One of the best things you can do as a student of statistics is to practice applying what you know to new questions. Test yourself to find out what you understand well and identify what you still need to work on. Thus, we designed this online (mobile-friendly) study guide to accompany the 12th edition of the textbook Exploring Statistics: Tales of Distributions by Chris Spatz as a way to complement what you are learning in your class and in the textbook and provide you with even more practice questions.
The three new study guide authors – Lindsay Kennedy, Jennifer Peszka, and Leslie Zorwick – have 38 combined years of experience teaching undergraduate statistics using this textbook and we have focused extra attention on the topics we find come up over and over again with our students. We think this will help you learn the material more easily.
Each chapter of the study guide has a short chapter summary you are meant to read after you have read the textbook chapter. The summary will review the highlights of the chapter, pointing to the most important ideas. We hope this will be a nice review of the chapter material.
Next, you'll find a series of multiple choice questions, short answer questions, and problems. These questions are a great way to test where you are currently in your studying. Do you have a lot of work to do or are you able to answer most of these correctly?
To get the most out of this study guide, we encourage you to answer a question fully before checking your work by pressing the orange Answer button Answer.
One thing we think makes this study guide really special is that, in addition to problems and answers, we have also provided extra explanations for some concepts and problems, with an eye for the places where a little extra guidance would be the most helpful for student learning. So, many questions will also have a blue button that says Explanation Explanation.
Pressing this button will give you an explanation of the answer (including calculations) and will, in many cases, identify the part of the problem that is most challenging. We hope that the addition of these explanations will make it feel like you have one of us available at the press of a button while you're studying to help explain things you might be having trouble with.
We love teaching statistics and hope that this study guide will enhance your learning and enjoyment as we make this journey through Exploring Statistics together.