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Preparation at the beginning of the semester

Multiple identical sessions of an hour-long preparation workshop on basic maths and calculator skills needed for Stats 101/101G/108 are held at the beginning of the semester. See below for more information about this [BM] class.

Also available below are some useful resources for Stats 101/101G/108 students who didn't get full marks on their diagnostic quiz (due at 2pm on Tuesday 12 March 2019). Click on the [DQ] tab if you are interested in brushing up on your skills.

Note that workshops in italics have already been held this semester.

Basic maths and calculator skills for Statistics

No registration required - just turn up!

Multiple identical sessions will be held this semester as follows:

  • Session 1: Thursday 21 March 2019, 1-2pm, Room 303-B07
  • Session 2: Monday 25 March 2019, 1-2pm, Room 303-B07
  • Session 3: Monday 1 April 2019, 3-4pm, Room 303-B07
  • Session 4: Monday 8 April 2019, 1-2pm, Room 303-B07

Room 303-B07 is on the basement floor of the Science Centre, Building 303. The easiest access is from Princes St.

What's this workshop all about? 

This one-hour workshop held at the beginning of the semester aims to get students off to a good start by covering basic maths and calculator skills for Statistics. These skills will be very useful in future Stats 101/101G/108 workshops.

Please bring your calculator!

Topics covered include:

  • common maths symbols used in Statistics.
  • basic maths calculations and calculator skills for Statistics including:
    • working with fractions, decimals & percentages;
    • order of operations and using invisible brackets;
    • putting numbers into formulae; and
    • applying the plus/minus sign (±).

Hand-out   [open in new window|view inline]

Scanned slides   [open in new window|view inline]

Diagnostic Quiz for Stats 101/101G/108 students

In Semester One 2019, the first Stats 101/101G/108 assessment is an online Diagnostic Quiz on basic maths and calculator skills needed for stats. It is due by 2pm on Tuesday 12 March 2019. There are 11 one-mark questions. You need a calculator to do the quiz.

If you had issues with any of the quiz questions, here are some useful resources to help you gain these important skills needed for Stats 101/101G/108:

  • This first resource is a document of explanatory notes, examples, and practice exercises. It is arranged by question number from the Diagnostic Quiz – use the Contents page to identify the useful parts for you based on which Diagnostic Quiz question/s you had trouble with:

Diagnostic Quiz: practice examples and notes   [open in new window|view inline]

Note that the numerical answers to the questions are available on pages 21 to 23.


  • If the answers aren't quite enough for you to work out any of the problems, this second resource shows you selected workings for some of the problems – make sure you have a go yourself before looking at this though!

Diagnostic Quiz: extra notes and workings   [open in new window|view inline]

Leila Boyle holds multiple identical sessions of an hour-long workshop at the beginning of the semester which you may find useful to attend – just click through to the BM tab to find the dates and times of these sessions as well as the workshop handout and scanned slides.

If you are still having trouble with this material, you may benefit from some help with Leila. You could make an appointment for yourself (and/or your study group) using this online booking tool. 

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