Doing a master’s degree is great and I love learning new things. Maybe because I retain knowledge relatively easily. However, statistics has been the most difficult subject I have ever encountered – since high school. Hell, I thought I had eliminated all Math based subjects when I left the juvenile nightmare that my high school career. I am artistically inclined, always have been. My bachelor’s degree went swimmingly in the faculty of humanities and I only dabbled in the social sciences to earn my psychology minor.
Now that I have undertaken a master’s degree in Human Resource Development I have had to face the beast that I have successfully avoided for many years now (nope not telling how many years it’s been since high school – I can’t do math, but I’m sure others can). My frustrations stem from the fact that I’m never sure when the rules of math apply or don’t apply; when the negative numbers must be honored or when it is doesn’t matter. Oh and the symbols – for crying out loud seriously. Squiggly sign after squiggly sign – I spent 3 classes writing a big lop-sided M instead of µ because of my lecturer’s none existent drawing/writing skills. This should illustrate just how bad my ignorance is. I am frustrated and quite frankly unfamiliar with feeling like a complete idiot in class. I will admit – I am considered something of a “know-it-all” and I am usually well-informed.
I even managed with the help of my amazing study group to conquer my first ever statistics course last semester but now that I have to do more advanced statistics; I’ve realized just how lacking my knowledge base is – I retained almost nothing nor have I transferred anything I learned in my first class. It is beyond frustrating.
Don’t even get me started on how hard it is for me to read text books on statistics; it’s written in a bloody foreign language for God’s sake and I only speak English and Jamaican Patois.
Sigh – enough bitching; time to hit YouTube for instructional videos. If anyone can suggest any particularly helpful videos, please post the links as a comment, especially on probability, seriously it would be a great help.