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u/dreambig5 · 4 pointsr/WGU

I hope someone from the accounting degree/field can provide you with a more clear answer.

If you're having trouble retaining information, I would first consider, is this a field that you are even interested in? I get that it is a bit late after spending 3 terms on it but maybe it's not (just something to consider)? Also in a working world, you don't need to memorize everything like we do for tests. You have books and internet available where you can always utilize. It's not until you've been working in the "real world" do certain concepts sink in.

Second, if it comes to practice, there is alot you can do to keep applying your skills. A quick search on google just took me to this page: Has good amount of definitions and practice scenarios for you to calculate. I'm sure there's plenty of other sites as well.

I found someone recommending this book on another post:

Also, have you had a change to check out Lynda, Pluralsight or youtube videos (Lynda and pluralsight are free to use as a student from WGU)? I usually find that if I am having trouble understand certain concept from reading, it's better if I hear and see someone work out the problem.

I found this from youtube on your current course:

In regards to the job market, I would say make sure you're finding a location that has plenty of Accounting job opportunities, so you can bounce around after getting 6 months - 1 yr experience at each. I found this to be very effective method for my friends who are in accounting who graduated from college.

Having a degree is going to check off a box for the hiring manager. It does show that even though you are from a different background, you were able to understand the concepts of the degree that you studied for (atleast at a foundational level). It doesn't guarantee anything like how you will work with others or how you are able to meet deadlines (you should def highlight that achievement of completing the contract in 6 months, wayy ahead of schedule). You have to be confident in your interviewing skills and be able to demonstrate that you are capable of doing the job.

I would def also look into doing a CPA. I know companies that have bonuses on the line depending on if you can finish your CPA within a certain time of employment.

In summary, use the resources that are available to understand the problem, practice as much as you can till you're confident in your abilities, and keep striving to improve yourself and skills everyday.

(P.s. sorry for rambling, I can hardly get myself to write a one page paper for history but felt certain things that need to be said. Also that last line you said "i would be fine with a...", get that out of your head. Aim higher, and if you achieve that, aim even higher).

I wish you and your family the best of luck and happiness!

u/frostmatthew · 3 pointsr/WGU

tl;dr version:

  1. yes
  2. no, but that will be the case at any school

    Quick background to validate the above/below: I was a 30y/o banquet manager when I decided to change careers. I had no prior experience [unless you want to count a single programming class I took in high school] but did get a job in tech support at a medium size startup while I was in school and wrote a couple apps for our department. Just before I graduated I started working at a primarily Google & Mozilla funded non-profit as their sole software engineer. I moved on after a little over two years and am now a software engineer at VMware.

  3. The degree is a huge boost in getting past HR and/or having [good] recruiters work with you. You'll also learn the skills/knowledge necessary to get hired as a developer, which is obviously the more important part - but for the most part this is all stuff you can learn on your own, but you'll greatly reduce the number places that will even give you a phone screen if you don't have a degree [I'm not saying this is how it should be, but this is how it is].

  4. I typed out a lot before remembering New Relic had a great blog post a few months ago about all the stuff you don't learn in school [about software development], ha. So I would highly recommend you not only read it but also try to learn a little on your own (especially regarding SQL and version control) Being a good developer (or good anything) takes time/experience - but knowing what they don't cover in school (and trying to learn it on your own) will help.

    Two books I'd suggest reading are The Pragmatic Programmer and Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software. Pragmatic Programmer is one of those classics that every good dev has read (and follows!). Code is great at giving you some insight into what's actually happening at a lower level - though it gets a bit repetitive/boring about halfway through so don't feel bad about putting it down once you reach that point.

    The best thing you can do to help you land a job is have some open-source side-projects (ideally on GitHub). Doesn't have to be anything major or unique - but it will help a lot for potential employers to see what your code looks like.

u/gsawgf · 2 pointsr/WGU

I've found that Schaum's Outlines are great for both understanding the material and providing practice problems, particularly in the beginning when nothing made sense. There are a number of YouTube channels that are helpful for accounting courses in general (such as Edspira and Farhat), but I don't think they're geared for the introductory accounting courses. You could give AccountingCoach a try; I've used the site for alternate explanations a few times. Investopedia has been useful for referencing terminology and putting it into context.

In addition to accounting resources, I'd suggest that you either obtain an accounting calculator (the BA II Plus is the recommended calculator) or if you've already got a TI-83/84, you learn to use the financial functions. You'll spend a fair amount of time on the time-value-of-money (TVM) functions in some of the courses, and it'll help you tremendously to understand how to use your calculator.

FWIW, I had no real accounting background, so debit/credit was kind of a weird thing to wrap my head around. It's not debit (as in subtract money) and credit (as in add money) but rather a notation (convention?) to signify what side of the t account to place the amount in. Each account (cash, accounts payable, expenses, etc.) has a normal balance on one side or the other. Cash, for example, is an asset and has a normal debit balance. Accounts Payable (a liability account) has a normal credit balance. In double entry accounting, each debit recorded will have a corresponding credit recorded, to ensure that the accounting equation (assets = liabilities + owner's equity) remains balanced. At the end of any particular period of time, you can prepare what's called a trial balance to ensure that all of the debits you've made equal all of the credits you've made, which keeps mathematical errors out of your books.

Good luck to you! I've really enjoyed all of the things I've learned about accounting so far, and I hope you enjoy them too!

u/eperdu · 1 pointr/WGU

I personally didn't like the Note Pirate or Tony Bell videos. They were just not clicking with me. I found the Managerial Accounting for Dummies book a great resource (you can find it free if you dig a little) and I also have had great luck with the Schaum's Outline books and they have one for Managerial Accounting.

If you DO like videos, I highly recommend Farhat's accounting videos. He helped me tremendously (first videos to ever do that!) in Intermediate Accounting. He has some playlists for managerial accounting (not the CCP ones) as well. I recommend checking those out.

What areas did you score lowest in your coaching report?

I found that the OA was harder than the PA. For example, in all my pre-assessments, I was scoring 100% on CVP but on the OA, I scored a meager 37.50% which means this was much more challenging on the OA than the PA. The questions were far more complex and involved.

Really know the segments dealing with overheard and how to calculate it based on various factors.

I also highly recommend the videos from the CMs that cover select chapters (1-5, 7, 8, 10, 11) as they cover the majority of the exam and all the major concepts.

The LearnSmart modules are really good at representing the spectrum of questions. I think the assessment actually matches LearnSmart modules better than the pre-assessment.

Let me know if you have other questions. I had no issues with this class and did enjoy it though Cost and Managerial Accounting was a different story! :)

u/iminarmour · 2 pointsr/WGU

I started with videos from MVA and the official Microsoft book:

And while that got me familiar with the terminology and was an okay first dip, as someone brand new to basically all IT, I still felt out of my depth. So I picked up the Sybex book by Gibson:

I read the whole thing through cover to cover, I took notes because physically writing something down helps me learn it. This book helped me a lot, I'm not sure if it was because I had already read the other book, but every chapter felt like an "ah-ha" moment, where I was really learning the material and not just memorizing facts.

I signed up for the measure up practice tests, which were for me, worth the $$.

The exam had one or two questions I don't remember being covered by the material at all, but everything I read about the test said it would, so I wasn't surprised, but it did make me a little anxious that I hadn't studied enough. Most of the questions were covered by the material though so if you've really learned your stuff, you should be able to pass it.

I watched a couple videos from CBT Nuggets with the free trial week, but they seemed about the same as the MVA videos.

I've seen a couple people ask if they could pass the exam after just watching the videos, and if you're already in IT and somewhat familiar, then I'm sure you could. If the subject is fairly new to you though, I'd say no. It may be testing fundamentals, but it's a broad subject and you really need to know how it all works together.

Hope that helps, and good luck!

u/YotaTech4x4 · 1 pointr/WGU

I passed the new Comptia Cloud+ CV0-002 exam just after if was switched over in our program in August. I didn't bother to use any of the WGU resources other than going through the labs they provided but honestly I don't think they helped. I ended up ordering the McGraw-Hill Certification Study Guide 2nd Edition book from Amazon and the companion Practice exams book with it. I read though the book and did every practice exam in it multiple times.


The material is extensively different between Ver1 and Ver2 of the exams so you'll need to make sure the material you're studying is for Ver2.

I won't lie though, when I finished the exam I didn't feel as though I had passed. The test is hard. Don't underestimate it. Comptia really did make this test a lot harder than before. I took the entire time allotted, I have my N+, Sec+ and 20 years of IT experience and this test still surprised me. Can you read the book and run through the practice exams in a week and watch the pluralsight videos a few times over in that same time and knock it out in though. Just realize it's not an easy one to breeze through. Good Luck.


u/thomasray123 · 4 pointsr/WGU

For a book, I highly recommend CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Ninth Edition (Exams 220-901 & 220-902) 9th Edition

For best overall source of study material, I highly highly recommend
Professor Messer's CompTIA 220-901 and Professor Messer's CompTIA 220-902 A+ Certification Training Course playlists on Youtube. You could use this as your sole resource if you wanted to.

u/jesfre · 3 pointsr/WGU

I don’t have any practical suggestions; I’d say take a look at how long you’re studying and if you begin to “check out”, get up and do something else for a bit.

Also read A Mind for Numbers (A Mind for Numbers: How to Excel at Math and Science (Even If You Flunked Algebra)

Best book on studying habits ever. It’s helped me a ton.

Best wishes!

u/ravegrunt · 2 pointsr/WGU

This is the version I passed! It was heavier on simulations than the previous CompTIA ones - since I don't feel comfortable saying a specific number, I would be prepared for more than, say, Network+.

The other big help I had was Mike Meyers' Passport for Security+ ( - I like books with a lot more crunch than fluff. If you have a Kindle and a few hours to review sticky spots, I'd recommend downloading it!

If you are doing okay on the WGU-provided stuff, however, just be calm, take your time on the sims, and you'll one-shot it. You do have to think a bit more out of the box than you did with A+ and N+, but it wasn't unreasonable.

Best of luck!

u/throwawaystickies · 1 pointr/WGU

Thank you!! If you don't mind my asking, if you're working a full-time job, how much time have you been allocating for the program, and in how many months are you projected to finish?

Also, do you have any tips on how I can best prepare before entering the program? I'm considering reading the Elements of Statistics during commute instead of the usual ones I read and brush up on my linear algebra to prepare.

u/[deleted] · 1 pointr/WGU

I do know it'll be a CompTIA Project+ Cert. I haven't really looked @ the material yet, I'm buried in Directory Services. I've had positive results from using the Sybex Series in the past and I've already picked up the book for Project+.

Funny, these are my two courses this term - Directory Services & Proj+.

u/pinrail · 1 pointr/WGU

No it's not. But I found a used copy of it on Amazon for like $13 plus shipping. Big classes like this I like to have physical copies. Looks like there are still a lot for sale for that price:

u/studylikehermione · 1 pointr/WGU

The videos were not enough for me, but I had no experience in IT at all. I mean none.

This book:
was awesome.

I also found a free pdf of this:

When I signed up for the exam I payed for access to the practice tests and between those three resources and a lot of studying I passed with an 86.

u/Purple_Techie · 1 pointr/WGU

I was looking to take the Software Development Fundamentals MTA.. I purchased this book before i began at WGU.. I really believed it helped me. I started 7/1passed the class on 7/3..

here is where you can find the syllabus for the exam. it lines up pretty well with the class

u/mandabutler_ · 1 pointr/WGU

I'm working on studying for this while I wait to be re-enrolled. Just purchased the all-in-one CHFI book for $30. I've used these books before for CompTIA exams and thought it might be a good place to start.

u/ilikedatsyuk · 3 pointsr/WGU

It all depends on what kind of personal experience you've had. Most people would find the A+ to be easiest. It requires 2 exams (220-901 and 220-902) on a wide variety of topics such as hardware, networking, mobile devices, and security, but it doesn't go too deep into any particular topic.

You can use the Professor Messer videos on Youtube, Mike Myers' book, and the practice tests at and to prepare.

u/peepopowitz67 · 2 pointsr/WGU

Sure thing!

It's the book that ucertify pulls its material from so you might also be able to get a PDF of the book from a course mentor. I thought there was a link somewhere in the COS but I can't find it.

u/DumpComputing · 1 pointr/WGU

I used this book and the practice test for it .

CompTIA Cloud+ Certification Study Guide, Second Edition (Exam CV0-002)

And I failed as well. It is scenario based and theory and small room for error. I came close with 690. I am so upset yet I feel accomplished. I will study again and before this month is over I will have my cert.

Side note:

How about this book? Should we be using this.

u/meeds122 · 1 pointr/WGU

I took the Net+ in November before I enrolled at WGU. I read through the Mike Myers Network+ Passport book and passed the exam no problem YMMV