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ECON 101: Principles of Economics
San Diego State University

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Rated 3.1/5

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2.9/5

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B

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ECON 101 Principles of Economics is an Engineering course at SDSU taught by the following professor: R.frantz.
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    Rapp was awesome. He was hilarious and made learning really easy. Very engaging and personable. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    He doesn't care if students come to his class. Just go to every class, do the online quizes, and ask him questions after class and you will do alright. It takes effort though. I ended up getting a perfect score on the final. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hybrid class. he helps explain econ a lot better in class and the time that u do go will pay off. the tests seem easy but u really gotta kno wat ur doin cause it is confusing and take the final cause its easy. its really not that bad... just go to class and ull b good. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Easier than his wife. However, I do not think he is good at making the subject palatable to those who aren't interested in economics. In my own opinion, I think he is the best professor for econ 101. Just read the textbook and study and do the online homework assignments. Go to his office hours if you need help because if you get Bs on the tests you could easily get an A in the class. He curves and that helps a lot. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    This class was easy, he is very helpful in office hours! He makes the concepts easy to understand by making the graph charts. Go to his office hours, he will tell you what you need to know for the test and he will summarize these to you. Interesting, starts lecture with the current news. If he teaches 102, I will definitely choose to take him. He comes off as a obnoxious jerk, but in reality he is funny & cares about the students who care about the class. Come to class everyday unless you're good at teaching yourself off his slides which break things down anyway. Definitely not what most of my econ professors in the past have done. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Took this class last semester, it is a lot of reading but if you read you will pass. one quick hw a week, only have to take 3/4 tests including the final. Easy if economics makes sense to you at all. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    The class itself is easy however you pretty much have to teach yourself & read the book if you want to pass. Pretty much every week you do 2 chapters. Hw is due every Tuesday night online, and he reviews everything on Thurs. The class can get very difficult if you miss the lectures, because he clears a lot of stuff up from the hw. Their are 2 TAs and his office hours so if your struggling, this solves your problem. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hybrid Class. Read his slides online and you'll be fine. Don't buy the book. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I can't believe that anyone thought this class was hard?? Dont buy the book, he even tells you. he posts last semesters midterm and the questions are totally different from the current midterms. So I suggest study study study. I prolly gonna ended up with an A. I NEVER went to class ever. I only went to the midterm and final and I got a B+. I thought this class was super easy and I would definitely take hilmer again. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Hybrid Class. Don't actually need to go to class. I taught myself everything off of the slides. Easy easy class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hybrid Class. I went once every other week. He cares about students that care about his class. Homework can be founded online, easy 100% less than 15 mins to complete. But you have to read the book. Ended up with an A. You must read in order to receive a B and above He is a little rude, but I can see why as he deals with 300 students all the time. Make sure you go to the TA tutor. They know their stuff and they will actually help you. I don't think the professor is bad, though he is tough. He gives you the previous year's exams so review those. Never been so happy to get a C ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Professor Hilmer is not a pushover. 20% of the final grades are HW's. The Hw's are easy. However, his test are really tricky and the multiple choice answers are really simpler. Normally if He hand a band of grades I would take a B but because he compares you to the class I got an A so i liked his grading style. Final isn't mandatory. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He is a very interesting professor if you're an econ major. He keeps things interesting. If you go to class, pay attention and do the pratice tests you'll do fine. His grading scale is kind of weird, but it's not unfair. READ THE BOOK! if you read, you will get an A. Stop being lazy! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    EASY CLASS!! he knows it all.if you ask questions he pretty much tells you youre stupid. but other than that he really knows his stuff and if you like econ this is a good class. nice curve. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Took his online summer class. The people who failed were the ones who didn't show up. It's a hybrid course for God sake, you only have to show up one day, just do it. He gives the previous year's midterms before each test and some questions are even word for word on the actual test. Oh, and whats really cool, if you like your grade you don't have to take the final. He decided to teach it strait from the textbook which basically meant that he used the slides from the textbook company and skipped over half of them. I went to class to take notes from the chapter rather than listen to him talk, but i had to go to class because otherwise i wouldn't have known what chapter we were on! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    This is a 1/2 online 1/2 lecture class. Either you like him or you don't. You have to like his teaching style. I liked his teaching style because I like big curves and study guides and online homeworks. I did have to go to TA office hours however to pass but thats because Econ is a little tough. and Don't buy the book he even tells u not to. I think this is the highest math related grade I've gotten in awhile. Go to class period. That's the only way you'll do well. He's really funny too and doesn't talk in a mono-toned lecture voice. I thought he was interesting and had a good way of breaking down the material. Takehim or you won't do well in econ! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Cannot believe how easy it was. If you kept up with the reading and wanted to learn the subject more, he was very good. Took ECON101 and 102 at the same time, and his class is the reason I did well in the other. LOTS of information NOT on the test. Take clear notes and you'll do fine! Oh, he grades on a curve! ) YAY! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Homework online, mostly 1 chapter per week, average 30 multiple choice questions. Never went to class, studied the PowerPoint for a few hours before each test. Grades with a real curve and lets you drop any test you wish (so I didn't have to take the final). ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    He was pretty useless. The class has a nice curve too, you grade will go up by a letter usually with the curve. I ended up with a B+ solely because i got lazy near the end of the semester and didn't feel like reading. The concepts are straight out of the book i really don't understand why people think this class is difficult, just read people and you will for sure pass! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    He's pretty alright. I pretty much self-thought myself. Exams were pretty tough. He has an interesting grading system where he lists us all and takes percentiles. Like top 10% gets an A, next 5% gets an A-, and so on. Idk how much my grades will get me atm, that's the downside ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He was straightforward and the to the point. Nothing great about this professor. Grade is based off three midterms, a final (optional) and Aplia online work. Book is sort of optional, but does help in understanding. Has practice midterms online they only help a little bit. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Good teacher. You have to study hard to get good grade if you won't study well then good luck to you. He is very helpful and explaine materials well. All his test relate to his lecture + textbook. Take him he is great. Do not buy book. Everything in lectures. Just go to every class and you should be fine. Never needed to see the TA's, but heard it REALLY helps. Study last semesters' midterms. TAKE ALL 3 MIDTERMS if u do well enough you can skip final. I skipped final and still got an A. Grades on a curve. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    take him. He relates well to students and makes it a joy to learn. No need for private Economics tutoring to do well. He goes way too fast in lectures & he gets disorganized with the graphs etc that it would get a bit confusing. Definitely go to lectures though and sit up front! 3 midterms, the final is optional if you're content with your midterm avg. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He is an awesome prof!! I ended with an A. The key to this class doesnt have a whole lot to do with just going to class but rather just doing the online mini quizes and taking the practice exams. The one Webquest assignment is pretty simple to get a good grade:just turn it in. Dont buy the book its never used. 3 exams, about 40-50 multiple choice questions each. Very brief notes provided online for each chapter. Final, 65 multiple choice questions. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hilmer is the Man. dont ask about ur grades cuz he doesnt really care about them even if hes the one effin it up...class was bareable ...i got a c. .all u do is take notes. ..3 midterms and a final... the final screwed me over soo i suggest to do good in the midterms ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    I was skeptical going into this class, because I head that it's a bit tough. HUGE curve. posts all the notes online, i never went to class & was still caought up because he summarizes previous lectures. so easy & hes hot. I think if you are willing to study hard by yourself, he is also willing to teach you what you don't understand. He doesn't discuss much a lot in class. I would've liked it better if he had posted a recorded lecture or something. But overall a pretty great teacher. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    This is a difficult class, but the curve helps tremendously. But, if you enjoy actually learning something, Hilmer is good. He gives good examples and explains things well. You really do have to go to class and pay attention though. The curve is huge, and don't buy the book. Study practice exams, they help loads. I enjoyed it! :) ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Very easy class if you attend! Best professor I had thus far. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Easy easy easy, there is a pretty big curve in his class, as long as you are smarter than most of the other 500 kids haha, not that hard... Most of his lectures made sense but some didn't. Never went to office hours so I don't know if he's helpful. Aplia is easy if you put in the effort and tests you MUST study for. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hard to pay attention to lectures because they're boring, but really easy to understand if you do. I like the way he teaches, except you have to be a very motivated and independent learner. But I really like him. I've never had a professor who curves so this is scary, hopefully I'll do well. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    I dunno why anyone would say its a hard class, I never went, studied the lecture notes the night before the test, did the HW and got a B, i didnt take the final either. Must purchase the book and Aplia. Weekly online home-works. Tests were really hard C average. I recommend going to every office hours he has. Really nice guy once you get to know him, curves the test. There's 3 midterms and a final, allows you to miss one test. Make sure you take ALL 3 midterms, because the final is really hard. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    He is a good teacher just study off the lecture notes and you will do fine. The only real reason I attend class is because I am interested in Economics, but he makes studying very easy because of the slides and practice tests and makes it very clear that he is able to help after class, though i never needed it. good teacher ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Professor Hilmer is a great professor. If you pay attention then the exams should be a breeze. Everything on the exams can be found in the lecture slides, which he posts online. Come to class for a better understanding. Don't buy the book! HUGE curve. A 50% gets you a C-, I believe. I don't recommend this class if aren't willing to work for your grade. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Very hard class. Really tries to help the students. DON'T buy the book. All the quizzes are by the lecture. Take the mini quizes online, they really help. Some of the midterm questions are from the miniquizes. the webquest is really easy. I don't like Econ and Hilmer just added to my confusion. Hilmer is very intelligent and thoroughly enjoys what he does, but wont convert the disinterested. Also, his curve is nuts. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Okay, he is NOT that bad. The practice midterms really do help you study. All the slides are posted on Blackboard. The material is dry, so it's hard to pay attention in class at times. He is condescending and arrogant, so don't be surprised if you receive that kind of response when emailing him questions. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    i dont know why everyone is saying hes bad! it was the easiest class ever. Make things really easy to understand, gives simple homework assignments (with questions that show up on the tests), and practice exams before the actual exams. You don't have to go to class but if you do it is extremely useful! And there is a huge curve at the end of the year! You are able to drop one of the 4 major tests If you just try theres no way you can **** up! Class does require time but Hilmers awesome! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I hate this teacher!! When he isn't using a powerpoint slide write down what he writes. This stuff he wants you to pay attention to/he tests on this. I wish he would open up the online hw on monday so you have more time, opening it up on thursday means you're more likely to forget about it till the last minute on Sunday. Use his office/TA assistants ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    If you are good at studying on your own and processing large amount of information or have an interest in economics, congratulations, you will do well in Hilmer's class. His final is optional so try to do well on the midterms. I stopped going to class after the first midterm ( i had the class three days a week) and still managed to get an A without going to a SINGLE class other than the days of midterm two and three. i learned all of the material on my own via his WONDERFUL power points. his ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    very cocky teacher. He takes everything to such a complex depth. Only way to get through is to use the office hours and review sessions. I would miss 1 or 2 classes and feel totally lost, so must go. I got a C but didn't try as hard as I could have, plus I'm horrible at math & there's lots of formulas ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    dont buy the textbook. His exams are extremely easy and are just based on practice quizzes online and his lecture. DONT BUY THE DAMN BOOK. You won't need it, promise. Also view the PPT's. His curve is rediculous huge, Impossible to fail. Finished with 85% which gave me an A ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    First off, Hilmer is hot! Understand lectures and read the book and you will be good. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    I only showed up for 2 lectures & on exam days and got an A. He's sexy, and I wish I would've woken up early to go watch him. He is more than willing to help his students when they ened it- especially during office hours. My only complaint would be that he moves very fast through the material- it's hard to grasp everything for those of us who don't speak econ Homework's are easy keep up with the notes. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    If you can understand economics, take this class. Don't buy the book, he even tells you not to. I ended up with an A and didn't even have to take the final, which is cumulative, so i would suggest just doing good on the first 3. gives alot of opportunity for help and tutoring. do the lecture quizzes (not part of grade) some test Q's are taken right from quizzes. has practice exams. go to class unless you can teach yourself from the blackboard slides. cares about his students that care to learn. liked him alot ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Huge class, easy if you review. Make sure you take him. Go to class and pay attention. Do the one, easy weekly hw assignment and study a little before the tests and you will get a good grade. Overall, it is an easy class but it does get boring during the lectures. Just make sure you pay attention so you understand the material. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    This professor definately knows what he is talking about, but is pretty hard to follow. Use everything he gives you (notes, hw, extra quizs) to study for the tests because they really do help. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Fantastic teacher among the best I have ever had. Go to class as much as possible, and he posts lecture slides online so it helps bringing them to class and following along. TAKE THE LECTURE QUIZZES! Even if they're not graded, it helps to do them and NOT right before a midterm. Most of his midterms are made up from the lecture quizzes. Plus he's funny =) ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Go to class, he has a way of explaining the notes that will help you understand and remember it for the tests. This is a really hard class if you're not willing to work and study hard. If you study hard and go into his office for help everything will go great for you. He is willing to help and answer questions, he is always there for everyone, but you have to take the initiative to go and look for his help. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Really nice guy and really fun to look at because he is really cute but not a very good teacher. these other people don't know what they are talking about. he was nice too. i recommend this professor. he also cares a lot about his students doing well and is very accessable, also provides you with info about tutors. he does rush through the material during lectures, but if you do your reading before the midterms and go to class you should do great!! he also lets you not take one midterm!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Okay this class is cake, really. I didn't go to class except for the three midterms and got an A. If you take the 3 midterms you dont have to take the final ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    he was fine but the class was huge and u didnt have to go to class so i didnt, but u should. you have to go to every class or you will fall way behind. his office hours are really helpful, he will walk you through anything you need. hes a really nice guy even though he doesnt look like it. This is the perfect summer class! ...Continue reading

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    Rapp was awesome. He was hilarious and made learning really easy. Very engaging and personable. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    He doesn't care if students come to his class. Just go to every class, do the online quizes, and ask him questions after class and you will do alright. It takes effort though. I ended up getting a perfect score on the final. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hybrid class. he helps explain econ a lot better in class and the time that u do go will pay off. the tests seem easy but u really gotta kno wat ur doin cause it is confusing and take the final cause its easy. its really not that bad... just go to class and ull b good. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Easier than his wife. However, I do not think he is good at making the subject palatable to those who aren't interested in economics. In my own opinion, I think he is the best professor for econ 101. Just read the textbook and study and do the online homework assignments. Go to his office hours if you need help because if you get Bs on the tests you could easily get an A in the class. He curves and that helps a lot. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    This class was easy, he is very helpful in office hours! He makes the concepts easy to understand by making the graph charts. Go to his office hours, he will tell you what you need to know for the test and he will summarize these to you. Interesting, starts lecture with the current news. If he teaches 102, I will definitely choose to take him. He comes off as a obnoxious jerk, but in reality he is funny & cares about the students who care about the class. Come to class everyday unless you're good at teaching yourself off his slides which break things down anyway. Definitely not what most of my econ professors in the past have done. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Took this class last semester, it is a lot of reading but if you read you will pass. one quick hw a week, only have to take 3/4 tests including the final. Easy if economics makes sense to you at all. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    The class itself is easy however you pretty much have to teach yourself & read the book if you want to pass. Pretty much every week you do 2 chapters. Hw is due every Tuesday night online, and he reviews everything on Thurs. The class can get very difficult if you miss the lectures, because he clears a lot of stuff up from the hw. Their are 2 TAs and his office hours so if your struggling, this solves your problem. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hybrid Class. Read his slides online and you'll be fine. Don't buy the book. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I can't believe that anyone thought this class was hard?? Dont buy the book, he even tells you. he posts last semesters midterm and the questions are totally different from the current midterms. So I suggest study study study. I prolly gonna ended up with an A. I NEVER went to class ever. I only went to the midterm and final and I got a B+. I thought this class was super easy and I would definitely take hilmer again. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Hybrid Class. Don't actually need to go to class. I taught myself everything off of the slides. Easy easy class. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hybrid Class. I went once every other week. He cares about students that care about his class. Homework can be founded online, easy 100% less than 15 mins to complete. But you have to read the book. Ended up with an A. You must read in order to receive a B and above He is a little rude, but I can see why as he deals with 300 students all the time. Make sure you go to the TA tutor. They know their stuff and they will actually help you. I don't think the professor is bad, though he is tough. He gives you the previous year's exams so review those. Never been so happy to get a C ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Professor Hilmer is not a pushover. 20% of the final grades are HW's. The Hw's are easy. However, his test are really tricky and the multiple choice answers are really simpler. Normally if He hand a band of grades I would take a B but because he compares you to the class I got an A so i liked his grading style. Final isn't mandatory. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He is a very interesting professor if you're an econ major. He keeps things interesting. If you go to class, pay attention and do the pratice tests you'll do fine. His grading scale is kind of weird, but it's not unfair. READ THE BOOK! if you read, you will get an A. Stop being lazy! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    EASY CLASS!! he knows it all.if you ask questions he pretty much tells you youre stupid. but other than that he really knows his stuff and if you like econ this is a good class. nice curve. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Took his online summer class. The people who failed were the ones who didn't show up. It's a hybrid course for God sake, you only have to show up one day, just do it. He gives the previous year's midterms before each test and some questions are even word for word on the actual test. Oh, and whats really cool, if you like your grade you don't have to take the final. He decided to teach it strait from the textbook which basically meant that he used the slides from the textbook company and skipped over half of them. I went to class to take notes from the chapter rather than listen to him talk, but i had to go to class because otherwise i wouldn't have known what chapter we were on! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    This is a 1/2 online 1/2 lecture class. Either you like him or you don't. You have to like his teaching style. I liked his teaching style because I like big curves and study guides and online homeworks. I did have to go to TA office hours however to pass but thats because Econ is a little tough. and Don't buy the book he even tells u not to. I think this is the highest math related grade I've gotten in awhile. Go to class period. That's the only way you'll do well. He's really funny too and doesn't talk in a mono-toned lecture voice. I thought he was interesting and had a good way of breaking down the material. Takehim or you won't do well in econ! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Cannot believe how easy it was. If you kept up with the reading and wanted to learn the subject more, he was very good. Took ECON101 and 102 at the same time, and his class is the reason I did well in the other. LOTS of information NOT on the test. Take clear notes and you'll do fine! Oh, he grades on a curve! ) YAY! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Homework online, mostly 1 chapter per week, average 30 multiple choice questions. Never went to class, studied the PowerPoint for a few hours before each test. Grades with a real curve and lets you drop any test you wish (so I didn't have to take the final). ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    He was pretty useless. The class has a nice curve too, you grade will go up by a letter usually with the curve. I ended up with a B+ solely because i got lazy near the end of the semester and didn't feel like reading. The concepts are straight out of the book i really don't understand why people think this class is difficult, just read people and you will for sure pass! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    He's pretty alright. I pretty much self-thought myself. Exams were pretty tough. He has an interesting grading system where he lists us all and takes percentiles. Like top 10% gets an A, next 5% gets an A-, and so on. Idk how much my grades will get me atm, that's the downside ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He was straightforward and the to the point. Nothing great about this professor. Grade is based off three midterms, a final (optional) and Aplia online work. Book is sort of optional, but does help in understanding. Has practice midterms online they only help a little bit. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Good teacher. You have to study hard to get good grade if you won't study well then good luck to you. He is very helpful and explaine materials well. All his test relate to his lecture + textbook. Take him he is great. Do not buy book. Everything in lectures. Just go to every class and you should be fine. Never needed to see the TA's, but heard it REALLY helps. Study last semesters' midterms. TAKE ALL 3 MIDTERMS if u do well enough you can skip final. I skipped final and still got an A. Grades on a curve. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    take him. He relates well to students and makes it a joy to learn. No need for private Economics tutoring to do well. He goes way too fast in lectures & he gets disorganized with the graphs etc that it would get a bit confusing. Definitely go to lectures though and sit up front! 3 midterms, the final is optional if you're content with your midterm avg. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    He is an awesome prof!! I ended with an A. The key to this class doesnt have a whole lot to do with just going to class but rather just doing the online mini quizes and taking the practice exams. The one Webquest assignment is pretty simple to get a good grade:just turn it in. Dont buy the book its never used. 3 exams, about 40-50 multiple choice questions each. Very brief notes provided online for each chapter. Final, 65 multiple choice questions. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hilmer is the Man. dont ask about ur grades cuz he doesnt really care about them even if hes the one effin it up...class was bareable ...i got a c. .all u do is take notes. ..3 midterms and a final... the final screwed me over soo i suggest to do good in the midterms ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    I was skeptical going into this class, because I head that it's a bit tough. HUGE curve. posts all the notes online, i never went to class & was still caought up because he summarizes previous lectures. so easy & hes hot. I think if you are willing to study hard by yourself, he is also willing to teach you what you don't understand. He doesn't discuss much a lot in class. I would've liked it better if he had posted a recorded lecture or something. But overall a pretty great teacher. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    This is a difficult class, but the curve helps tremendously. But, if you enjoy actually learning something, Hilmer is good. He gives good examples and explains things well. You really do have to go to class and pay attention though. The curve is huge, and don't buy the book. Study practice exams, they help loads. I enjoyed it! :) ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Very easy class if you attend! Best professor I had thus far. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Easy easy easy, there is a pretty big curve in his class, as long as you are smarter than most of the other 500 kids haha, not that hard... Most of his lectures made sense but some didn't. Never went to office hours so I don't know if he's helpful. Aplia is easy if you put in the effort and tests you MUST study for. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Hard to pay attention to lectures because they're boring, but really easy to understand if you do. I like the way he teaches, except you have to be a very motivated and independent learner. But I really like him. I've never had a professor who curves so this is scary, hopefully I'll do well. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    I dunno why anyone would say its a hard class, I never went, studied the lecture notes the night before the test, did the HW and got a B, i didnt take the final either. Must purchase the book and Aplia. Weekly online home-works. Tests were really hard C average. I recommend going to every office hours he has. Really nice guy once you get to know him, curves the test. There's 3 midterms and a final, allows you to miss one test. Make sure you take ALL 3 midterms, because the final is really hard. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    He is a good teacher just study off the lecture notes and you will do fine. The only real reason I attend class is because I am interested in Economics, but he makes studying very easy because of the slides and practice tests and makes it very clear that he is able to help after class, though i never needed it. good teacher ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Professor Hilmer is a great professor. If you pay attention then the exams should be a breeze. Everything on the exams can be found in the lecture slides, which he posts online. Come to class for a better understanding. Don't buy the book! HUGE curve. A 50% gets you a C-, I believe. I don't recommend this class if aren't willing to work for your grade. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 2/5
    Very hard class. Really tries to help the students. DON'T buy the book. All the quizzes are by the lecture. Take the mini quizes online, they really help. Some of the midterm questions are from the miniquizes. the webquest is really easy. I don't like Econ and Hilmer just added to my confusion. Hilmer is very intelligent and thoroughly enjoys what he does, but wont convert the disinterested. Also, his curve is nuts. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Okay, he is NOT that bad. The practice midterms really do help you study. All the slides are posted on Blackboard. The material is dry, so it's hard to pay attention in class at times. He is condescending and arrogant, so don't be surprised if you receive that kind of response when emailing him questions. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    i dont know why everyone is saying hes bad! it was the easiest class ever. Make things really easy to understand, gives simple homework assignments (with questions that show up on the tests), and practice exams before the actual exams. You don't have to go to class but if you do it is extremely useful! And there is a huge curve at the end of the year! You are able to drop one of the 4 major tests If you just try theres no way you can **** up! Class does require time but Hilmers awesome! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    I hate this teacher!! When he isn't using a powerpoint slide write down what he writes. This stuff he wants you to pay attention to/he tests on this. I wish he would open up the online hw on monday so you have more time, opening it up on thursday means you're more likely to forget about it till the last minute on Sunday. Use his office/TA assistants ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    If you are good at studying on your own and processing large amount of information or have an interest in economics, congratulations, you will do well in Hilmer's class. His final is optional so try to do well on the midterms. I stopped going to class after the first midterm ( i had the class three days a week) and still managed to get an A without going to a SINGLE class other than the days of midterm two and three. i learned all of the material on my own via his WONDERFUL power points. his ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    very cocky teacher. He takes everything to such a complex depth. Only way to get through is to use the office hours and review sessions. I would miss 1 or 2 classes and feel totally lost, so must go. I got a C but didn't try as hard as I could have, plus I'm horrible at math & there's lots of formulas ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    dont buy the textbook. His exams are extremely easy and are just based on practice quizzes online and his lecture. DONT BUY THE DAMN BOOK. You won't need it, promise. Also view the PPT's. His curve is rediculous huge, Impossible to fail. Finished with 85% which gave me an A ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    First off, Hilmer is hot! Understand lectures and read the book and you will be good. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    I only showed up for 2 lectures & on exam days and got an A. He's sexy, and I wish I would've woken up early to go watch him. He is more than willing to help his students when they ened it- especially during office hours. My only complaint would be that he moves very fast through the material- it's hard to grasp everything for those of us who don't speak econ Homework's are easy keep up with the notes. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    If you can understand economics, take this class. Don't buy the book, he even tells you not to. I ended up with an A and didn't even have to take the final, which is cumulative, so i would suggest just doing good on the first 3. gives alot of opportunity for help and tutoring. do the lecture quizzes (not part of grade) some test Q's are taken right from quizzes. has practice exams. go to class unless you can teach yourself from the blackboard slides. cares about his students that care to learn. liked him alot ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Huge class, easy if you review. Make sure you take him. Go to class and pay attention. Do the one, easy weekly hw assignment and study a little before the tests and you will get a good grade. Overall, it is an easy class but it does get boring during the lectures. Just make sure you pay attention so you understand the material. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    This professor definately knows what he is talking about, but is pretty hard to follow. Use everything he gives you (notes, hw, extra quizs) to study for the tests because they really do help. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Fantastic teacher among the best I have ever had. Go to class as much as possible, and he posts lecture slides online so it helps bringing them to class and following along. TAKE THE LECTURE QUIZZES! Even if they're not graded, it helps to do them and NOT right before a midterm. Most of his midterms are made up from the lecture quizzes. Plus he's funny =) ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 5/5
    Go to class, he has a way of explaining the notes that will help you understand and remember it for the tests. This is a really hard class if you're not willing to work and study hard. If you study hard and go into his office for help everything will go great for you. He is willing to help and answer questions, he is always there for everyone, but you have to take the initiative to go and look for his help. ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 3/5
    Really nice guy and really fun to look at because he is really cute but not a very good teacher. these other people don't know what they are talking about. he was nice too. i recommend this professor. he also cares a lot about his students doing well and is very accessable, also provides you with info about tutors. he does rush through the material during lectures, but if you do your reading before the midterms and go to class you should do great!! he also lets you not take one midterm!! ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    Okay this class is cake, really. I didn't go to class except for the three midterms and got an A. If you take the 3 midterms you dont have to take the final ...Continue reading

  • Class rating 4/5
    he was fine but the class was huge and u didnt have to go to class so i didnt, but u should. you have to go to every class or you will fall way behind. his office hours are really helpful, he will walk you through anything you need. hes a really nice guy even though he doesnt look like it. This is the perfect summer class! ...Continue reading