Accounting is becoming more popular in recent years as a university and college major due to the increased demand in professional arena. Students, however, are often surprised and overwhelmed by the amount of new materials they need to learn, laws they need to memorize, and time they need to put in to get good grades. This can be avoided by preparing ahead of time, so that you know what you’re getting into, what to expect, and how to face the challenges that will be thrown at you without getting too stressed or burned out. There are many online resources available to you, and we’ll give you a few tips on how to use them to prepare for your accounting studies before they even start.
Make a List of Accounting Websites
You’ll find a lot of accounting sites online have information that can be useful to you throughout your studies, especially if you need a bit of help understanding certain topics. Follow the steps below to make sure you have these sites available when you need them. Remember to do this process before you start your studies.
- Make a list of all of the topics you’ll be learning in your courses this upcoming semester. If there are topics that you know you’ll understand, or you already know from previous courses, you can erase them from this list, but only if you’re absolutely sure. If you’re on the fence with any of the topics, leave them in to be on the safe side.
- Go through each topic remaining on your list and search for blogs, YouTube channels, news sites, and websites that are relevant to the topic and have learning material. For example, a website that has a list of accounting terms and an explanation for each one is relevant, or a blog that discusses one of your topics in depth. You are looking for learning material for times when you don’t understand a certain topic or want to read more about it.
- Save only the websites that have quality content, especially if the writers are professional accountants or accounting professors and teachers. Ideally, you’ll want to save these in an Excel or Google Sheet so that you can add a category to each site stating what it is (blog, site, video channel), and what topic it covers. This will make it easier to search for relevant resources in the future.
Connect with Fellow Students Online
There are thousands of accounting students all over the country, from different colleges and universities, you can connect to. You’ll find them in social media groups and forum sites, and you can post questions when you need help studying or completing homework assignments, or search for topics and questions already posted by other users. Try Facebook groups, subreddits on Reddit, forum sites, and your own college or university website. Some institutions have student-teacher forums for students to ask questions and get help.
Hire an Online Tutor
Online tutors are a great way to get professional help from a reliable source when you’re studying for an exam, doing homework assignments, or need help understanding something taught in class. You can hire an online tutor easily and in minutes, and they are cheaper and easier to find than traditional tutors since you are not limited by your location. To hire, log into a website for accounting tutors and use the search options to find a couple of tutors that seem to fit your budget and needs. Read the reviews before making a decision, and contact them with questions before hiring if you want clarification on their teaching methods, experience, etc.