All Ratings and Reviews for Michael Sproul
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.
Going to quote below post cause it's so accurate:
"Prof Sproul is THE BEST! His lectures are so funny. He makes the material very interesting, and class was always something to look forward to. He is very good at explaining things.
Even better, there is no homework, and textbook/discussion is not necessary! Grade is based entirely on tests, which come directly from his lectures. So just go to class (or watch podcasts), memorize his graphs, understand the material (which is largely common sense) and you will get an A."
Hands down my favorite professor EVER.
Got my first A+ at UCLA. He makes everything very clear, and explains things very visually i.e. great for visual learners.
Professor Sproul is one of the greatest professors that I have ever met in the entire UCLA organization. He is very effective in teaching, he always tries hard to help the students understand very concepts anytime. He even gives out his personal cellular phone number to the students! I truly recommend professor Sproul! But don't misunderstand. He is not easy. His grading scale is not generous either. But as long as you put your effort and time, you will be okay.
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.
He gives many real world examples so you actually learn something in his class, but his lectures aren't very organized, and the class as a whole is just a mixture of various econ topics that dont seem to be connected in any way. I took 171 and 101 at the same time, and 171 covered the exact same topics as 101 but in a slightly different order. So in the end, after the quarter, I had no clue how industrial organization differed from anything else I've learned in other econ classes. His quizzes are alright, but they can be pretty tricky at times. And he definitely makes you do projects that take a long time and are barely worth any points.
I really enjoyed Sproul.
He keeps lectures very interesting and comical relating them to real events in world. Also there are three quizzes rather than a midterm and they are all based on his lectures rather than the reading which makes it very easy to succeed if you pay attention.
I recommend taking this class as it is both interesting and easy to do well in.
Good professor, but he gives monotone and extremely dry lectures. You must know every example he gives to succeed in this class, but he is kind and willing to help. Far more difficult than I expected, but I got an A+ in the end.
COMPLETELY Agree with the Person Below me! TAKE HIM! HE ROCKS!!!!!
I didn't care too much for Professor Sproul. The good thing is that he does a million different examples for the same thing so it is easier to sink in, but lectures seem a little different then the quizzes (which are essentially midterms) and the final. If you know the concepts of things and the examples he does in class you'll do fine. His classes are all podcasted which is good but he's very monotone so his podcasts are more boring than lecture. Not too bad for Econ 1 though.
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