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John Straub
Professor in the Economics department
at Tufts University, Medford, MA
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Overall Quality
3.3
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Hotness
Helpfulness
3.3
Clarity
3.2
Easiness
2.3
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6 Student Ratings
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02/02/2011
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
EC16 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

He solved a lot of problems in class interactively; he made the class participate. His exams are hard but he grades them fairly and gives a lot of partial credit. I would recommend taking him after EC11 as he'll give you good insight on how numbers and math work in econ and guide you to understand it all. He also has his occasional funny remarks :)

10/08/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
3 Easiness
EC16 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Really into it Grade Received: N/A

Straub is an excellent professor. He really wants kids to do well, and his teaching style reflects that. He may screw up here and there but he knows his stuff well, and he tries to find the best methods to teach them to his class. Great professor!

09/09/2010
good
5 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
4 Easiness
EC11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Low Grade Received: N/A

Makes the class extremely interesting. I don't understand why the previous raters say he's bad. He's not the conventional teacher, and doesn't use PowerPoint. Instead he does a lot of problems, and gets the class to actually participate in solving them. He's funny and helpful(it's the only class I never skipped or fell asleep in).

12/27/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
1 Clarity
2 Easiness
EC15 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Barely cracked it open Rater Interest: Meh Grade Received: N/A

I thought since taking Macroeconomics with him that he may have changed, but now way. This professor lacked every quality that you would want in a professor. He would grade papers without reading them and constantly made comments inferring he doesn't care about how you do. The fact he is teaching at a university like tufts makes me want to transfer

12/27/2008
poor
1 Helpfulness
2 Clarity
1 Easiness
EC15 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: Essential to passing Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

Awful professor. Grades you based on whether he likes you or not. Gives no understanding of econometrics and gets upset when you know more than he does. Skips over stuff in class he doesn't immediately get, leaving you stranded when its on the test. How he gets paid for this is beyond me. Avoid at all costs, don't waste your time with him.

05/15/2007
good
4 Helpfulness
4 Clarity
1 Easiness
EC11 Taken for Credit:N/A Attendance: N/A Textbook Use: It's a must have Rater Interest: Sorta interested Grade Received: N/A

You will leave this class with a very strong understanding of microeconomics...but that is if you make it through. 30% of students drop the class and it is only then that his grade distribution matches the other EC 11 profs. He's a nice guy who does care about student's understanding- you should be ready to really work though

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