I have been a tutor for years, and things have change a lot: incredible technological and connectivity advances that would have been beyond belief if they would have told me about them 15 years ago. But there are some things that never change: Students get easily lost in their Stats classes.
Time and again. No matter how many gigs of bandwidth they have at the library, majority of them will end up needing help with their Stats.
Things have gotten better in recent years, where students have access to online platforms that allow them to practice over and over, if they are so inclined, until the concepts are learned. Though, in spite of the advent of these computerized aids, students will always be needing that something extra.
The advantage for me as a tutor is that most students are now aware that they can get help with statistics homework online with Stats tutor like me: all we need to have is a good internet connection (which is ubiquitous nowadays) and some technological gadgets, such as scree sharing platforms.
Why Office Hours and the T.A. are Not Enough
Ultimately, students may feel embarrassed to ask questions during the office hours because that may be a dead giveaway that they are lost. Indeed, students have told me that is one of the most powerful reasons why they don’t recourse to their instructors or T.A.’s for help. They feel that they questions they may ask may make them look dumb, which is something no one wants.
Stats have a lots of subtleties in it, and it could be daunting to crunch the numbers (sometimes lots of numbers) if one does not have a clear road map. With a road map, even your Stats homework can be fun, when you know what you’re doing. But reality is that lots of students get lots at the beginning of the class and often times feel ashamed to be in need of looking for help.
External Help Gives you a Confidence Boost
My students tell me that they feel more confident to ask ANY kind of questions to their Stats tutor, regardless if the question may feel silly. Being able to have the freedom to even repeat over and over the same question, until the tutor finds an angle to presents the ideas, an angle that finally makes “click” in the brain of the student, and changes the outlook dramatically.
It is a relief to many that they can find tutors on the internet that can help them with their statistics homework online, without commuting, in their own homes, with the confidence that they can reinforce even the most basic concepts, even the most simple ones, without feeling any kind of embarrassment of thinking “Damn, I should understand this already”.
That is what your tutor can do for you. We all have our own pace, we don’t need to compete with anyone else other than ourselves. Give yourself the chance to learn in style, your own style.