Why is statistics so difficult

How much math and English do you need?

Students ask:

How much English and math do you really need to study psychology? And what additional requirements do you need?

Andrea, graduate of the TU Chemnitz:

It depends a little on what you want to achieve with your studies. For an academic career and the required grades, you should already have a good command of English. Above all, many English texts have to be read and understood during the course. English seminars or lectures are rather rare. With a lot of diligence, however, even poor knowledge of English can be compensated for. The same applies to math. Without diligence, no gain. Statistics play a major role in studies. Good math skills and a general understanding of logical numbers and formulas are very helpful, but they can also be compensated for through diligence and collaborative learning.

Melanie, student at the University of Bamberg:

English and math are important for the degree, as most psychological texts / publications are in English. Some of the math from school is needed in statistics and diagnostics. However, you don't have to have had an advanced math course to do this. Basically everything is explained once and even if you have never heard of a certain formula or the like, you can pass these courses very well if you read yourself and make an effort. I can basically name diligence as further qualifications. In the psychology course you have to learn a lot by heart and that takes time.

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Maria, student at Jena University:

It's not that much English and math. You can read and familiarize yourself particularly well with the English language, as you have to read a lot of texts in the course of your studies. Of course you should already have a good basic understanding of the language, but you don't have to know every word in advance to understand the texts. Math is less about specific previous knowledge than about understanding logical relationships and understanding the content taught in the field of statistics. Here, too, only a reasonably good basic knowledge is necessary. But it helps a lot if you can understand mathematical relationships and, in the best case, would like to deal with the content presented in statistics. Because especially in the first semesters there are many courses in this area and a lot that you should work on at home.

Sarah, student at the University of Mannheim:

Since I study in Mannheim, where the focus is on methods, the first semesters were very statistical-heavy. Of course it was exhausting and hard, but we also learned the basics that others may never hear about in their studies. In general, I would say that you should be fit in maths, but statistics and quantitative methods are something else. English, on the other hand, is essential for survival. All research literature is in English, the specialist vocabulary will be acquired over time. But you should definitely have fun reading in English. Other prerequisites are a burning interest in the human psyche, perseverance and organizational talent.

Victoriya, student at TU Dortmund University:

Statistics is important in studying psychology because you also work empirically. So you have to collect and evaluate data yourself and unfortunately there is no getting around statistics. However, all of this is taught in the study. English is also very important because most of the specialist literature is in English.

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