Help! I have to do a statistics course!

Whether the idea thrills you or chills you, data and its analysis are central components of all sciences. Data is the main story in any piece of research, and as such most disciplines expect you to learn how to analyse, interpret and communicate this vital information. This can come as a shock to some people, especially those entering into “social sciences.” Fear not! After seven years of tutoring and lecturing in statistics for psychology, I have analysed a sample of over 1000 new statistics students and the results are in. Here are 10 tips to give you a leg up in any mandatory statistics-for-sciences course you have to undertake.


Meet Susan Rapley, a behavioural neuroscientist and science communicator, passionate about sharing knowledge!

Susan has recently finished her PhD work at the University of Canterbury (NZ) where she studied a novel signalling system in the brain and how it is affected during memory loss. Susan earned her BSc and Honours degrees in Psychology before completing a Master’s in behavioural neuroscience, all of which has turned her into more biologist than a psychologist. She is currently between jobs and waiting to defend her Ph.D., but intends to work in Science Communication and combine her passions for teaching, data, and teaching about data.