How To Use Stats? The Tricks You Need To Know
If you are taking a Stats class, then it could perhaps be the case that you are thinking how to use all this stat formulas, and how I put together all these ideas in my mind so that I can get a good grade and finally do not have to take more math or stats courses again?
You are not alone on this one. Lots of students find difficulties when approaching to Stats, especially when it is the first time they get exposed to that kind of content. Naturally, you would be better equipped already if you have completed a college Stats course, or even if you had some kind of Stats in high school, perhaps an AP class.
Is Stats Really that hard?
Well, like everything, you will certainly find a learning curve, and the process could be slower for some than it is for others. Some people have natural ability for math and stats concepts and not to say that they won't have a learning curve, their learning curve may be less steep. In any case, it is rather pointless to compare to others on how easily they can learn stats. All you have to know is that your path is personal, and you WILL face your own learning curve, so follow your own pace.
Many students of min feel that their own personal learning curve is too steep, and they are not able to catch up. What I find all too frequently is that students tend to take action too late during the semester, and when they finally realize that they need some help with their Statistics, it may be too late. That is why I always advocate that it is never too early to start.
Learning how to use Stat, getting familiarized with the intricacy of some statistical methods may take time getting used to, but it can be done. You will have to focus on finding your own rhythm and pace and you will have to work a lot on statistics examples from the content that your instructor provides, and perhaps you will have to secure the help of a stats tutor. But ultimately, you have to trust the process, because it is a sure path to good grades in your class.
Are you taking Introduction to Statistics?
Ironically, it is Stats 101 where students tend to fail the most. It is not because the course is harder than other Stats courses, it is just because you are not used nor have you been exposed to college-level statistics ideas.
Lots of students think, wrongly, that Stats 101 will be a cakewalk, and for some it could be, but the class in itself is not particularly easy. Of course it will ultimately depend on what is covered in the course. Obviously, if you only learn something relatively simple like descriptive statistics, then you won't find it too hard.
Things get more difficult when some conceptual ideas are presented, including interval estimation (with confidence intervals) and hypothesis testing, for example. Or when you work with concepts like regression analysis, which are very simple to deal with when doing calculations in Excel, but conceptually speaking, they may pose you with a conceptual challenge.
What is my best approach to master my Stats?
Each student needs to follow his or her own rhythm, so it is hard to present a general blueprint. There are some common elements, like some I have mentioned already. For example, starting early in the semester will be one of your best strategies because it will give you leeway in case that you get lost down the road.
By starting early I mean worry beforehand. Make sure that you are continuously assessing your understanding of the concepts, keep an eye on your grades, and if you see a drop, immediately assess whether or not you need a Stats tutor, or even go see your instructor during office hours.
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