College level elementary statistics is approximately equivalent to general math classes ranging from grades seven through 12. Some of the most difficult material is the equivalent of high school advanced algebra.
To do well in a college level elementary statistics course, a student should attend every lecture. Statistics is a class where it is important to understand the formulas, and where one concept builds upon those previously learned. Doing the homework is important because it reveals which concepts are still difficult to understand. Working with a tutor or study group can also help students who need extra help or who find statistics difficult to understand.