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Statistics for beginners and beyond

FIVE TIPS FOR DEVELOPING SKILL:

Tip #1. Practice: Practice with homework problems and with problems in your textbook. As with any new skill, practice leads to increased competence.

Tip #2. Keep your sense of humor: Anxiety may be your worst enemy in learning statistics. It's difficult to think clearly if you're surrounded by a cloud of panic. Do try to keep statistics in perspective and even look for ways to make the coursework fun for yourself. Should you find yourself overwhelmed, contact me or another tutor to help you get back on track.

Tip #3. Be patient with yourself: Learning statistics is very much like learning a new language. Early on you don't have enough knowledge to speak in complete sentences, but as your learning and skills grow so will your fluency. Thus, be patient with yourself as you learn the introductory concepts necessary for the development of statistical competence.

Tip #4. Ask questions: It's impossible for your tutor to know that you don't understand a concept, if you don't ask questions. Although it may be difficult to express confusion, in the long haul, it will help to identify immediately areas that cause you confusion.

Tip #5. Don't be afraid to ask for help: There are many ways a tutor or coach can help if you are having difficulty. Only by communicating with your tutor can she assess how best to provide assistance.