One of the criticisms that students who are not fond of math often level at the discipline is that it bears little relevance to the real world. “When am I ever going to have to use this?” is a question that every math teacher or tutor has had to answer at some point. While any type of math has its uses, statistics is one of the most practical, and anyone who studies it will quickly see how relevant it is to a whole host of studies.

Simply put, statistics is the study of large collections of numbers – their characteristics and behavior. It allows us not just to find the average of a group of numbers, but also how much they deviate from that average, and even how confident we can be that any particular result isn’t simply due to chance. All students of the sciences, especially budding psychologists, can expect to study this subject at some point in their educations. Fortunately, it is one of the most easily accessible and interesting topics within the world of math.

Every dedicated sports fan already has a wealth of stats memorized about his favorite players – but it’s worth more than that. The scientific research that has built most if not all of the progress that defines the modern world relies entirely on the principles of this study to determine further avenues for research and prove what works and what doesn’t. Medicine, especially, relies on this field, and there are even special branches – biostatistics and epidemiology – that focus on the convergence of the two fields. An astute student can gain real advantages in their day-to-day life, avoiding common fallacies and misconceptions that people have about the way numbers and chance behave, such as the “gambler’s fallacy,” which suggests that after a coin landing heads-up ten times, it is “due” for a tails. So if you’re interested in learning more about the field, if you’re struggling in a required class, or simply need a bit of brushing up, contact Ascent Tutors today . We’ll put you in touch with a talented statistics tutor who can get you up to speed in no time.