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Mark Toma
Professor in the Economics department
at University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY
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Overall Quality
3.1
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
2.8
Easiness
2.4
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11/30/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO499 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Professor Toma is an awesome professor. Lectures are very straightforward and there is a lot of reading. If you go to class and do all the assigned readings, an A is definitely achievable. Two tests, an essay, and a debate are all that is graded.

04/21/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Toma is one of the best professors UK has to offer. People complained about how hard he was, but I thought the class was fairly straightforward. He also seems to be into Austrian economics, so I'd definitely recommend him if that's your thing.

02/19/2010
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Toma is a great guy. He presents a lot of Austrian economics, which I agree with tremendously. However, his tests are tricky. Textbook is free, online, and not really necessary. Not too much work besides the three tests. Not an extremely easy class to get an A, but a B is more than doable and little work is required. He's very enthusiastic as well.

02/18/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Monetary economics. He makes it very interesting and he is a good teacher.

12/18/2009
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Average professor. The material isn't too difficult and some is interesting. 3 exams, each question is worth 1% of your total grade. Exams can be difficult, some questions can be tricky. He's very into the material and some scenarios are down right loony. Class was okay, but I would have chosen a different professors if I could do it over again.

12/17/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
eco412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

No book, gives extra credit about every other week with WSJ articles. Not a hard class if you go, and Toma defiantly knows what hees talking about. but he does try to trick you on the tests so study well. he gives you practice queations before the test so study those, but dont expect them to be on the test. Easy low B to C. Hard A

11/12/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoy the class.Dr. Toma is a great professor. There are 3 exams which are crazy hard!Definitely have to attend class since there is no textbook.He does give extra credit weekly by reading the WSJ.The class will help you expand your mind and thought process (he teaches you the concepts, but for the tests, you have to reason & use logic)

09/30/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
eco421 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I really enjoyed his Monetary Econ class, probably my favorite class at UK. He was really excited about what he was teaching and kept class interesting by not being so "normal"

04/20/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Very passionate about the material. He likes to talk a lot about theoretical scenarios. He's pretty into Hayek and Rothbard which some people will think is a bit extreme. Tests are hard with some confusing questions. Ask questions and read everything he assigns.

12/19/2008
good
5 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He gets really excited, which keeps you interested. He talks about the subject in a way which makes it easy to understand. Honestly, his tests are pretty hard (a bit tricky too) but an A is certainly obtainable if you study the material and attend every class.

12/13/2007
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely avoid this weirdo. If you have to take this class, find a different teacher even if it means taking it at 8:00am. Listening to this loser stutter about radical economic theories and then getting mislead by intentionally tricky test questions makes this one of the worst classes I have taken in my entire life.

12/12/2007
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Absolutely horrible. It's one thing to earn a C in a class that's just plain hard, but the reason I'm getting a C is because the tests are intentionally tricky and there's no real concrete textbook to study from. The class feels disorganized, and I feel helpless in trying to figure out what to know from the scattered study materials provided.

09/11/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Very Nice Guy. Mostly just listen to him talk. A little out there sometimes but not bad. Is willing to help you.

01/05/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECO202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Loved this class. He was extremely funny and helpful. The man is so charismatic about the topic that its is hard not to get wrapped up in it w/him. Toma defiantly keep me awake in a class that otherwise I would have slept right through! I will def take him again.

12/17/2006
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO202 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I didn't go to class, but if you read the text book it is very helpful. Each question on his test is worth 1% of your final grade.

08/15/2006
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
FIN 412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

toma is a ****! he brought us cookies every friday and talked about sports and betting most of the time. his cookies ranged from chip ahoys to chunky chips deluxe...my only complaint was that the cookies made me thirsty and he didnt bring milk. if you enjoy cookies take this guy.

04/27/2006
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO 412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Man, Toma is the worst. He speaks too loud and will sometimes shout in his lectures. Really hyper. Sets up the most ridiculous scenarios of you living on Mars (WTF). Makes you sign up for the Wall Street Journal and creates the most trivial exam questions from articles. Most unconventional. Unfair grading system. If possible, avoid him!

04/26/2006
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO 412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

Very difficult class. You only have two tests and a final. Each question on each test is worth 1% of your grade. Those are some pretty high stakes. I got the second highest grade in the class on the first test, and the highest grade on the second test...and may STILL get a B! How does that work???

04/11/2006
poor
3 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Concepts from book aren't difficult, but others are. The difficulty is the ambiguity of his language in lecture, handouts and exams. I agree with the title "The Riddler." Prep for exams is the most difficult; grade consists of 3 exams with 30 questions ea multiple choice. Final is weighted heaviest.

04/14/2004
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
5 Easiness
eco 412 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: N/A Grade Received: N/A

This guy is way out there. He's got all kinds of wacky theories. Take him if you want to find out how the business cycle doesn't exist so therefore the government should never intervene in the economy. Bizarre. But I guess it is econ so what do you expect

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