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I am currently taking econ 103. while it is only the beginning of the 4th week, i can assure you that this review is comprehensive and accurate.
professor kyria is so bad she defies description. she prints the notes the book comes with and then reads them aloud in class. she does not teach. i doubt she knows how to teach. and then she assigns homework she hasn't taught and gets mad that you haven't learned enough statistics already.
her ta's try, but they suck, too. there's not enough time for them to help, and believe me, you need it badly.
She is the WORST economics professor I have ever had (if you are up to econ 103 you should know by now how bad some of them are). the TAs were so much more helpful but everyone in the class was completely lost. it doesn't help that econometrics is incredibly difficult and it's easy to get lost between the STATA commands, proofs, and everything else. if you must take this class with her, don't go to lecture and don't listen to anything Kyriazidou says because it will only confuse you and make things worse. Take Econ 103 soon after Stats 11 if you can because all the stats you forget will be the death of you.
Everything everyone else has said is absolutely true. The only reason I learned anything in that class was because I went to discussion every week. My TA was the only reason I passed. I went to lecture 2/3 of the time and almost every time I left I felt more confused than I had before. She spends WAY too much time going over useless proofs that she doesn't even test us on. She's just horrible at explaining things, I'm not sure why she chose to teach that class because it seemed obvious to me that she didn't know what she was doing. She didn't even write up her own tests, the exams she used were based off of another professor's exams, which meant they did not relate at all to what she had been teaching in class. I would've wanted to take more econometrics courses, but since my backround in it is now very weak I think my GPA would suffer if I tried to take a higher level course.
This was by far the WORST class I've ever taken at UCLA. I kept questioning why I was sitting in there everytime I went to class.
The professor sucks. There's nothing else to say except that she is completely uncaring about the students. I have to agree with one of the prevoius posters before me - once she asked if her lectures were going too quickly. Despite the resounding "YES", she said, "You should already know this already so I can't go any slower." Now, that tells me that she isn't very concerned about her students' learning.
The homework is hard and you will get no where without the TAs and being in the Econ department, you know how the TAs are. There are 6 homework assignments. The midterm and the final are just hopeless. Don't take this class with this professor if you can help it!!!
I absolutely detested this course. But, I've never been a fan of stats.
I was completely lost throughout all of the course. She kept saying you should take the quiz online to see if you know enough to take the course. It's really not a great indication. It covers the basic stuff of Stats 11, when she expects so much more than that. I got 9/10 on the quiz, and based on what she said in lecture, she expected me to know much more than I did.
It's true that everytime she asked if she was going too fast, the class said 'yes' and then she didn't do much about it. She also sometimes assumed the silence in the class was a result of it being easy, when really, I gather many were as lost as me.
I also found the lectures so painful to sit through. I ended up just not going at all. She put the lectures online. I do recognize that the stuff she adds in lecture is probably valuable, but I don't have the attention span for that, plus it's sometimes hard to see what she writes on the chalkboard.
My biggest problem with the course was the homework assignments -- they required a level of understanding that I did not have, and did not have the time to acquire. I also, unfortunately, had my TA session right before they were do, so it didn't help at all with the homework. Based on my homework grades, I was seriously freaked out I'd have to repeat this course. Fortunately, the final is worth 70% and I studied for that and passed, but quite a few miserable moments. I never went to TA sessions either.
I suspect most of my problems with the course was the subject matter, and possibly not the professor.
Her voice had the same effect as 50 fingernails screeching across the chalkboard. There was no point in going to class because Kyriazidou can't teach and she has no concern for helping students understand. When asked to slow down, she replied, "You all should know this already. This is review, I can't go any slower. YOu should review on your own." She expects us to have full background knowledge in statistical theory, but most of us have only taken Stats 11, which was nothing more than basic stats (i.e. mean, median, standard deviation...err...mean...err...range?) I hated this class and I hate myself for choosing to take it with Kyriazidou. Contemplating suicide? This professor is for you...
Worst. Professor. Ever.
Her lectures are almost straight out of the books and are very unhelpful. She gives you so much theory that you don't have time to apply them until she hands you the homework or the exam. The class has almost no one in it because her lectures are so worthless. She has, since the beginning of the quarter, asked if her lectures are going too quickly. BOTH times there was a resounding "YES" from the class. Her reaction, "You should know how to do this already so don't blame me if it's going too quickly."
What kind of help is that? Everything you see in the ratings histogram is true about her. She is the most horrible profesosor I've had at UCLA and for one of the hardest classes there is. If you can avoid her, do so. You'll thank me later.