Randall Rojas
Department of Statistics
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Jan. 5, 2016

**Selling textbook: Principles of Economics 7th Edition WITH unused Mindtap account for $120** Original is $150

Book is in perfect condition, and is used in Econ 1 & Econ 2.

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June 27, 2015

I am taking ECON106V in the summer session and now struggling on my homework. This course involves the usage of some stupid online tool called "connect". It charges me a significant amount of money and the information presented has little to do with what Rojas is teaching in the lecture. I have to read EVERY PARAGRAPH to complete the homework problems. Searching online is even more helpful than staring at the book with no clear examples. Hope I can survive.

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April 1, 2015

===Selling textbook===

For Econ 1 & Econ 2

Principles of Economics, 7th edition hardcover (without access code)

Tel: 310-307-9720

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March 29, 2015

Econ 1
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sell my book, with free notes and printed exams from test bank.
If interested, please msg me: 4242911002

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March 22, 2015

**ECON 1**

Professor Rojas goes quite slowly through the material compared to Sproul. He uploads lecture slides online, but I would still recommend attending class. The graphs can become complicated and confusing if you don't hear Rojas explain them step-by-step in person.

The grading is based on 15% homework, 20% midterm 1, 20% midterm 2, and 45% final. The homework assignments are online, and they're great practice! A lot of the exam questions are similar to those in the homework. Each midterm consists of 25 multiple choice questions, and the final has 75 multiple choice. The exams are not terribly hard; if you can get your hands on past exams, that helps a lot! Section is not mandatory and, quite frankly, isn't very helpful.

Overall, it's a relatively straightforward class. Rojas does a good job explaining concepts, and he sincerely cares that everyone understands the material.

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Feb. 16, 2015

*I took econ 1 with him*
Maybe prior to winter 2015, he was great, but since then, I doubted because MindTap is a big problem for him.
His lectures follow the textbooks to correspond with MindTap questions. However, in correspondence with MindTap, when we were in chapter 6, Pro. Sproul's class has covered chapter 13. Well he is the one to make the exam so this is not a big deal. He is good at explaining stuff and reading textbook can make you succeed in understanding the material. Basically, you don't need to go to lecture if you have the book, and you don't need the book if you go to his lecture.
Here comes the shit. Online code is needed to access to MindTap in order to do and submit. The code is around $120 and the book is around $140. IT IS NOT WORTHY! Also, MindTap processess very slowly. If you focus yourself on the homework without any distraction, MindTap will cost you 2 times more than doing paper homework because this website processes slowly. The WORST is that after midterm, the time homework is posted and due is unpredictable because everything is a mess.
I will recommend him when he is not using any online technique to "help study".

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Jan. 31, 2015

I think Rojas stinks. I took him for Econ 41 awhile back, and took him for 106V last quarter.

Econ 41 was terrible. The lectures were dry, basic, and a waste of time. I stopped going. The TAs stunk, the orange textbook was horrible, and I ended up depending on AP Stats knowledge. He posted old midterms, and I crammed the night before and regurgitated the answers because the tests ended up being nearly identical. But according to the more recent reviews below, this doesn't seem like this is the case for his Econ 41 class anymore. Also, his final was impossible. He teaches this class out of the scope of what it should be, and a lot of the methods are outdated. Using tables for different distributions has been totally obsolete for the past ~30 years. This class doesn't prepare you for 103 at all because it is taught in a stupid, time wasting, overly rigorous way.

106V was slightly less crappy, but again, if you want to actually learn to invest, you're better off teaching yourself than putting yourself through this class. Once again, Rojas may know the theory behind things, but I find it hard to have someone teaching a class like INVESTMENTS. Once again, just regurgitated the powerpoints and the HW back onto the tests and got an A. Math 141 is a much better class.

Having him teach 3 Econ classes every quarter as a Physics/Stats PhD (admittedly, some of the Econ classes he teaches are are just stats) just goes to show you the state of the UCLA Economics department.

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Dec. 25, 2014

I think Rojas is just OK as a professor, at least for Econ 41. I had him for Econ 1 as well, and thought that class was much more straight forward. But I'll talk about Econ 41 instead.

Sure, he has extremely neat hand writing and is very systematic during his lectures, but I was bored to death the whole time.

If you don't have a Stats background, I feel like you'll be in a for a tough time. His notes are basic and the examples he gives are easy. This, mixed with the atrocious textbook, in which he assigns practice problems out of, made it hard for me to learn own my own. I went to a few different TAs and none of them were that great, and they grade pretty harshly.

The previous midterms he gave us to practice were a lot easier, and the midterm practice problems were not even that related to the actual tests. You will also be in trouble if your Calc isn't up to par.

I thought the first midterm was about average difficulty, second midterm was harder but I did much better because it was mostly calc, and I thought the final was pretty ridiculous. The biggest issue on the midterms for me was the time restriction.

Overall, Rojas is not bad, but not great for Econ 41. I heard he is very good for 103 though.

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Aug. 1, 2014

TOOK ECON 1

Pretty good professor. Explains concepts in debt and encourages questions.

Selling Modern Principles of Economics for a great price. Text me (818) 317-2230

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June 25, 2014

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Well, I liked him as a lecturer, he goes slow and is methodical in explaining (though my memory is a bit rusty since I took the class 2 years ago).

The tests are so hard though if you aren't good at managing time. I'm a really slow test taker so I wasn't able to finish my midterms. They're also during class time and he takes away 10 min for passing out and collecting so it's only an hour to take it.

Definitely do the homework because if you don't have a formula down, it'll take up too much time to remember during a test.

I had a really good TA and even that didn't help me. It was the only class I ever dropped just because I'm a slow ass test taker! That really sucked, but I'm sure most people will do fine in it because the professor is good.

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Jan. 5, 2016

**Selling textbook: Principles of Economics 7th Edition WITH unused Mindtap account for $120** Original is $150

Book is in perfect condition, and is used in Econ 1 & Econ 2.

Call or text (714) 235-8843 if interested.

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June 27, 2015

I am taking ECON106V in the summer session and now struggling on my homework. This course involves the usage of some stupid online tool called "connect". It charges me a significant amount of money and the information presented has little to do with what Rojas is teaching in the lecture. I have to read EVERY PARAGRAPH to complete the homework problems. Searching online is even more helpful than staring at the book with no clear examples. Hope I can survive.

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April 1, 2015

===Selling textbook===

For Econ 1 & Econ 2

Principles of Economics, 7th edition hardcover (without access code)

Tel: 310-307-9720

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March 29, 2015

Econ 1
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sell my book, with free notes and printed exams from test bank.
If interested, please msg me: 4242911002

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March 22, 2015

**ECON 1**

Professor Rojas goes quite slowly through the material compared to Sproul. He uploads lecture slides online, but I would still recommend attending class. The graphs can become complicated and confusing if you don't hear Rojas explain them step-by-step in person.

The grading is based on 15% homework, 20% midterm 1, 20% midterm 2, and 45% final. The homework assignments are online, and they're great practice! A lot of the exam questions are similar to those in the homework. Each midterm consists of 25 multiple choice questions, and the final has 75 multiple choice. The exams are not terribly hard; if you can get your hands on past exams, that helps a lot! Section is not mandatory and, quite frankly, isn't very helpful.

Overall, it's a relatively straightforward class. Rojas does a good job explaining concepts, and he sincerely cares that everyone understands the material.

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Feb. 16, 2015

*I took econ 1 with him*
Maybe prior to winter 2015, he was great, but since then, I doubted because MindTap is a big problem for him.
His lectures follow the textbooks to correspond with MindTap questions. However, in correspondence with MindTap, when we were in chapter 6, Pro. Sproul's class has covered chapter 13. Well he is the one to make the exam so this is not a big deal. He is good at explaining stuff and reading textbook can make you succeed in understanding the material. Basically, you don't need to go to lecture if you have the book, and you don't need the book if you go to his lecture.
Here comes the shit. Online code is needed to access to MindTap in order to do and submit. The code is around $120 and the book is around $140. IT IS NOT WORTHY! Also, MindTap processess very slowly. If you focus yourself on the homework without any distraction, MindTap will cost you 2 times more than doing paper homework because this website processes slowly. The WORST is that after midterm, the time homework is posted and due is unpredictable because everything is a mess.
I will recommend him when he is not using any online technique to "help study".

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Jan. 31, 2015

I think Rojas stinks. I took him for Econ 41 awhile back, and took him for 106V last quarter.

Econ 41 was terrible. The lectures were dry, basic, and a waste of time. I stopped going. The TAs stunk, the orange textbook was horrible, and I ended up depending on AP Stats knowledge. He posted old midterms, and I crammed the night before and regurgitated the answers because the tests ended up being nearly identical. But according to the more recent reviews below, this doesn't seem like this is the case for his Econ 41 class anymore. Also, his final was impossible. He teaches this class out of the scope of what it should be, and a lot of the methods are outdated. Using tables for different distributions has been totally obsolete for the past ~30 years. This class doesn't prepare you for 103 at all because it is taught in a stupid, time wasting, overly rigorous way.

106V was slightly less crappy, but again, if you want to actually learn to invest, you're better off teaching yourself than putting yourself through this class. Once again, Rojas may know the theory behind things, but I find it hard to have someone teaching a class like INVESTMENTS. Once again, just regurgitated the powerpoints and the HW back onto the tests and got an A. Math 141 is a much better class.

Having him teach 3 Econ classes every quarter as a Physics/Stats PhD (admittedly, some of the Econ classes he teaches are are just stats) just goes to show you the state of the UCLA Economics department.

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Dec. 25, 2014

I think Rojas is just OK as a professor, at least for Econ 41. I had him for Econ 1 as well, and thought that class was much more straight forward. But I'll talk about Econ 41 instead.

Sure, he has extremely neat hand writing and is very systematic during his lectures, but I was bored to death the whole time.

If you don't have a Stats background, I feel like you'll be in a for a tough time. His notes are basic and the examples he gives are easy. This, mixed with the atrocious textbook, in which he assigns practice problems out of, made it hard for me to learn own my own. I went to a few different TAs and none of them were that great, and they grade pretty harshly.

The previous midterms he gave us to practice were a lot easier, and the midterm practice problems were not even that related to the actual tests. You will also be in trouble if your Calc isn't up to par.

I thought the first midterm was about average difficulty, second midterm was harder but I did much better because it was mostly calc, and I thought the final was pretty ridiculous. The biggest issue on the midterms for me was the time restriction.

Overall, Rojas is not bad, but not great for Econ 41. I heard he is very good for 103 though.

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Aug. 1, 2014

TOOK ECON 1

Pretty good professor. Explains concepts in debt and encourages questions.

Selling Modern Principles of Economics for a great price. Text me (818) 317-2230

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June 25, 2014

TOOK ECON 1

Well, I liked him as a lecturer, he goes slow and is methodical in explaining (though my memory is a bit rusty since I took the class 2 years ago).

The tests are so hard though if you aren't good at managing time. I'm a really slow test taker so I wasn't able to finish my midterms. They're also during class time and he takes away 10 min for passing out and collecting so it's only an hour to take it.

Definitely do the homework because if you don't have a formula down, it'll take up too much time to remember during a test.

I had a really good TA and even that didn't help me. It was the only class I ever dropped just because I'm a slow ass test taker! That really sucked, but I'm sure most people will do fine in it because the professor is good.

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3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 29 User s
Easiness 2.3 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.3 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 2.5 / 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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