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Looking forward to a break.

I failed the first test of my college career on Thursday.  I just saw the grade yesterday on our online system.

I cried.

It’s statistics.  I thought I knew this stuff.  Apparently I’m making the same dumb mistake over and over, but I don’t know what that is, and I don’t understand what it is I’m doing wrong.  And my professor can’t help me – it’s like Algebra II all over again.

Fall Break is in less than 3 weeks.  I know it’s not healthy, but I’m going to live and work these next few weeks in anticipation of a week off from school.  The first half of the week will be spent just hanging around with area friends, and the second half of the week will be spent in another city, on a trip I’ve been planning for several months.

17 days, y’all.

6 comments to Looking forward to a break.

  • I consider myself relatively smart… I always got decent grades… I was always a whiz at math and science. But I failed/dropped Stats 3 times before I finally passed it. Don’t feel bad about it.

  • I failed my first two tests in stats, squeaked by on the third, and got to the point where I needed a 97 on the final if I was going to make a C and pass the class.

    I spent probably 40 hours in the week before finals pouring over old tests and working with my professor. I aced the final.

    Then I switched from Accounting to Computer Science, where I’d need even MORE math courses. Dunno what I was thinking.

  • Jim

    Never had Stats, but I did take 2 and a half years of advanced math for my engineering degree, calculus and matrices. I found the only way for me to get through it was to do every problem I could find over and over till I had it ingrained in me. Practice, practice practice. I figured if I couldn’t be a whiz, I could beat it into submission.

  • Kevin

    Check with your math department for a tutor. They may have free tutoring, or a list of grad students available to do it hourly. Sometimes it takes looking at a couple of different approaches to a problem to figure it out.

    I haven’t always thought that it’s better to get help early, but I’m a little smarter now than I used to be… :)

    Good Luck.

  • Jeff

    I know I took statistics and that it was very difficult. Didn’t help me any at the time that the prof was foreign and had one of those accents. I’d probably deal with that part better nowadays.

    Curious why the prof can’t help you though.

  • rickn8or

    Stevie Ray Vaughan missed a note here and there.