Well I certainly have been MIA these past few days… but no worries, I am back in action!
Friday I went from being an athlete of running a long-run of 20 miles (holla, longest distance eva!) to being a mathlete. I pretty much had my head in the books for the entire weekend. Not even kidding.
My biostatistics course is nearing the end of the semester, and there’s no chance of things slowing down! The test I had due this morning was one of the most intense I have ever taken, but I feel like I did pretty well!
After spending ample time bonding with my TI-83 calculator over the weekend, I feel like I am fluent in a whole new language full p-values, z-statistics, sampling distributions, density curves, distribution tables (normal standard, t-distributions), probabilities and all of the crazy rules, standard deviation, the 68-95-99.7 rule, 1.5x IQR rule, xbar, variance, outliers, the law of large numbers, inference, sample mean vs. population mean, dbar, discrete random variables, continuous random variables, margin of error, standard error, degrees of freedom, significance tests (one- and two- sample z tests, one-and two- sample t tests, matched pairs test), confidence intervals, sample size logistics, study designs (SRS, multistage, stratified), null hypothesis, alternative hypothesis (one or two sided hypotheses) …oh, and of course the beloved Greek symbols (mu, sigma, alpha).
So yes, interpreting all of that stuff took a lot of hardcore studying, but I feel like I was able to gain a pretty good understanding of it all. To say this was a beast of a test is putting it lightly… the Word document I turned in with all of my answers ended up being 21 pages long. That’s right… 21 pages of hardcore statistical analysis. I think I would pull my hair out if I had to grade that thing. And the fact that there are about 55 students in the class… ugh, gross. Grading all of those babies does not sound like fun to me. I think my eyes would cross over.
Anyway, here’s to hoping all of my hard work pays off!
Have any of you had to study extra heard and focus in a college/graduate level course because the material does not come naturally? I am totally not a math person, so this class is definitely a challenge for me! A welcomed challenge, though, because I am learning a TON of new stuff!
Do any of y’all ever feel like you have so much on your plate that you have to drop other things in order to get the important things done, and done well? That’s pretty much what happened this weekend… I had to majorly prioritize, and running my 20 mile long run and completing this test were at the top of the list! And I must say, I feel very accomplished knowing that I gave them my all and they both went well