R programming for N00bs - where to start learning

Hi, a mate is a total novice to programming.  Part of a college course involves R programming and he needs help.  Where to start ? Any tips on best way to learn from scratch? Thanks!
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aikimarkConnect With a Mentor Commented:
It would help to understand statistics, since R is a stat utility.

Here is an overview page that includes 'getting started' and 'student' links.
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