Michael Sproul
Department of Economics
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4.3
Overall Rating
Based on 47 Users
Easiness 3.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Is Podcasted
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Often Funny
  • Would Take Again

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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11.1%
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5.5%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

13.8%
11.5%
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4.6%
2.3%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

12.8%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: N/A
July 31, 2018

Selling textbook PDF -- $10 -- (Cowen/Tabarrok, Modern Principles of Economics, Second Edition). Text 818-714-0942.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A+
June 20, 2017

My favorite Econ professor so far at UCLA. Sproul makes econ, which at most times is quite dry, a very interesting subject. Instead of purely teaching theory, Sproul brings in interesting anecdotes that support the theory we are learning. He often cracks jokes that I laughed at as I watched the bruin cast. Yes, it is bruincasted, I made the mistake of going to the 8am lecture the first few weeks. The quizzes and finals are pretty easy with averages around 85%. It is not worth buying the textbook as all of the tested material comes directly from is lectures and his free online textbook.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A
May 9, 2016

I was really surprised I got an A in this class. Sproul was a good professor and the lectures were bruincasted, but the tests had some tricky problems. My midterm scores were 84, 84, and 88, and then I got a 90 on the final, and somehow that gave me an A in the class. Overall good professor, I would recommend

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Quarter: Spring 2016
Grade: A
May 3, 2016

I made an account on bruin walk just to review Professor Sproul because he's THAT GOOD. In a sea of overly- PC liberal professors, Sproul's lectures are refreshingly honest. Whether its debunking the efficiency of trains, subsidies, or conservation efforts, Sproul never tiptoes around important issues. He backs up every argument with a combination of relatable anecdotes and numbers. No matter how many students try to argue the more politically correct stance, they can never poke a hole in his graphs. Some say that Sproul has a monotone voice, but if you actually listen to what he's saying, you'll be laughing the entire class. The guy is hilariously witty. He gives three quizzes every quarter, which are challenging but FAIR- there is never any material that he has not extensively covered in lecture. I didn't even need the textbook, although I still purchased it for practice problems. This is the only 8 AM class I would ever wake up for. I will probably never rate another professor again, but I just wanted to make it known that anybody who has the opportunity to be in Sproul's class is incredibly lucky. Do the work, show interest in the material, and you couldn't possibly have a better instructor. This guy deserves a lot more recognition than he gets. Come to class with an open mind and you will walk away a much smarter person.

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Quarter: Winter 2015
Grade: A
March 29, 2016

Didn't go to a single class. Just watched all the lectures before each quiz. If you've ever taken an econ class before, the material should be really easy. If you took AP Econ and don't get an A in this class, do yourself a favor and reconsider majoring in Econ.
Also most TA's are ass and can't even speak a sentence of English. You don't need to go to discussion.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: P
March 24, 2016

Sproul is not as easy as everyone is saying. I am not writing this review because I absolutely hated him or because I did amazing in his class. I am writing this review just to inform others about the class. It is definitely not easy to get an A in this class, just look up at the grade distribution. Honestly this is one of the classes that you either understand really well or don't understand at all, but there is no way of really knowing before you take the class. All I can say is that it is an applied math and theory class, so maybe you already know if you are good at that or not. It is definitely a weeder class. I changed my grade type to pass no pass because I didn't want the class to affect my gpa,
There is no point in going to discussion because it is evident that the TA's have never actually talked to Sproul about the course material. The textbook is also not needed, but he provides an online textbook pdf that he wrote that is actually very helpful. If you are going to listen to the podcasts instead of actually attending class please be sure to watch them around the time of the actual lecture so you are not doing everything last minute.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B+
March 19, 2016

Professor Sproul is great, his lectures are clear and everyhing's podcasted. If you want to do well in his class, do the mankiw practice problems, read his sproul textbook, and memorize the graphs.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B+
March 16, 2016

1. He doesn't use mindtap access code.
2. His lectures are podcasted.
3. He's super straightforward and uses his own life experience (like references to gas station prices) when he was younger, to teach us.
4. No midterms, instead, there's 1 quiz every 2-3 weeks (total of 3 quizzes). 20 multiple choice questions + 1 short answer. Then, there's a final. Extra credit: Scan hand notes onto discussion forum for 2 points towards grade.
5. ALL tests are based off of lectures.
6. He made his own book called Sproul Textbook and it's literally all his lectures in there. It's a google doc.
7. He uses a whiteboard and talks pretty monotone and makes blunt jokes.
8. The only downside to taking this class: It was at 8-9:15am winter quarter. (I stayed in and podcasted and I got lazy)
FINAL THOUGHTS: Don't even hesitate to take this class, BUT don't procrastinate or be lazy (basically every class).

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A-
March 15, 2016

Great Professor. 10/10 would take again.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B
March 12, 2016

Professor Sproul is extremely intelligent about economics. His lectures are practically off of the top of his head, as he just uses a note sheet for reference every few minutes. He never hesitates to answer questions, again by rationalizing the point rather than reciting something straight from the textbook. On the topic of textbooks, you can get the PDF version of the textbook for free online, plus he created his own textbook that parallels the main textbook, giving you two different interpretations of concepts. His quizzes are fair, though you do have to know ALL of the concepts to do well on them. He is a charismatic guy who wears the same button-up shirt and slacks every day, making it a very causal class with a relatable guy.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: N/A
July 31, 2018

Selling textbook PDF -- $10 -- (Cowen/Tabarrok, Modern Principles of Economics, Second Edition). Text 818-714-0942.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A+
June 20, 2017

My favorite Econ professor so far at UCLA. Sproul makes econ, which at most times is quite dry, a very interesting subject. Instead of purely teaching theory, Sproul brings in interesting anecdotes that support the theory we are learning. He often cracks jokes that I laughed at as I watched the bruin cast. Yes, it is bruincasted, I made the mistake of going to the 8am lecture the first few weeks. The quizzes and finals are pretty easy with averages around 85%. It is not worth buying the textbook as all of the tested material comes directly from is lectures and his free online textbook.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A
May 9, 2016

I was really surprised I got an A in this class. Sproul was a good professor and the lectures were bruincasted, but the tests had some tricky problems. My midterm scores were 84, 84, and 88, and then I got a 90 on the final, and somehow that gave me an A in the class. Overall good professor, I would recommend

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Quarter: Spring 2016
Grade: A
May 3, 2016

I made an account on bruin walk just to review Professor Sproul because he's THAT GOOD. In a sea of overly- PC liberal professors, Sproul's lectures are refreshingly honest. Whether its debunking the efficiency of trains, subsidies, or conservation efforts, Sproul never tiptoes around important issues. He backs up every argument with a combination of relatable anecdotes and numbers. No matter how many students try to argue the more politically correct stance, they can never poke a hole in his graphs. Some say that Sproul has a monotone voice, but if you actually listen to what he's saying, you'll be laughing the entire class. The guy is hilariously witty. He gives three quizzes every quarter, which are challenging but FAIR- there is never any material that he has not extensively covered in lecture. I didn't even need the textbook, although I still purchased it for practice problems. This is the only 8 AM class I would ever wake up for. I will probably never rate another professor again, but I just wanted to make it known that anybody who has the opportunity to be in Sproul's class is incredibly lucky. Do the work, show interest in the material, and you couldn't possibly have a better instructor. This guy deserves a lot more recognition than he gets. Come to class with an open mind and you will walk away a much smarter person.

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Quarter: Winter 2015
Grade: A
March 29, 2016

Didn't go to a single class. Just watched all the lectures before each quiz. If you've ever taken an econ class before, the material should be really easy. If you took AP Econ and don't get an A in this class, do yourself a favor and reconsider majoring in Econ.
Also most TA's are ass and can't even speak a sentence of English. You don't need to go to discussion.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: P
March 24, 2016

Sproul is not as easy as everyone is saying. I am not writing this review because I absolutely hated him or because I did amazing in his class. I am writing this review just to inform others about the class. It is definitely not easy to get an A in this class, just look up at the grade distribution. Honestly this is one of the classes that you either understand really well or don't understand at all, but there is no way of really knowing before you take the class. All I can say is that it is an applied math and theory class, so maybe you already know if you are good at that or not. It is definitely a weeder class. I changed my grade type to pass no pass because I didn't want the class to affect my gpa,
There is no point in going to discussion because it is evident that the TA's have never actually talked to Sproul about the course material. The textbook is also not needed, but he provides an online textbook pdf that he wrote that is actually very helpful. If you are going to listen to the podcasts instead of actually attending class please be sure to watch them around the time of the actual lecture so you are not doing everything last minute.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B+
March 19, 2016

Professor Sproul is great, his lectures are clear and everyhing's podcasted. If you want to do well in his class, do the mankiw practice problems, read his sproul textbook, and memorize the graphs.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B+
March 16, 2016

1. He doesn't use mindtap access code.
2. His lectures are podcasted.
3. He's super straightforward and uses his own life experience (like references to gas station prices) when he was younger, to teach us.
4. No midterms, instead, there's 1 quiz every 2-3 weeks (total of 3 quizzes). 20 multiple choice questions + 1 short answer. Then, there's a final. Extra credit: Scan hand notes onto discussion forum for 2 points towards grade.
5. ALL tests are based off of lectures.
6. He made his own book called Sproul Textbook and it's literally all his lectures in there. It's a google doc.
7. He uses a whiteboard and talks pretty monotone and makes blunt jokes.
8. The only downside to taking this class: It was at 8-9:15am winter quarter. (I stayed in and podcasted and I got lazy)
FINAL THOUGHTS: Don't even hesitate to take this class, BUT don't procrastinate or be lazy (basically every class).

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: A-
March 15, 2016

Great Professor. 10/10 would take again.

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Quarter: Winter 2016
Grade: B
March 12, 2016

Professor Sproul is extremely intelligent about economics. His lectures are practically off of the top of his head, as he just uses a note sheet for reference every few minutes. He never hesitates to answer questions, again by rationalizing the point rather than reciting something straight from the textbook. On the topic of textbooks, you can get the PDF version of the textbook for free online, plus he created his own textbook that parallels the main textbook, giving you two different interpretations of concepts. His quizzes are fair, though you do have to know ALL of the concepts to do well on them. He is a charismatic guy who wears the same button-up shirt and slacks every day, making it a very causal class with a relatable guy.

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4.3
Overall Rating
Based on 47 Users
Easiness 3.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.6 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.2 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
    (8)
  • Is Podcasted
    (9)
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
    (7)
  • Engaging Lectures
    (8)
  • Often Funny
    (8)
  • Would Take Again
    (8)
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