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Alan Gummerson
Professor in the Economics department
at Florida International University, Miami, FL
are you Alan Gummerson?
Overall Quality
3.5
Average Grade
A-
Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.7
Easiness
2.4
Helpfulness
0
Clarity
0
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0
161 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
12/22/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO2013 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A
"Get ready to read" "Respected by students"

If you're taking the classes that have 400+ students, do not attend lectures. Just read the book like it was a bible and you'll do fine on the exams. His curve was god-like in my semester with him. It was very very kind of him. Requires plenty of self discipline. 90% of his grade is the 3 exams. 10% is homework. So just read!

12/18/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A
"Tough Grader" "Get ready to read"

It's Macro, ain't going to be easy. The lectures are not important, it's all book. He's a great professor and if you go to his lectures you will see that. He really knows whet he is teaching. Curve is amazing and extremely fair.

12/02/2014
average
1 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: Not sure yet
"Tests? Not many" "Get ready to read" "Tests are tough"

If you are dedicated to reading the textbook, than you should be fine. Attending the lectures are a personal preference, but it really doesn't help. Just watch the videos and read the textbook and you should be fine. But trust me, you need a lot of self discipline so it is harder than it sounds. Good Luck!

12/02/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tests are tough" "Get ready to read" "Assignments galore"

This class is extremely hard. He does hold lectures every MWF, but since the class is so huge he doesn't require them to be mandatory. He post his lectures online which is kinda helpful if you make the effort to watch them. Also his lectures move way to fast, and the material its self is just hard. if you can avoid taking him, DO IT!!

12/02/2014
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: A
"Tests are tough" "Get ready to read"

Unless it's mandatory or you really enjoy economics do not take this class. This class requires a lot studying and there are three exams that are 90% of your grade. You really need to study to pass this class. Read the book! The book is a godsend because you can't survive off his lectures alone. He records his lectures online.

11/03/2014
average
3 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECO 2013 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: You need it sometimes Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: WD
"Skip class? You won't pass." "Tough Grader"

Gummerson is a very hard class you only take 3 test. Each of which are 2 hours long. Have chapter homework assignments when are only 10% of your grade. Have to watch the videos to pass.

10/24/2014
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECS3003 Taken for Credit:Yes Attendance: Not Mandatory Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A
"Tests? Not many" "Tests are tough" "Tough Grader"

The class is called Comparative Economics. It should be called socialistKeynesian economics. Macro and micro are prerequisites. You will be required to forget everything you know about economics, and learn by heart the theories of his idol Paul Krugman. The class begins by blaming everything wrong with the economy on Republicans. Yup.

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.

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