It is not uncommon to need help with a math or stats class. It is not uncommon at all. Which is in the end one element of surprise to me that schools provide not much of al well thought strategy to helps students out. In reality, instructors offer office hours, but reality no one attends (or only the same one or two students), and it defeats its purpose. It is true that students tend to feel intimidated about going to the instructor’s office hours and declare that they are lost. They have their pride, obviously. So, it turns out that students will likely feel more comfortable getting helped by their teaching assistant. But not all schools have systematic structures for T.A.’s helping students, beyond the T.A. sessions. And then, after having exhausted all the other options, they will naturally search for online statistics homework help, the same way as they will buy their stats textbook through Amazon.
Being hopeless in a class is never too comfortable. But being lost in a math class, or a class that involves numbers is even less comfortable. Don’t take me wrong, I’m not a math snob, but it turns out that if a student studies hard enough for other non-math subjects, they will eventually get a way of passing the tests by writing what the instructor wants to read. On other hand, in math courses (which includes subjects like Stats and Econ), there is fine line of needing to comprehend the concepts, as well as being able to make operational use of those concepts in order to succeed in a text. Math and Stats are different animals and require different treatment than other subjects when it comes about remediating a potential gap.
Why Is That Students Need Statistics Help?
This has been a question I ask myself all the time. Finding an answer to it would be really helpful to students who really struggle with subjects like Stats, and other Math subjects in general. I ponder about the quality of the methods we use to teach, about the quality of the assistance materials (I have never liked to much the style used by current stats textbooks), about the quality of the efficacy of the lab stats activities (or lack thereof).
Sometimes I think that the world doesn’t want to know anymore about work and struggle. People just want to go home and watch football games. Instructors and students alike. When did we lose all interest for things that are hard and take a large chunk of concerted effort to master, but at the same time can provide a full sense of satisfaction when mastered? I see many stats instructors who are totally disinterested about their classes. They act automatically, giving stats assignments, giving the stats solutions online to the questions, for students to check their work. All mechanized.
How Can we Spark the Curiosity of Our Students?
We live in a world where everything needs to be quick and painless. That is inevitable, and that is reality and we need to accept that reality. The way to attempt to spark curiosity in students, beyond the point of only being worried about finding the answers to the their statistics homework questions, is to speak their language. Can me make the learning of stats quick and painless. Well, I think that is the challenge. Because I think it is clear that the traditional alternatives have not done a great job.