How to Study Accounting

Buy a tape recorder.
College Freshman
Austin Community College Cypress Creek, Cedar Park TX

Iím pretty sure that Accounting will be one of those classes that I need as a requirement, but Iím sure I wonít be too happy about taking that class either! Accounting is much similar to math, formulas, legal mumbo jumbo. I know at least two people who decided Accounting wasnít for them and ended up dropping the class.

In this suggestion, Mr. Harper, the instructor, informs the reader that Accounting isnít a mystery and that it is easy to learn. Yah! I guess that makes me feel better?! Mr. Harper begins saying there are five chapters that have to be mastered in order to continue on to the next sixteen chapters. The first five chapters include the most fundamental concepts and procedures. One of the best suggestions was to tape record class lectures. Sounds like a good deal for me. Listening and then taking notes is something that helps me to retain information,especially if I can go home and listen to it all again, and then take notes again. Another one would be to make a study group, this helps with everyone in the group retaining information and learning from each other.

A beneficial tool
Janete Olague, College Freshman
Austin Community College, Texas

If accounting is what you are interested in.... I found a tool that will be beneficial to you. This section on how to study accounting the professor goes over on what the class will be about, and what is expected from you.

Successful Study Habits
Trena Skellenger, College Junior
Sierra College, Rocklin, CA

I took a look at all of the resources, but the one that I found most helpful was "How to Study Accounting" by Ken Harper, Instructor and Sharon Miller, Assistant. I liked the way they had the information laid out. It was helpful because they started at the beginning with cumulative study, then on to a very important point of maintaining a good attendance record. Next, was a helpful bit of advice on participating actively in class.

Some other important points are the importance of understanding, taking notes, studying in a group, being prepared, keeping up with work, tape recording lectures, and utilizing available resources. These were all very good points, but the most helpful points, in my opinion, are maintaining good attendance, taking notes, being prepared, and keeping up with the work. If these things are done, success is within your grasp.

College Freshman
Austin Community College, Austin, Texas

This was very interesting for me. I have worked for the State of Texas doing Government Accounting. The one thing you have to do is stay focused because you are dealing with lots of state, government and federal funds.

A little too idealistic
College Senior
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska

Some good advice, but obviously written by an idealistic instructor rather than an actual accounting student. Some people learn better by not "actively participating" in class, as it makes them nervous. In my experience, studying in a group is highly overrated; if you have questions, you're better off asking a professor during their office hours than one of your peers. And finally, accounting is very board-centric; most instructors will not be reading the book to you in class to cover basic concepts, but will rather be applying concepts to examples (on the board) that you should've read the night before.

The only really good tip is not to use "memorization as a substitute for understanding". But there are far better guides out there.

Some good Some bad
Elias Wheeler, College Senior
University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks

I like very much what this article had to say. The most important thing in this article wasn't really given enough time though.#4 was what got me through accounting with A's. I guess number 4 says something similar to what is in 1-3, but what I do know is memorizing does not work. You will quickly become overwhelmed by the amount of material and have to drop out. Pay close attention in class and really learn the process. Ask your teacher why double entry is used and keep asking questions and stop only when you understand why. Once you have this understanding the tests become basic algebra. In terms of using groups to study, I would not recommend it. Find your teacher or a smart kid in the class and have them explain it or write it out. Sometimes a diagram is helpful too. Accounting teachers like to use numbers, but in terms of understanding, we do better using spacial drawings like diagrams to visualize the flow of money. Then go study on your own. Groups tend to be very unproductive.

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Julia Walls, College Freshman
Indiana Weslyan, Louisville, KY

I enjoyed the read. I agree that memorizing the terminology and reviewing and learning the first 5 chapters will be imperative to learning accounting. I also feel agree that particpation and attendance is important in order for you to learn and not miss any steps or information. This is important in all classes but especially in accounting because it seems to be a step process. Our class has formed a solid relationship and we are comfortable w/contacting one another and meeting if necessary. I will utilize these tools in my class and hope to conquer accounting.


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