Archive for the ‘Lessons and Seminars’ Category

Statistics: On Z-Tests and Sampling Distributions

As promised, this week Kyle T. presents the first of several foundational mathematical tests, used in statistics to compare populations and samples. This week’s test is the z-test and is the most basic analysis conductible in descriptive statistics. For those standardized-test takers of you out there, this test parallels the analyses that the testing companies conduct in order to calculate your scaled scores from your raw scores.

Next week: t-Tests!

-The Veritas Team

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By admin | Tuesday, March 29th, 2011 | No Comments »

Statistics: On Comprehending the Null Hypothesis

When last week Kyle presented Null-Hypothesis Statistical Testing, he emphasized that it’s essentially the basis of testing and analysis in the social sciences. With import like that, the null hypothesis itself certainly calls for clear explication; so, this week, in our excerpt from his seminar on foundational statistics, our tutor Kyle T. takes a closer look at the null hypothesis and, specifically, how exactly it operates as a standard in research.

Next week he’ll build on this conceptual understanding of the logic of testing by introducing the first of the actual mathematical tests conductible in social-scientific research.

Stay tuned, students!

The Veritas Team

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By admin | Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011 | No Comments »

Statistics: On Null-Hypothesis Statistical Testing

This week, Kyle T. expands the foundation of Statistics that he began laying down in his previous video; having established the background of the normal distribution and the purpose of inferential statistics, he today explains the fundamental test in social-scientific research: the null-hypothesis test.

Happy Daylight Savings, all!

The Veritas Team

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By admin | Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 | No Comments »

Statistics: On Measurement, the Normal Distribution, and the Two Types of Statistics

Greetings, stats. and social-sciences students!

We here at the blog apologize for missing our weekly installment last week, but hope to make it up to you this week with not just one but two substantial new videos from Kyle T.’s seminar! In these videos, Kyle discusses the various types of measurement and statistics that can be taken and performed, to describe and analyze data. He also explains the useful abstraction that is the Normal Distribution, a concept (as he equates) as fundamental to statistics as the concept of the circle is to geometry. Exciting stuff!

Next week: Null-Hypothesis Statistical Testing, the backbone of practically all social-scientific research-analyses. Stay tuned!

Yours,

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By admin | Tuesday, March 8th, 2011 | No Comments »

Statistics: Introduction & Overview

Welcome, aspiring statisticians and social scientists! The Veritas Blog is happy to premiere its new series, geared entirely to you.

Tutor Kyle T., whom some of you may remember from our returning series on the GRE, today gives us all a brief overview of what this series will cover and how it will cover it. In short, this series will be a comprehensive and direct presentation of what statistics are and how and why they are used in the social sciences; thus, it is designed so that you may take from it a basic, working understanding of statistical tests and descriptors that you will then be able to apply to either generating your own research or considering and comprehending others’.

We hope that you’re as excited as we are! Stay tuned; next week we’ll dive right into the content.

Yours,

The Veritas Team

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By admin | Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Admissions: 11th Grade

In our fifth installment into our College-Admissions series, Veritas co-founders Andrew M.and Jay B. discuss the important Junior Year, when most high-school students take their SATs, prepare for their college-applications, and make their college-visits.  For these students, it’s the “make or break” year, as Andrew says; and together with Jay, he explains how students can make the opportunity an accomplishment and the beginning of the core college-application process a smooth success.

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By admin | Tuesday, February 1st, 2011 | No Comments »

Admissions: 9th and 10th Grades

In our fourth installment into our College-Admissions series, Veritas co-founders Andrew M. and Jay B. discuss how to make the most of those former two years of high school, when students really begin composing those narratives that will take them through their college-applicant processes and into colleges themselves.

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By admin | Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 | No Comments »

Admissions: Your Application

Putting themselves into the mindset of a college-admissions officer, Andrew M. and Jay B. explore the various aspects of the college-application and how best you as a college-applicant can excel in each one of them.

“Discover what you love to do and strive to be excellent at it.”

Warmly yours,

The Veritas Team

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By admin | Tuesday, January 18th, 2011 | No Comments »

Admissions: Your Admissions Officer

This week, Veritas co-founders Andrew M. and Jay B. address the daunting task of college-admissions officer, who commonly has to read over 1700 applications each admissions season, and the equally challenging task of the college-applicant, who has to stand out from his or her peers in that deep pool of applicants. “Holy admissions headache!” Luckily, the two speakers are there to help you be ahead of the curve and present a holistic, thoughtful, and dynamic self to the admissions office.

Next week: The Application and Its Details.

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By admin | Tuesday, January 11th, 2011 | 1 Comment »

Admissions: The College-Applicant’s Context

Welcome back, blog-readers! We hope that you all had wonderful breaks and happy New Year’s.

Starting off 2011, the Veritas Blog is proud to inaugurate a new series, seguëïng from the Graduate Record Exam (whose series will return in the future) onto the College Admissions Process! In this first video in the series, Veritas co-founders Andrew M. and Jay B. introduce themselves, their work, and the current college-applicant’s context in one of Veritas’ popular and free local seminars. Speaking under the title “How to Get into (Your) Harvard,” the two emphasize that “there are schools out there for everyone” and that, by “discover[ing] what you love to do and striv[ing] to be excellent at it,” you’ll not only get into a college that’s right for you but also “live a fulfilled and successful life.” In short, Jay and Andrew speak to help you discover the passions that you’d like to cultivate going forward and, in posts still to come, will elaborate on how best you as a high-school student can do so.

Stay tuned, blog-readers! There’s a lot more in store for 2011.

Warmly yours,

The Veritas Team

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By admin | Tuesday, January 4th, 2011 | 4 Comments »
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