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ECON 100B (Spring 2015)

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53 61 57 41 41

Comment: Wood is fine, but I've gone to review sessions held by different GSI's and some of them are just really really bad. My own GSI has accent so it was a bit hard to understand what he's saying, plus sometimes it seems like he doesn't understand the materials either... even though he said he had taught this course before. Most people don't go to class, and you'll be just fine if you watch Wood's webcast, but again it's curved by section, if your section is filled with smart people you might wanna switch.

ECON 100B (Spring 2015)

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90 72 75 80 99

Comment: Professor Wood is definitely one of the most best professors you can ever get for macroecon because he's taught this class for such a long time. You don't need a textbook for the class but instead listening to his webcasts and review his slides are enough to prepare you for all the assignments and tests. Having a good GSI is very important since PS is graded and curved by section. However, since he's always adding new materials to the class it may be hard for people to grasp those parts. Overall this is a class that requires continuous effort if you want to get an A.

ECON 100B (Spring 2015)

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75 89 26 59 94

Comment: Wood is a very intelligent professor; I loved this course and find all of the subject manner useful. To be successful in this course attend lectures (even though it’s posted online go to lecture). Go to lecture and find a GSI that teaches the material well. The head GSI generally does the best, so find out who that is. MC is the hardest part of this class, for analytical you just need to memorize the shifts. MC you REALLY need to understand the material, Wood is very tricky so pay attention to small detail. The SLC tutors are helpful also. Average to get a B. Work diligently to get an A. DRAW OUT EACH MC PROBLEM!

ECON 100B (Spring 2015)

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74 59 69 47 87

Comment: His exams are very doable if you pay attention, go to section and read the book. It will be very hard to do well in the class if you don't read the book or go to lecture. The problem sets took a long time.

ECON 100B (Fall 2014)

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100 78 92 98 100

Comment: I loved this class. Wood is incredibly knowledgeable, and his assignments/exams push you to understand the material at a deeper level than you would have tried for on your own accord. There is a very steep learning curve, and it's all about adapting to his teaching style/anticipating what questions he'll ask on exams (a useful skill in college/life as well). I attended most sections and GSI office hours. Definitely make use of all of your resources. Most people I know did very well on problem sets (possibly due to collaboration), and less so on exams--I trended the opposite. I did get an A, and it's the toughest A yet that I've had to work for.

ECON 100B (Fall 2014)

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87 29 52 50 100

Comment: Wood is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable professor in macroeconomics. I liked a lot of what I had learned from him, but half the problem sets were quite challenging and the exams were just a little bit easier.

ECON 100B (Fall 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
90 28 22 85 80

Comment: Steven Wood is a great guy, but just tough. Exams and problem sets are just a plain S.O.B but he really is a good professor. I'm disappointed I got a B after putting a lot of time into the course but I've learnt a lot and I really can't fault him. My GSI, Jeremie Cohen-Setton, on the otherhand was absolute shit. Whatever you do avoid this guy. He's a terrible grader and has a sense of arrogance around him that really irritated me. Class was tough, just make sure you study hard and take good notes, more so than you would do in any other class.

ECON 100B (Spring 2014)

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100 72 46 70 78

Comment: Professor Wood is an excellent lecturer who deeply cares about his students. However, do not expect this to be an easy course; be prepared to put in the time to learn the material thoroughly. I would highly recommend this class to everyone.

ECON 100B (Spring 2014)

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100 72 70 100 100

Comment: To be fair, this is a core pre-requisite for any students who wish to major in Economics. Hence, the grade distribution is steep. The content of the class is fairly manageable. The pace of the class is reasonable. However, much is disputed about the i-clicker score and the midterms. I honestly feel that the exam format and content are reasonable. It is just personal time management. I do agree with the rest that you have to watch out for every single word written by wood in his problem set and exam. The keywords mean everything. Professor Wood is indeed a knowledgeable professor, given his many years of teachings for this class. He responds to questions via email promptly and succinctly. To those who want to really learn about macroeconomics, i really recommend his class.

ECON 100B (Spring 2014)

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40 71 22 39 70

Comment: Wood is a good lecturer, but unfortunately, it feels as though he wants you to treat this class as your only class. He expects you to read all of the textbook thoroughly before each class session, which is enforced through (very tough) iClicker questions, which counts toward your final grade. Personally, I feel this is a bit unbearable, since college students have many other classes and activities. Assignments were challenging but doable. Exams I felt were unnecessarily difficult, mostly because he would add a twist which wasn't really covered by the textbook nor the lecture slides. If it were math, fine. But it's that much harder to reason through how to draw complicated graphs with these twists.

ECON 100B (Spring 2014)

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55 57 56 50 60

Comment: Wood was a very clear lecturer, and went through the material thoroughly and concisely. I would recommend any incoming students to READ the slides and the book pre-lecture, and make sure that you understand all the concepts, even on the second lecture of the first week, as the i-clicker quizzes are important to stay on top of from the get-go. Close reading of the text is also helpful for the multiple choice on the exams, which are often more detailed than you would expect. Also make sure that your GSI is accessible and understandable your GSI can make or break your understanding of the material and the lectures/examples are not as complex as the problem sets and exams. I would strongly suggest studying with a group for this class and looking over past exams/problem sets very carefully to understand the nuances of the problem-types that Wood comes up with. A tactic that was helpful for me while preparing for exams was to alter the problems themselves and map out what would happen in these changed circumstances.

ECON 100B (Spring 2014)

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69 68 79 50 77

Comment: You can't avoid Wood, so take it when most of your friends are taking it. This is the best way to do well: working with a group on problem sets. The psets WILL require you to think like Wood, which I will say is the most annoying thing about this class. It's all about deciphering what he is looking for. It does feel like we are doing things based on his mood rather than the material we learned. Exam difficulty (hardest leftward): mt1 -> mt2 --> final. If GSI Amanda Hong still teaches, please do yourself a favor and TAKE her freaking sections. She's a great GSI and will make this class 10x bearable. Amanda's GSI overall rating: 100/100. The exams are very straightforward. He does tweak the analytical questions around make it a tad harder than the psets, but they are nearly identical. Best way to cram is to do as many analtyical questions as you can for exposure to different scenarios. Multiple choices will be hard, so bless your soul...

ECON 100B (Fall 2013)

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50 50 50 50 50

Comment: Meh he was okay! Competetive class for sure!

ECON 100B (Fall 2013)

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2 9 3 7 3

Comment: This was the worst course I have taken at UC Berkeley. Not only because I find Wood to be a condescending, rude, boring professor, but I do not feel like I gained much at all from the course. The only thing that I have really learned is that there is a lot of ambiguity in the questions he poses. There were many instances where one outcome would result from one situation, and a different outcome would result from a very similar situation. This course did not require a lot of time, however, I felt that the time I spent on problem sets and studying was not particularly effective. I regularly attended lecture and section, taking good notes, and making sure to always ask about anything that was unclear. However, I performed way worse than I would have hoped. I am a very hardworking student. I believe in putting in effort and asking questions about everything that is unclear. I also believe in going into tests as prepared as possible, having reviewed all available resources and fully understanding notes and past problem sets. However, this approach did not work for this course. I earned my lowest grade in this course. No, grades are not everything, however, if I feel that I both did not learn from a course and did not perform well, after putting in a lot of effort, I start to believe that something is wrong with the course and the instructor and not with me. I generally work hard and earn good grades, and this class was the one major exception where I worked extremely hard and did not succeed. I know that this course is required for several majors, and so I just wish to tell future students to keep your head up and to try to do well, but to also know that sometimes working as hard as you can is not enough to succeed in this course. Best of luck!

ECON 100B (Fall 2013)

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75 86 63 84 83

Comment: The subject material isn't hard at all, but the curve is ridiculously steep. I'd encourage students to take Econ 101B instead, also taught by Wood. His exams are tough.

ECON 100B (Fall 2013)

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75 64 50 70 100

Comment: Tough Class. He is enthusiastic about the subject. Exams and problem sets are harder than those in previous semesters. Reading the book is a must. iClicker questions are graded on correctness. This is the thing I don't like at all. He actually expects students learning from mistakes, according to my observation.

ECON 100B (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 43 43 73 70

Comment: Great professor that knew his stuff well. Exams and problem sets were tricky, but it is an impacted course, so what could you do? Lectures were organized, and resources were plenty, so if you spend time on them, you'll do fine.

ECON 100B (Fall 2013)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Definitely the best professor I met in Berkeley. He is knowledgeable, enthusiastic, patient and willing to help students to succeed. He always came in prepared, and organize lectures very well. His office hour is extremely helpful, I learnt a lot throughout the semester. Problem sets and iclicker multiple choices questions can be tricky sometimes, but they are doable and really help students to understand the materials better. He really altered my outlook on economics. If you plan to take macroeconomics intermediate level class, you should definitely go for Professor Wood!

ECON 100B (Spring 2013)

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ECON 100B (Spring 2013)

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87 27 82 27 100

Comment: Although his multiple choice were very tricky at times, I have a great deal of respect for Prof. Wood. He is an extremely organized lecturer and his resources are as well. Just about all the problem sets and exams are available to you. Work with friends on problems sets and go to your GSI's office hours for help!

ECON 100B (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 69 63 63 70

Comment: Wood is a very knowledgable and qualified professor and a competent lecturer. The answers to his multiple choice questions can be frustrating sometimes, but overall I felt his tests were tough but fair.

ECON 100B (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 60 55 61 88

Comment: He knows his stuff, but the lectures are pretty dry. The problem sets are also graded very harshly, and the exams are pretty tough. Overall, it's a class you have to work hard in to do well, but you can tell that he does put a lot of effort into the class. There are iclicker questions each lecture, which are annoying, but they become freebie points once you get in on the shortcut. Mary Fitzpatrick is a good GSI.

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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100 95 80 94 100

Comment: Wood is a very knowledgeable professor. He's really good at teaching and explaining the material. Problem sets vary in terms of difficulty. Sometimes he'll make it super tricky and another time he'll make it too easy. Exams are brutal! You really need to understand the material. At the end, it really depends on your GSI as well. Wood is a very fair grader. You get the grade you deserve.

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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76 65 50 50 75

Comment: Work isn't too difficult, which means everyone does pretty well... Which means the curve isn't too helpful. Interesting course, and Wood is a great lecturer.

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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86 70 50 50 69

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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0 0 0 0 17

Comment: Try to avoid him. He dumbs down lectures and expects too much on exams and problem sets. iClicker quizzes every day are very difficult and make it so that you cannot skip lecture

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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81 72 49 73 75

Comment: Wood is great Professor and explain concepts clearly and consisely

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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80 39 25 50 70

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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74 59 50 74 97

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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42 23 20 50 43

Comment: exams are SOO hard!!

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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56 31 41 61 71

Comment: Professor Wood is a good professor and knows what he is talking about but his tests and problem sets can be dificult

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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50 50 45 63 63

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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94 89 58 79 100

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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90 50 50 69 71

Comment: He's one of the better lecturer's ive had. Interesting material and class so far

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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72 90 61 95 85

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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68 0 0 0 75

Comment: wired pset!! wired answer for pest!!!! iclicker quiz every class for new material!

ECON 100B (Fall 2012)

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88 22 50 86 85

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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50 53 41 56 31

Comment: Didn't really go to lecture. Grades Are curved depending on your section

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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55 18 8 40 52

Comment: Bitch professor ugghhh I hate how "Haas" Oriented he is. The class is set up for pre-haas kids who are pretty cut throat. Even though I'm not even prehaas this class has made me hate everyone in the class. The competition is no doubt cut throat . also watch out for Wood's street-smartness. You have no clue what he is going to do next in order to make you life more miserable.... just a warning be ready for a semester of high blood pressure

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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51 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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84 100 100 76 71

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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76 50 74 50 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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62 75 51 50 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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67 75 64 67 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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73 72 70 68 67

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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78 81 76 50 80

Comment: I think Wood is an awesome professor, very clear instruction and fair exam. However, not very willing to discuss materials that are related to the course but out of the curriculum.

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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64 57 40 60 49

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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70 50 62 64 94

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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38 0 0 50 72

Comment: Professor Wood, I swear, this man had to of been enlisted in the United States Army and served four tours in Vietnam. His lectures are simply and straight forward, but they do not reflect the difficulty level of his problem sets and exams; even his iclicker questions are like ???. Doing his Problem Sets/Exams is comparable to going into a mine field set my Professor Wood. Everything seems peaceful and calm, but there's always these little "key" words that are set up as traps to trick everyone. You finish an exam and think you did good, you get it back and it turns out you missed a ton of multiple choice questions (these questions are worded in such a way that you won't know how to approach them, because he doesn't actually walk you through his thought process) in addition to missing a few key words in his graphs; and you're at a 60%. It's like this man sits in his office all day with his G.I. Joe action figures plotting deceitful dummy answers within his questions to throw students off. He's the type of father that teachers you how to walk and holds your hand while in lecture (i.e. dumbs down the material) then puts you in a 5K marathon the next day (absurd exams and/or problem sets). Taking an exam is like defusing a bomb (without prior experience), you're a blind mice. If he's going to give us these absurd exams, at least he could lecture at a level comparably. The way this man connects the dots from one concept to another on his questions is ridiculous, they don't make sense until after the fact (i.e. I see it your way, but it could go this way also). With that said, I guess the pain and suffering of his exams and problem sets are manageable, since he does curve his grades....

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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70 72 31 70 61

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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88 65 27 40 85

Comment: wood is a brilliant professor and is excellent at explaining things. that said, his exams are awful and his multiple-choice questions are downright stupid.

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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100 100 100 100 100

Comment: Sometimes the problem sets and exams were tricky. But I feel like I learned a lot.

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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100 90 68 88 80

Comment: On e of the best Econ Professor I ever had. He explains everything very clearly and his lectures actually make sense. His multiple choice questions are pretty tricky, there is not much difference between them and even the GSI sometimes did not know what is the correct answer. Even his lectures are very clear and organized, on his midterms you can expect something that you did not go over in the class but it is a good challenge. The best part about his classes is, that his final is not cumulative. I will definitely recommend to take one of his classes.

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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80 77 39 50 49

Comment: Organized lecturer, very clear. Can get boring though, as he is very mehanic

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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74 65 37 44 62

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
86 75 61 92 97

Comment: He teaches really well and can really explains things clearly. However, those exams are .... HARD!

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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94 88 85 76 84

Comment: I enjoyed Wood's lectures because they were organized and he taught us the graphs. Nice grading system with 2 midterms, 1 non-cumulative final (so like another midterm) plus the option to drop 1 problem set (6 total). I had an awesome GSI as well who retaught the material really well and looked for the best resources for us!

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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75 43 35 50 70

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
73 71 42 28 61

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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71 40 39 50 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
84 71 71 50 84

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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72 75 50 50 63

Comment: iClicker for every class. Most of what you need to know is on the lecture slides. Exams are okay. Final is basically a third midterm, so it's not cumulative.

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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50 50 43 40 68

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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47 58 42 62 50

Comment: His teaching style is very clear and straightforward and his problem sets are fair enough. However, the wording on his questions can often be very tricky and precise. Plus, the graphing problems on his exams are usually something you aren't too familiar with, but are doable only if you really, fully understand the material.

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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50 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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91 100 92 100 100

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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89 85 79 83 92

ECON 100B (Spring 2012)

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54 80 27 40 71

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 71 50 84 100

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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90 83 83 83 87

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
66 33 27 51 83

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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69 83 74 50 83

Comment: Assignments and Exams had some subtle tricky elements.

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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100 18 66 0 90

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 98 58 93 75

Comment: The exams are tricky,but you could definitely study for them.

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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77 82 67 97 78

Comment: easy

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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67 30 28 50 77

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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72 50 70 50 50

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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72 52 50 43 72

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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67 50 50 70 67

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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82 65 51 52 50

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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92 41 79 87 78

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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39 40 6 50 26

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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59 32 23 32 63

Comment: Lectures are very straight forward, but they do not reflect the level of difficulty seen on the exams. His office hours are pointless, since he is very arrogant and offers little to no help.

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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71 88 41 71 73

Comment: Wood is a great professor, but his lectures leave something to be desired. Although they are very clear, he moves overly quickly, and leaves little room for questions. Furthermore, his midterms often feature questions that have never been seen before, or are very poorly worded, and he expects you to use what you have learned to essentially guess what the answer should be. However, with all of that being said, he is a very fair grader, and can be very helpful in office hours. Also, the problem sets (6 total, 5 count for your grade) often include questions from previous exams, so they are a very good indicator of what the exams will be like (though, just like the exams, the problem sets have poorly worded questions). Overall, if you have a solid understanding of macroeconomics, this class should be fine, but if you have trouble grasping the material, be prepared to put in extra time with your GSI and/or at office hours, because re-reading the notes and textbook simply won't be enough.

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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90 83 70 71 88

Comment: The GSIs may or may not know the material, so it's best to go to the professor regarding any questions. The book helps a bit, but overall you have to learn how to play with it. You definitely need practice and using the solutions he's posted to the problem sets is very helpful. It can be a challenging and frustrating class sometime, but overall professor wood is a fair lecturer and has a good sense of dry humor. Although this class worried me a lot, it wasn't as bad as people make it out to be.

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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41 50 31 31 50

Comment: Tests were very difficult and sometimes asked about things we'd never even learned. Not much help available from the prof or gsi's. Overall a stressful and painful class.

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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34 33 35 43 66

Comment: The class is curved to your section/GSI...

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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32 21 21 18 58

Comment: Wood's lectures are clear only because they breeze through the material, you will find yourself relying on the book, your GSI (if you are lucky enough to have a good one) and/or friends to help you understand the material, which is complicated. The problem sets (6 total, 1 is dropped) and exams (3, non-cumulative) are made unnecessarily complicated because they involve additional ideas, assumptions and extrapolations that AREN'T DISCUSSED IN LECTURE. Hope that your GSI understands this and covers these points in section. Wood has a my way or the highway mentality, which makes it difficult to receive clarification on, not to mention sympathy for, his ambiguous, tricky hw/test questions. He also uses iClickers and counts the points toward your grade, so lecture is therefore mandatory.

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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83 78 78 66 100

Comment: I like his lecturing style a lot: very straightforward and very clear. He also brings in a lot of real life examples in his lecture and assignments. Assignments and exams are pretty fair, given that you understand his wording. I admit that his wording has room of improvement, but other than that I think he is a great teacher.

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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50 13 8 50 76

Comment: Hard and tricky

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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86 90 86 90 90

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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93 70 50 78 100

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
69 68 59 79 74

Comment: HARD tests. HARD problem sets. His teaching is alright. Forces you to read about lecture before coming with clicker questions that are worth points!

ECON 100B (Fall 2011)

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51 10 11 50 100

Comment: Very tough exams with unexpected twists. The wording of his questions are horrible. Be prepared to study, read, think and be disappointed alot.

ECON 100B (Spring 2011)

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75 50 31 57 61

ECON 100B (Spring 2011)

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50 9 0 61 95

ECON 100B (Spring 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2011)

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53 68 0 61 92

ECON 100B (Spring 2011)

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66 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2011)

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50 50 50 50 50

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

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50 67 86 83 100

Comment: very good lecturer. always updates us on what is going on in the current economy. this class was very good and i really liked wood. this guy is an amazing economist. we have the best econ teachers here!

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

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73 74 75 57 55

Comment: He's an ok lecturer. You could get most of what he says on the slides (but he doesn't fill in the graphs). I feel like Wood is very FAIR. He prepares you for his exams with the problem set (the problem sets are basically exams), and every exam, including the final, is weighted the same.

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

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79 39 43 49 50

Comment: Good lecturer, but a little on the boring side. Homework and Exams are hard!

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

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93 81 74 72 94

Comment: problem sets are hard, you have to include everything especially the adjustment process. exams are very similar to problem sets but often have a completely different twist in one of the problems.

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

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56 26 23 79 72

Comment: Definitely a tough class. He never really explains his expectations and his grading doesn't really have a rational basis. Pay attention to details on exams. He sometimes gives points for stating the same thing twice in one question. Tests are exactly like homework. Interesting lectures. Choose your GSI wisely.

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
79 50 55 57 40

Comment: just average

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
87 37 30 68 79

Comment: Instill the macroeconomics into your head with Wood.

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
93 72 71 74 82

Comment: Class is hard to get a good grade in - lots of problem sets and exams are tough. But teacher is very engaging and the subject is not that hard to learn.

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
78 48 27 82 85

Comment: Professor Woods is pretty awesome at lecturing, but the assignments are hard and exams are harder. Make sure you understand content inside and out because the exams often have something where you know the concept but haven't seen the type of problem before, which often throws the class off. In general, good class to take if Woods is teaching.

ECON 100B (Spring 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
92 78 73 58 76

ECON 100B (Spring 2008)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
81 50 84 75 99

ECON 101B (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
16 50 50 50 30

Comment: Wood's classes are super-boring. He flips through the slides and talks very unclearly. His problem set questions are quite representative of what will come in exams though. They make you think and are actually fun. He uses the iClicker very often, so missing lecture isn't an option sadly considering how little you will be able to pay attention. But if you take the lecture slides with you to class, you will learn quite a bit.

ECON 101B (Spring 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 73 72 60 60

Comment: wood seemed like kind of an asshole to me for whatever reason and i didn't really like the way he drawls in lecture but he's a structured teacher. he just goes sort of slow sometimes (for me anyway) and idk i guess since i didn't like him, i only saw the negatives. he's a competent person and listening to him will garner a suitable evalualation.

ECON C181 (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
24 41 40 24 69

Comment: Wood has a very organized class, but his assignments and tests are poorly written. Furthermore, he teaches the subject in a very structured manner, which doesn't leave much room for interesting topics. He often refuses to correct mistakes in grading and other things. Other people seem to like the structure of the class, but I wasn't a fan.

ENVECON C181 (Fall 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
85 57 42 87 67

UGBA 101B (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
56 31 19 52 35

UGBA 101B (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
70 62 55 71 50

Comment: The theory was taught pretty well. I definitely now have developed a solid background in macro from Wood's class. His problem sets can be tricky, so make sure you work with others on them. Best way to prepare for exams is to do his past exams. For short answer questions, practice writing over and over because some sentences repeat. MC section really depends on luck sometimes... Overall though it was a tough class I definitely learned a lot.

UGBA 101B (Spring 2014)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
71 44 40 64 42

Comment: Overall, super tough professor. He teaches you the concepts, and you'll have to apply it and think outside the box in assignments and exams. iClickers are also graded for accuracy, and they're pretty hard! However, you learn so much. Be prepared to nail everything down (even for problem sets). Also has a quirky sense of humor.

UGBA 101B (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
33 37 20 6 57

Comment: 100% echo the post below me, I've re-pasted it here because it's spot on: (Unlike this person I did pretty decently in the class, going into the final with an A-/A ... we'll see what happens, but yeah, still did not enjoy this course whatsoever). "This was the worst course I have taken at UC Berkeley. Not only because I find Wood to be a condescending, rude, boring professor, but I do not feel like I gained much at all from the course. The only thing that I have really learned is that there is a lot of ambiguity in the questions he poses. There were many instances where one outcome would result from one situation, and a different outcome would result from a very similar situation. This course did not require a lot of time, however, I felt that the time I spent on problem sets and studying was not particularly effective. I regularly attended lecture and section, taking good notes, and making sure to always ask about anything that was unclear. However, I performed way worse than I would have hoped. I am a very hardworking student. I believe in putting in effort and asking questions about everything that is unclear. I also believe in going into tests as prepared as possible, having reviewed all available resources and fully understanding notes and past problem sets. However, this approach did not work for this course. I earned my lowest grade in this course. No, grades are not everything, however, if I feel that I both did not learn from a course and did not perform well, after putting in a lot of effort, I start to believe that something is wrong with the course and the instructor and not with me. I generally work hard and earn good grades, and this class was the one major exception where I worked extremely hard and did not succeed. I know that this course is required for several majors, and so I just wish to tell future students to keep your head up and to try to do well, but to also know that sometimes working as hard as you can is not enough to succeed in this course. Best of luck!"

UGBA 101B (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
50 50 50 50 50

UGBA 101B (Summer 2010)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
72 72 75 71 87

Comment: The problem sets are like the exams (exams are obviously a bit harder). My complaints is that there is not enough practice problems, book is mostly useless, discussion just was going over the homework/test/review. The nice thing is he provides lecture notes you fill in but it's unfortunate because sometimes it isn't anything like the book. It shouldn't be too bad if you attend lecture, pay attention, take good notes and do the problem sets. You'll probably get an A and the curve is fairly lenient. Check your work because there was only 2 graphs and a handful of multiple choice questions on the exams.

UGBA 118 (Fall 2013)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
80 50 50 50 100

Comment: 2nd Class with Professor Wood. Compared to 100B, I love this class more. Lectures are enjoyable; assignments and midterm are do-able, but final is disastrous.

UGBA 118 (Fall 2012)

Overall Assignments Exams Helpfulness Enthusiasm
100 100 100 100 100