Not too easy. Not too difficult.
Lacey is an old-school professor, which means that he expects you to work hard and that he'll help you out when you ask for it. He's funny, and his examples are clear-cut and simple. He'll won't judge if you ask questions, because he really wants his students to be successful. Of course, he'll won't hold your hand all the way through the course, but going about this course requires you to study and learn on your own. Dedication is key, but this kind of dedication will be fulfilling in your career and in life. Lacey is a good professor who means well and will help out anyway you can.
What I learned in this course is the whole sense of the accounting system. Of course, I've learned the mechanics - the double-entry accounting system, adjusting entries, debits and credits, etc, but learning the meticulous details isn't the important part. The essential lesson in this course is to understand the accounting system as a whole, and to practice it. Reading from your text isn't enough if you don't know how to adjust entries without practice. Thinking about the course in a "big picture" perspective will help you understand accounting. All in all, don't focus on the puzzle piece, but on what picture the puzzle is forming.
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Practice, practice, practice. You need to work "on the case", meaning you need to work the problems, study your mistakes, and repeat the process until you are as sharp as a razor. Ask questions when you need to, and stop by your instructor's office if you have more questions. An inquisitive mind goes a long way towards success. If you don't have the will to go beyond the minimum, you can't make it long in this class. Of course, if you pass the class by just studying book smarts, you'll then come up short. Because practice makes perfect. Your homework is your best friend and ally, if you let it. Otherwise, when you're a entry-level CPA with book smarts only, and you'll have to audit a company's financial statements, you'll find yourself going back and forth through old college textbooks trying to solve the problem. That situation isn't the one you like to be in, because books can't save you, but the experience you had will.
This class was tough.
I would recommend this course because it really goes in depth with the fundamentals of accounting. Since ACCT 300 is a course that only accounting majors must take, learning it is crucial for a career after college. This course is considered a "weed out class" so paying attention is extremely important.
In ACCT 300A, different aspects of the financial side of accounting get covered emphasizing on the Asset section. It highlights the first half of ACCT 101 in greater depth and difficulty. This course really helps apply skills learned not only in accounting courses but in general. It encourages to think outside the box and not just answer with the first thing that comes to mind.
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Study! Study! Study! This course is tough because it is unlike other courses in which reading the book or looking over the slides is enough. There is a conceptual and a computational part to it. In order to succeed, studying should be be broken into two parts; reading the material and fully understanding it, and working out problems with curve balls. When reading, because of how dense the material is, breaking it up into smaller components is easier. The same applies for computing problems. Once the smaller components are finished, the last step would be to go over everything in one piece and challenge yourself. Shortcuts help but regardless, to succeed many study hours are required.