There are usually three complementary methods for mastering any new intellectual or artistic task; these are, in ascending order of importance:
- reading books about it
- observing how other people do it
- actually doing it oneself
This tutorial focuses on the second of these methods. It is based on handouts that I developed when teaching first-year psychology students at Magdalen College, Oxford. The core of the tutorial is a worked example from an Oxford University Prelims Statistics examination paper. I have therefore placed this section in prime position; however, in teaching the order of events was different, and more nearly corresponded to the three-fold hierarchy of methods given above:
- The student was invited to read one of the chapters on the Recommended Reading list, given in Section 5. He or she would also have been expected to attend a lecture on the topic in question at the Department of Experimental Psychology.
- The student would attend a tutorial, in which we would go through the worked example shown here. He or she would take away the handouts shown in Sections 3 and 4, which were designed to give structure to the topic and help them when doing an example on their own.
- They would be given another previous examination question to take away and do in their own time, which would be handed in later for marking.
I am strongly in favour of detailed worked examples; following one is the next best thing to attempting a question oneself.
Mccreery, Charles. “Charles McCreery." celiagreen.com. 4 Apr. 2008 <www.celiagreen.com/charlesmccreery/statistics/chisquare.pdf>
First-year Statistics for Psychology Students Through Worked Examples
1. The Chi-square test (PDF)
Oxford Forum, Psychological Paper No. 2007-1.
2. Probability and Bayes’ Theorem (PDF)
Oxford Forum, Psychological Paper No. 2007-2.
3. Analysis of Variance (PDF)
Oxford Forum, Psychological Paper No. 2007-3.
Tutorials devised for first-year psychology students at Oxford University.