Teaching Accounting: 10 Tips for Teaching Accounting Subject

 Teaching Accounting: 10 Tips for Teaching Accounting Subject

Teaching accounting subject is very easy for those with some years of experience in accounting field but for those new in the teaching profession, this subject will look very difficult because of large number of problem which are fully practical just like the almighty mathematics.

So before teaching accounting, you should learn some tips for better teaching of the subject, so you won't come to the classroom without adequate knowledge of what you want to teach which can cause low confidence in the teacher, students making mockery of the teacher or in most cases the teacher is sacked by the school management.

This article highlights some important tips for teaching accounting subject in colleges or universities. Please act upon the following tips, I hope it will help you become a good accounting teacher.

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Here are 10 Tips for teaching Accounting subject in schools

1. Every chapter of accounting subject is new and different from the previous chapter. So before starting any new topic or any chapter, study all the contents of chapter carefully to equip yourself of basic knowledge of the new chapter before entering into the classroom.

2. Always start a new chapter in accounting with fundamental theory or background of the topic. Don't try to skip theory and go straight to practical because some average or slow learning students can not follow all practical without understanding the theory aspect of the topic first. For example, a teacher who wants to teach balance sheet should first define balance sheet, explain the meaning of assets and liabilities before going to the practical aspect. Going straight to practical might make it difficult for the students to understand the entire topic.

3. Do not be too bookish, try some practical example of accounting from our day-to-day life and your market business's accounting (trading, profit and loss account) or your country's companies accounting. Furthermore, teach what the students can relate with. Don't teach too much theories, unless you want the students to dislike the practical aspect.

4. Often see the interest and suitability of your students before continuance in your topic and try to link your topic with the interest of students. Because the students won't forget those topics learnt under their interest in their whole life.

5. After solving some practical question in the classroom, give the students some questions to try on their own in the class. Watch them very closely so they don't copy from their peers in class. Also give them some take home tasks so they can check what they learnt in the class. Those take home tasks should also the reviewed the next time the students have accounting so they can do corrections in areas they got wrong.

Teaching Accounting: 10 Tips for Teaching Accounting Subject

6. Do not take tuition accounting classes just for the sake of earning money because it will lower your reputation in the heart and eyes of students. Teaching professionally is not just to earn money but also to build the students to become good accountants in future. Don't damage your reputation as a teacher who only wants money from students without teaching them what they paid for.

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7. Don't depend wholly on only one textbook. Sometimes, there are some mistakes in it, so try to refer to more than one textbooks on accounting. Personally as an accounting teacher, I teach my students with Essential accounting and Simplified accounting and bookkeeping textbooks and other recommended textbooks for accounting students in Nigeria. It will also be better if you are conversant with new technologies like the Internet and make sure to give updated contents of the topics. There are many blogs like trendingccounting.com which offer accounting education for teachers and professionals, try to visit them often.

8. Always take care of each topic before moving on to the next one. Don't try to mix it with other topics in accounting because it can cause confusion in the young brain of your students. Your method of teaching accounting should be based on one specific topic at a time while you teach your students in the class.

9. Try to create accounting community or social network with other accounting teachers through Internet or via friend cycle so that if you have any problem on a topic you are to teach on accounting, you can solve it with the help of your accounting teaching community or social network before going to the classroom to teach the students.

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10. Finally, get rid of the habit of leaving difficult problems in accounting. This character is mainly exhibited by accounting teachers and other subjects involving calculation. I came across some accounting teachers who abandoned all difficult problems in accounting subject just because they don't understand it. Or they will give it to the students as homework. Dear accounting teachers, as a teacher, it doesn't means you are an expert or a genius in accounting, you are also a student. So as a student, you must learn everyday. You can also enroll in tutorials, seminars etc so you can learn more.


These are the 10 tips for teaching Accounting subject in schools, in addition to the points stated above, the teacher should be willing and ready to answer questions from the students without making them feel like they are dull. He/she should also watch them especially when they are solving each problem on accounting in class.

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