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As a transfer student, this was the first Econ course I take at UCLA(I took Econ11 at another University). I was nervous about this course especially when seeing the previous reviews. However, the professor truly understand everything and he is so neat and clear about explaining concepts. Sometimes I am amazed by the way he solve problems as his brain is moving so fast.
The course has 2 midterm(higher midterm 30% + lower midterm) and 1 final (50%), the median is around a 75 but he does gives a very genrous curve so the median student will receive a B or B+. Make sure to do every single practice problem before his tests(including the ones on lecture slides), no homework and no problem sets weekly, but please don't slack off and don't wait everything until the end. His office hours is also helpful. I got A by doing his practive problems and understand how to do them without looking at the solutions and going to his office hours when needed.
His exams are fair and doable. If you really interested in econ, he is the right choice, you will learn a lot.
Do not take this class!
The grade is 20 percent for the lowest midterm, 30 percent for the highest midterm and 50 for the final. The tests aren't too tough themselves, but they are graded very, very harshly. He is very unforgiving and there isn't much practice. He gives us a few discussion sheets to practice on, and he shows the midterms from the year before (which were much easier than the ones that we had). The final and midterm review sheets were kind of helpful, but not too much. He is a very mediocre professor, and lectures are very boring.
If the practice questions were more like exam questions it would have been reasonable to do well. The only redeeming quality about him is the curve. I got about 5 percent higher than I would have without the curve.
Okay so the person who wrote the review before this one is clearly bitter about something because let me tell you something this guy is one of the good professors in the Econ department.
He gives practice questions, homework and discussion questions and gives us all his slides. While sometimes his explanations are slightly complicated if/when you read through them again at home it makes sense. He also does try to relate it to simpler examples.
I would recommend Vogel.
Easily the best professor I've ever had. He's great at clarifying concepts, makes the class engaging, cares about student learning, and has straightforward exams. Definitely recommend taking his course.
Vogel is, overall, a good professor. He's very clear during lectures, uploads all the slides, and gives students plenty of resources to succeed in the class. One of his TAs (Ariadna) is amazing, and possibly the best TA I have ever had at UCLA. However, he was not a perfect professor and has many policies that may strike a wrong chord with some students. So read this and consider the flaws of the class if you need to take Econ 101 with him. And if you didn't do too well, I understand where you're coming from, but don't just brush off this review and others because they don't say what you want to see.
I will reflect the sentiment that having Midterm 2 after Thanksgiving break was pretty awful. Additionally, I feel like there was too big a disparity between the difficulty of the first midterm and the two follow-up exams, where the latter two were significantly more difficult to prepare for (although he repeated a question from MT1 on the final). I never really found a problem with his attitude but he does sometimes take jabs at UCLA through his homework questions. I also don't really like the fact that his exams are only a few questions, which can make them unforgiving if you don't know a concept. These are what I would say are the flaws of his class.
But to make up for it, there's plenty of partial credit (edit: yes, you do get partial credit. The second midterm grading was suspect, but overall you will get points for having part of the solution. Not considering boundary solutions is huge; half the work on a given problem that has them is on determining the conditions when the boundary solutions apply) that you can get for setting up the problem in a reasonable way. There's even the possibility of him overscoring one of the problems if you put in extra information about the solution, though I'm not sure if he still does this. Although his exams are short yet difficult, he includes extra problems on the homework to study from and gives solid preparation problems for both midterms and the final. His final review problems were actually very close to what we got on the actual final.
Overall, the class was fair, and Vogel himself is a good lecturer, but if you fall behind, it can be very unforgiving. I was ill-prepared for Midterm 2 and got a 56/100. However, there is always a chance for a comeback if you improve enough, as I still ended up with an A in the class after doing well on the final. If you take this class and don't do too well in the beginning, it's not the end of the world.
Vogel is a very charismatic and engaging lecturer, and he definitely responded to the negative feedback he was getting from previous students. The tests have more questions now, although the final was as long as both midterms, which was strange. All three tests were very easy and I was actually a little disappointed that I did not get to see more interesting problems on the exams. Highly recommend this professor.
Vogel has really clear lectures (all of them were prerecorded, so it was nice being able to replay any confusing parts at any time). He doesn't give any problem sets, but he has a good amount of practice problems that he gives from old exams to discussion/review questions. I still think having more practice questions would be nice, but I spent a decent amount of time going through examples from lecture and the practice he provided, and I was able to do well in the class by understanding that information. His grading scheme was 20% lower score of 2 midterms, 30% higher score of midterms, and 50% final, which was a bit intimidating at first, but he gave a pretty generous curve for the final grade.
Taking this class all my friends already took during the summer they all said it was alright. But then I took it, and studied hard for every exam, however, as the midterms and finals roll around they are completely different than what you learn. He teaches you the easy concepts and test you on the hard concepts. Its horrible, especially being online, you cant ask him to clearify what he says. The way they grade is beyond harsh as well. I could tell that the professor taught this class many times, that he forgot how difficult it is to understand the concepts for the first time. Lastly, your grade depends on your midterms and finals. So just know if you not use to remebering to write all the B.S. wordy answers you will fail. Doing the math is not enough. And getting the concepts right also is not enough. I just wish you luck.
I really enjoyed Prof. Vogel's lectures. He is very thorough in his explanations. You need to take the time to watch them attentively. The class material in itself was really. interesting - I loved the introduction to game theory.
I got an A by taking written notes during the lectures, reviewing them and consolidating them into study guides, and completing the provided preparation questions. The only way to get an A in this class is complete understanding - don't take this if you just want to memorize.
I hope to have Vogel again in the future.