Michael Sproul
Department of Economics
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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 18 Users
Easiness 3.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.4 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.3 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Feb. 23, 2011

He sounds like squidward. I was lost half the time and had to get help from the T.A. His lectures are disorganized/all over the place. You don't necessarily need the textbook since his tests are based on the lecture notes. As long as you keep up with his boring lectures/podcasts, you'll do fine.

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April 12, 2010

He's crazy. No one else believes in the crapy theories he teaches. I don't know why we had to learn this junk. He is also monotonous to the point of insanity and a pretty hard grader to boot. Also he will ignore you if you have a problem.

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March 8, 2010

If you want to learn a theory that no other economist believes is valid, look no further. Sproul is easy, and I completely aced the class, but I honestly do not know any of the basics of Macroeconomics. Just pretend he's right, learn the Real Bills Doctrine, and forget basically everything he tells you once the class is finished.

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Jan. 12, 2010

He does look like a koala. Prof. Sproul is one of the worst professors I've had at UCLA, and I got an A. He speaks in a monotone and does not cover the course material, but his own Real Bills Theory instead. He even wrote the wikipedia page on it. While his class was an easy A, I felt like I learned nothing from it...not good for someone who is an economics major.

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Nov. 19, 2009

The review immediately below this one is EXACTLY what I would say. Couldn't be more accurate.

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Nov. 18, 2009

Out of all of my lower divs professors, Prof. Sproul is ranked as my best.

Although he is known for having unexpected questions on his quizzes
and is also known for keeping you busy through out the quarter,
which are both true, he has video podcast and online documents
that are relevant to his quizzes.

Three minor peeves are that he is monotonous,
all of his class is based on his biased theories,
and his TA's don't know what's going on in class.

I have been told many times that I was so lucky for not having Prof. Hou and for actually having Prof. Sproul

Well, this is me. You can compare their ratings, and read other's descriptions, and they pretty much will restate what I just said

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Aug. 12, 2009

Sproul is a good teacher-really emphasizes the "real bills doctrine" which can get pretty ridiculous, but he's definitely a good teacher. I learned a lot, even though I ended up not doing as well as I thought I was going to do. The tests are like 15 multiple choice and 1 free response for the quizzes. The final is about 2 1/2 quizzes(with amount of multiple choice and free responses). The bad thing is that messing up on one quiz can screw with your grade, since he doesn't drop the lowest quiz.

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Feb. 23, 2011

He sounds like squidward. I was lost half the time and had to get help from the T.A. His lectures are disorganized/all over the place. You don't necessarily need the textbook since his tests are based on the lecture notes. As long as you keep up with his boring lectures/podcasts, you'll do fine.

Helpful?

0 1 Please log in to provide feedback.
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April 12, 2010

He's crazy. No one else believes in the crapy theories he teaches. I don't know why we had to learn this junk. He is also monotonous to the point of insanity and a pretty hard grader to boot. Also he will ignore you if you have a problem.

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March 8, 2010

If you want to learn a theory that no other economist believes is valid, look no further. Sproul is easy, and I completely aced the class, but I honestly do not know any of the basics of Macroeconomics. Just pretend he's right, learn the Real Bills Doctrine, and forget basically everything he tells you once the class is finished.

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Jan. 12, 2010

He does look like a koala. Prof. Sproul is one of the worst professors I've had at UCLA, and I got an A. He speaks in a monotone and does not cover the course material, but his own Real Bills Theory instead. He even wrote the wikipedia page on it. While his class was an easy A, I felt like I learned nothing from it...not good for someone who is an economics major.

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Nov. 19, 2009

The review immediately below this one is EXACTLY what I would say. Couldn't be more accurate.

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Nov. 18, 2009

Out of all of my lower divs professors, Prof. Sproul is ranked as my best.

Although he is known for having unexpected questions on his quizzes
and is also known for keeping you busy through out the quarter,
which are both true, he has video podcast and online documents
that are relevant to his quizzes.

Three minor peeves are that he is monotonous,
all of his class is based on his biased theories,
and his TA's don't know what's going on in class.

I have been told many times that I was so lucky for not having Prof. Hou and for actually having Prof. Sproul

Well, this is me. You can compare their ratings, and read other's descriptions, and they pretty much will restate what I just said

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
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Grade: N/A
Aug. 12, 2009

Sproul is a good teacher-really emphasizes the "real bills doctrine" which can get pretty ridiculous, but he's definitely a good teacher. I learned a lot, even though I ended up not doing as well as I thought I was going to do. The tests are like 15 multiple choice and 1 free response for the quizzes. The final is about 2 1/2 quizzes(with amount of multiple choice and free responses). The bad thing is that messing up on one quiz can screw with your grade, since he doesn't drop the lowest quiz.

Helpful?

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4.5
Overall Rating
Based on 18 Users
Easiness 3.7 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.4 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.9 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.3 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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