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SFL 260 Family Finance

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    • Profile picture
    Apr 04, 2017
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    I recommend this class, because Dr. Hill helps students to realize the importance of budgeting, saving, and preparing financially for the future, something many college students don’t do. I think that as millennials, it is so important that we learn now how to budget and be financially wise, because we will be the ones helping to run our country in the near future. If we do not learn now, we will remain in debt and have a lot of financial issues in the future.

    Course highlights:

    I learned how to do my own taxes by hand. While my dad is an accountant, this was important for me to do and realize how much I pay in taxes, and how I can make sure that I am not paying unneeded money to the government. I also learned how to budget and prepare to buy a house in the future, and the importance of having enough money for a downpayment on the house. It is also important to factor i expenses like furniture and utilities when buying a house so you don't spend too much upfront and then have an empty house afterwards. I also learned the importance of investing early to be prepared for retirement. It is never too early to invest, and there are new resources such as "Acorns" that allows even college students to invest $20 here and there so that they can have an emergency fund and prepare for the future.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Make sure that you go into the TA lab to review the math for the tests. It isn't hard, but if you miss one little step, the whole problem can be wrong. Also, make sure that you actually do and apply the assignments. You may think they are silly, but shortly we will be buying houses and paying off student loans (or trying to stay out of debt) and need to know what is taught and applied in lectures.

    • Fall 2016
    • Jeffery Hill
    • Math-heavy Many Small Assignments Great Discussions
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    May 23, 2016
    | Would highly recommend.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This course is extremely practical. You learn financial practices such as how to set up a budget and how to file your taxes that will help you the rest of your life. You also learn about the processes behind buying a car and a house as well as other tips and tricks for living frugally.

    Course highlights:

    I came out of this course feeling a lot less naive about the financial world. I learned about how stocks and bonds work, I learned about the best ways to save towards retirement, and I learned that money is an important tool that I can use to bless my life and the lives of those I love through careful management.

    Hours per week:

    3-5 hours

    Advice for students:

    Always do the practice problems! This course satisfies a Quantitative Reasoning General Education requirement so the math is important. Doing the entire assignment in the workbook may seem overwhelming but in the end it will help you feel a lot more prepared for the tests where there is a large math section. Also, do the readings and pay attention in lectures! The conceptual questions on the tests always come from lectures and readings.

    • Winter 2016
    • Dr. Hill
    • Great Intro to the Subject Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments
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    Apr 05, 2016
    | No strong feelings either way.

    Not too easy. Not too difficult.

    Course Overview:

    This class has good intentions. The teacher is great and understands what he teaches, and offers TA labs all day, every day. However, this course is a math GE, and the instructor teaches none of it. He will have a TA review session to go over it about a week before the test, but if you need one-on-one, you'll have to go to the TA lab. That's not hard to do, but it can be annoying. Read the book rather than just reviewing the slides for the test - you'll do a lot better.

    Course highlights:

    You learn how to adult! Everyone needs that. This course goes over basic finances, such as debt, credit, insurance, investing, buying a house and car, and more.

    Hours per week:

    6-8 hours

    Advice for students:

    Get the textbook. Read it before the test. Do the math review problems he gives you. That will prep you for the tests. The final is comprehensive, so good luck.

    • Winter 2016
    • Jeffery Hill
    • Always Do the Reading Many Small Assignments A Few Big Assignments

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