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Nikita Lyssenko
Professor in the Economics department
at Memorial University of Newfoundland, St. John's, NL
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Overall Quality
2.9
Average Grade
A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.1
Clarity
2.7
Easiness
2.7
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
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03/25/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I hate economics but it isn't because of Nikita Lyssenko. Yes - he has an accent. It's not difficult to understand, and he speaks at a great volume. The course is very dry and extremely excruciating to take. Wouldn't recommend the course. The prof, however, I would.

03/13/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
Econ2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: A

Found him to be a really good prof. He has a Russian accent but I feel like he speaks clearly and is easy to understand! Tests are fair. I've seen him in office hours a few times and he was helpful, not condescending or anything. Nikita likes if you participate in class though so be warned. If you don't, prepare for awkward silences.

01/06/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON3550 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A+

Nikita is probably the funniest professor I've ever had. His deadpan jokes are great. And his teaching is clear as long as you review his lecture notes after class!

12/08/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
econ 3080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A-

He can be rude, but his lecture style encourages students to participate and be engaged in the material. I enjoyed 3080 a lot! I would recommend him

12/13/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON2000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Nikita Lyssenko isn't that great of a prof. I think he tries and he really does mean well but he doesn't speak loud enough, his accent is very thick and he's a little saucy from time to time. If you go you don't need to copy the notes from the slides as he puts them online and he goes too fast to copy (most times). Wouldn't reccommend.

12/10/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
Econ3080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great prof. First economics course I've taken and actually enjoyed. He explains things quickly and effectively. I also love how there's no required textbook. Make sure you go to class and read his online notes. Exams are very predictable if you attend lectures.

12/04/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Econ2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Nikita Lyssenko is very hard to understand, you must sit close to the front in class. Although he means well, he has a hard time explaining answers and often times asks other students to respond. Exams are fair but he the online assignments are unbelievably long and hard but they do help. He loves smoking cigits too!

12/02/2012
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
Econ2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Okay prof gets better over time and is to the point. He is very hard to understand but from what I heard is one of the better profs for this course.

09/25/2012
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I had mixed feelings about this prof. He seems nice enough but I could not understand him. He has a language barrier and mumbles and all this could have been fixed with a microphone that he never used. Frustrating. Tests are fair but it takes a few weeks to get them back. I don't know.. I wouldn't take a course with him again.

11/24/2011
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I would recommend him for this course. He teaches only what is relevant to exams. The exams were easy and straightforward. For this course exams are multiple choice. The questions can be very difficult. It seems like the grading is based on how well you can read a question rather than how well you know the material. This should be improved

10/18/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON3080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I have taken 2 courses with this prof b/c he is awesome! He sparks your interest in the course and takes the time to explain and answer questions. He is a little strict but in a good way, makes you really respect him. I failed the 3000 because of my own doing but I had him again for Natural Resource Econ and he is awesome, loved the class and him!

06/15/2011
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Econ2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He's a good teacher if you are willing to pay attention to him. Study the book and look over all the examples and practice tests he gives you because he will give you some of the exact same questions on your exams.

03/29/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He has very little patience or sympathy for people who do not come to class, and rightly so. If you show up to the majority of the classes, you WILL understand this course, and do well. Very good instructor, although he does have some trouble answering questions sometimes. Highly recommend.

12/16/2010
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON2010 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He isn't to bad, although he is hard to understand if you pay attention to him and attend more of the classes he will help you. Show him that you care about the class and he will make sure you do decent. Always late thought, but overall he gets a C+

04/11/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Econ3000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Thought he was a great prof. Study the questions at the end of the chapters and you'll be very prepared for the final!

10/22/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON3000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Excellent Prof! If you take the time to actually go to the class that you're paying for and read the word for word lectures notes that he puts on the reserves then you'll do fine. If you fail it's your own fault. Perhaps why people dislike him is because he is NOT a hand holder. This is university. Get used to it.

10/07/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
5 Easiness
Econ3080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Nice man.

09/04/2009
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
econo3080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Terrible! He waited until a few days before the final to tell us that it was not comprehensive, making all the studying that I had done useless. Takes forever to get tests back. Can't answer questions clearly at all! Avoid at all costs!

07/20/2009
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
4 Easiness
Econ3080 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Good prof can be a little unclear because of language but really knows his material. Just pay attention and you'll be fine. Gets a bad rep. for being rude but I found he was only rude to people who showed no effort and were clueless. Know your material and participate. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

05/12/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
Econ3000 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Lyssenko gets a bad rap for teaching hard courses. I'm sure if he were teaching the introductory courses he wouldn't be nearly as difficult. The man has gone out of his way to help me in this course and others. As for him being rude, I think it comes down to him teaching a difficult course while dealing with a language barrier.

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