Study Skills and Web
Sites for Accounting Students
Adapted from a handout
by Gladys Shaw, University of Texas at El Paso
You can be successful
in accounting courses when
you put in the necessary time and utilize good study habits and
techniques. Excellent math skills are a plus but not an absolute
prerequisite as many students mistakenly believe.
The study strategies described below
will help you study more efficiently and effectively and overcome
your anxieties about learning accounting.
|1. Good Learning
Habits and Attitudes
- Study every day as soon after class
- Accounting knowledge is cumulative as
each assignment builds on the previous one. Be sure to review and understand
previous material before tackling new information.
- Spend as much time as it takes. Accounting
requires much more time than most other classes. Plan to spend 6-9 hours
a week of outside study for a three-hour accounting course. If you don't
feel secure about steps or problem-solving, plan more time.
- Attend class without fail, even if you
aren't prepared. This is your best opportunity to clear up troublesome
- Participate in class. Take notes, ask
questions, or give "Yes" or "No" answers at first.
Participation improves your attention in class and gets easier with
- Use all the help available. Use tutoring
services; join an organized study group; attend exam review sessions
if they are available.
- Keep a positive attitude.
- Know your reason for taking the class.
Set goals for what you want to learn and assume personal responsibility
for learning the course material.
- Complete all assignments on time.
- Prior to reading, note the focus
of the assignment in the stated objectives and topic captions.
- Read actively. Reading is not necessarily studying. Read to
understand "why" and "how."
- Accounting is a technical and
logical subject. It requires reasoning. Almost every sentence
is important, so avoid passively highlighting your text. Instead,
question, compare, and associate. Highlight main concepts and
answers to questions such as "So what?" "What next?"
- When reading, maintain concentration.
Active, participatory reading helps increase concentration.
- Try to study your optimum length
of time at each study session. If you lose concentration, briefly
change your activity: stand up, move around, drink ice water,
all of which will give you more energy.
- Read critically. Try to discover
reasons for the methods taught.
- Monitor your learning.
- First, consolidate and review
previous material at the beginning of each study period.
- Preview new assignments before
- Next, read, then question
- Put question marks, stars,
arrows to identify "muddy" points. These are indications
of concepts you will ask about in class or when you visit
your professor or tutor.
- Finally, make marginal notes
of items you want to restudy. What do you want to know?
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