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College Statistics: Not for the Faint of Heart

I. Hate. Statistics.

So much.

Lately, I’ve felt like my brain is utterly fried- doing 12 hours of statistics at a time. Some of the problems are 4 and 5 parts long and take nearly an hour- per problem. This class is harder than Algebra I & II and College Algebra combined. After a while, you feel like a rat’s chewing your brain out and rational thoughts cease to exist.

For example, after taking 23 pages of Statistic notes yesterday (z-scores, normal distributions, random variables and so on), I tried to sleep. My youngest daughter is staying with us for a bit, so Josh and I are piled up on the couch- his feet all twisted up on my lap. Rather than trying to continue to sleep, I decided to do some surfing around online. Where did I end up? Right back at my Statistics home site, doing miscellaneous problems- FOR FUN – at 5:00 a.m.

Pure madness. I think it’s winning.

Worst. Class. Ever. <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<———-

10 responses

  1. omg….

    October 15, 2015 at 1:35 am

  2. Claude

    October 15, 2015 at 9:38 am

  3. Oh, my, statistics! 0_0
    I am one of those people who are genius at one segment of mathematics but totally suck at another one… like statistic…. and even worse, my arch nemesis: combinatoric (if thats what u even call it on English… ) Just goes to show how awesome you are!

    October 17, 2015 at 3:27 pm

    • Wow; I’ve actually never heard of combinatorics. I Googled it and it looks like it’s a branch of Finite math. I’m so clueless in that area. This Statistics class is no joke though! I keep telling myself there’s only 8 weeks to go, and everything else is downhill. If I do well on my final, I’ll pass the class. If not, I’ll be sentenced to Statistics hell for an academic eternity- ha. (There’s no place like home! There’s no place like home!) 😉

      October 17, 2015 at 3:40 pm

  4. yvo

    Wow. This sounds brutal. I wouldn’t have a snowball’s chance. Greek doesn’t even begin to describe this and I suck at math of any kind. B, you are without a doubt one of the sharpest, most capable, nimble minded persons I know. If anyone can do this – you can. It does sound like an extreme learning curve, but I am guessing here as I am reading and responding several days later, that you have already made progress. Oh man I feel for you. Saying a prayer for a balm on your brain circuitry and new brilliant pathways to open up. Don’t forget to breathe . . . does wonders to shift brain/body chemistry. xx

    October 19, 2015 at 10:38 pm

    • It’s beyond brutal, but you know…it would’ve been doable had my professor not have screwed his material/syllabus all up. He listed that chapters 1-4 would be on the midterm, but on the actual midterm, all of chapter 5 was included as well. I couldn’t believe it! You simply can’t do that to your students, you know? After I called him out on it (nicely)- he stopped communicating with me altogether- strike two! And then, he threw away 50% of our 4 part midterm, without letting us know beforehand that he was going to do that, and failed to allow us to see our scores for the first two parts altogether.

      Um…strike 3. Needless to say, I’ve dropped his course and am filing an appeal. AWFUL.

      I’ll feel better after all of this has blown over. Thanks for your sagely suport! As always. 😉 xo

      October 22, 2015 at 3:43 pm

  5. I feel for you! I like to be fair and discriminate against all forms of math equally. It was all kind of like hell for me! But, I know you will pass it with flying colors, because you always do!!

    October 21, 2015 at 2:16 pm

    • Not this time! I dropped his course like a bad boyfriend and haven’t looked back since. I found a boatload of inaccuracies in his syllabus about our midterm material, etc. which caused my grade to go from a straight A to an D. NOT COOL. (Time to file an appeal.)

      October 22, 2015 at 4:30 pm


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