Small question, big help - Stats

Hi there,

Im currently doing my MSc in Nature Conservation but I've always struggled with stats.

At the moment my data set holds categorical data (which is not numerical ie. sun/ shade) as well as continuous data such as altitude.

I just want to run basic tests to understand my data but cannot get beyond pivot tables. From what I've googled I wont be able to run an Anova because my data is wrong for it, a Chi Squared wont work because my categories are not numerical. T-test wont work either.

I feel completely lost - can anyone suggest where I should start?

I really need help, please.