You are not alone. Lots of people need help with stats but they don’t find what they are looking for. That is usually the case because you are probably looking at the wrong place. Let me give you an example that may be a bit exaggerated, but it will make my point across: So you’re lost in your stats class and you need help. So you go to the library and start working around down the halls and aisles, asking random people, “do you want to be my stats study partner?”
After 3 hours of trying to find someone, you give up as nobody responded to you call to become your stats partner. That would be silly, right? But that is what some people are doing: they need help on their statistics homework, but they are looking for down the aisles in the library for the solution. They don’t find anyone and they call it quits.
Looking for something in the wrong place can be discouraging but some people do not know better. There are some clear options to get what you need: Go talk to your instructor and see if he/she can help. Or go talk to your teaching assistant or discussion leader, see if anything can be done. Did not work? How about hiring a local stats tutor to help you? Did not work? How about getting an online service? The options are there, all you need to do is to get around your head that u need to try them all, until you find something that suits you.
Your Instructor Could Be Your Key
Can you instructor help you out of the bind? That would be logical option, but there is a problem: students do not open up with their instructors, and they just nod as they explain stuff, no matter if they are understanding or not (usually they are not understanding). So that is too bad, because the instructor should be the mediator to get this problem solved: suggest you resources, books, etc. Then when you need help with your statistics assignment, the one person that can help is the person you will instinctively won’t listen to. That is how it works?
Is your discussion leader more likely to help? It could be. Students will tend to open up with them a bit more, but it depends. I have seen students that would not do anything without asking their T.A., from what chapters from the book will be covered in quiz, to whether or not she can put out a handout for the test, to asking tips on how to do their homework. But majority of students do not feel totally confident telling their T.A.’s that they are not understanding the material. Too bad because after the instructor, the T.A. is the second best option.
Now if you ask me, I think it is instinctively smart to not to feel comfortable admitting that you are lost in front of the T.A. or the instructor, after all those two people will be grading your papers, so why would you let them know that your lost? Let them find that out by themselves. That is smart if you ask me.