Preparing for Intro to Statistics
- If math has been a subject that you’ve struggled with in the past, this course might prove to be challenging.
- Use the resources in this document for extra help!
- It is long; five units to be exact. On average, students spend about 55 hours on this course.
- Paying close attention to the pacing guidelines on the Sophia dashboard will help you remain aware of what you’ve completed, and how much time you have left.
Things to Consider:
- This is a great time to take this course. It will give you the opportunity to brush up on math skills that you will very likely need to be familiar with in a university program.
- If you find yourself feeling frustrated or discouraged, take a closer look at the resources below, or reach out to your SSA for guidance.
Resources for Getting Started
- Free Scientific Calculator - This online calculator is quite user-friendly and helpful for completing your Statistics coursework.
- Google Sheets - If you do not have access to Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets is a great free substitute!
- Khan Academy
Other Sophia Tips
- Complete all Challenges and Milestones in a unit before moving on. The content builds on itself!
- Use the tutorial videos and supplement these with other forms of support
- Ryan Backman is one of the preferred video instructors for thorough and clear explanations of the formulas and key concepts
- Print the PDF version of the tutorials to create a pen-and-paper study guide
Read on for information on accessing one-on-one tutoring for Intro to Statistics!
You have access to up to 10 hours of tutoring through Sophia for your Statistics class.
- Click on “ask a tutor” on the upper right corner of your screen.
- Choose drop in (if a tutor is available), schedule a future session (in 30 minutes increments), or ask a question
- Connect to the online whiteboard and/or video chat (not required) to communicate with the tutor
- Come prepared with specific questions/difficulties - the tutor doesn’t have access to your course so be prepared to share the specifics.
- Plan ahead: you might not be able to talk to a tutor right away and will have to book a session 24 hours in advance minimum.
- You will likely have a different tutor each time, plan your questions accordingly.
- The tutoring works on every device, but use a computer if possible so you can refer back to your course more easily.
If you fail a milestone, we suggest getting a tutoring session before you retake it.