Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Economics is an incredibly useful skill, even if (like was the case for me) it's not explicitly required for your major and/or chosen career path. Finances and the economy are all around us, affecting us every day. Fostering even the most basic understanding of the way our economy works is an enormous potential help to any college student as they enter the adult world. Although I at times struggled with the material (economics doesn't exactly come naturally for me), I feel like it's one of the college courses I've taken that is most applicable to the real world, and I strongly believe that anybody, no matter their background or goals, could benefit from at least an introductory economics course.
I learned the basics of microeconomics and macroeconomics in a format that continually strove to place the theories in real-life situations. We also took advantage of a multimedia format in order to play to many learning strengths. This included traditional textbooks and homework, spoken lectures, podcasts, movies, and newspaper/journal articles. My personal highlights were the times where I got to sit with other classmates and the course assistant and ask each other's advice on tricky problems: a weekly homework session where we could ask questions really fostered a sense of being in it all together.
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Advice for students:
Do the homework (and the reading). Don't be afraid to ask for help when you don't understand something, your professor cares about you and wants you to succeed. You're not going to get everything immediately, but practice makes perfect; you may have to draw the diagrams over and over again before you get them...but that's okay! You might not always enjoy the process, but hang in there; if you let the experience wash over you, you'll come out with a deeper appreciation for the world of finances.