This 5-Star Analysis Tutorial* is meant to introduce you to basic ways of data processing and inspection. It does not assume a background in astrophysics, statistics or anything similar. However, all good researchers need to understand what their data actually mean. So if you have never made a variable star estimate before, we strongly recommend first reading our 10-Star Observing Tutorial . That will give you an idea of where these data come from and what it means to actually observe a variable star.
Click here to download the 5-Star Analysis Tutorial  (4MB PDF)
The tutorial links to a few online tools and web sites. For your convenience, below is a list of some of the links.
* The tutorial was originally written for the AAVSO's Citizen Sky  project and is written from that perspective, but everything in it is applicable to the AAVSO.