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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.
when i first took the class, i was really scared cuz of the incredibly bad reviews he got. but honestly, he really isn't that bad. true, he tends to ramble, talk fast, and make calculation errors, but he is not a hard teacher and he tries to explain until you understand. if you put in some time, you'll do well. he posts practice problems and old tests that pretty much are exactly what he puts on the free response part of exams. he also repeats midterm mc and free response questions on the final. i took him 8 in the morning and i never regretted it. just be patient with his rambling and correct his calculation errors. this class is not hard in comparison to some other teachers so if your complaining, you obviously didnt put in enough time. its not hs anymore..study ahead
seriously all you needed to do was go to lectures and study his practice finals and notes that he posted through his website. THATS IT. the effort that you put into his class reflects the grade that you get. even though he says he doesnt give partial credit, i found that the ta's who actually graded them tried to when they could. you MUST attend class and ON TIME. ALOT of his multiple choice questions come directly from lecture and you wouldn't know the answer from just reading the book. the best econ professor i've had so far compared with hou and cunningham because he actually teaches the material that will be tested. granted he makes mistakes in lectures, but personally i would prefer a professor that makes mistakes while teaching than one that doesnt teach at all. got a solid A and definitely recommend.
I learned a lot last quarter from his class, but mostly from reading the text, doing problems, and paying attention in the TA Sessions. Be careful, he makes questions on exams based on material that is not in the text that he discusses in class lectures. My problem with him is that he made a lot of errors and mistakes on posted slides and in-class examples. He always corrected them, but I was always questioning whether or not I could count on his examples to be accurate.