TEACHING ACCOUNTANCY TO GET RESULTS | HOW TO TEACH ACCOUNTING EFFECTIVELY AND MAKE YOUR STUDENTS LEARN
Teaching accounting is an art that needs number of years to master. However, leveraging on the experience of others could save you time and make the accounting class you are teaching enjoyable and interesting to the pupils. This article is written with the sole aim of teaching you how to transfer your accountancy knowledge with ease. Accountancy courses are no doubt difficult but are made a lot easier when certain rules are followed while teaching the subject.
Students naturally find it difficult to understand a subject that is being taught by someone they don’t really like. The students do not only like the appearance of the accounting teacher but the personality behind the face they see all the time. Having a likeable personality supersedes looking beautiful or handsome. One way of gaining the likeness and trust of your accounting students is to introduce reasonable humour in your way of life. Without humour, learning accounting sucks. You can imagine how uncomfortable learning a technical course like accounting will be when you already have a mindset that it sucks.
I remember consistently having a failing grade in accounting and mathematics while I was still very young. It took the ingenuity of my father to transfer me from that school after suspecting that my grades are been affected by my hatred for my teachers. It does not take anything from you if you introduce a bit of humour into your class, however, care must be taken not to make a mess out of the whole show. This introduces us to the next step to take in ensuring that our accounting class is lively and an efficient learning environment.
USE FAMILIAR NAMES
Calling up Peoples Street has a way of ensuring that information that follows sticks for a very long time. If it is a small and manageable class that you are teaching accounting, you may want to use their names as example. Accounting as a subject when taught with abstract names tends to make the course more complex and confusing. My accounting lecturers in those days use to coin two or three peoples name during classes just to internalise the learning processing.
GIVE REAL LIVE EXAMPLES AND EXERCISES
There is no substitute to motivating students to learn other than making them see the practicability of whatever you teach them. Accountancy as a course is not an exception. Your students will be happy to get involved in executing one accounting task or the other in a business that operates in the community. The implication of this is that they will learn from real life and in the process release their inner giant that motivates them into seeing the benefits of accounting rather than the obstacle posed by difficulty of some of the subjects in accountancy.
AVOID USING TECHNICAL WORDS TO EXPLAIN DIFFICULT TERM
As obvious as this may sound, people still use technical words to explain difficult terms. The best teachers that I have met always lay much emphasis on this point. They question the rationale behind teaching if you still compound the problem of the students with advanced usage of words and abstract; vague illustrations. It is a well known fact that regions have special way of using terms, so if you are a tutor outside your vicinity, try as much as possible not to use terminilogies in your local context. It is very important that you invest some time in explaining difficult words as the understanding of technical words in accounting helps fast track learning.
ENGAGE THE STUDENTS IN SOLVING TECHNICAL QUESTIONS
You will never internalise any accounting course if you haven’t attempted solving technical question that is a close proxy of real life. You might read textbooks for years thinking that you have understood what you read only to discover that you cannot even provide reasonable answer to the simplest question that you are presented with. It is your duty as an accounting teacher to encourage your students to imbibe the habit of solving reasonably difficult accounting question. Remember that students learn by example, so, you as the accounting tutor will have to lead the park- regularly solve challenging questions in the class.
BRING IN PASSION INTO WHAT YOU ARE DOING
This is probably the most important point that I ought to have mentioned earlier in this article on how to teach accounting. Coming into a classroom with passion makes you radiate hope that will in no time be transferred to the students. You will do your students great favour by giving them words of encouragement. Tell them that they can make if they pay attention to what you say to them. Reading all materials on how to teach accounting will not make you a better accounting teacher if you do not make the classroom a conducive place of learning, make it work for you.