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5.0 out of 5 stars You'll never find another stats book like this..., 19 Feb 2012
This review is from: How to Design and Report Experiments (Paperback)
The situation: I was invited for a written test on reserarch methods and statistics, for the doctorate in Clinical Psychology course at a certain uni. I was given about a weeks notice of the test and absolutely panicked when I got the offer, as I had not studied anything to do with stats or research since I left uni 3 years ago.

The solution: Initially i got out my undergraduate statistics book (statistics without maths for psychology) and a research methods book, i started reading it however, due to the sheer amount of information, I barely got into the first chapter with 4 days left until the test. I read an online review about this book and from what i'd heard, it sounded amazing. A short book, yet very comprehensive in stats and research... all in around 350 pages! As the reviews on the forum were so good, I decided to buy it on express. I got it the next day, all I can say is that it was amazing!

I read the book within 3 days and went from feeling unconfident to actually learning (not remembering as one should do with revision lol) what T-tests, confidence intervals, ANOVAs etc were. I sat the test yesterday, and I must say that if it wasn't for me cramming in the last 3 days, I would never have been able to answer the questions. This book makes it so much easier and whether you are one of the last minuters (like me) or not, it's worth every single penny. Andy Field (and Graham) are amazing teachers and how they make statistics enjoyable is a miracle. The book is unique in the way that it uses something i've never seen before - amazingly funny humour. At times I was in stitches with the jokes they used - one example of the ways to study the differences in alcohol consumption and how this would influence men/women in snogging a dog (it doesn't make sense now but trust me, once you read the book you'll understand! haha). I could engage in the book and read it more like a novel rather than a info-heavy textbook. The proceedure is explained from start to finish, in a way that is so nicely paced.

I would definately recommend this book to both undergraduates and postgraduates as it is a book I will be recommending to others.
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