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Worst class I’ve taken at UCLA, not even close. Bigio Luks was a horrendous lecturer. I learned absolutely nothing from his lectures. so many times he just popped an equation with 10 variables on the screen, stared at it, and realized he can’t explain it so he just goes “you can check the textbook to figure it out”. He tried to hide his terrible teaching with a decent grade distribution, but in terms of how much I learned in the class I deserved to fail. If u care abt learning economics, do not take 102 with Bigio Luks, try to get anyone else. If u don’t care and just want to get the class over with, be prepared to be carry an underlying sense of frustration and existential dread everyday for the quarter because you will live with the anxiety of wasting your college degree on such a useless class.
Professor Saki Bigio is the worst professor I've had at UCLA so far, which is saying a lot. I completely understand that macroeconomics at this level is challenging and confusing, but Professor Bigio made it 100x harder for all the students through challenging tests, providing no examples in class, and just overall not being helpful or approachable. I'd say the TAs discussions and notes carried any aspect of learning in this class. Saki would go through maybe 60 slides in a lecture but literally none of it would be helpful in any way whatsoever. The one time he did an example in class he did it incorrectly and it was so pathetic I could hear students snickering. He also is just snarky in general and oftentimes passive-aggressive. During the TA strike some students emailed him about having a no harm final. He responded in a way that basically said "F you stop bothering me" when he could have just been respectful about students concerns. He also closed out the class in a message which said "[Macro] is not difficult to grasp. ", which is pretty condescending considering most people struggled in this class. This class made me cry tears of frustration and anger and I do not recommend it at all.
This was the worst Econ professor I have had thus far. The majority of the class stopped attending lectures because they were useless and he was horrible at explaining things. The TA's helped, but the midterm was extremely difficult (but was curved up) and the final was also pretty difficult but less excruciating than the midterm. Take this class with literally any other professor.