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HOW TO STUDY SUCCESSFULLY FOR HONORS ACCT 207 Some say that accounting is “the language of business” but it is more than that. It is the yardstick used to evaluate individual and organizational performance in both for-profit and not-for-profit entities. Accounting is how we keep score, and therefore it drives all decisions. It is important to learn because its effects touch individuals of all ages, in every walk of life, in every country in the world. Study Habits That Work There is a popular myth that accounting is hard. If it were hard they would call it Physical Chemistry, Quantum Mechanics, or Thermo-Nuclear Micro Physioenomony (ok, so that last one was made up). The point is “it ain’t rocket science…it ain’t brain surgery.” It just requires learning some principles and rules and applying them with rational systematic thought. Anyone of average intelligence with a positive attitude, motivation to put in the time, and a desire to achieve professional goals can do well in accounting. But, learning accounting is like eating an elephant. How do you eat an elephant? You do it slowly, one bite at a time. The only way to succeed in accounting is to employ the mature, disciplined, structured approach of studying a little every day, seven days a week. Below are recommended study habits that work. Over the years, every student who adopted them completed this course successfully, and so can you: Print and study chapter notes from Sakai before attempting to read the chapters in the text. Chapter notes are posted one week before the chapter is discussed in class. Print them out as soon after they are posted as you can. Your professor’s chapter notes and author supplied PowerPoint presentations give you a general overview of what the chapter is about. Read them and let them serve as a “roadmap” for the chapter. Refer to them frequently as you read the chapter because they will help you comprehend and summarize complex issues in the text. Read each chapter in the textbook a minimum of three times. Some college courses can be taken successfully with a single reading of each chapter in the textbook (or even without much reading of the textbook at all) because they have little technical content. But textbooks in accounting courses contain too much detailed information to assimilate in a single reading. Technical material must be absorbed slowly over several readings. Typically the first reading of an accounting textbook yields only about a third of the knowledge bright graduate students like you are capable of absorbing. A second reading, a day or two later, will yield an additional third. A third reading, a few days after that will yield the final third. At a minimum, plan on reading each chapter three times; two times before attempting the homework problems, and a third time after the entire chapter and all assigned chapter homework have been discussed in class. If a chapter is complex don’t hesitate to read it additional times until you have absorbed all you can. Reading is not studying.
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