‘18.05: Introduction to Probability and Statistics’

Table of contents

  1. Course Info
  2. Realistic Prerequisites
  3. Subject Matter
  4. Course Staff
  5. Lectures
  6. Problem Sets
  7. Exams
  8. Resources
  9. Grading
  10. Advice to Future Students

Course Info

Class Size 51
Hours/Week 11.2 (18 responses)
Instructors Jennifer Kamrin
Overall Rating 6.3/7.0

Realistic Prerequisites

  • Students recommended knowing calculus, probability, and some programming.

Subject Matter

  • The course was found to be applied, and was full of real-world examples.

Course Staff

  • The course staff were approachable, engaging, and understanding.


  • Students found the lectures well-paced.
  • Students learned through MITx, table and board problems, and the problem sets.

Problem Sets

  • Students described the problem sets as fun and a reasonable length.
  • Lectures prepared the students for the problem sets.


  • Exams were reasonable.
  • Students recommended doing the practice exams to prepare for the exams.


  • Students found the MITx readings helpful.


  • Students felt that grading was fair and transparent.

Advice to Future Students

  1. “Do lecture reading and questions in advance and do practice in class.”
  2. “Try and keep a running list of the most important equations, theorems, etc. to reference.”