Tuesday, January 8, 2008

Wasn't That Bad

I went to the Statistics class and it wasn't that bad for the first night. We got out early, which is good due to it being a four-hour class from 6:00pm - 10:00pm. The professor is from Ethiopia, very soft-spoken and is only interested in the students understanding and being proficient. It seems like he will be quite good. He has a Ph.D. in Statistics and another Ph.D. in Macrobiotics. All I can say is "WOW!".

I am tired now and going to bed. It's already Tuesday and I haven't slept yet!

Good night!


John Finn said...

I had to drop and retake statistics in college, and the professor makes a major difference.

The first time, the prof was a theoretical mathemetician who was really into the computational side of things. I didn't get it at all, and it was pretty clear I was going to flunk, so I dropped.

The second time, the prof was fromthe business department, and his approach was totally different: he explained what the statistics meant - why you were doing the calculations, how to interpret the results in some meaningful way. It really clicked for me, and I aced the course (though I still suck at math).

Hope this guy is of the latter species.

Oswegan said...

Four hour classes are tough. Enough to put anyone to sleep.


Linda and her Twaddle said...

Four hours at work makes me tire. Four hours of anything after that I would be fast asleep. There is a limit to my think power.

John Finn said...

You ask: "Do you ever use the knowledge gained from the course in everyday life?"

My answer: I don't use the knowledge I gained in *any* college course in everyday life.

I would say that knowing statistics has helped me to understand the way politicians, corporations, scientists, and others cheat and deceive people with numerical "proof" - so in that way, it's a tad more useful than some/much of the other subjects I studied.

On the math ... you can use Excel to perform the calculations - the important thing (to my second prof, and to their practical application) is knowing what they mean.

Daisy said...

all I can say is WOW too. :D hope you kinda enjoy it though the subject isn't your favorite one!

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