Welcome to MATH200!
It’s a hard course, but you can do it!
This page tells you what to expect and how to succeed.
Statistics is different from your other math courses because it’s
more about the thinking than the formulas.
Almost all your work
will be taking a situation,
figuring out what kind of problem you have, and then solving
Statistics isn’t a bunch
of facts to be memorized like Bible verses. It’s a few main
themes, so always try to identify those themes. Ask yourself how each
new thing fits in with what you’ve learned already.
Don’t fall back on rote memorization.
Use your brain to think, not memorize.
Make a good cheat sheet for each quiz, and test it by using it to
do the homework.
Quiz problems will not be phrased the same as homework. You
won’t be able to look for key words that tell you “Oh,
this is like homework problem 6.” Instead, you’ll have to
think what each situation means, and apply what you’ve learned to it.
Variety helps you practice. Do all the
homework. Then if you
need more practice, do more problems. (Baker Center tutors can suggest
extra problems on a particular topic.)
Work problems forward, not backward. Never look at the
book’s answer till you have your own answer.
Come to every class unless you’re sick or the roads are
unsafe. If you do miss class, buckle down immediately and
learn the material from textbook and Web site. Yes, you can
ask questions, but you’re going have to do the work to catch up.
You need your own calculator,
“yours” for the duration of the semester. You need to
read the book, and practice with the calculator, at home.
You really cannot get by on
borrowing a calculator for class.
We meet only once a week
and get through a chapter per class, so what you do between classes is critical.
Do some statistics every
day, or at least every other day.
If you leave it till the last minute,
or even the night before class,
it will be much harder and you will be too late to get help.
(Your To-Do List, the first-night handout, can guide you.)
Use your TC3 email. Check
at least every couple of days
for email from me.
Ask questions in email, and expect an answer within 12 hours. (If you
email me after lunch on class day, I may not see it till after class.)
Use the Baker Center when you need face-to-face time, or instant
answers, or when you need help with big-picture stuff that can’t
be explained well in email. Remember the option for live chat if
you’re not on campus.
Keep up with the work.
If you start to get in trouble, get help right away.
Don’t just drift along and hope for the best,
because you’ll only get further behind.
Read the Course Outline, and refer to it when you
have questions about policies. It’s not professional to ask
about policies without first checking the Course Outline, but if
you’ve checked and you can’t find the answer there, please