10th International
Conference on
Teaching Statistics
8 – 13 July 2018
Kyoto, Japan
Contributed paper list

Contributed Paper C144


Student Performance in First Year Tertiary Study


Kenichi Furushima (New Zealand)
Rachel Passmore (New Zealand)
Mike Forster (New Zealand)


Kenichi Furushima (New Zealand)


Students often commence university study without preparation for subjects like Mathematics and Statistics required for their chosen major. We began by investigating performance in the first year general mathematics course, using data on student’s performance in subjects and areas within subjects at secondary school. The results were fascinating. The modelling approach, logistic regression was then applied to first year statistics classes. Statistics was more challenging since students had more diverse backgrounds; some had little background in Statistics but decent Mathematics, others had a significant Statistics background but little Mathematics, and some had neither. We could assess both those who had and who had not been exposed to statistics. Both studies have been illuminating. We are now applying the model in a general course in Physics.