Microeconomic Theory

Chris Surro

Microeconomic Theory

Economics department

Chris Surro

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Overall 3.9
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Hard
Easiness of class 2.7
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Workload 3.6
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Not Clear
Clarity of professor 3.9
Clear
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.1
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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Tough Tests

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Fall 2020
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Fall 2019
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Reviews

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 25, 2020
Grade Received: B+

prof clearly cares a lot about the wellbeing and understanding of students, i think the use of campuswire in particular was an excellent tool for engagement. couldn't attend TA sessions because of time differences so i have no idea how helpful they are. i will say that it is so unfortunate that the exams, while open notes, are much harder than the problem set questions that were assigned. that made exams unpredictable and confusing for me and others!

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted July 13, 2020 Grade Received: B-

the exams were so much more difficult in comparison to the problem sets. he speaks clearly, but his actual teaching can differ in quality. i think it mainly depends on preparedness. this class was super stressful because the exams were unpredictable, and there wasn't a straightforward connection to the problems done in lecture/homework. he is nice and genuinely tries to help students, but this class was just so frustrating.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 23, 2020
Grade Received: A+

My FAVORITE class ever!!! If you can, please choose Chris at all cost. He is the best! I really love his teaching philosophy, that it is more important for student to understand the class materials than simply getting an easy A. Sometimes it is really tempting to choose some 'easy classes' but I feel like I did not learning anything at the end of the day. For this class, yes it is not that easy, but I did feel I learn a LOT and fall into deeper love with Economics.

A few tips for this class(I hope they are useful):
1. Do all the problem sets and quizzes, even if they are not required. The quizzes are super easy, but the problem sets may be a bit more challenging, and more on the intuition side of the problem. But since the midterm and final have a bunch of questions that requires us to understand those intuition, it would be better just to do all the problem sets.
2. Go to office hours!! Chris is super helpful and approachable, and he can explain everything in a logical manner.

In short, I really really really recommend taking Econ 11 with Chris!!! You will learn more than you expected. : )

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 23, 2020
Grade Received: A+

I really, really like Prof. Surro. I cannot say enough great things about him. For this class, your TA is extremely important. I had Andrew Hess, and if you can get him, he is amazing. Both Andrew and Prof. Surro are extremely straightforward when explaining content. The class is also graded very easily. There is a lot of opportunity for extra credit. Quizzes and problem sets are based on completion. With that being said, the midterm and final are a big chunk of your grade and are a lot harder than the quizzes and problem sets. Prof. Surro wants you to understand the concepts, not just regurgitate formulas and definitions. What worked for me was watching all of the lectures and going to discussion, most people did not go at all. The lectures are also all typed up in separate notes from the handwritten notes he uploads. Even though the tests are difficult, all of the information is given to you (also open notes). If you use all of the material given and do A LOT of practice problems, this class is manageable.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2020
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Submitted Dec. 9, 2020
Grade Received: N/A

I was expecting this class to be much harder than it was, HOWEVER you really need to put in the work to do well. Professor Surro is pretty clear in his lectures, however they aren't super engaging and the examples that he does in lecture are much easier than what you will be tested on. The problem sets and quizzes are optional, but DO THEM because they are only graded on participation and they actually help your grade a lot. Also, he never mentions this in class, but be active on campuswire because you get points for that too. Respond to people's questions and ask questions on there if you have any because you get points for that. This class was pretty difficult, but you can do well if you really understand the concepts and are able to apply them to more difficult questions.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Feb. 10, 2020 Grade Received: B-

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.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Jan. 31, 2020 Grade Received: C

Midterm and final are insane. And TAs are useless because they assume you know all the materials. You'd better to read the books and pay attention to classes otherwise exams will destroy your GPA.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 29, 2019 Grade Received: A

Professor Surro is a really caring and knowledgeable professor. His exams are extremely doable as long as you go to the lectures, but theTA sections are not helpful unless you don't get the materials he went over in class. Overall, I would highly recommend taking this class with him.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2019 Submitted Dec. 20, 2019 Grade Received: B

Hands down best professor I've had in the econ department, his lectures are very clear and his tests are fair. The class is hard but if you put in the work you can get the grade you want. His homework also serves as extra credit so it not only helps you better understand the coursework but it gives extra credit points. Would take any other class with Chris again.

Quarter Taken: Fall 2021 Submitted Nov. 16, 2021 Grade Received: I

theres a reason econ 11 is the weeder class for econ / bus econ majors. it's definitely a difficult class, not the worst thing in the world considering surro is very helpful. he provides his students with a good amount of resources for note-taking and test-taking. i would definitely suggest completing all of the problem sets and quizzes to the best of your ability, they're only graded on completion but definitely help to understand the material better. the tests are very, very difficult. there's a limited amount of time to complete the questions, which is the main reason they are so hard, so make sure you can be a fast test-taker for this course. there's another econ 11 professor who is "easier", i forget his name but if you're able to look into that, i would do so. but still, surro is a great man, this is just definitely a hard course.

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  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Gives Extra Credit
  • Would Take Again
  • Tough Tests
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