How can I best prepared for the following business courses: accounting for decision-makers (FIN 3403), accounting for decision makers (ACG 3173), Marketing ( MAR 3023), and Management of Organizations (MAN 3025)? I am planning to get ahead start by preparing beforehand since I will be getting into my upper level courses.
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All of these courses are a foundation for future business leaders! The whole saying that upper level classes are more difficult than lower level classes is all relative! I have a passion for business, so I find the upper level courses to be more interesting and engaging. Hence, I find it easier to facilitate self-learning in all of the subjects. Many business students will agree that Financial Accounting (in your case Accounting for Decision Makers) is the most difficult of all business core classes. I will add that I had to apply a lot of myself to be successful in the course (I got a B!). Managerial Accounting (or perhaps in your case, Accounting for Planning and Control) is the followup to Financial Accounting. Most schools won't let you take it before or during Financial Accounting, as you need the prior knowledge to understand and excel in MA. However, once you've taken FA, you will find MA rather familiar! The best study method that works for me is diversifying your study habit. Dedicate sometime to self-study, and develop a study group to share what you've studied, go over Q&A's, and having everyone teach parts of the material. If you cram before exams, don't do it for either accounting courses! I hope this helps!
Elmer Lombana Jr.
I am completing my BS in Accounting on May 10, 2015. Those classes that you mention, in my opinion the best way to get ready before starting is to search for the Syllabus of the course online. That will tell you all about the course so you can get ready for it. I have taken those courses you are mentioning, and for FIN 3403 you will need to understand formulas on how to calculate different ratios and what those ration actually means to you. What I did to understand it was that I build a calculator for each ratio in an excel spreadsheet and I use it and test it while investigating stocks for myself. I got to understand it well enough to score an A on the class. Hope this tips help!
Angel E. Velez
Upper level courses can be a bit of a challenge to organize and manage. Upon stepping into that myself, the one thing that helped was deciding to set aside enough time study ahead of time, planned family time and as a reward for the hardwork and dedication, make plans to spend time with friends.
Adjunct Professor Harminder Gill
I encourage you to make sure you have a strong understanding of the fundamentals in your undergraduate courses in management and accounting. I hope this helps you.