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Updated 26 Aug 2015

Summary: If you keep up with the work, you’ll succeed in Statistics class. But it can be hard to remember to cover everything. Here’s a handy checklist. Follow it after every class to prepare for the next class, and you’ll do well.

Advice: With a once-a-week class, you may be tempted to leave everything to one or two monster study sessions. But that’s a really bad idea. Instead, try to do some class work every day, or at least four days a week. That way you’ll keep statistics fresh in your mind and you’ll get the most out of the time you spend studying.

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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 everything.

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 examples.
• 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.