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Robert Simonson
Professor in the Economics department
at Minnesota State University, Mankato, MN
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Overall Quality
3.9
Average Grade
B+
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.7
Clarity
4.0
Easiness
2.7
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
Easiness
0
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05/21/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ECON 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Bob-O is the man!! By far my favorite professor since I have started going to MSU. He knows exactly what he's talking about and is very logical in his thinking. He is a wise man and I learned a lot from this class. There are 3 test that make up the grade. Show up, write down what he says, and you'll be just fine. Awesome guy!

05/10/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A

If you apply yourself and actually TRY in his classes, you shouldn't have a problem. His notes are exactly what ends up on the test. I'd recommend sitting in the front, it forces you to concentrate. He's very strict when it comes to leaving early or cell phone use. Just sit there and take notes and you'll be fine. By far my favorite teacher.

02/24/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON403 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A very hard professor, who tried his best to make the exams as difficult as possible although the study guide appears to be very straightforward. Interesting guy with stories to share. Hence the lecture isn't boring but the information he gives out doesn't relate to class material and does little to help out on exams. Avoid him, if possible.

11/19/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Econ 403 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Notice how all of the negative comments are from principle-level courses from underclassmen taking their first real class. If you want to learn economics, Bob is the man!

10/28/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
Econ 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Mandatory Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: B

Class isn't bad but the tests are SUPER hard.

10/03/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
Labor Econ Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Here is the deal, if you are an Econ major you should be able to handle this class. Yes it is hard, but after getting a B in this class, all of my other classes are cake in Econ. It was very nice having a professor with an American accent that you could understand.....

05/16/2013
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Not a good professor. Only graded on 3 exams. Doesn't teach, just stands there and rambles on about the government. Surprised he still has a job, would not recommend this course with him.

05/07/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

A class filled with profanity laden anecdotal stories is fun at first, but eventually becomes tiresome. Spends much of the class period pushing impressionable students towards a libertarian perspective. He is often too busy raving about the "govment" to realize that class time is dwindling so he hurriedly finishes notes with little elucidation.

04/15/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Pretty difficult class, but by far the best professor I've had at MNSU. He definitely knows his stuff. I suggest showing up for class. You'll be extremely lost if you don't, and you get attendance points. He is very down to earth, quite humorous, and awesome. He's like a rocker from the 70s. Best professor I've ever had.

03/11/2013
good
3 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
Econ 201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

I had to take this class twice since his test are pretty hard. Take very good notes and attend class, dont miss! You need to really study for the tests, in order to get a decent grade. he also doesnt use D2L so make sure you write down your scores for everything. Also dont use your cell phones or talk in class, you'll get kicked out. :)

02/25/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
Econ201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Great guy & great professor. Gives good examples, which make it easy to remember the info. Test aren't easy, but if you show up to class, take notes, and study them you can do well. The ending curve is 80% is an A.

02/24/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Bob is a professor who you will love or hate. Alot of students here complain about his close minded views but if you just sit and talk with him you will understand he truly cares about his topic. As long as you show up for class and write everything down (he tells you what will be on the test) you shouldn't have any problems.

07/03/2012
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

HORRIBLE teacher. He doesn't use D2L, email and isn't in his office at posted office hours. His tests have nothing to do with class. You can't figure out what to write down for notes because he just rambles about his close-minded views. Funny, but not useful. Also, got a concussion the last three weeks of school and was very unhelpful and rude.

03/01/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Econ403 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Best Professor at MNSU, takes a boring subject and makes you want to stay late listening to him. He knows what he is talking about and doesn't take crap from anyone.

12/29/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ECON403 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Easy to pass as long as you attend every class, listen to his not at all boring lectures, and take good notes. I didn't touch my textbook at all. I just studied for the exams a day before and always got A's. He's very funny too, which made 2 hours go by real fast.

05/03/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Econ201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

He's sharp as a whip with his material, humor, and wit. Highly intelligent. Easy to pass, but difficult to master his tests. Most students will love him. Added an Econ major because of Bob; he's now my adviser. The book is unnecessary. TALK TO HIM! Attend every class and be rewarded. Very unique man. Antithesis of "goofy utopian socialists."

05/02/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECON201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Best teacher at MSU. Knows his stuff very well. Kind of close minded when students bring up arguments, but he has his reasons. Tests are worded very differently than lecture, but Bob wants you to know your stuff and expects you to. Take this class with him!!

01/11/2011
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The reason anyone might not like this guy is because he speaks the truth and tells it like it is. Extremely intelligent, yet down-to-earth. Funny and definitely the kind of guy you could talk to for hours and hours. I wish I had him earlier in my college career so I couldve taken more w him. I would vote him in as president. no joke!

12/29/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
econ403 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

I can say that m the only person who had Bob for micro , macro and labor econ, so i survived 3 semesters with him and his influence made me minor in economics . Knew nothing about economics before I met him , now i want to change my major. The best in the business and dont let the long hair and his aviators fool you at first sight,hes frikin smart.

11/23/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
econ201 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

This guy is one of the best teachers at MSU! He's hilarious yet he's really great at teaching economics. I had no prior interest to this class, yet after I got out of it I wanted to be in every one of his classes and I learned ALOT! Make sure to take good notes and study for tests, he makes you apply what you learn to other ideas. Overall.. Great!

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