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Hamid Shomali
Professor in the Economics department
at University of California Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
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Overall Quality
3.3
Average Grade
N/A
Hotness
Helpfulness
2.9
Clarity
3.6
Easiness
3.5
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18 Student Ratings
Rating Class Comment
06/09/2012
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
2 Easiness
ECONa 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 experienced and helpful. Knowledge of the material is impressive. I recommend him very highly.

02/02/2012
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
3 Easiness
econ380 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

I really like the way he teaching his explanation of experience help to understand topic and points

10/17/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
FIFI Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Help yourself if you take his class

04/22/2011
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
ECON101B 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

If you want an easy professor, go ahead and take it with him. HW problems are from the textbook, midterms are MCQs. If you want to actually learn something, though, he's useless. He oversimplifies the concepts in class to the point that they lose value. You can probably get an A just reading the textbook. His lectures just aren't worth your effort.

04/20/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON101B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Awful professor. Fun lecturer but the tests just try to trick you.

02/08/2011
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
3 Easiness
Econ136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Got a good grade (A-), and even so I still come out of a semester with Shomali thinking he's my least favorite econ prof I've had here. (granted i've only had really good ones so far.) Doesn't do his job carefully (beware if he says he'll only test you on what he lectured on...you should prob just ignore that). Just not that sincere of a teacher.

12/30/2010
average
2 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
4 Easiness
Econ136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Shomali is a nice guy but his lectures are too simplified for what was tested. Lectures are dry sometimes but his anecdotes are pretty entertaining. I didn't learn much and sections were often too rushed. If you get a good GSI it is really helpful.

12/26/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Terrible professor. Nice guy, but lectures are incredibly pointless. Homework is graded on correctness, but many people cheat and just copy from the solution manual. Not sure that I really learned anything at all. Not a particularly difficult class, but I would not recommend it if you hope to actually learn something.

12/23/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
econ101b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

This prof does a disservice to economics. Stories about his stint at BofA or his recommendation to buy Citigroup in the summer of 2008 do not lend to an adequate understanding of macroeconomics. Midterms are easy, but do not test comprehension of applied macroeconomics. Not sure exactly what to get out of the course other than a grade.

12/04/2010
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
1 Easiness
ECON136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

Awful prof. Not interested in helping, tells the same stories over again about his banking career does not care about student comprehension!

03/31/2010
average
3 Helpfulness
3 Clarity
5 Easiness
ECON101b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Ridiculously easy prof. Not sure I learnt a lot though.Gives entertaining examples while lecturing. However, material covered in lecture is easier than the midterms/finals, so make sure to read the book.

12/19/2009
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
4 Easiness
econ101b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Clear professor. Doesn't try to trick you and tests are reasonable.

08/27/2009
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
Econ100B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Highly recommended! His exams were fair/easy and he asked us whether we wanted more MC or more problems on the exams. He was very funny and used great vivid examples in his lectures. He follows the textbook very closely and lectures from it. He usually only teaches in the summer, but he told us that he was offered to teach 101B for Fall '09. :)

08/10/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
100b Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

one of the best econ professors. engaging lectures w/ rea life examples and personal stories, reasonable tests. quite an interesting and funny teacher.

08/09/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
econ 136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

take this class.. fun midterms!! one of the easiest for 136. cool shades... =p

08/03/2005
good
4 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
EC136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

interesting story teller, easy class

05/26/2005
poor
2 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
3 Easiness
ECON 100B Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

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03/26/2005
good
5 Helpfulness
5 Clarity
5 Easiness
econ 136 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: N/A Rater Interest: It's my life Grade Received: N/A

great lecturer. very funny. although he doesn't go too deep on some important topics, but i loved this class because of him. midterms are very fair (synonymous to easy). he only teaches summers i think. take his classes if you can!

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