Your To-Do List
Copyright © 2009–2015 by Stan Brown
If you keep up with the work, you’ll succeed in Statistics class.
But it can be hard to remember to cover
everything, especially at the fast pace of a summer class.
Here’s a handy checklist. Follow it
after every class to prepare for the next class,
and you’ll do well.
In this printed copy,
links to other documents are underlined. If you visit the original of
this page, on the Web at <http://BrownMath.com/stat15b/todolist.htm>,
you’ll find live links.
After class, review:
- Look carefully at any graded papers that were returned to
you. Make sure you understand any mistakes you made, and that you now
know what to do instead.
- If there was a quiz, check the quiz solutions as soon as
possible. (They’re almost always posted during the quiz.) If
there’s anything you didn’t understand, review it and get
help if necessary.
- Thoroughly study the chapter that was covered in class.
Use the definitions and summaries to make sure you’ve got
Remember, when you read a textbook you do it with your pencil
and calculator, not just your eyes, and you work through every
example.(See How to Read a Math Book and
How to Study Math.)
- Check your notes or the Web page for
optional materials that explain some difficult points or give extra
- Do at least the assigned homework problems. (See
How to Work a Math Problem.) If you have trouble with any of them,
you need to do more problems of the same type. You can ask me questions in email, but in-person help at the Baker Center is
probably more effective.
Your homework is working papers, so it doesn’t have to
be pretty, but it has to be done. And you should
show your work
just as you would on a quiz.
Check your answers.
If your answer doesn’t match mine, find
your mistake and fix it. (Or find my mistake and report it.)
- Make sure your crib sheet is up to date. (Using it for the
homework may reveal some gaps.)
Before class, prepare:
- Complete any lab or project (or take-home quiz) that
is due. Or if one is on the horizon, try to get started on it so you
don’t have to do it in a big rush.
- Skim-read the chapter that will be covered. That means to
read the Summaries and briefly look at each page.
Your goal at this stage is not to learn all the material, but rather
to get a general sense of the topics that we’ll cover.
- Practice any calculator procedures in the
chapter. Yes, we’ll go through them in class; but in
class you want to be following the concepts, not fumbling to find
- (optional) Print the chapter
to use in your note-taking during class.
- Set out the materials you’ll need for class: your textbook,
your calculator, your crib sheet, a pencil and eraser for the quiz,
and paper for taking notes.