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What's the best way to study for my college business prerequisites?

Accounting and data analytics seem like very daunting courses. Should I worry? business accounting data analytics financial-accounting

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Kelly’s Answer

Best way to study for a college business prerequisite is to make the most of all your resources. First, and most important, is to go to class and pay attention to the lecture. Second, ask questions as you go, it will make it easier when you study on your own. Third, try to join a study/discussion so that way you can teach back a specific topic to your peers which will help ingrain the subject in your mind. Lastly, as hard as it is, do NOT procrastinate.

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Hannah’s Answer

I would say the best way to study for these courses is to go to class, pay attention, and do the work assigned. I found that when I was in college, when I read the textbook and did every homework assignment as the class went along, I felt more prepared for class and was able to grasp the topics we covered! Also, don't be afraid to work with your professor or teaching assistants if you need help! They want you to succeed, and are there to help. Most importantly, try different study methods and find what works for you! Everyone learns in a different way - don't be afraid to do what helps you the best.

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Jessie’s Answer

I think having a good strategy to balance when to take prerequisites is very important. If you are stronger in qualitative than quantitative, you should try to spread out your quant classes so you can have focus. If you need more time to take the classes consider summer courses where you can focus on one thing at a time and not spread yourself too thin.

Jessie recommends the following next steps:

Summarize a list of pre requisites- give yourself the timeline you need to accomplish this by sorting by semester/ quarter.
List out when the courses are offered and chart out when you're taking what.
Add a factor of professors teaching the course. You want to make sure his/ her ratings and style match your learning style.
Don't be shy about going to office hours or visiting your TA.
Explore coursera, khan academy and other online resources to supplement your studies
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Lynn’s Answer

Do your best to stay current. You may need to spend a little extra time on these until you are more familiar with the subject matter. You can also leverage TAs or tutors. Take it one step at a time. I found breaking things into small pieces helped. For a big assignment or if there was a lot of reading, I would do shorter times, but more frequent.

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Cody’s Answer

Hey David,

Way to be proactive! Like most things in life, the things that are most challenging are the things most worth doing. Both accounting and data analytics are critical to the way every business runs, and understanding them will be a differentiator for you once you enter the workforce.

In terms of preparing for the courses themselves, I always found it helpful to read a few new articles on the subject to gain an understanding of the real world application as this allow you to understand why you are learning what you are learning and will make what your learning come to life.

Attached are examples of each. Hope this was helpful.

https://www.accountingtoday.com/news/accounting-profession-looks-ahead-to-opportunities-and-risks

https://www.dcvelocity.com/articles/20190612-big-data-analytics--growing-pains/

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Rose’s Answer

Hey David, great question! I would suggest not being afraid to attend office hours and get to know your professor. They are there to help you and you may connect on other topics that lead to mentorship or career advice. Also, your study space can make a huge difference - whether it's the library or a cafe, finding your preferred environment can make you more productive and help you focus. This is the advice I would've given myself in my accounting classes along with themes in the other answers - reading your textbook, doing practice problems, and attending class. I found that taking notes on paper helped me more than with a laptop. You've got this!
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Rachael’s Answer

Hi David,

I wouldn't worry before you take the courses. Prerequisites are a great way to introduce topics, possible majors, and career opportunities to students. I would encourage you to take the courses with an open mind and assess your feeling toward them once the course is complete. Perhaps it will be something your really enjoyed and could envision yourself persuing or perhaps another prerequisite to another field sparked your interest. Whatever it may be the experience of a daunting task can often lead to great outcomes.

Best of luck,

Rachael

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Hanna’s Answer

Don't be worried! The best way to study for your college business prerequisites is to find what works best for you. For me, I found that reading the class material before class helped a lot and allowed me to ask more questions to professors. Also, as hard as it can be sometimes, staying on top of everything and aligned with the class syllabus helped a lot. Utilize your friends and professors, they are there to help! Most importantly, do your best. If you get one bad grade, don't sweat it - use it as motivation to tweak your study habits moving forward.

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Jeannie’s Answer

Hi David!

Prerequisite classes are a great way to gain exposure to various topics related to your major and can help you to determine if the field of study is something you might want to dig deeper into (or possibly avoid). In my case, I took both of these courses and found data analytics inspiring and discovered that financial accounting was definitely not the career I was looking for.

Hi Jeannie, do you have any tips on how to study for these pre-req classes? Gurpreet Lally, CareerVillage.org Team

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Lauren’s Answer

.Start by always going to class. I know it's easy and tempting to not go since it's raining, or your friend isn't going, or you don't want to fight parking. But I promise it'll be worth it when the professor says, "you may want to make a note of this for the exam." *wink* Studying at home depends on your personal study style. For me, I learn best from reading the chapter. It includes supplemental information and gives examples that your professor maybe didn

Lauren recommends the following next steps:

go to class
read the chapter
find a study buddy
look for on-campus resources, such as free tutoring
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Sofia’s Answer

In addition to reading the materials before class and joining a study group it is very important to complete as many examples/test questions as possible. I believe this is much more important than reading and rereading the lesson. If you are able to sit down and know how to approach each problem, then you are actually testing your knowledge of the material in a much more efficient manner.

Putting yourself in an exam situation is also a great way to prepare for these types of classes and the finals. In Montreal, the length of a final is 3 hours so I would set my timer for three hours and just answer questions or go through old finals/midterms.

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