Learn the tidyverse

book cover for R for Data Science

R for data science

The best place to start learning the tidyverse is R for Data Science (R4DS for short), an O’Reilly book written by Hadley Wickham and Garrett Grolemund. It’s designed to take you from knowing nothing about R or the tidyverse to having all the basic tools of data science at your fingertips. You can read it online for free, or buy a physical copy.

We highly recommend pairing R4DS with the RStudio cheatsheets. These cheatsheets have been carefully designed to pack a lot of information into a small amount of space. You can keep them handy at your desk and quickly jog your memory when you get stuck. Most of the cheatsheets have been translated into multiple languages.



  • Mastering the Tidyverse by Jumping Rivers. A one day crash course covering tidyverse fundamentals. The course is a mixture of lectures, short exercises and longer tutorial questions. During the day, we’ll cover dplyr, tidy data, tibbles, dates/times and string manipulation.
  • Introduction to R by Locke Data. A two day course covering data manipulation and reporting fundamentals using the tidyverse, rmarkdown, and shiny. The course blends lectures, exercises, and practicals over two days to cover the 80% of work that almost everyone needs to do.