Gary Galles

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Organization of Firms See Full Profile

Overall 2.5 Easiness 1.2 Workload 1.0 Clarity 2.8 Helpfulness 2.8

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I took his Organizations course and he is a entertaining lecturer, but he will not teach you anything for the exams. Everyone is freaked out before the exam and afterward too. He doesn't show up on the final day in fear of being shot for his evil exams I guess. His grader gives bad grades in hopes to keep up the reputation of a stupid Pepperdine professor. I used to go to office hours and study a lot (even made a notebook of reading notes) but didn't help. You have to "just" answer the 200+ (not kidding) questions listed in the beginning of the coursepacket and memorize each answer before the test. I think he has too much benefit of the doubt teaching at UCLA--a little too conveniently set income for poor performance.

(Feb. 20, 2009)
ECON 130
Public Finance See Full Profile

Overall 2.0 Easiness 1.8 Workload 1.2 Clarity 2.5 Helpfulness 2.5

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I did bad in the class primarily because I had some difficulty staying awake in his 7:30 a.m. lectures, and Galles tends to teach at a relatively fast pace. However, he is a very dynamic speaker, and even with a class that early, I have observed the vast majority of students were wide awake and listened attentatively to his lectures. The things you learn from the public finance course are actually quite profound and interesting. I found Social Security and Medicare to be of great relevance.

Study his questions in his course reader for the midterm and final. It certainly helps to read them BEFORE coming to lecture and answer them SOON after he covers it in class. It also helps to have a tape recorder for his class, especially when you start losing track or cannot keep up with what he says. Reading the book can clarify the concepts he covers, but I did not find that alone to be sufficient in preparation for his exams. My advice is to take really good notes in lecture and have a tape recorder as some sort of back-up.

(Jan. 14, 2003)
ECON 137
Introduction to Urban and Regional Economics See Full Profile

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ECON 170
Industrial Organization: Theory and Tactics See Full Profile

Overall 2.4 Easiness 1.6 Workload 1.4 Clarity 2.9 Helpfulness 2.4

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The review below is pretty much exactly what I had to say. You have to listen back to the lectures. It does take a ton of time. But if you are willing to put in the time, the class isn't bad. The topics are also interesting and he is an entertaining lecturer so the 2.5 hours of class isn't too bad. But make sure you know the answers to all the questions in the reader.

(April 11, 2007)
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