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Ross Vanwassenhove
Professor in the Economics department
at University of Houston, Houston, TX
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Overall Quality
2.6
Average Grade
C+
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.4
Clarity
2.9
Easiness
2.0
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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10/13/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
2301 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C
"Get ready to read" "Tough Grader" "Tests are tough"

If you take him pretty much you can kiss your GPA good bye. He teaches normal classes like his honors classes as well. His tests are extremely brutal. I took him for Principles of Microeconomics and I nearly drowned in that class even though i went to every lecture and read the chapter twice before the tests.

05/28/2014
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON-2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B+

This class was not that hard. If you read the textbook, do so before attending each class. It'll help tremendously and you'll understand everything pretty clearly. Attendance is not mandatory. Started with nowhere to sit and by the 3rd week, there were probably 6 of us still showing up. tests seem rough but the curve was crazy low. <26 to Fail!

05/17/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON 2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Dr. Ross is very knowledgeable but the expects you to read the chapter and expects you to know the content otherwise you will be lost in the class. Read religiously and you will be fine. He gives only two tests and then the final plus Aplia. Good luck if you plan on taking him

05/03/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON 2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I made the mistake of thinking, "he can't be that bad". He makes this class so hard, I was stressed out the whole semester, there's a curve, but even with it, I don't know if I'll get my C. Don't expect to get help either. He never answers emails and he's one of those professors who will say "I don't know, is that the right answer? Maybe it is..."

04/13/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON 2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Insulted class first day of semester, will spend 5-10 minutes on one slide then say it's classes fault he didn't finish all the slides for that chapter. Used Pearson homework, quizzes, and book, the homework and quizzes were confusing and not very helpful, but the book is pretty good. Tests weren't that difficult as long as you read the book.

02/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON 3350 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Tough professor overall. Be prepared to read a lot and study well for his exams. Big curve at the end, though.

12/22/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON 2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: C

Class is very hard. He teaches at a graduate level to his students and moves very fast. He gives large curve, but it is still very hard. If you do not understand something, you need to see him ASAP, do not wait because he won't help you

12/17/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Econ 2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+

He's an ok professor. I didn't get a whole lot out of his lectures (they are based entirely off of the book) but did pretty good since I just read the book. He is very funny but sometimes goes on tangents. There are two tests in CASA and two assignments for each chapter, and he grades on a curve.

12/17/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
Econ 2301 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A+

He's an ok professor. I didn't get a whole lot out of his lectures (they are based entirely off of the book) but did pretty good since I just read the book. He is very funny but sometimes goes on tangents. There are two tests in CASA and two assignments for each chapter, and he grades on a curve.

12/15/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
econ 2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not helpful and assigns way too much work

12/05/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Econ 2305 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Ff you do not show up to class you're going to fail. He dumped us with many assignments for practice, which take a lot of time and patience. Read the text book or you're screwed with his tests. He does explain very well in class but that's not enough. He also is very helpful individually. He expects the class to engage during lecture be prepared.

11/12/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON 2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He is a good prof. Attendance isn't mandatory but I would definitely recommend showing up regularly. His tests are VERY hard but they're curved a lot. If you do the assignments, read the book, and show up at least more often than you skip, you should be fine. If you print off the chapter, read it, and then take it to class, you'll be golden.

10/08/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON3350 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Tough class

10/08/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON3350 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Really hard class and hard teacher. Averages on tests are around 45s. He curves, but still really tough. If you read all the books required, then you will get at least a B-. He just hates lazy young people overall.

10/03/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON 23001 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

this teacher was okay. just be prepared to get stressed with the workload. as long as you study and understand to the best of your ability, it should not be too hard. the only good part about this teacher, despite of how he is, he does curves so in a way, he has some care and concern for students. overall, study a lot.

05/14/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Extremely intelligent professor. You can really tell when someone actually enjoys what they're teaching because it makes the quality of the class that much better. Really good professor, some hard material, but overall, I'd definitely recommend him.

04/10/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Econ 2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Vanwassenhove's class is tough. You're going to have to work at it, attend class and really follow along in lecture. He's an extremely smart man and really knows his economics. The tests weren't too bad. I almost never used the textbooks, just my notes, and ended with a B+, and I learned quite a bit. He talks about really interesting stuff too.

12/22/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
econ2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

he s a terrible teacher. its not possible to get an A. 15 people out of 90 in my class got an A.

12/09/2012
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON2304 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He makes class unnecessarily hard, incorporates formulas and etc,... that is graduate level, not needed in basic ECON class. If you do not know the answers to questions he will say "a 5th grader can do this". The Aplia Assignments he also makes harder, assignments are on criteria you do not go over in the book, search for answers on the internet.

12/07/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON3350 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

LOTS and LOTS of reading. He curves his tests. Just make sure you do study and know the material. Remember your stuff from intermediate for this class.

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