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I actually found Macroeconomics to be very interesting. I was surprised to find that I enjoyed it even more than Microeconomics. The cohort videos are very helpful, and the text is relevant as well. With this course I was able to follow my standard formula of: (1) Listen to/watch the cohorts, (2) Take the Pre Assessment, (3) Do targeted study based on the coaching report, (4) Take the Objective Assessment.
My advice for this course would be to familiarize yourself with the graphable concepts. That is, if a concept can be put on a graph, make sure you understand it well. This would include things like Aggregate Supply/Demand/Equilibrium, interest, the difference in supply-curves in Keynesian vs. Classical economics, how Fiscal (Government) and Monetary (Federal Reserve) policies affect supply/demand curves, etc.
- Downloaded cohorts
- Converted to mp3
- Uploaded to overcast
- Listened to the Cohorts for Units 1 and 2
Day 2: (1) Listened to the Cohorts for Units 3 and 4, (2) Took Pre Asssessment
After Pre Assessment #1 (Competent):
The Pre Assessment was not difficult (even though I did quite poorly), but there are some areas covered in the PA which are not covered in the cohorts. My coaching report brought to light a few obvious opportunities for improvement. Combining the coaching report with the topics not-covered by the cohorts gave me a clear path of targeted study.
Day 3: (1) Read Chapter X,
Day 4: (1) Read the first half of Chapter Y, (2) Read the Summary for Chapter Y, (3) Read the Summary for Chapter Z (4) Scheduled OA
Day 5: (1) Took the OA
After the Objective Assessment (Competent):
Thankfully the PA was very representative of the OA. Studying my weak areas, especially those identified in my coaching report, was really effective in preparing for the OA. There were still some questions on the OA that were difficult for me, but all-in-all I didn’t find it to be much trouble.