advice on statistics...........

  1. I start my statistics class on Monday. I am not looking forward to it at all. I am terrible at math.....of all kinds!! I really want to keep my GPA as high as possible.
    Does anyone out there have any advice for me?

    Abby27
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  2. 13 Comments

  3. by   renerian
    I don't but I am right there shivering with painful chills just thinking about it................................UGH

    renerian
  4. by   Nurse2bSandy
    Oohhh, I started yesterday... I'm doing the tv version and he's boooooorrrrring! I have decided not to worry about GPA with this class... I just have to get a C. I'm not a math person, or a perfectionist... and with stats you need to get things right... give me a paper to write anytime!
    Good luck, Abby!
  5. by   susanmary
    I never considered myself a "math" person -- barely passed math in high school. I would panic at anything mathematical and always considered myself more of an "english" student than a "math" student. So .... when I started nursing school, I decided to overcome my fear of math. I studied hard and ended up with such a high average in statistics that I didn't have to take the final. My secret -- I memorized the formulas -- wrote out the basic formulas on large index cards. I did my homework & really didn't take shortcuts with it. I skimmed the chapter, then read the chapter -- then did the assigned problems. There is no easy way -- you have to do the work. I would also suggest going to your college's tutorial center -- and go for consistent help -- not just when a test is close.
  6. by   gwenith
    No help from me - sorry I have done more multiple courses on statistics and have come to only 2 conclusions
    1) If I ever need to do statisitcs I will hire a statistician and
    2) the bloke who said "There are lies, damned lies and statistics" was right!
  7. by   shyne
    I agree that it's very boring! I had a really good teacher, so it wasn't so bad. If you do the practice problems and get help, you should do just fine!
  8. by   Arnie
    Statistics are not my favourite although I have found some useful easy to understand web sites. The one that was the easiest to grasp was http://bmj.com/collections/statsbk/index.shtml.
    Good luck
  9. by   abby27
    Thanks for your advice, everyone! And good luck to you too, Sandy! Maybe we can comiserate together this summer since we are in the same boat!

    Abby
  10. by   meandragonbrett
    I loved stats in HS and got an A in it. If you need any help, let me know!

    Brett
  11. by   canoehead
    Don't get discouraged when you do probabilities. It's the hardest part and our class thinned out quite a bit when we did them. The rest is much easier.
  12. by   ava'smomRN
    Ahhh! you all are scaring me! I have to take statistics too, and i hate math. But i think i will be ok if i just stay focused and seek help. Good luck everyone'
  13. by   caligirl
    Dont think of stats as math. It is more of a way of thinking I guess.


    You will really use it. I use it in everyday life!! I learned so much in that class about critical thinking!! It was hard at the end but I really am glad I took it my first semester because it made me think in all my other classes.
  14. by   twarlik
    Originally posted by abby27
    I start my statistics class on Monday. I am not looking forward to it at all. I am terrible at math.....of all kinds!! I really want to keep my GPA as high as possible.
    Maybe it was just my instructor, but I found statistics really easy and actually pretty interesting. The math was nothing overly complicated and we were allowed to have "cheat sheets" for each test, on which we could write anything we needed for the exam. No formulas to memorize or anything. Get a good calculator, keep up with the reading and homework and you should be fine. Don't let math scare you!

    Good luck!
    Todd

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