Yes, I was on the waitlist. I found out that I got rejected. However, what's even worse is that I had to actually call up Berkeley on the first day of classes (this past Monday) to find out my status. I kept prodding Berkeley for my status before then, but they kept me in the dark the entire time. I was told that we would be informed of our accept / reject status by the first day of class. I didn't receive any notification. In fact, the lady I spoke with said that they sent out final notification letters on Friday. There is simply no possible way that I could have received this notification (and, especially students who are not currently in the states) by Monday. Moreover, the same lady said that UCB should send out an e-mail notifying applicants. I thought this was extremely unprofessional.
After talking with a few people throughout the time of the courses, I found that people either hated the courses or loved the courses. Unfortunately, I was in the camp of students that hated the courses. Everyone is absolutely entitled to his / her opinion of the courses. Anybody considering to look into Berkeley (or any school for that matter) should always consider the whole range of opinions and reviews, not just mine or any other person's. But, in regard to your points...Uh Uh Hold on Sky ..I disagree with what you have reported above. I just finished taking the Mathematics foundation course(din take the other two) and this is what I feel
1. The course was well taught by the professor. His approach was to start with the mathematics basics, scan through the derivations and then arrive to the applications part of it with small examples and leave the big ones to us in form of assignments. Agreed the class wasn't much of an interactive session since there were very few people attending the course in class(10/150) although the prof kept encouraging.
2. Did you actually try solving the problems? I enjoyed doing the assignments a lot coz they weren't plain textbook problems. I had to invest time mastering VBA and MATLAB, but what better time than now to learn. Lots of people were quite active on the forums and we would discuss different approaches to solution. In fact, I would say if you would actually work towards solving, get your doubts clarified on the forums and learn from other's methods, you would be done with the assignment quite easily. Few of the assignments did depend on derivations from earlier assignments, but that wasn't hard to grasp.
3. The GSI was also quite prompt towards our queries. He had allocated skype hours for doubt clarification. If you weren't able to understand the solution at any point, did you try asking the GSI or on the forum?
4. And when the prof would discuss the solution in next lecture, we would mostly be comparing final numbers..in many cases, people even compared their final numbers on forums. So I never felt any issue with the GSI reporting scores late. I am glad to say that with all the effort put in, I scored perfect credit in all the assignments The prof's solution wasn't meant to be a detailed step by step, it was just supposed to guide you. Of course it wouldn't make any sense for people who were looking for ready solutions.
5. Latex was indeed a bit of pain but there were other ways suggested too eg. mathtype. In the end I din't mind putting in a couple of hours typing in the assignment and putting it in a presentable form.
6. Cost per program was high but I dont see any reason differentiating it between in-class and remote participants. If the remote participation fee would have been less, not even 10 of those people would have attended the class. And they made all resources available to everyone, didn't they?
I am guessing you might have had so much of problems because you were enrolled in all three and couldn't find enuf time.. But then again there has to be an efficient way to complete the course and not get lost. For me, it was 3-4 hrs listening to the lecture and browsing through the notes followed by 3-5 hrs solving the assignments and another 2 typing them.
For Math Foundations, January 17 - March 15, 2012Hi all,
Thanks for all the reviews you have posted here. I was wondering if you could let me know when in January do the courses start and when in March they end ?