Students who succeed in this class ordinarily:
- Complete readings and other assignments promptly
- Use the instructor’s office hours and make other appointments
- Form groups for the research project early
- Read, reread, and rereread assignments, especially statistics material
- Review the online tutorials and related material individually and in study groups
- Write multiple drafts of papers and proofread them carefully -- as Howard Becker says in Writing for Social Scientists, "the only version that counts is the last one" (1986, p. 21)
- Form study groups – meet often and talk about methodological and statistical concepts as well as the statistical calculations
- Ask colleagues to review and edit their written work; such activity is the professional norm and an important component of academic life – it is not cheating. Just be certain that all work you submit under your name is really your own
- Prepare statistics "crib sheets" with formulae, relationships, definitions, and so on
- Do all sections of all the practice exercises
- Participate in the review sessions
- Use the TA, especially for understanding the instructor’s expectations; the TA will set up regular office hours
- Use the supplementary materials on reserve at PCL, especially the model papers by students in earlier semesters and previous exams and quizzes.
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