Section 1004 (Distance Education)
Statistical Methods in Psychology
Spring 2011 Syllabus
|Near the end of semesters, I ask students who were just completing PSY210 (both live classroom and distance education) whether they had any advice they would like to share with incoming students. Was there anything that they wished they had known at the beginning of the semester? Here's what they said, basically unedited...|
Here's my piece of advice to future statistic students: Do the homework!|
tThis is the first method that I have ever used to truly learn statistics. If you follow the plan as he has outlined you will do well. The lectlets are great, the book is well written, informative but not dry, and the quizzes keep you on your toes.
Do not get behind, do the work assigned and enjoy an understanding of Statistical Methods.|
If you stay on top of everything there is no way you won't understand
what is going on. Read the book, listen to the lectlets and take advantage of
everything offered on the Personal Trainer. If you keep up with the
syllabus there is no way you will fail.
Here's my suggestion for taking the class: You need to
do all the homework assignments for every chapter so
it will help you understand the subject as well as
getting extra credit for it... make sure you go to
class every day or listen to the lectlets... and make
sure you do all the extra credit... if you do all of
these, you'll be more likely to get an A for this
My advice would be to definitely do the
homework problems, which help tremendously with the test. I would also
recommend reading the book along with taking lecture notes because your tests
have information in them that is more thoroughly discussed in your book,
although your lectures are great too.
It's also good to take notes from the book as you read, and draw the distributions that are given as examples in the book.
The last thing that I would recommend is trying to understand statistics, not just memorize the equations. When you do that, the class is so much easier to understand.
My advice would be for distance ed students to try to get together
during the semester and chat about the class, homework, problems, or
solutions. This method seems to help in other D.E. classes and could be
a real advantage here too.
I wish there was advice when I first started
For both live and distance-education classes I would tell them to pay strict attention to the side notes (in the textbook margins) and definitely listen to the lectlets whether they are distance ed or not. For me, it really made a difference in my comprehension of difficult principles.
I think it is a very good idea to have input from prior students because
an online course- especially this course!- can be very intimidating.
I found that the strong points of the course were in the organization of the material. There was not any concept that I could not learn if I just went back and listened again to the lectlets or went over the ESTAT lessons again. I found they were more helpful than the book, which was easier to get lost in.
My best advice is to make sure to set aside Monday night or a night early on in the week to do the lectlets and quizzes because they are due on Fridays. Make it like an actual classroom hour. Too many times I had to rush a quiz out in the end because I procrastinated.
I really felt that this was an easy class to comprehend if you put the normal amount of time in to it you would any class -- nothing extraordinary. It is that explicative and interactive.