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Alan Gummerson
Professor in the Economics department
at Florida International University, Miami, FL
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Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
B-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.4
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
2.5
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05/17/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Gummerson knows is Economics but explains a little fast, i recommend you invest a lot of time re-reading the text book and watching is lectures online, most of the test is on that rather than the hw. Its not an easy class but its very manageable, and if you put effort you can easily pass with a A-B

05/17/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: B-

Gummerson knows is Economics but explains a little fast, i recommend you invest a lot of time re-reading the text book and watching is lectures online, most of the test is on that rather than the hw. Its not easy class but its very manageable and if you put effort you can easily pass with a A-B

04/15/2014
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:No Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I loved taking this class and strongly recommend it. It can be tricky but Mr. Gummerson is an excellent professor. It is absolutely necessary to attend lectures or look at them online or you will be lost. If you need help he is radily available to do so

04/07/2014
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO3203 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I saw that he had good reviews for ECO2013, but for Intermediate Macro, he is just the worst. He pushed the $130 binder textbook from the book store and only used it for the first test. He weighted the first test heavily even though the average was 52%. There's an 18 point curve, so a 52 = 70/C. Homework's only 10% and isn't on the test.

03/21/2014
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The topic itself is hard but he does a really good job explaining. DO NOT rely on the book, watch his lectures and you'll understand. He explains really well

03/12/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Took this class Fall 2012. It is no easy class. Three exams that are hard and homework which is only worth 10 percent and at times can be hard. Attendance is not mandatory. Lectures of the class are available online. Make sure you read the textbook in order to pass the class.

01/08/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

The class is very difficult. Everything is remotely easy until you take the first of three test…Professor Gummerson is a nice guy, but obviously has an ego issue. It would be a much better class if he would KEEP IS POLITICAL VIEWS OUT OF THE CLASS! This classroom is to teach macro, not to try and bash political parties.

01/05/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

He was the only teacher that taught the class, and wasn't that bad. It could have been worse. Just do the homework and study the textbook. His lectures aren't that important unless he's explaining graphs. And he curves the grade A LOT!

12/30/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO2013 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Class is available thru video lectures for those that can't make it to campus. He explains well, but it's all in the book. The hardest part are the exams which have tricky questions/answers and the long homeworks. I don't recommend him!

12/18/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
ECO2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

The class is easy, you must watch all the lectures but he teaches the material clearly, much better than other professors, so far the best teacher I've had, whoever says he is difficult is either lazy or is expecting high school level courses, Got A+ after massive curve (would have gotten a 120 if it was possible because he gave a 30+ point curve)

12/17/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
eco 2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Amazing professor! Watch all his lectures and read the chapters and you'll be fine. His gives generous curves on all 3 exams. Homework is difficult and takes 2 hours or more to finish, but only counts for 10% of your grade.

12/16/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Too hard exams!! Don't take this instructor!

12/13/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

The class is a video lecture. The course is difficult and the test are impossible. The homework (online) does help, but is time consuming. I would recommend this class ONLY if you are interested in the macroeconomics of the country. He is a great person though and knows his information.

12/05/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
eco Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Took him for principals of macro. Impossible to pass. HUGE CURVE! Go to his office hours, he is actually very nice and cares about the subject. He helps you out if he sees that you make an effort.

12/03/2013
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

One of the first classes I took at FIU and it was terrible. His class lectures are a joke and not worth the time. Exams are ridiculously hard, but there's a huge curve. Read the book and attend the free tutoring provided and you should be fine.

12/02/2013
average
4 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON 2013 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: What textbook? Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

I took this class because it was the only one open and I did not listen to what people had to say about this class :( it's very hard and I consider myself smart. The tests are completely different from what we learn and he does not prepare you well for exams. I would not take this class!

11/04/2013
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

His class is lecture capture so you technically don't have to attend. Exams are CRAZY hard but he does huge curves. He told us that 200/700 people currently have an F! I am a business major and this is by far my hardest class.

11/03/2013
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Macroeconomics Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

While he reads off of powerpoints and the actual class may seem pointless, I find that he does know his material and his lessons offer a more concise rendition of the text chapters. Although, you still have to read the text in depth to do well on the tests. His online homework is EXTREMELY helpful for the test, so I suggest you put plenty of time.

08/07/2013
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECS3003 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

He's is a great professor, knows he's stuff. If you have a passion for economics like I do, you should definitely take comparative economic systems with him. A lot of people find him difficult, because the exams are essay based but come on people your in college! He gives you the opportunity to write everything you learned in the exams!

06/12/2013
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I took his macroeconomics online-lectures class. Overall, he was a good prof, but the tests and the online quizzes were a little difficult. Studying the textbook is a must. I thought I was going to get a B+, but thanks to the curve at the end got an A. I would recommend him. I also suggest taking micro before macro, that helped me with this class.

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