Julie Gardner-Treloar

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Easiness 2.4/ 5
Clarity 3.9/ 5
Workload 2.7/ 5
Helpfulness 3.2/ 5
Most Helpful Review
Winter 2020 - This class is not very difficult for an introductory tax course since the course reader ($82) basically covers the entire material reflected in the exams. The textbook is helpful if anything during lecture was unclear, but the homework isn’t really reflective of the exams so I’d do it as a last resort. With that said, the concepts alone may not be very difficult to memorize, but they can get pretty complicated when they’re intertwined into one question, especially when there are phase outs involved. Do not expect practice exams. She will simply give you a single sheet of paper to show you the format of the exam. The assignments which each consist of 5% of your grade (20% for 4 assignments total) are also not helpful for the exams, but solidify the concepts discussed during any previous lectures. Make sure you do them correctly though because she will take points off for any little thing!! Read the instructions correctly and try looking the solution up online if you’re unsure of your answer. I found that the solutions online are outdated given the tax law changes but are similar enough to make sure you’re on the right track. The final was WAY harder than the midterm..Due to the present circumstances, we had to do the final remotely online which was fine because we had multiple choice questions on the midterm anyway. Anyways, the final was on CCLE and she made it so we couldn’t go back and revise any of our answers which was EXTREMELY frustrating because I would remember halfways through the exam how to answer a question that I guessed on, but obviously couldn’t go back..Oh and she didnt even bother to mention how many questions were on the final so how the heck were we suppose to pace ourselves??? I wasn’t sure if I was going too slow or if I had time! Hopefully she changes this policy for those taking her next quarter also online. To put it into perspective, I was one of the 13 people who got between As and Bs prior to the final and failed the final <50%. Gardner is funny and an amazing lecturer, but don’t take her exams for granted.
Easiness N/A/ 5
Clarity N/A/ 5
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