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

May 28, '03I don't but I am right there shivering with painful chills just thinking about it................................UGH
renerian 
May 28, '03Oohhh, 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! 
May 28, '03I 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.

May 29, '03No 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! 
May 29, '03I 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!

May 29, '03Statistics 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 
May 30, '03Thanks 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 

May 31, '03Don'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.

May 31, '03Ahhh! 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'

May 31, '03Dont 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. 
May 31, '03Originally 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.
Good luck!
Todd