Chris Surro

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ECON 1
Principles of Economics Full Profile > N/A Overall N/A Easiness N/A Workload N/A Clarity N/A Helpfulness
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Principles of Economics See Full Profile

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ECON 2
Principles of Economics See Full Profile

Overall 4.4 Easiness 3.6 Workload 4.0 Clarity 4.8 Helpfulness 4.8

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Took Econ 2 with Chris and boy, he's a good teacher. There's no need to buy the textbook at all, everything he tests on are within the slides he uploads and teaches with each class. He's pretty young I think a phd student and without a doubt I would sign up for any class he teaches tbh.
There were weekly quizzes that were extra credit (if I'm remembering correctly) on the final grade/test. He's super clear in the concepts and easy to talk to if you want more help after class. I'd say going over his slides and using mind tap practice questions are the best way to ace this class.

(Fall Quarter 2018)
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ECON 11
Microeconomic Theory See Full Profile

Overall 3.6 Easiness 2.3 Workload 3.6 Clarity 3.4 Helpfulness 3.7

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Surro's lectures are worth attending if you want an overview, but I didn't find attending them necessary since he posts the notes on ccle. The workload wasn't too bad but he has a tendency to water-down the lecture material, as the problem set questions are much easier than the ones you will encounter on the midterm and final exams. With that said, it's definitely important to understand the concepts at a deep level. The final consisted of 10 short and 3 long frqs (no multiple choice), and his exams are extremely long and tedious, favoring students with better computation skills. As a heads up, the class is curved based on the econ department policy, so you will be competing to earn a good grade.

(Fall Quarter 2019)
ECON 102
Macroeconomic Theory See Full Profile

Overall 4.8 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.2 Clarity 5.0 Helpfulness 5.0

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Chris is an example of what every economics professor should be at UCLA. Not only does he explain everything very thoroughly and clearly, but he also cares so much about his students. He really wants every student to learn the concepts well and his tests are very fair. He did a great job of incorporating how everything we learned connected to the real world and also explained the different economic schools of thought and economists that backed the models we learned which many Econ classes fail to do. He also gives many additional opportunities to cushion your grade if you don’t do well on exams which is pretty rare for an Econ class. You can get bonus points by going to lecture and section, completing quizzes after lecture, etc. There were also 2 problem sets in the class that were decently long but really prepared you for the midterm and final exam. Also, all quizzes and problem sets were only graded for completion. Chris always made sure that he was available to answer any questions students had through a site called CampusWire which really helped me out with last minute questions before exams. He held review sessions before exams as well. All in all, I thought I didn’t like macro but this class made me love it and I really enjoyed taking it. Definitely gonna try to take another class with him. 100% recommend taking 102 with him if you still need to take it. Chris is the man!!

(Spring Quarter 2019)
ECON 165
History of Capitalism in American Economy See Full Profile

Overall 4.5 Easiness 3.5 Workload 3.5 Clarity 4.5 Helpfulness 5.0

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Highly recommend this class. Chris is an excellent professor who is genuinely passionate about teaching. All his assignments were very reasonable and clear, and he's really helpful during office horus too. This is an essay-based rather than exams-based class which is a nice change from the Econ prereqs. I wish he taught more electives, I would take every Econ class with Chris if I could!

(Spring Quarter 2020)
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