When thinking about going into accounting, the first step is gaining the right qualifications. The difficulty faced by many is that there are a range of different qualifications to consider, and a number of ways to study each.
Modern technology means that, whatever your learning style, you can learn in a way that suits you. Let’s take a look at the best way to study accounting.
In a way that suits your learning style
In today’s fast paced world, people learn in different ways and at different paces, and one style of learning no longer “fits all”. Some people are “doers”, learning best while practising (practice makes perfect), some are “readers”, where only a book will do, and the more notes they can make the better, and others are “listeners” – they learn best by listening, not looking.
When it comes to studying accounting, it’s important to understand your own strengths and weaknesses. If you know that sitting with a book in your lap for any longer than 20 minutes will send you to sleep, spend 10 minutes with the book, take part in other learning activities, and come back to the book later, instead of trying to slog along and forgetting what you’ve read 5 minutes later.
Distance learning can be a great way to make the most of your strongest learning style, making use of a virtual learning environment. Visual learners can benefit from online demonstrations and diagrams, while auditory learners can benefit from video lectures and phone calls with tutors. For kinaesthetic learners, quizzes and activities are ideal.
AAT, an internationally recognised accounting qualification, can be studied from home through innovative distance learning packages.
With a clear plan
When you’ve got to grips with your learning style, you should gain a clear overview of what your study path looks like. Rather than simply reading through your textbook, the best way to study accounting is to gain a deep understanding of each part of the course before you move onto the next.
Distance learning through a virtual learning environment gives you a step-by-step guide to your accounting course. Structured materials, interactive sessions, quizzes, tutor support and revision tops every step of the way ensure you stay on track.
Each section of your learning is broken down, so that you can easily pick up where you left off, with a progression bar to show you exactly how far you’ve come.
As part of a strong support network
No matter how organised you are with your learning, having the right support in place is essential. A qualified tutor should guide you through the course, whether you’re studying in the classroom or from home.
It’s also helpful to be part of a community of learners, even if you’re not attending a class. Online networking is now more popular than ever and, and offers a great opportunity to connect with other learners, wherever you are.
Forums are a part of the virtual learning environment for accounting courses like AAT and CIMA, giving you support from your peers and our tutors every step of the way. So, if you’re having a bad day and really CAN’T get your head around that costing unit, you can rest assured that someone will be able to help you through it.
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