I'm really struggling in Accounting 101 and Finance 101. I just took my first Acct quiz and did below average. I feel like I'm not grasping the material well and am just falling more and more behind. Does anyone have any advice at all on how to study for these two subjects? Is the textbook helpful? A particular YouTube channel that helped explain concepts? I applied for a private tutor but haven't heard back. Any tips at all would be so much appreciated, thanks!

Don't worry, accounting and finance never came naturally to me (and I'm saying this as a senior in Wharton haha...). I'd say one of the biggest steps I took with getting better in these two classes was emailing the TAs and going to the office hours of the TAs or professors. I would go there prepared with all the questions I was confused about and walk them through what I was thinking and what I didn't get (or if it was through email, I'd be very clear about what I didn't get). I also emailed the professors sometimes; lucky for us, we go to an "elite" enough institution where the professors often do answer us! Don't be afraid to follow-up with an email or two if you don't get an answer from the TAs/professors. Also don't be afraid to ask all your questions, whether that's virtually or in-person. They're there for a reason...

So I'm guessing you requested a tutor through here. If there's a delay in response, you could try reaching out to Weingarten to expedite the process. I also think study groups can be helpful after you reviewed all the material and still have these questions/concepts that you just can't wrap your head around - talking it through might help. I just took my ACCT 102 exam, and during the day while studying, I messaged a group of people who were taking the class with me with questions I didn't get. I openly admitted, "I don't have intuition here, so would be super grateful if someone could explain..."

Last, it's definitely best to practice problems that will show up on the exam, so for me that usually means I try to really go through and understand the practice exams professors put up. On cheat sheets, I include how to do each kind of problem in a way I can understand; definitely include examples and note down tricky parts.

Hope that helps, and good luck! You got this.

Wallowing Whale, 11/11/19, 1:03 AM

How common are electric skateboards on campus? What about bikes and scooters? TL;DR what is the best option for not walking between classes and dorm?

I would recommend a normal skateboard or a razor scooter (lol).

Absent Aardvark, 3:27 pm

Is a 1-hr for lunch too short based on your experience?

No, that's a good time.

Absent Aardvark, July 1st 1:13 PM

At McClelland, can you buy food for one swipe and take it out to eat in your room? Also, what's the quality of the food there?

Yeah, you can. The food is okay, but there's not as large of a selection as, for example, Commons.

Absent Aardvark, June 18th, 5:15 pm

Anyone know the class recommendations per score range for the online Math diagnostic exam? (Got a 12/25)

As of 2018-2019:

Absent Aardvark, April 8th 6:02 PM

Is there any advantage of buying a laptop through CampusExpress? Will Penn install all my software like Microsoft and Adobe? And if I break my laptop on campus will they fix it for free?

Someone feel free to correct me on this, but I'm pretty sure there's no benefit whatsoever. Also, did you mean ComputerConnection instead of CampusExpress? Either way, you would still have to pay for software like Microsoft and Adobe, and if you broke it they'd probably either ship it to the laptop provider or make you do it yourself.

Absent Aardvark, June 3rd 5:42 PM

Why do most Quakers recommend taking the BFF dining plan (most dining dollars/least swipes)?

// When I first read the dining plans, my first impression was that the AFK (16 swipes/week & $140 dining dollars) would be the wisest decision. I eat 2-3 meals a day and having 16 swipes would guarantee me that routine.

Upon reading some posts, I noticed that most (not all) Quakers recommend the plan with the most dining dollars & least swipes. I can't help but wonder the reasoning behind this. 8 swipes/week would get me 1 meal a day and $400 dining dollars doesn't seem enough to let me achieve my routine. Won't I end up having to spend out of my allowance/own money to do this? //

Honestly, dining dollars are the best investment because you can use them at anytime, you can buy a good variety of things, and usually you can spend them somewhere that's immediately close to you. Yes, dining halls are nice because the food is unlimited, but they also have weird hours that might not fit with your schedule. And unless it's NCH, the food is pretty meh. Chances are even if you get the plan with the least swipes, you're still not going to use all the swipes because of inconvenience, meh-quality food, or the fact that people at Penn love to eat out and bond over eating out.

Absent Aardvark, June 3rd 5:37 pm

Can anyone share/recommend great sample schedules for an incoming freshman? (not only major-entry courses)

If it's relevant, I plan to take either Economics/Psychology as a major & Chinese as a foreign language.

Can't find any solid sample schedules & the one on the Economics department page only includes major-entry courses.

Tips would also be appreciated!

Although this isn't directly major-specific tips, here are some of the things I keep in mind when picking classes and scheduling each semester:

  1. Be realistic - are you really going to wake up Mondays at 9? If there's a later section, it might be better to pick that one.
  2. Don't jam every day full - leave yourself a less busy day (most people to Fridays) so you can either spend time with friends, explore the city, or just catch up on work!
  3. How long of a day? - this is actually an important question! If you have 3 classes on TR, do you want them 9-6 with breaks, or 10:30-3 straight through? Some people prefer having space to catch a breath between classes, whereas on the other hand I prefer being done earlier and in a shorter amount of time!
  4. Course ratings - of course, ratings aren't everything (ex: a hard professor is definitely worth it if they're really well-rated! Professor quality makes such a difference in the experience), but if you're struggling to decide between different scheduling options maybe ratings can help influence your decisions (and hopefully get a better schedule).
  5. Don't forget to eat - this is actually stupidly easy to do when you have classes especially getting accustomed to Penn and full of excitement. Make sure you plan times to grab breakfast/lunch or have schedules where you can dip by Wawa, a food truck, or Pret in the middle!
Bovine Bear, May 26 2019, 5:58PM

I’m not really a social person, and I know no one who’s attending Penn, are the students at Penn easy to talk to?

You'll be fine! During the first few months of freshman year, everyone is in the same position with no one familiar around them, so everyone is looking for new people to include in their new circle of friends. Even people who have a small group of high school friends with them are looking for new people, since you can't stick with the same two or three people forever. Plus clubs are other orgs on campus are a great way to meet new people.

Zesty Zebra, May 23rd 2019, 5:03 PM

If I get assigned a room (ex. too small) I don't like in the Quad freshman year, can I request to change or relocate to another room?

Yes but I think the chance of the request being granted is pretty low. I think once you see your room in person, regardless of where you're living, you'll find it to be decently sized. I lived in Hill double, which is one of the smallest rooms on campus, and it didn't feel small since you spend so much of your time outside of your room.

Zesty Zebra, May 23 2019, 4:57 PM