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Study Tips for Business Classes

Written by: Matthew Ryan


As seen the September 2017 issue of Lazy Faire magazine


If you’re new to the School of Business, then this article is for you. Read on for tips, tricks, and cynical warnings for classes you’ll probably find yourself in sooner or later. I can’t guarantee these tips will boost your GPA, but they should prepare you for the next few semesters.


BUS 201: You’ve probably heard warnings about this class already, but here’s my take: Be a good teammate. Your teamwork (or lack thereof) will make (or break) this class for you. Also remember to get your group photo taken at Lazy Faire’s Power, Point & Shoot! after your business plan presentations. At Power, Point & Shoot!, you get a professional headshot in exchange for a small donation to charity!


ACCTG 311: If you’re not good at math, don’t sweat it! Accounting only requires basic mathematics. However, this class is still one of the most challenging first-year business classes you’ll take. Just remember: debits on the left, credits on the right, and then ride the curve for all it’s worth.


B LAW 301: You’ll leave these classes with more questions than answers. The textbook is probably your best friend. And if you’re lucky enough to have Douggy P. for an instructor, then you’ll get the whole range of emotions in this class: you’ll laugh in every lecture and cry in every exam. But it’s worth it, I promise.


BUEC 311: I hope you didn’t throw away your ECON 101 notes. To calm your nerves before the midterm(s), quietly recite to yourself, “If it’s not on my formula sheet, then I don’t know it.”


OM 352: Operations Management classes are as polarizing as cilantro: some people love it, but many can’t stand it. My advice: don’t skip the labs.


MIS 311: This might be the least business-y class in the Faculty of Business. Fair warning: the assignments can be tedious. Seriously, don’t procrastinate with these things. To add insult to injury, most of the assignments require software that’s only available on the basement computer labs, so you’ll be stuck in these (windowless) labs past midnight. Sorry in advance.


MARK 301: Two midterms and a final. All multiple choice. You know the drill.


MGTSC 312: The Faculty of Business tries to be clever by disguising a statistics class with the name “Management Science.” On the bright side, if Microsoft Excel scares you, then this class will help conquer that fear.


SMO 310: I was once accused that “business school isn’t real” because we spent an entire SMO class making paper airplanes to demonstrate teamwork. Needless to say, if you show up to class and put in some effort, you’ll be just fine.


FIN 301: I hate to burst your bubble, but this class won’t turn you into the next Warren Buffet. This class is absolutely worth the effort, though.

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