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Teach myself maths and stats A level - help?!

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Random63638 Sat 27-Jun-20 09:12:00

Hello, I've recently returned to education after a 15 year hiatus to tackle a PhD that includes data analysis. There are various classes I can take at uni but I always feel I'm missing some fundamentals, and quite honestly the quality of 'teaching' is variable plus I doubt they ever came across anyone of my calibre (as in utterly useless). I never did maths a level (did intermediate paper GCSE) and I'd like to try and catch up now.

Can anyone recommend a set of books (has to be books, I cannot learn online) that has exercises, practice questions and worked answers please? Obviously i don't mind if it's current syllabus or which exam board but there needs to be a heavy statistics focus because that's the part I really need. I'm not daft so I think I can do this, it's just an unfortunate glaring hole in my education. We have a support group at uni so I can get occasional tutoring if I get stuck.

Any advice on some books to get to guide me through would be most appreciated. Bonus if they are slightly outdated and available cheaply second hand. Thanks!

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noblegiraffe Sat 27-Jun-20 15:16:36

Not sure which areas of stats you’re having issues with but these are pretty clear and cheap!

Do you want ones on pure maths too?

noblegiraffe Sat 27-Jun-20 15:18:56

The answers aren’t worked though.

BUT if you go to

And there are questions with fully worked solutions.

Selfcarequeereyestyle Sat 27-Jun-20 19:10:54

I really rate the CGP online a level books. Also TLMaths on YouTube.
Good luck!

Mumto2two Sat 27-Jun-20 23:45:54

I studied A level pure & stats in the early 80s...the only girl studying maths in a deprived inner city school. Having realised really quickly, that the supply teacher hastily provided (with very basic english!) was less mathematically knowledgable than her student, I found Bostock & Chandler to be an absolute lifesaver. Not a spoon-feed text book, but really great if you have good grounding. Good luck!

lanthanum Sun 28-Jun-20 00:19:23

If you can locate secondhand copies of the texts for the Open University's "Introducing statistics" module (M140), that might be just the ticket - doesn't assume you know anything beyond the basics, and written for distance-learners, so very thorough. There are usually sets of the materials being sold on; there are a couple of Facebook groups dedicated to reselling OU materials, or try

Random63638 Sun 28-Jun-20 01:08:30

Thanks all will.look into those suggestions. At the moment the statistics part is what is really essential for my research, so I can write convincingly and justify my methodology over and above 'its what everyone uses'. Pure maths sounds like hell on a plate but who knows, I might develop a a passion I never knew I had.

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Random63638 Sun 28-Jun-20 01:13:30

I apparently have a specific learning disorder, akin to dyslexia but not quite that. I don't believe in dyspraxic as I can do sums and understand the concept of numbers generally but that's a different test which I haven't gone through. I find paper easier to follow than a screen, something I can press my finger to. I often look at maths and my eyes literally cross.

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erinaceus Sun 28-Jun-20 08:47:23

Depending on your field and what it is that you need, to get started I like Statistics at Square One. There is a sequel, Statistics at Square Two.

Another suggestion is that some universities’ statistics departments run a consulting service for graduate students and they might be able to support you with the data analysis for your research, this is worth looking into.

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