How to Succeed in Your Statistics Class
Is it just you or is Statistics really that difficult to learn, there are times when we ask the question “am I just stupid or is Statistics just not my thing” at one or the other, we have all asked those kinds of questions of ourselves, if statistics were a person, probably he would be dead by now because of the hatred and anger that would have been directed its way.
Research has shown that 95% of the time, it’s not a student’s fault that he or she is unable to understand statistical or mathematical equations, but sometimes the mindset of such students has been filled with so many doubts and lack of confidence which subsequently leads to F.U.N(Fear of numbers).
So how can you push out your fear of numbers and forgo your lack of self confidence, in order to create a clear receptive mind to learn statistical courses just like you would learn English or any other course, the tips below are designed to help you within and outside the four walls of class to succeed in statistical courses and calculations.
While in Class
First and foremost make a concerted effort to clear your mind, seeing it as just another class you want to something tangible about, keeping an open mind. While keeping an open mind, be more prepared for every class, taking with you your writing implements i.e. calculator, notes, pen, have a special note other than your class note for writing down crucial points that integral to the class.i.e.alternative formulas other than ones in your class notes, which might be useful for extra calculations, your thoughts on the class as well as questions could be written in this special note in case you need to verify them from the teacher or do more research on them after the class.
Be as attentive as possibleYou might be surprised that the reason you can’t make out anything you have been taught in your statistics class could be as a result of the place you sit for the class, a change of sitting position could be in order, sit somewhere you can exchange ideas with other students in class, avoiding noisy or rowdy places in the class. You could also take a seat in the front of the class, not minding whatever people think of you as your main aim to learn and succeed in your statistics courses.
Write, write and write
You would be surprised that some tutors are in the habit of preparing examination questions from study notes given during classes, writing all your statistics notes could be a plus in succeeding in your statistics, don’t joke with them, the examples given in class would go on to help you create more statistical problems which you could solve on your own with time.
Ask questions again and again? There is this usual fear of asking questions in statistic classes, for you to concur statistics as a whole, you need to concur with the fear of asking questions, there is no better way to learn than by asking questions, never be afraid of being laughed at, be the guy or girl that inquires and acquires knowledge by asking questions, it would be tough at first, but it gets easier as get used to being guy or girl that raises up his or her hand all the time.
While doing so you could also write some of them down i.e. “Why did I get 3 points taken off for problem number 4?”) You could see your instructor from time to time to verify and clear your doubts.
Outside of Class
Statistics is nobody’s friend, study on your own for at least two hours after each class when you get, to get a total understanding of each subject, make sure to have textbooks so as to practice difficult or similar examples from class, besides this learn to do statistics homework by yourself so as to build your confidence.
Statistics homework are not meant to kill you or make you look stupid or suck out your confidence levels, they are like class exercises, but this time around you are given the freedom to do more research, solve similar problems like and also learn to the independent of other by doing them yourself.Conclusively, have a study partner who as eager as or more eager than you to break new grounds in statistics and most important break the F.U.N (Fear of Numbers)