers, books etc.
( Registration fee is increased as we are renting out the venue now and it costs us a significant amount of money. )

MWMC welcomes donations in any amount, no matter how large or small. You can find more information on donation at the donations page.

When and where does MWMC take place?

When: Sunday, 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Where: Location alternates every week between Schaumburg and Palatine Library.

When can I start attending?

You will receive an e-mail stating whether you have been enrolled or placed on a wait list after submitting your registration application.
Please do not attend MWMC until you are officially enrolled.
We ask that only enrolled students are in the classroom.

What do I need to bring to the MWMC meeting?

Please bring a notebook, pencils, eraser, a positive attitude, and readiness to learn :)

Will my child learn with students of his age/grade level?

MWMC is split into 4 groups based on skill level: Pascal, Ramanujan, Riemann, and Gauss.
We place the students based on a diagnostic test, and make sure that they move up or down as we see them progress.

Do I need to prepare for MWMC meetings?

No preparation is required, other than assignments that teachers give. Our participants vary greatly in their age, experience and ability.
We prepare the sessions for each of the groups based on their ability. We usually have a problem set where difficulty of the problems varies from easy to hard,
with the idea that all the participants can work productively. You should not expect to understand everything and be able to solve all the problems.
You can always talk to your group instructor if you have more specific questions.

Does the MWMC prepare students for math competitions?

Yes, our sessions consist of problem solving and critical thinking,
so we are definitely practicing skills necessary in competitions like
AMC 8, AMC 10, AMC 12, AIME, Math Kangaroo, Math Olympiad, MathCounts etc.

Can I become an MWMC instructor?

A recommendation from a co-founder or AIME qualification is required from all our instructors.
If you are AIME qualified, email us at for further inquiry.

Who can come?

Due to space limit, classrooms are only for admitted students.
Parents may attend when space available, but must refrain from participating in discussion or problem solving.
MWMC is for the students, by the students.

Is MWMC liable of any bodily injury or personal item loss while students are with MWMC?

No, Parents assume any and all risk of loss, liability, damage or costs,
including bodily injury or personal item / property damage that may incur while students are with MWMC.
Neither MWMC nor the owner of the venue is responsible for any such damage.

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have specific questions using the 'email us' button below.