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This is a "starting point" guide for those taking a statistics and [quantitative] data analysis courses and/or doing a data analysis project.

**Get Ready:**Before taking a class, you need to be in the right mindset**Math Review:**If it has been a while, do brush up on these concepts so you can keep up.

**Watch Videos:**Video courses and individual explainers**Read & Explore:**Textbooks and interactive applets

- Survival TipsLinda M. WoolfKeep up

Seek understanding vs rote memorization

Statistics is not math

There may be more than one correct answer to a problem

Don't be afraid to ask for help! - How to learn statistics. Five tips to help your learning (~5.5 min)Dr. Nic's Maths and StatsStatistics is learned by doing

Understanding comes with doing

The Big Picture

Make Technology your Friend

Lots of resources to help

- Teach me STATISTICS in half an hour! (ZStatistics)This covers all the basic concepts underlying statistics and hypothesis testing with no formulas in 30 min. An extra section on p-hacking makes it 42 min total.Discusses data types, distributions, sampling and estimation, hypothesis testing, and p-values. Not sufficient alone, but useful as a way to identify the crucial concepts and see how everything fits together. Despite the goal, the pace is not too fast with interesting examples from basketball and a good narrator.

- Statology - Sells a course, but has good short tutorials for tons of topics. For review/conceptual understanding and software.
- It’s All Greek (Stats With Cats) - Divides terms into Named Things, Created Words, and Alternative Meanings

These resources are designed to review the math needed for university-level students about to take a statistics course.

- Basic Math Refresher & Assessment for 511 (George Mason University Schar School)
- Video: What Maths are Essential when you do Statistics? ~8.5 min Research By Design
- Order of Operations, Rounding, Formulas, Summation

- Basic Math and Statistics Review for PSYC 480 (William B. King, Coastal Carolina University)
- This is old and for an advanced statistics class, but the information is useful and important. .
- See especially: Greater than and Less Than and Proportions & Percents

This is written for a general audience and covers both math and basic data skills.

- Math is Fun - Though geared younger, it is friendly and useful.
- Number Skills, including Multiplying by Zero, Signed Numbers, Square Roots and Decimals
- Using and Handling Data including Center, Variance, Percentiles / Outliers, Cumulative Tables
- And other concepts that you may need to know or could help to have familiarity with

- Last Updated: Oct 28, 2024 10:16 AM
- URL: https://infoguides.gmu.edu/quant
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