This class was tough.
Professor Malandra has a traditional approach to college classes; you must review the chapters BEFORE you go to class. His classes move at the speed of light. If you are not familiar with the topics before class starts, you will not be able to keep up with the material in class. DO NOT MAKE THIS MISTAKE. Everyone that has taken this class with Malandra is going to tell you this, so LISTEN. The idea is that you have already reviewed the material and have a decent understanding of the topics, therefore, class time is simply used to provide clarity on or to reinforce what you've learned on your own. This class in particular starts with brand new material ON DAY ONE. There is no review of the previous course in the accounting sequence in this class. In ACCT 3511, Intermediate Accounting I, you spent about 4 weeks reviewing ACCT 2101, Financial Accounting. This is the first class where you actually need to know the types of accounts and their characteristics. Keep in mind that I didn't say you didn't need to know them before now. I am simply saying that you could have gotten through Financial and Managerial/Cost and maybe Intermediate I without fully understanding the types of accounts. There are far too many journal entries and new accounts in this course. You will not be able to memorize anything well enough without knowing which types of accounts are involved and what those accounts do. Pay attention, stay engaged, and do ALL of the homework. Also, note that accounting majors only have TWO attempts to get a C in this class (and all accounting major required courses). Not three attempts for a C- in our non-accounting major classes. If you do not get at least a C on your second attempt, YOU WILL HAVE TO CHANGE YOUR MAJOR. Take the class seriously and make good choices!
Malandra makes you take responsibility for choosing accounting as your major and he helps you understand what it really means to be an accountant. He is very funny and his classes are very entertaining. Malandra has a lot of great stories that relate to the topics in class. Work hard in this class the first time you take it so you don't have to see him next semester!
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To be success you must: (1) READ THE CHAPTER AND REVIEW THE SLIDES BEFORE CLASS! (2) print and bring the slides to class, (3) do all of the online homework, (4) complete all of the CPA exams with at least a 90%, (5) study at least an hour every day (this does not include the time it takes to complete the homework!), (6) go to the TA's office hours!