Study Tips for the Student of Basic Statistics

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Austin Community College, Round Rock, Texas

Helpful tips! It's been over 20 years since I have looked at an Algebra problem. I'll try not to memorize the formulas as much and concentrate on learning the full concept and recognizing the reoccurring themes.

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Sierra College, CA

Having studied basic statistics, I found this information to be accurate to the approach needed to survive the class. I completely agree that an incremental approach to practicing is probably the best way to go; I wish I had taken that tack.

In addition, I liked what this article had to say on themes. Statistics is based on themes, and it is easiest to memorize the approaches to problems if you understand those themes and concepts.

There are two additions that I would make to this article: when studying statistics, it may be easiest to group problems by there rounding rules and significant figure requirements. In addition, I would remind students that statistics is not more difficult than other math's. It is simply different! And tests are easiest if your have practiced consistently, slept well, and take a moment or two at the beginning of the test to consciously relax.

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David Burd, College Sophomore
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

This is a must read for students taking a statistic class! The most important tip of all is to study every day for 1 to 2 hours and never try to cram for a statistic test. The goal is to stay focused on the larger concepts and ideas not just the formulas. Actively study with a pencil in hand, solve many problems of different types along with homework, manage math anxiety and get into a study group that meets at least once a week are the keys to your success and understanding.

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Madeleine Bunn , College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College , Mcminville, Oregon

The Seven tips listed are very organized and well thought out. Usually when I studied for tests, I only focused on the problems I struggled with when really I needed a whole variety of problems rather then a few.

It also had good advice for not getting caught up on one problem when testing.

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Garrett Brown, College Freshman
Chemeketa Community College, Salem, Oregon

"Wow" - The 6th and 7th Tips are the best. I did not fully understand why I keep getting hung up on minor things, why this?, why that? No one has said why these formulas work the way they do. I think that communicating this with the instructor would be helpful.

I thought that you had to accept that this is what it is and do not worry about why. This why I always felt I had to sit for hours and memorize the formulas.

I am currently taking SP17 SSP 060 class that helps to look at math differently, so that a student can deal with math anxiety.

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College Freshman
Chemeketa , Salem Oregon

Some great ideas here! Study in groups with like minded people will be very beneficial to me. Work your problems out, not just reading them, but actually work your problems out on paper. It's good to know that I'm not the only one with math anxiety.


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