Michael Sproul
Department of Economics
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Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Dec. 21, 2013

Professor Sproul was great. The best thing about his class is that it is podcasted, so I was able to watch certain parts multiple times. Some of the graphs could be overwhelming at first, and this really helped in understanding the concepts. He had some very interesting ideas, and his class was very straightforward, no tricks. The class itself was mostly conceptual, with basic math required to figure out a specific answer. I would take a class with Sproul again without hesitation.

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Dec. 15, 2012

The key to success in his class is to take good note, watch bruincast after class over and over again. And that is it. He is an abslutely great professor. He knows how to make his success. Just look at how many students taking more than one of his classes.

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Aug. 1, 2011

I will assess Sproul in the following areas: Lectures, examinations, and grading.

I took professor Sproul for ECON 11 during the summer session.

Lecture: During lecture, Sproul is very monotonous, but once you get past his monotone the class is very interesting -he presents very intuitive theories. You do not need to purchase a textbook since you will be tested on lecture material. This leads me to his examinations.

Examination: All I could say is, you need to be 100% sure you have memorized all of your lecture notes. You have 3 quizzes and a midterm.

Grading: Curves very minimally. Everyone does well so your grade really is your own. Your grade is made up of 3 quiz which are essentially midterms that are worth around 21% each. The final Exam is worth 35% and it is cumulative. The last 2% of your grade comes from uploading your lecture notes to the course website.

Overall: Take this class if you want to see the conservative side of economics. Grading is kind of rough and as a result you could easily sink your chance at the major.

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April 3, 2011

Professor Sproul is one of the best professor on campus. His tests are reasonable and his lectures are entertaining albeit the monotone. There is a lot to be learned in Econ 11 but Professor Sproul makes the material clear and concise. His grading is also lenient and reasonable.

Highly recommended.

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March 17, 2011

WHAT CLASSES DID I TAKE???
I had professor Sproul for Econ 1, 2, and 11. If I had to rank these three classes in order of difficulty (from easiest to hardest)it would be 2, 1, 11. I recieved A's in both 2 and 11, and a B+ in 1.

WHAT IS THE GRADING SYSTEM LIKE?
The grading system for all his classes is basically the same. Three quizes (60%), a final (35%), and a couple easy projects (5%).

DO I NEED TO BUY THE BOOK?
No!Don't even bother buying the book. I never used it even once. But, if you really need like you have to do the reading, he has an online textbook on his class website.

WHAT ARE HIS TESTS LIKE?
His tests are based ENTIRELY off his lecture notes. Each of the quizzes consists of about 15 mc questions and one short answer. The final was about 40 mc questions and 2 short answer. His tests are not necessarily difficult IF you put in the time to memorize his lecture notes. Also, each quiz is worth 20%, so you really cannot afford to do terrible on any one quiz or it will affect your grade.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN HIS CLASS?
The key to succeeding in Sproul's classes is to memorize his lecture notes.

ARE HIS LETURES BRUINCASTED?
In my experience, yes. All his classes were bruincasted

FINAL WORDS:
Sproul is a pretty nice guy, not the most exciting guy, but nice. Take his class, you will be lucky you had him and not some other professor.

Good Luck!

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April 11, 2010

Wow. What a nut job. Don't take him unless there is no one else on the face of the earth.

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April 5, 2010

Hard teacher, hard grader. I would avoid him if possible. What a screwing grading system and never available to talk. If you have him for an impact course like I did for Econ 11 you could easily sink your chances at the major.

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Feb. 22, 2010

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.

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Nov. 23, 2009

I first had Prof Sproul for econ 2, and loved it,
so i had him econ 11, and had a good experience and a good grade.

He doesn't curve much because just about everyone do pretty well.
So watch out! He kept me very busy.
You'll be quizzed often. (check your syllabus)

Biased lectures, monotonous... whatever!
You may get video podcast, if you do, what a luxury!
No need to buy a book because his lectures are straightfoward.
If you understood everything going on at his lecture, you'll do fine or even great!

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June 29, 2009

Sproul is a great and easy professor for Econ 11. I was dreading the class when I came in but it didn't end up being that bad. Key to success: KNOW THY LECTURE NOTES. All he does is give tons of straightforward graphs so all you really have to know is what they mean and how to duplicate them. Don't buy the book. You'll never open it so don't waste your money. He's pretty funny too in a deadpan sorta way. I had a waaay better Econ 11 experience than friends who took a different prof.

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Dec. 21, 2013

Professor Sproul was great. The best thing about his class is that it is podcasted, so I was able to watch certain parts multiple times. Some of the graphs could be overwhelming at first, and this really helped in understanding the concepts. He had some very interesting ideas, and his class was very straightforward, no tricks. The class itself was mostly conceptual, with basic math required to figure out a specific answer. I would take a class with Sproul again without hesitation.

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Dec. 15, 2012

The key to success in his class is to take good note, watch bruincast after class over and over again. And that is it. He is an abslutely great professor. He knows how to make his success. Just look at how many students taking more than one of his classes.

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Aug. 1, 2011

I will assess Sproul in the following areas: Lectures, examinations, and grading.

I took professor Sproul for ECON 11 during the summer session.

Lecture: During lecture, Sproul is very monotonous, but once you get past his monotone the class is very interesting -he presents very intuitive theories. You do not need to purchase a textbook since you will be tested on lecture material. This leads me to his examinations.

Examination: All I could say is, you need to be 100% sure you have memorized all of your lecture notes. You have 3 quizzes and a midterm.

Grading: Curves very minimally. Everyone does well so your grade really is your own. Your grade is made up of 3 quiz which are essentially midterms that are worth around 21% each. The final Exam is worth 35% and it is cumulative. The last 2% of your grade comes from uploading your lecture notes to the course website.

Overall: Take this class if you want to see the conservative side of economics. Grading is kind of rough and as a result you could easily sink your chance at the major.

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April 3, 2011

Professor Sproul is one of the best professor on campus. His tests are reasonable and his lectures are entertaining albeit the monotone. There is a lot to be learned in Econ 11 but Professor Sproul makes the material clear and concise. His grading is also lenient and reasonable.

Highly recommended.

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March 17, 2011

WHAT CLASSES DID I TAKE???
I had professor Sproul for Econ 1, 2, and 11. If I had to rank these three classes in order of difficulty (from easiest to hardest)it would be 2, 1, 11. I recieved A's in both 2 and 11, and a B+ in 1.

WHAT IS THE GRADING SYSTEM LIKE?
The grading system for all his classes is basically the same. Three quizes (60%), a final (35%), and a couple easy projects (5%).

DO I NEED TO BUY THE BOOK?
No!Don't even bother buying the book. I never used it even once. But, if you really need like you have to do the reading, he has an online textbook on his class website.

WHAT ARE HIS TESTS LIKE?
His tests are based ENTIRELY off his lecture notes. Each of the quizzes consists of about 15 mc questions and one short answer. The final was about 40 mc questions and 2 short answer. His tests are not necessarily difficult IF you put in the time to memorize his lecture notes. Also, each quiz is worth 20%, so you really cannot afford to do terrible on any one quiz or it will affect your grade.

WHAT IS THE KEY TO SUCCEEDING IN HIS CLASS?
The key to succeeding in Sproul's classes is to memorize his lecture notes.

ARE HIS LETURES BRUINCASTED?
In my experience, yes. All his classes were bruincasted

FINAL WORDS:
Sproul is a pretty nice guy, not the most exciting guy, but nice. Take his class, you will be lucky you had him and not some other professor.

Good Luck!

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April 11, 2010

Wow. What a nut job. Don't take him unless there is no one else on the face of the earth.

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April 5, 2010

Hard teacher, hard grader. I would avoid him if possible. What a screwing grading system and never available to talk. If you have him for an impact course like I did for Econ 11 you could easily sink your chances at the major.

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Feb. 22, 2010

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.

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Nov. 23, 2009

I first had Prof Sproul for econ 2, and loved it,
so i had him econ 11, and had a good experience and a good grade.

He doesn't curve much because just about everyone do pretty well.
So watch out! He kept me very busy.
You'll be quizzed often. (check your syllabus)

Biased lectures, monotonous... whatever!
You may get video podcast, if you do, what a luxury!
No need to buy a book because his lectures are straightfoward.
If you understood everything going on at his lecture, you'll do fine or even great!

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June 29, 2009

Sproul is a great and easy professor for Econ 11. I was dreading the class when I came in but it didn't end up being that bad. Key to success: KNOW THY LECTURE NOTES. All he does is give tons of straightforward graphs so all you really have to know is what they mean and how to duplicate them. Don't buy the book. You'll never open it so don't waste your money. He's pretty funny too in a deadpan sorta way. I had a waaay better Econ 11 experience than friends who took a different prof.

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3.2
Overall Rating
Based on 29 Users
Easiness 2.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 3.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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