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Michela Giorcelli

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4.5
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Easiness 4.5 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Workload 4.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Clarity 3.8 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Helpfulness 4.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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Dec. 6, 2022
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: N/A

Professor Giorcelli is probably the least clear, helpful, or intelligible professor I have ever had in the Economics department. She is a tenured professor who has published interesting and original economic research, but clearly puts very little effort into teaching.

Your comprehension of the material is tested across 2 midterms, a final, and 5 problem sets that are all multiple-choice questions. English is not the professor's first language, and this becomes especially clear when taking her exams. Many questions had poor grammatical structure that made them very difficult to understand. In addition, she does not show up to any of the exams, leaving her TAs to try to decipher her confusingly-written questions.

The final was her coup de grâce. She sent out an email telling students the exam would be 20 questions. This was a lie. The exam had 40 questions, about a quarter of which had glaring typos that made them impossible to answer, and another half of which were recycled from previous midterms or problem sets. Obviously, the typos were more of a concern than the repeated questions, but I thought the recycling of questions spoke to how little effort she put forth.

Lastly, due to the TA strike, she brought in some other grad students that had no relation to the course to proctor the final. In order to be fair, she wrote, we would not be permitted to ask any questions during the exam. I'm not sure what she envisioned giving out a typo-ridden exam proctored by replacement-TAs that could offer 0 clarity.

In all, I would say to take this class if you are looking for a manageable Econ elective. Despite all of the confusion and poorly-written questions, her tests and problem sets are pretty easy. The rest of this review is mostly just an indictment of a bad professor.

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May 16, 2018
Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A+

This was an amazing class! Do yourself a favor and take it.

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Dec. 3, 2018
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A+

This class is exceptionally interesting, and almost impossible to not get an A in (as long as you go to class or listen to the lectures online). The exams are incredibly fair, plus the problem sets are very straight-forward and are designed to show you what will be tested on the exam. Optional group presentation (which is so easy) gives you an automatic 10% grade boost and excellent feedback from UCLA Faculty and Alumni.

If there is a seat open in this class, TAKE IT.

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Dec. 26, 2018
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A+

This class was one of the best classes I've ever taken at UCLA (which is crazy because it's an ECON class). Low stress, but high learning. You learn about some important historic trends, so there isn't much math involved, but just some interesting concepts you need to know. There are some assigned reading online, but the professor goes over it in class.

There are 4 pretty simple problem sets that you can find all the answers on the slides she goes over in class and posts online. The problem sets help you with the exams. There are 2 midterms and a final, but everything is multiple choice. The professor actually pulled the exact same homework questions for the final, so it really isn't something to worry about if you understand what's going on in the class.

Problem sets are 20%, and there are different rules to how your exams and the rest of your 80% can be graded, depending on your situation.
(1) For students whose final exam score is below the scores on each of the two midterms,
each midterm will count 30% and the final will count 20%.
(2) For all other students, the final exam will count 50% and the higher of the two midterms will count 30% (i.e., the lower midterm score is dropped). For any student missing one of the midterms for any reason, the latter calculation will be used with the one midterm taken counting 30%.
(3) For any students missing both midterms for any reasons, the final will count 80%.

She does give extra credit as well. If you do Econ in Action, which is a presentation group project, you get an extra 10% added to your grade. The presentation was intimidating, but it's mostly UCLA alumni that judge, and when my group went, they were really nice. The hardest part was actually just choosing a topic. You also get an additional 1% if you participate in class by answering a question or asking one. I'd say you don't necessarily have to do any of the extra credit to get an A, but it's not too hard and you get a peace of mind.

Anyway, to sum it up, TAKE THIS CLASS. :)

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ECON 181
Quarter: Fall 2022
Grade: N/A
Dec. 6, 2022

Professor Giorcelli is probably the least clear, helpful, or intelligible professor I have ever had in the Economics department. She is a tenured professor who has published interesting and original economic research, but clearly puts very little effort into teaching.

Your comprehension of the material is tested across 2 midterms, a final, and 5 problem sets that are all multiple-choice questions. English is not the professor's first language, and this becomes especially clear when taking her exams. Many questions had poor grammatical structure that made them very difficult to understand. In addition, she does not show up to any of the exams, leaving her TAs to try to decipher her confusingly-written questions.

The final was her coup de grâce. She sent out an email telling students the exam would be 20 questions. This was a lie. The exam had 40 questions, about a quarter of which had glaring typos that made them impossible to answer, and another half of which were recycled from previous midterms or problem sets. Obviously, the typos were more of a concern than the repeated questions, but I thought the recycling of questions spoke to how little effort she put forth.

Lastly, due to the TA strike, she brought in some other grad students that had no relation to the course to proctor the final. In order to be fair, she wrote, we would not be permitted to ask any questions during the exam. I'm not sure what she envisioned giving out a typo-ridden exam proctored by replacement-TAs that could offer 0 clarity.

In all, I would say to take this class if you are looking for a manageable Econ elective. Despite all of the confusion and poorly-written questions, her tests and problem sets are pretty easy. The rest of this review is mostly just an indictment of a bad professor.

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ECON 181
Quarter: Winter 2017
Grade: A+
May 16, 2018

This was an amazing class! Do yourself a favor and take it.

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ECON 181
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A+
Dec. 3, 2018

This class is exceptionally interesting, and almost impossible to not get an A in (as long as you go to class or listen to the lectures online). The exams are incredibly fair, plus the problem sets are very straight-forward and are designed to show you what will be tested on the exam. Optional group presentation (which is so easy) gives you an automatic 10% grade boost and excellent feedback from UCLA Faculty and Alumni.

If there is a seat open in this class, TAKE IT.

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ECON 181
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A+
Dec. 26, 2018

This class was one of the best classes I've ever taken at UCLA (which is crazy because it's an ECON class). Low stress, but high learning. You learn about some important historic trends, so there isn't much math involved, but just some interesting concepts you need to know. There are some assigned reading online, but the professor goes over it in class.

There are 4 pretty simple problem sets that you can find all the answers on the slides she goes over in class and posts online. The problem sets help you with the exams. There are 2 midterms and a final, but everything is multiple choice. The professor actually pulled the exact same homework questions for the final, so it really isn't something to worry about if you understand what's going on in the class.

Problem sets are 20%, and there are different rules to how your exams and the rest of your 80% can be graded, depending on your situation.
(1) For students whose final exam score is below the scores on each of the two midterms,
each midterm will count 30% and the final will count 20%.
(2) For all other students, the final exam will count 50% and the higher of the two midterms will count 30% (i.e., the lower midterm score is dropped). For any student missing one of the midterms for any reason, the latter calculation will be used with the one midterm taken counting 30%.
(3) For any students missing both midterms for any reasons, the final will count 80%.

She does give extra credit as well. If you do Econ in Action, which is a presentation group project, you get an extra 10% added to your grade. The presentation was intimidating, but it's mostly UCLA alumni that judge, and when my group went, they were really nice. The hardest part was actually just choosing a topic. You also get an additional 1% if you participate in class by answering a question or asking one. I'd say you don't necessarily have to do any of the extra credit to get an A, but it's not too hard and you get a peace of mind.

Anyway, to sum it up, TAKE THIS CLASS. :)

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