professor
Gregory Arluck

May 2007

Class is very easy. Tests are unscaled, so there is no curve. Tests are also ridiculously easy, and it's very very easy to screw up. However, I know of several people who got A+s, and several people who were more knowledgeable, but made some stupid errors on the exam and got B+s. In class, he is very clear and goes straight from the book. Also goes very slowly, and honestly I was pretty bored since the material was pretty easy as well. Easy professor; would recommend if you want an easy class.

May 2007

Good God, run for the high heavens if you have this man. First of all, he is always late by at least 10 minutes. Then once he got there he did one or two sample problems with most of the time taken up with what other books we should read, his life as a washed up I-Banker, and how half of the people sitting in the room won't be able to cut it for I-Banking. Oh, and to encourage us, he would lament on how boring and tedious the work was. Whatever I learned from this class I taught myself with the book, which was actually pretty good. And the TAs had section each week and NO ONE could make it because it was like 9:30-10:30 when most people had class. So instead of switching the sessions as people requested (including myself) they ended up canceling them, citing the reason "because no one came." Are you kidding? Also, I Googled him because most professors at Columbia, especially in the Economics department, are highly distinguished. Go ahead and do it and you'll see what the first link is. Not good at all.

May 2007

Ok. Straight talk here. This guy sucks. It's clear that he doesn't prepare for class, and doesn't really care about it in the first place. For every class, he comes in and just whips out the textbook -- regurgitating everything from it. You learn nothing from him, unless you're one of those who are impressed by his ploy of "name-dropping" big-wigs. That said, if you want an A in economics, this is a class for you. You can virtually skip all the classes and read from the textbook and still get an A in the class