Spring 2017 - I took Econ 1 with Omer during Spring 2017 because it was listed as "the staff" on class planner and this class was hard as shit. I would not take this class unless you are really good at econ- I didn't know anything about econ, kind of interested to learn (since it's the most introductory class) and he taught it like an upper division class for Econ majors. The class breakdown was supposed to be one midterm and one final, but the TAs were so late to the midterm that he decided to do do 20% take home quiz, 20% midterm and 60% final. The tests are completely unnecessarily hard and the TAs are totally useless. I dont know how Econ 101 is with him, but he is a very difficult teacher to understand.
To be honest, I was horrified to find out that 1. this class was at 8am, 2. all the reviews on him were horrible. But after attending lectures and discussions, I realize he isnt that bad at all. Yes, he does makes plenty of mistakes but that's because he works out the problems with us in class. I love the way he lectures because instead of just teaching off powerpoints (which makes it impossible to take notes, b/c i cant write fast enough) he actually goes problem by problem on the board and writes everything down as he goes. His tests are very predictable as he posts pass midterms and the TAs are helpful (especially Tzu-yu Kao, she's awesome). The only bad thing I can say is that considering how he makes mistakes doing his own problems on the board, he doesn't give partial credit whatsoever on his tests. On the midterm, I actually COPIED one number wrong but solved the entire problem with the correct method but didn't get any points for it (but you find out later that the TA's sometimes TRY to let small things go) You can easily do well in the class by being careful on the exams and just go to lectures.
OK professor, but as most people said, BORING! I swear, you have to either be high on caffeine or have slept right before class in order to keep awake. Before I realized that, every time I went to class I had to fight off sleeping. Then I started taking naps right before class, which was fine, and then I finally realized that it's pointless to go to his lectures, because all he does is read off the slides. Guess what, you can do that yourself, even better. The tests are not easy, I would say they're medium difficulty; however, he does put in a problem which is usually tricky, that's what separates the a's from the b's. so be on the watch out for those tricky questions. TA sessions are vital, make sure you go to them.
Summer 2015 - His exams and problem sets are very hard. But don't let that discourage you from taking his class. His lectures are usually very organized along with the lecture notes (though you still need to go to class because he doesn't annotate everything in the lecture notes). He gave out extra credits. The class is not curved, which worked to my advantage, so if you are willing to work hard, you can do well. I noticed that each professor teaches Econ 101 differently, I think we focused a little more on Game Theory in this class. Not just the conceptual Game theory, but actually used math to do calculations for game theories. It was a little more than what I would have liked since I'm not a strong math person. Overall, expect to work hard. Each of his problem sets takes me HOURS. Once, I procrastinated and it took me almost 10 hours to complete 4 problems and I still did them wrong. So, a good tip: do one homework problem per day. I feel like he is a little elusive during office hours. Maybe he is just too smart that he doesn't get why some us don't get it. Also, his office hours gets really crowded so it's better to work together with other classmates because you will not be able to get all your questions answered. There's extra credit called "Collaboration", essentially it's a study group and if you contribute to the study group, you get easy 10% EC. This made the class bearable.
Copic....where to start. He was entertaining if nothing else, pretty disjointed lectures and lecture notes, but that still ended up somehow relevant to game theory. Some random extra credit thrown in. Tests that exactly mirrored the questions given in class. His energetic attitude and random nature leave you with a whirlwind feeling wondering what just happened after finishing the class, but his class is almost certainly easier and more fun than the other 101 teachers out there. I'd say take it, just be prepared for a weird ride.
He is great. His dry humor keeps the class interesting and he spends more than enough time on each concept so that you really understand what is going on. This class is so easy that I feel like it should have been a prerequisite for Econ 11. His tests are fair, just do the problem sets and you will be fine. Go to lecture, do not buy the book.
Winter 2022 - Currently taking it -- Haanwinckel is a nice guy but TERRIBLE teacher if he's teaching anything for Spring 2022 try ur best to find a different professor. He makes jokes about how many typos there are on his slides, had a question on our midterm where none of the answers were right, consistently puts confusing concepts on slides and then ends it with "you don't have to know this", and overall has trouble putting his thoughts in an intuitive way while teaching. Worst professor I've had at UCLA so far.
Very organized lectures. Gives sample midterm and final a few days before so you can study. Tests are the exact same format as the reviews. Don't get the book, it's worthless. Discussions are worthwhile if you have a good TA. If you attend all lectures and discussions and can grasp the material pretty well you will get a good grade. Review sessions by the TAs are pretty worthless. All they do is go over the sample midterm/final, which is what they do during discussion during that week anyways.