No More Netflix for Today: It is Homework Time

Modern life has brought countless forms of distractions and entertainment. Don’t get me wrong, most of them are really positive and have become parts of our daily lives. But there is no denying that a human being is nowadays face more distractions than even in history.

The average person is exposed to something like 1000 commercial messages (ads) per day. The options for entertainment are varied and many of them of great quality and affordable. There is not denying our students don’t have time for the coursework.

Homework help with Stats

My Stats students will always complain that they don’t have enough time, that the assignments are too long, and then you may see them trying to find homework help for their Stats coursework in internet forums or with classmates who will unlikely be able to help.

And all that because they are distracted, because they are thinking about the release of the new season of their favorite series in Netflix or Hulu. Priorities are not always put in the right place.

The Magic of Office Hours

Only few students show up for the office hours. There is this kind of reluctance to ask the instructor about legitimate doubts the students have, but they may feel a bit ashamed to ask, because they deem them to be too basic.

Indeed, the magic is in the basics, in the core, in the understanding of the basic descriptive statistics, in the why we do things. And also, the magic is in the office hours. If students attended to their office hours regularly, a different story would be told. But they are distracted.

Your best sources of Stats help are your instructor and your T.A., and your weaponry are the Math Center and the office hours. Pure magic there. But students require commitment, dedication and tenacity, but that requires concentration, an asset that is a bit scarce nowadays.

Less Orthodox Resources that Can Still Work

I take for granted that majority of students don’t feel comfortable asking too many questions to their instructors, and they will try to find other sources of homework help for statistics, such as private tutors or specialized internet sites. Those options could be valid. In all truth, my ego does not feel hurt if students look for other ways of getting help, that does not include me. Instructors are the villains in this movie. Personally my final goal is for students to learn, so more power to them.

Ultimately, I wish that the educational structures were more flexible so that the T.A. would take a more active role at assisting students with the needs, especially with hard homework questions where students will likely be lost and it would be critical to guide them appropriately.

But again, they will likely not use the traditional sources of help (instructor, T.A., etc) because they do not feel totally comfortable. We need to work hard to get our students comfortable with the resources they have around. Let’s make technology a crucial that yields some other great educational platforms, beyond Netflix and Hulu.

How To Know What Statistics Homework Help Services Are Legit?

One of my roles of being a Stats tutor is to guide students to supplementary resources to their learning processes. Many students with which I meet and work frequently in person also use other resources to complement their learning process, including some online stats tutoring services.

And usually they ask me to give them recommendations. There is no conflict of interest there: I think that presential tutors and online services are not in competition, on the contrary, they are a great complement to each other.

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Many educational theories point out the value of multiple stimuli to target certain learning objectives. That’s why I’m convinced that traditional tutoring systems and online tutoring systems can be great partners.

Consequently, I enthusiastically respond to my students when they want me to refer them to good and reliable online stats services, based on the information I have in handy and comments and referrals that have heard first hand.

The Golden Rule: Trust

You need to work with someone you trust in. Such trust may be easier to build when you have a person in front of you. With online tutors, the levels of empathy may be lower, at least at the beginning.

So, therefore, trust may be harder to build up. But not impossible, by any means. As you start working with your “virtual tutor”, you can immediately get a feel if things are going well. Is the tutor thorough in her answers, is she knowledgeable, is she accurate? If the answer to those questions is yes, then your quickly on your way to building rapport and building a required degree of trust.

On the other hand, empathy is not all students are looking for. Some people may just care about getting accurate and complete answers to their stats questions, regardless if the tutor builds rapport or not.

That usually happens with some services that are based overseas, where the tutors are not totally fluent in English, but yet they have excellent technical skills. You have to see if that is your cup of tea.

Safety Above All

One of the main concerns I hear is that students are scared to pay online with their credit cards. I would say that nowadays that is not much of a problem, since majority of the reputed online stats services do have secure payment systems, either based on Paypal, Stripe or some other new payment processors, that guarantee a smooth experience.

You have to use your common sense, make sure that the site has a SSL (https) connection, among some other basic things.

I don’t like to name specific stats help services, because they are many. Places like Tutors and StatsHelp are great places to start, with great reviews, but there are other options as well. Ultimately, you will need to work with someone who has expertise in the subject, who understand what you need, who will deliver on time and who will help you meet your objectives.

And, you should not be afraid to try a service, because if it does not work the way you wanted, you can always try another. Rinse and repeat if needed, and you are guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. Best of luck with your search!