Michael Sproul

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Principles of Economics See Full Profile

Overall 4.3 Easiness 3.4 Workload 3.7 Clarity 4.6 Helpfulness 4.2

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While many say that Sproul's class is boring, I completely disagree. He's a very interesting character and makes very funny remarks. He explains concepts very clearly during lectures. Textbook was completely useless but I only paid $4 for it so it's fine. All of his tests are based purely off of lecture so if you take good notes and memorize them, you'll get an easy A. I aced two of the midterms just by re watching the lectures. There is no homework for this class.

(Winter Quarter 2016)
Principles of Economics See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.7 Workload 3.9 Clarity 4.4 Helpfulness 4.3

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Sproul is a good teacher-really emphasizes the "real bills doctrine" which can get pretty ridiculous, but he's definitely a good teacher. I learned a lot, even though I ended up not doing as well as I thought I was going to do. The tests are like 15 multiple choice and 1 free response for the quizzes. The final is about 2 1/2 quizzes(with amount of multiple choice and free responses). The bad thing is that messing up on one quiz can screw with your grade, since he doesn't drop the lowest quiz.

(Aug. 12, 2009)
Introductory Economics See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 3.0 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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i took him for econ 1,2, and 11

just got on here to comment on the person who said that Sproul is never around to answer question. Well he gives you his cellphone number on the first day, and answers if you call...

just memorize his notes, the questions r word by word off his lecture just with different numbers(small simple numbers)

(Dec. 19, 2011)
Microeconomic Theory See Full Profile

Overall 3.2 Easiness 2.5 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.5 Helpfulness 3.5

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Mike Sproul is a great professor. He teaches concepts well, and his class wasn't hard. The quizzes were pretty straightforward and not too difficult. He had no midterm, just 3 quizzes and a final. He's also pretty humorous and talks in a monotone, nasally voice, which I think is pretty funny.

Just make sure to go to every lecture, and take notes, because that's all he tests on. You don't need to read the text, and you don't need to go to TA section. Very easy class.

(Feb. 11, 2009)
ECON 101
Microeconomic Theory See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.0 Workload 2.8 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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Overall a good, straightforward lecturer, I guess. However, I did expect a better grade in the class. And like the complaints listed below, his lecture notes, online textbooks, and online projects are only worth a couple of points (though it took me 6-7 hours to complete). He is always available at office hours to answer your questions, but when you do ask him a question, he mumbles the answers to you and never bothers to elaborate on it. His quizzes and tests are pretty tricky, so be sure to study your lecture notes well. If I had the chance to take him again...oh nevermind...why bother

(Sept. 25, 2002)
ECON 140
Inequality: Mathematical and Econometric Approach See Full Profile

Overall 3.8 Easiness 2.2 Workload 2.4 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.4

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Took Econ 101 with Sproul

Don't listen to the review below. Looney and undeserved, probably doesn't have a 4.0 nor got an A. No, I don't have a 4.0 (still pretty high though), but I got an A+ with him.

Sproul is incredible because he was the best professor that taught us for Econ 102, Econ 164, and Econ 106V. As far as his "stupid" theories, they're concepts that are built upon heavily in upper-divs, and Sproul's focus on concepts and graphs rather than quantitative analysis helped me get A's/A+'s in those three upper divs.

Don't hate the guy just cuz he's conservative. He's perhaps one of the best professors in the Economics department.

(July 3, 2014)
ECON 160
Money and Banking See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.6 Workload 2.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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I've never written a review for a professor before, but I liked Professor Sproul's class so much, I feel compelled to write something. I've graduated with an econ degree and this class is the only econ class that I feel like I actually learned something worthwhile and applicable to the real world. His quizzes are a little tricky, but if you go to class and really listen to his lectures, you'll be fine. His lectures are interesting enough to make you actually want to go to class. I ended up with a B - not the greatest, but I worked hard for it (and I usually do really poorly in econ classes). He's very fair and really wants to help students learn...I actually retained useful information from this class. I highly recommend this professor!!

(Aug. 22, 2006)
ECON 171
Industrial Organization: Theory and Tactics See Full Profile

Overall 3.0 Easiness 2.8 Workload 2.2 Clarity 3.2 Helpfulness 3.5

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Good professor, there isn't much work to do in this class, and you do learn something. His quizzes are somewhat tricky, but everything is based on a fair curve.

(Sept. 15, 2003)
Development of Economic Institutions in Western Europe See Full Profile

Overall 3.3 Easiness 2.3 Workload 2.3 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.4

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Never taken Sproul or even set foot on a California campus. I discovered him in 2007 when he was debating on the mises.org blog and discovered the backing theory that way. I've read all of his papers, he is the Einstein of modern monetary economics, people just don't realize it yet.

(July 25, 2014)
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