Survey (810 minutes)

A significant problem in learning Statistics is being able to memorize all
the information I need to know.

When solving a statistical problem, getting the right formula is the most important thing.

When I am solving a Statistics problem, I try to decide what would be a sensible answer.

Statistics is important in everyday life.

It is useful for me to do lots and lots of problems when learning Statistics.

After I study a topic in Statistics and feel that I understand it, I have difficulty solving problems on the same topic.

Knowledge in Statistics consists of many disconnected topics.

As statisticians learn more, most statistical ideas we use today are likely to be proven wrong.

When I solve a Statistics problem, I first try to find an equation that uses the variables given in the problem and plug in the values.

I find that reading the text in detail is a good way for me to learn Statistics.

When I hear a statistic reported on the TV, I accept it without question.

If I do not have the formula needed to answer
a question on an exam, there's nothing much I can do (legally!) to
figure out the solution.

I am happy using a formula even if I do not understand why it works.

I cannot learn Statistics if the teacher does not explain things well in class.

I do not expect equations to help my understanding of the ideas in Statistics;
they are just for doing calculations.

Statistics will be useful in my life outside of school.

Statistics can tell us nothing about variation in the world.

If I get stuck on a Statistics problem on my first try, I usually try to figure
out a different way that works.

Nearly everyone is capable of understanding Statistics if they work at it.

Understanding Statistics basically means being able to recall something you've read or been shown.

When solving a Statistics problem, I try to match the problem with one I've seen before.

To understand Statistics I discuss it with friends and other students.

I do not spend more than five minutes stuck on a Statistics problem before giving up or seeking help from someone else.

Probability is very important to Statistics.

If I want to apply a method used for solving one Statistics
problem to another problem, the problems must involve very similar
situations.

In doing a Statistics problem, if my calculation gives a result
very different from what I'd expect, I'd trust the calculation rather
than going back through the problem.

In Statistics, it is important for me to make sense out of formulae before I can use them correctly.

I enjoy solving Statistics problems.

When I see a formula, I try to understand how the variables are arranged and connected.

Computers make solving most statistical problems easy.

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It is important for the government to approve new statistical theories before they can be widely accepted.

Surveys and opinion polls are the most important applications of Statistics.

Learning Statistics changes my ideas about how the world works.

To learn Statistics, I only need to memorize how to solve sample problems.

Reasoning skills used to understand Statistics can be helpful to me in my everyday life.

In learning Statistics, I usually memorize methods rather than make sense of the underlying concepts.

Spending a lot of time understanding where mathematical formulae come from is a waste of time.

I find carefully analyzing only a few problems in detail is a good way for me to learn Statistics.

I can usually figure out a way to solve Statistics problems.

Modelling variation in the world is an important part of Statistics.

There are times I solve a Statistics problem more than one way to help my understanding.

To understand Statistics, I sometimes think about my personal experiences and relate them to the topic being analyzed.

Thinking about how things vary is important in learning Statistics.

It is possible to explain statistical ideas without mathematical formulae.

When I solve a Statistics problem, I explicitly think about which Statistics ideas apply to the problem.

If I get stuck on a Statistics problem, there is no chance I'll figure it out on my own.

Spending a lot of time understanding why a method works is a waste of time.

When studying Statistics, I relate the important information to
what I already know rather than just memorizing it the way it is
presented.

When I'm solving Statistics problems, I often don't really understand what I am doing.
During this Term, my interest in Statistics:
not answered
increased
decreased
stayed about the same
Why?
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