Open-ended comments: (since summer 2010)
What are the major
strengths of the instructor/course?
- Dr. Hueng is very easy to understand, follow, and he
allows students the time to write down their notes from the lecture,
allows them to ask questions, and is respectful to everyone. I found the study
sheets to be very helpful, but when he explained items in more detail
during the lecture, it reinforced my learning even more.
- many different examples to explain difficult topics powerpoint slides were good, words and images for
different types of learning
- James is an outstanding instructor. He uses very
effective explanations and examples to clarify very difficult concepts.
- I liked that he gave different methods to get each
concept. He answers all questions students have and does a review before
each test. I loved having the reviews sheets to help practice before the
- Professor Hueng was not only a great teacher. He was
someone who made class fun to come to. I was always looking forward to hearing
what observations or unique understandings that James brought to class. He
made it fun to be there. Loved every lecture.
- Mr. Hueng explained topics thoroughly and as easy to
understand as possible.
- Always able to answer questions and relates them to
examples in the real world.
- Goes through things in many ways so if your a different type of learner you can understand
- Very knowledgeable, strong passion for teaching.
- James was funny, and Econ is a topic that is really
hard to teach. He made the class bearable which is really hard to do.
- Review Sheets
- Best instructor I've had here at WMU so far. Explains
material very, very well and makes learning the material fun.
- I have never been in a lecture hall where the class was
conducted so effectively. James expresses a thorough understanding of the
material presented in the class and is able to identify where his students
struggles. If the class started to lack attention, or just fall asleep,
James was great at recapturing the attention through jokes and stories
easily relatable to the material! I thoroughly enjoyed the class and feel
that I have learned a great amount. Thank you!
- Professor James was extremely prepared and great at
answering our questions and making sure we understood the material.
- Very knowledgeable on the subject, took the time to
make sure to go over information that needed further explanations
- He was very passionate about what he was teaching. I
could tell that James enjoyed teaching. He was very interactive during
class, which made it easy to pay attention. The review sheets made the
exams easier and they were a great study tool. I did not like
microeconomics, and had a negative attitude towards econ until I had
- Tough and challenging.
- Humor, examples to help understand content.
- Able to post the practice exams ahead of time so we can
practice it and ask questions before the exams. The instructor
also give us examples on what to remember on specific topics so we
know how to understand it in the future.
- He try to make describe things in simple way
- He seemed very interested in the subject.
- He knew what he was talking about, but at the same time
did not explain things to the best of his ablities.
- Very fluent in the material.
- Very enthusiastic
- all ways available to explain things
- Enthusiastic about the subject rubs off on the students
- He knows the material very well
- Energetic instructor
- James is enjoyable to be around in the classroom, keeps
the class intrigued.
- Gave study guides for each chapter
- instructor was very knowledgable
- He seemed passionate about what he was teaching.
- He was really easy to talk with in office hours
- Examples for harder topics were nice.
- He did know a lot about what he was teaching and was
passionate about it.
- Knew the material very well and was always excited to
be in class
- Professor Hueng was able to break down some of the more
difficult material well and has a very good teaching "flow". He
used many good analogies to also teach the tougher material. One of the
more charismatic professors I've had so far.
- Great instructor! Made it very easy to understand
material and always explained things in a simple way
- I am not a huge fan of economics courses, but I will
say that Professor Hueng made it fun for me. He explained it in a way that
was extremely easy for me to understand and I even began looking forward
to attending class.
- He did a great job at keeping students interested
during a 2 and a half hour lecture. He was always available to see for
help. Did a great job explaining topics. Went at the rate of the class,
not the rate of the material.
- James, was very excited about
what he was teaching. He has a great deal of knowledge about the topic. He
was also very determined to help those of us who were having a difficult
time grasping ideas/concepts. He wanted to see all of his students
- The material in this course can be tedious and
uninteresting, however Professor Hueng broke up the lectures with real
world examples and stories that made it easier to sit through. A major
strength of this course is the grading system; I feel that it was fair and
well tailored to a summer class. The review
sheets were also a major strength because I feel that they prepared me the
absolute best for the exams. There were no surprises and when I studied, I
felt comfortable with all the material.
- Very smart. It is obvious he cares, too.
- The instructor is great at teaching the material. The
course was very real life oriented for those going into the financial
- I really liked that he makes class exciting. He's
really funny with his enthusiasm and he'll make up ridiculous examples to
ensure students are interested and understand the material.
- He was exceptionally good at teaching the formulas and
processes in two or more ways so that everyone could choose their own way
to remember things.
- Thorough explanations of class concepts.
- You can tell how passionate he is about teaching money
and banking, and it was always a joy to be in class. The review sheets, as
before in Macro, were amazing. I loved that quizzes were added to this
- James has a very engaging, high energy approach that
personally I found incredibly effective for teaching this subject matter.
Each class session I felt like I learned something important and
applicable to my career, and James does an excellent job boiling down the
class to only the most important concepts.
- Awesome prof. The class was tough but fair. Having such
hard exams sucks but I feel that is also the reason I have learned so much
this semester in the class. You have to be very prepared.
- The instructor is very nice and full of humor sense,
the class is really interesting.
- If a student didn't understand, he would try to explain
the concept a different way to help them. If it was a difficult subject
matter and he felt a student may not understand but was too embarrassed to
speak up, he would have little signals to give so a student wouldn't have
to raise their hand and ask.
- He is funny and makes a very dry subject fun to learn
- James is an exceptional professor! The class is jam packed full of information!
- You will definitely learn about Finance and Banking
after taking this course.
- Exceptional knowledge in the field of economics and an
interesting personality that combines to make the course interesting.
- The instructor has very high energy and does a good job
of explaining things almost always. This was the last class of my day, and
in a lot of ways my hardest one. I appreciated having an instructor with
this energy and excitement to help me learn even thought it was the end of
my day; it would have been much harder to focus had he been dull. I think
that he is passionate about an important subject!
- James is an excellent teacher. Is class is tough
because the material is tough. He told us if we put in the work than while
it may be tough it is still possible to learn the material. It made it
much easier to learn this material because he was very entertaining and
keep us engaged the entire time. This is no easy task for a class that was
2 and half hours twice a week, yet he still puller it off. Bottom line;
James is awesome!!!
- Very knowledgeable about the topics.
- Very enthusiastic/ energetic / happy
- James was very good at explaining things in detail.
Learned a lot.
- Review sheets were long but it really helped a lot.
- James knows a GREAT deal about macro
economics. Honestly macro is a difficult course, but James
explained it quite well. Yes he was a very difficult since there is alot of information, but he had the ability to explain
it and also give real world examples which helped with understanding it.
- You are, by far, the best teacher I've ever had in
college. Your true enjoyment of what you're teaching rubbed off and made
macroeconomics one of my favorite classes I've taken this semester (and
ever). I learned an amazing amount compared to when I took microeconomics.
I learned more on day one than I did all semester last year. Your study
guides were a trumendous help, and I appreciate
how you would take the time to answer every question asked.
- He knows all of the material and he enjoys teaching the
subject matter as well so the students are able to understand the
- tried to keep the class life, which is very nice in an
- The professor never missed class, was very prepared and
always explained topics thoroughly. The TAs and professor were always
- James is a great teacher with a great wealth of
knowledge in economics. He makes subjects very easy to understand and is
very thorough. I liked the review sheets that he posted that helped me
prepare for each test.
- Can keep my attention Tries to use simple examples so
it is easier to understand the basic concepts Promotes students asking
- There was lots of material in the class. James gave us
lecture after lecture with plenty of information that was very helpful on
- very passionate about teaching this course, very
knowledgeable about subject, talks to class instead of just teaching the
- Really tried to pull out any questions students had.
Had lots of material to help improve grades.
- James is a great instructor, but I do feel that he has
somewhat high expectations, but I am biased on this subject because I
greatly despise economics, I feel that I would have done much better if I
did not have a mutual hatred for this subject.
- James, is very entertaining so
the sometimes dull material is livened up and he does a great job at
explaining it thoroughly. James, is the main
strong-point to this course... I was very hesitant about taking macro
after having taken micro last semester--for one another foreign teacher
did not make me too excited, my micro professor was very difficult to
understand--and probably the worst teacher (in terms of explaining
material clearly) I have ever had in the history of my academia career....
unfortunately did not write a review for her... James; however, went above
and WELL beyond my expectations and I enjoyed his class.
- Very knowledgeable about the material. Always had extra
office hours before exams. He knew what he was talking about and how to
make sure students succeeded.
- The course helped analyze complicated economic
information and focused greatly on relevant material.
- He is very good at making material simple.
- Patient and good explainer, always ready to go over
material again if necessary. Made a big point of everyone understanding
- James is clearly highly knowledgable
in the subject
- Able to explain complex material in an easy to
- Available anytime to help.
- The practice questions were very helpful for the class
- He understands the material
- James gives great examples and is very responsive. Even
when asking questions in class that may be elevated in reference to the
material, James always tied the question back into the lecture.
- James is a great instructor. He always makes himself
available to his students and is always willing to help!
- Dr. Hueng was a great professor. Always made himself free after class or during email for questions.
The course is a hard course but he does a great job bringing that material
down to the "student" level where we can understand it. It
really shows in the course grades too. I think only one person failed that
class. In my past Econ classes it was more like 15-20% failing.
- The way the professor teach the class is excellent
- one of the best instructors
- Gave great real world
examples and even was able to bring some laughs to what could have been a
very dry subject.
- The course work was very
hard, but he told it in a way that I could understand it.
- This is a great course and I
really enjoyed learning the material. It's very relevant and the professor
clearly wants to see his students succeed and do well for his course. He's
always available during office hours, and is more than willing to answer
every question a student has, both in and outside of class.
knowledge of the subject...
- This was my favorite class
and teacher of this semester and I donít see how people did so bad in previous semesters.
- * Instructor is hilarious and
very knowledgeable but there are lots of topics to cover.
- Professor Hueng is very
professional, very knowledgeable, and a great teacher. The material was
difficult and he was able to explain in a manner that was easy to
comprehend. His English is excellent as well as his grammar. He was able
to move through the material at a good pace and could take the time to
explain any difficulties a student had. Rewards attendance and those who
- Went over information
thoroughly that was hard to understand.
- Dr. Hueng does a great job
explaining things in detail....if someone does not understand the
material, the class does not move on.
- James is a
strength. He knows and has passion for the study of the banking
- He makes sure we understand
the material in class, but takes too much time on simple things and not
enough on topics that are actually difficult. Nice guy, very professional.
- Dr. Hueng does a good job of explaining the material.
He gave examples so that we could apply the material to real life
situations. The in-class quizzes helped to drive the information that we
learned in class home and know what to focus on for the test. The study
guides were extremely helpful for studying for the exams.
- Able to capture my interest
because he seems excited about the material. Also, just a funny guy in
general. :) That makes it fun to come to class everyday.
- Very energetic.
good instructor makes learning more interesting.
- Made sure everyone understood
everything before he moved on. Related class information to what was
currently going on in the world.
- Professor Hueng is very funny
and I learned a lot in his class.
- The instructor was very
excited to teach and went over the material in a time effective manner
which allowed for thorough digestion of the material. His excitement and
enthusiasm for this course made it easy to pay attention in class and
provided a fun learning environment. plus his study guides provided a
easily accessible concrete method for studying and made learning the
- He will take time to go over
topics until everyone understands them.
- Seemed like he wanted
everyone to understand the material, and tried to make sure everyone did
understand. Provided study guides that were very helpful for exams. He
truly cared about the students education.
- He can relate the subject
matter to the class in a way they understand and he keeps on a topic til people understand it.
- Clear, explained things in
lots of different ways to help students understand. Gave lots of study
material for review and made tests that were similar to the review
questions. This way, even if tests were difficult, the material covered
and the format was no surprise.
- Considering that this was an
intense summer course and we were rushed, I thought that Hueng did a great
job. The material is difficult but he did his best to go over things over
and over again.
- know his stuff
- Great at explaining material.
Funny stories that make you want to learn.
- The instructor was very
approachable. He encouraged students to ask questions and utilize his
office hours. He prepared students for exams very well, outlining the
material that was to be on the exam accurately. The course material was
difficult and he made it understandable.
- The instructor breaks down
the material to make it clear.
- Very friendly, energetic and
passionate instructor. Heavy accent but he is
aware of it and tries his best to annunciate and make sure students
understand what he is saying. He is VERY tricky with his questions on the
exams. I studied a lot for every exam and should have aced them, I was SHOCKED with every grade I got on exams.
Study guides for exams are very important and useful.
- Not only was the class full
of useful information, the teacher was able to present it in a way that
kept it interesting and related to actual real world situations.
- Dr. Hueng is a very good
professor, always willing to help. He makes hard material easy to grasp. Also , working on his hw helped a lot, and he always
gave us hints during the class. I really enjoyed his class =)
- Good explanation on each concept.
- Very funny guy with good explanations. Willing to go
over anything as many times as you need it and always available to help
you outside of class. I enjoy having him as a professor.
- This is a very difficult class
- He made difficult lectures very easy to understand.
- He has a great enthusiasm for his subject. He also
makes class fun because of his amusingly enthusiastic manner.
- He gave us our assignments back the next class, he was always prepared for class and willing to
answer any of our questions. He encouraged us to ask questions.
- Taught with great enthusiasm and made good use of
examples for teaching somewhat difficult material. Good course that hits
on all the basics of economics/finance.
- Always cared if we didn't get the information.
- He knows what he is talking about.
- The way he teach is really
- Mr. Hueng is a funny guy and tries his best to explain
- Knew material.
What do you suggest to improve the course?
- Nothing, he was very fair, professional, and clear.
- More assignments or tests. Only having 4 grades makes
it hard to do well!
- Make assignments. Even if they are worth a small amount
of points the people who need practice in applying things before tests can
get some in. After every lecture a small
assignment and the answers could be up as we walk in for class.
- Grading system is horrible. Only 4 exams for the whole
course, very hard to pass.
- I think James forgets that we have 5 other classes to
worry about and not just Macro Economics. The way he presents the material
is just too high of a difficulty level for an Introduction course. I had
other classmates in Macro Economics with different professors and their
curriculum was incredibly different. I felt like I was in a much higher
level course compared to them.
- Homework to even out test grades
- NOthing, good as is.
- Add homework assignments, or extra credit to improve
- Nothing, I feel that the course was conducted in an
- More examples of how to apply the math portions to real
- You suck as a college professor hueng.
The fact that you only accept exams as a grade is not just bullshit but
also the fact that none of your slides go onto elearning
so since you go too fast were all fucked. Get your shit together, we dont care about your stupid college stories that have
no relevance and the fact that you brag about students having a 1.9
average gpa in your course shows the amount of
shit you give towards your students...
- James could have gone over material a little slower, sometimes it was hard to understand some things
because he would go too fast.
- Other work other than exams. Exam based class style
does not work well for pre-recs.
- Have practice homework available online with solutions
and explanation at the end so we can get more practice and understand the
material even more.
- To have more example from the real life situation
- Not making it so complicated for the students, try to
not use so many examples.
- Have home work, or more work
sheets to do. His "review sheets" didn't help at all.
- different professor
- Have homework exercises and
quizzes on material.
- I don't blame the instructor,
but this course should really be taught in a smaller class size. Also
better prep job for testing questions.
- Graded Assignments
- More grading opportunities
- Add some homework assignments
to help with overall point in case you do poorly on an exam.
- I didn't like how the whole
course was based on exams. I feel like that is kinda
lazy on the instructors part. Especially if they
are the same slides and test he has used in previous classes.
- Change tests in some way
- offer smaller class settings
- It seemed to be required that
if you wanted to do well in the course, you had to attend office hours. I
feel that should be for additional help, not something that must be done
to know what it going on in the classroom/on the exams.
- The course should follow more
of a direct path rather than jumping around so much.
- Help relate the information
to answer the test questions efficiently
- Try for different examples instead
of repeating the same one over and over. Don't snap or clap at the class
to get their attention - we're humans, not dogs. It is a rude practice.
Don't get off topic so randomly such as you going from your lecture notes
to about a student who got As on all his exams then came into the final
looking high or drugged. Little stories like that are fun, but not right
in the middle of a non-related lecture slide. Saying a topic is "the
hardest of the semester" is not a good way to start it. Don't
discourage students before they began to learn it. Don't combine clapping
and orders either. "DO THE REVIEW SHEETS" with a clap on each
syllable does not emphasize the importance of them, but it is considered
to be a rude order that will make it less likely for anyone to do them.
And as for the review sheets, they are too long and too little of them is
on the exam. It always seemed like a waste of paper and time to do them,
even when I had the exam in hand. It feels like I was never prepared after
doing them, because I knew only 10 questions out of 120 would be worth
- This is not taught as an
introductory level class. I had one of the T.A's tell me that he is
teaching this harder than it needs to be and that the other class he was a
TA in everyone was getting good grades and understood everything well.
- It is hard for me to suggest
improvements when I did so well.
- A non Accumulative final exam
- I think that in a semester setting, the setup would be
different because there is more time to cover material. The pace was a
little fast, but is to be expected from a summer session.
- Not have this been an option for the 3000 level
economics course for students in the BBA program. This course is
incredibly difficult for those that are not going into the finance field.
I am a telecommunications and information management major and this is a
completely irrelevant course outside of a few good tips for future
investment plans once I graduate. I will not use over 90% of the
information taught yet I was required to take the course. The material
taught in the classes and the in class quizzes were very relevant to what
we needed to learn but the exams were way too in
depth and were not necessary for the level of class and taught material.
- Maybe have more office hours before exams.
- It was very hard to take notes and listen at the same
time. I suggest for future classes that you allow the students to print
off the slides before class.
- Honestly I wouldn't change anything. This class and the
material is just difficult, and you willing to
slow down to make sure we understand to the best of our ability was
- I understand why James does not do it, but I think it
would be very helpful if the powerpoints from
class could be posted on e-learning or his webpage *at some point before
the exam*. If you want a good grade in this course you would still need to
attend every session; I don't think posting the class notes would decrease
attendance much (if at all).
- I wouldn't really suggest to change anyting
- Emphasis the importance of the first test. It was very
- As a finance student, I found it difficult to learn
some things that my finance professors taught differently than how James
presented it. However, I found James' way of teaching futures and forwards
to be more helpful than my finance professors.
- Make it easier. No curve when more than half of the
people are scoring below 60 on some of the exams?.....
- Don't know, economics is
confusing as all hell.
- Sometimes I felt slightly intimidated to answer
questions when he asked them to the class. I also felt sometimes slightly
intimidated to ask or clarify things sometimes. I think that this could be
from his fast pace or assertive attitude. I don't think it was solely his
fault, partly mine. He often asked if anyone had questions and offered to
slow down..I could have
spoken up, but sometimes it is hard to think of your question quickly.
- Have the Powerpoints
available online for the students to download and print off for the
classes, it would of been easier to take notes so the students don't have
to quickly write down what was on the screen and listen to what you had to
- To not go into as much depth with each topic so that
students will learn more of the foundation and what is most important to
take from the class. Have assignments throughout the class so students can
see how they are grasping the material. Post quiz scores as soon as
possible so students can see how they are doing relative to what is being
said in class.
- Stop taking attendance with a seating chart... Use iclicker quizzes if you want to see whos coming to class, the fun of college and classes
is getting to meet new people not just sitting by the same person everyday.
- the course is weighted
solely on the 3 exams and then the final. Some may look at this as
extremely biased, but the fact that the exams are weighted at 30%, 25%,
and 15% makes it better.
- I wouldn't say to improve anything. You did a
completely amazing job.
- No improvements.
- Homework assignments! It was difficult to learn all of
the concepts when your grade is based only off of 3 tests and a final,
which are all very difficult.
- Maybe a few homework assignments to balance out grades.
We had 4 tests with one chance of extra credit.
- GET RID OF THE MICROPHONE, YOU DON'T NEED IT!
- Slow down and take more time on some critical content.
- Give homework! Or ANY other way to earn points in the
class besides ONLY exams!
- please don't pack us in like
sardines. but if you insist on it for lectures,
so be it, but at least let us spread out during exams. some
of us need space to think straight.
- I hate saying grade easier because that is not fully
correct. I feel that you must study for every class, which I do not feel I
- James says to do the review sheets, over and over
AGAIN... And if you do them (like I did, multiple times) you do very well
in the class; however, some students lack self-motivation to complete them
early on before the exams ergo, they perform poorly on exams... If there
could be one improvement to help perhaps the overall GPA of the class I
would promote some out of class assignments (i.e. graded
homework)--although I would not be a big fan...
- Add small homework assignments due every week/every
class. This might help balance out test scores for those who do not
perform that well on tests.
- The course absolutely needs more out of classroom
points instead of points being given solely from the three exams and
final. Outside of the lecture, there needs to be points available for
homework, quizzes, and extra credit activities like earning mastery
points. At least one of the exams should have been assigned as a take home
- SLOW DOWN. Explain your graphs/data more clearly and
try to write things down more clearly too, instead of always abbreviating
things because when you talk at the speed of light, its
hard to comprehend everything you are saying and telling us to write down
in our notebooks. Do not give students so many reviews questions to study
off from when there are only 40 questions on the exam. Narrow it down to
main points/information. It's just way too much information for a student
to study because we are unclear of what materials we should focus the most
- Better explanations. The way he explained things made
the material more difficult. The fill in the blank questions on the exam
were never anything like examples done in class. I attended every class.
- Slow down and explain and teach in an effective way.
- Allow more in class participation.
- Someone who speaks English as a first language to type
up exams and possibly more work in the class so there isn't so much weight
on the lengthy and difficult exams.
- Assigning homework occasionally would help the
instructor know, specifically, what the students are struggling with so he
could go over it again. Also, the test questions that have multiple fill
in the blanks, it is ridiculous that with three or more blanks if even one
is wrong (with the other blanks being correct) that the student loses
points for the entire question. You should give at least partial credit.
- Give homework
- Partial credit on the exam ,
especially for the questions at the end. When there are three fill in the
blanks and three points for each question so if you can give partial
credit that will help students boost their grade. Thanks
- Give partial credit on the
- I think that bringing in more
information about the financial crisis would be great. It's very relevant
and would make some of the material seem more relevant/applicable.
I also felt as if we tried to cover too much material in the class...the
subject matter is not easy, and I feel as if I could have had a better
grasp of the material if we slowed down the pace a little bit, worked
through more examples, and perhaps dropped one chapter from the load this
- More points should be
available other than exams and quizzes.
- give weekly homework
assignments that will have students a lot
- * A class taken to review for
tests would greatly help. Even a few minutes time at the end would help.
The class just moves lightning fast.
- More fill in the blank and
short-answer questions; I feel long multiple choice exams are the worst
way to test one's knowledge of the material. Learn the students
names; I showed up to class everyday, sat in
front, and participated often but I don't think he took the time to learn
- The exams should be split up
into quizzes that are much smaller and focused on a certain chapter. It
would make it much easier to study for and you could make sure you really
understand the material.
- For myself, I would have
preferred the class to move a little faster and cover a little more
material... But, I enjoy the material and was not there because I had to
- This course needs to have
some kind of curve. There is no way for a student who does not test well to
do well in this class. There is no "busy" work to help off set a grade.
allow partial credit on the fill in the blank
section of the exams or eliminate them, it simply isn't fair to have a 5
part fill in the blank question and for someone to get 4 out of 5 of them
correct and still get NOTHING for it. Even a quarter point
would be nice. The exam grades are very low just because of this.
Eliminating some of the review questions that are the same question but
with one word changed would help to, in the end it just confuses us more
about something we thought we understood in the beginning.
- That last few chapters seemed rushed compared to the
rest of the class. That may have just been me, though...
- It wasn't very professional I
feel. Powerpoints had multiple spelling and
grammar errors. I really couldn't understand him when he talks fast
because you can tell English isn't his 1st language.
- New exams that relate better
to the course material. I, as well as many other students, have always
felt well prepared for the exams and failed half of them.
- If the topic has been
finished and 3 or less minutes remain in the class please let us leave
instead of attempting to start a new topic. Often times what he tries to
explain in the interim between finishing a topic and beginning the new one
is forgotten or not fully covered. It makes more sense to let us leave.
- Include comprehensive
homework assignments as part of overall grade, rather than relying heavily
on exams to determine final grade/Please make exams more possible to pass
- Too much material (I know it
is required) to cover in a summer semester. Have two parts to this class.
To help cover more material.
- Make tests so that they are
more related to the material taught.
- I just feel that I learned a
lot more than the grades I got. If I get a 95% on the final I think I may
still have an A but I just dont understand how I
got D and C on the first and third exams.
- The professor taught with the
mindset that this students taking this course
were doing so to become economics majors. He assumed we had lots of prior
knowledge regarding economic theory, and taught the class as such. As a
business major (specializing in computer information systems) the only
econ classes i had taken were micro and macro
economics, my freshman year of college I did not have a good foundation of
economic knowledge for this class. This made learning the upper level
material (and there was lots of it) even more difficult.
- I would suggest more homework assignments, extra
credit, or other ways to earn points. The exams make up most of your
points so you are really messed up if you are a bad test taker.
- He has very good English for someone who was not born
here but his accent can be a little distracting.
- Not make it so difficult, maybe offer some extra credit
- It was too slow at times,
although for students who have never dealt with the content it may have
- three day a week class.
- Different reviews for the exams
- Make lectures less boring. It is hard to pay attention
and get all the material.
- quizzes worth more.
Please comment on the grading procedures in the
- I liked the grading structure.
- Very fair and allows students to make up ground if they
have a difficult outcome on an exam.
- The grading is fair. If you show up to class and do the
review sheets, you are able to get a decent grade.
- It was fair and explained well.
- Straight forward
- Grading was fair and extra points were always offered
on tests to help your chances.
- Everything is graded fairly and accurately
- Like I said only 4 exams. This is why he has such a low
overall GPA, because he doesn't adapt to better ways to teach the
material. He then will sit there and say how bad of a GPA his classes have
had in the past but won't change the way he teaches the material. Again he
is very knowledgable and passionate about the
subject and he is very smart but the way he teaches this class needs to
- The grading was fair. He gave a lot of extra points on
the test, because a lot of people were failing. His class GPA last
semester was like a 1.9. I think this a major red flag that something
needs to be changed with how he teaches or what material he chooses to
- All on exams
- Great grading, extra credit was very easy to obtain,
which helps when taking a harder class.
- 4 grades. 4 exams.
- I think it is fair.
- It was clear and fair
- Grading was presented well.
- There should be homework. because this class is only twice a week, some students
need that extra practice to help comprehend the material. They need
something that they can practice and understand with verses just looking
at study guides.
- Fair and clear cut
- tough but fair
- Grading was clear and easy to
- It didn't make much sense.
2.5 points per question if you got it right as a reward, but -2.5 if you
got it wrong? Perhaps I didn't understand how he explained it, but I don't
see how that would be a reward in anyway.
- All of our grades are just
exams. I am not a good test taker so for all of my points to be tests were
not good. With no options for any extra credit or any other way to improve
- Grading procedures were very
well balanced. Maybe the 3 mid-terms should carry more weight though.
- Grading procedure I felt was excellent. It gave you a
chance to succeed in the course even if you happened to not do extremely
well on one test.
- Great. James allowed extra credit if you didn't miss
more than 2 days. Also, only your top 6 exam scores were graded worth 30
percent of your grade
- I really liked that the higher of the test scores
counted as a higher percent of the final grade. In addition, a quiz was
given in every class but only the top 6 scores were kept, which allowed
for absences if needed, and also opportunities to raise your grade.
- Weighted exams and quizzes.
- The grading was very straight forward.
- Grading is pretty straightforward and fair. I enjoyed
that students are able to get bonus points on the final exam.
- I like how the exams were weighted differently.
- Grading was clear and fair.
- Challenging, but very fair and very well explained
throughout the entire semester. I found the grading to be appropriately
difficult considering the importance of understanding the content of this
- fair and explained well. 3
midterms and a final make up for most of the grade. really
easy quizes used for attendence
make up a good portion as well.
- This part is very hard to comprehend. Later in the
class, you learn that it gets easier, but at first I was so sure I was
going to do poorly that I almost dropped the course. Tell us upfront that
we can get extra credit on the exams.
- Please provide a curve.
- Tough but fair.
- Grades were outlined on the syllabus. Quiz scores were
not posted until exam days which was not helpful.
- Tough but very possible to get an A.
- The exams are weighted at 30%, 25%, and 15%. The final
is 30%. The grading is difficult but the exams are the review sheets and
information learned in class. Difficult-yes, but fair.
- The grading was amazing. I think it is great that
you're willing to weight the tests depending on which one was our best,
middle, and worst. Even the procedure for if you miss a test and using
your final to replace a grade. The extra points for
attendance is great too.
- Extremely fair grading procedures.
- The grading scale is fair.
- Very fair.
- I like how it is all based on exams
- I actually like the grading style until I bombed one
test. I have attended every class so I look forward to getting five extra
points on my final exam.
- Grading was fine.
- I don't think it's fair to be graded by exams only.
Give students a chance to succeed in the class. Some people can do well
enough on homework, but they can struggle on any test given to them.
Everyone has different learning styles that should be met.
- I thought they were extremely fair, just a little
tough, I feel as though that grading should only be used on economics
majors, not someone who majors in something that only needs the basics of
- The grading procedure I think is very fair... James
gives you a chance to still do well in the course even if you do well on
one of the exams... the lowest score you have is only worth 15% of your
entire grade... more than fair.
- The grading procedure was very stressful and my least
favorite way. The only points that determine a student's grade are taken
from exam scores. For someone who is not a good test taker, this highly
impacts your overall grade. More out of class points should have been
available to be earned.
- If you want to increase the percentage of students who
pass your class, CURVE YOUR EXAMS. Give an opportunity for bonus/extra
- I like the grade scale. I feel it is fair.
- Overall the class was very useful in understanding and learning
the fundamentals of Money and Banking. But, I can personally say from a
finance major's standpoint that the material covered in this course is way
too complex for someone who has little to no knowledge of finance as
reflected by the past class averages.
- Fair and effective.
- Good but hard.
- This is a difficult class and the entire grading is
based on tests/quizzes, which the tests are really hard. I, again, feel
that if a little homework was assigned and graded it would spread the
weight of the grade and there would be more students with better grades.
- Grading as explained in the syllabus is very
intimidating. Fair but intimidating.
- Very well explained, but should be obvious. Do the
work, do your best and the grade follows.
- poor. too
much on exams and the quizzes for too high a percentage for the course.
- The quizzes are a great grade boost as well as the
extra credit for the attendance and quizzes.
- Very very fair.
- Very effective, I like that
the test scores are weight and quizzes count as extra credit.
- Very fair.
- the grading procedures are
very complicated please make them simple as they are in other courses that
will help more students pass the class
- Fair, as long as you showed
up and paid attention it is easy. Also, the quizzes are nice because you
have to pay attention in addition to showing up to do well.
- * Didn't understand the
weighting of the 4pt questions at all.
- Grading was fair. The
weighted quizzes make up for the difficulty of the exams.
- The grading procedure is not
fair. There needs to be a curve instead of just the "quizzes".
- Very fair
- The weighing of our worst exam as only 10% was
something that I thought would be a huge boost to my grade at the
beginning of the class, however since almost
every single exam grade is dragged down by your terrible decision to not
give partial credit on the fill in the blank questions it makes it almost
- The grading was a fair system and was clearly
explained. Dr. Hueng did a good job of posting exam scores quickly.
- I thought it was more than
fair, especially the chance to earn extra credit.
- Fair grading.
- The grading was explained
several times and it is a very fair set up
- Definitely was more than
happy with my grade, actually better than I expected!
- They are fair and grades are available
for the quizzes and exams promptly after every exam.
- Tough but fair. Lack of any
grading curve makes it difficult.
- It worked
- Seemed reasonable.
- Grading is very hard to accomplish
- fair grading used. you get
what you deserve
- Needs more of a curve. Crazy hard class.
What other comments do you have?
- Thank you so much for helping me understand
Macroeconomics. I completed the Microeconomics course this Spring, and didn't gain half as much knowledge as I did
in your class. You did a great job.
- great teaching. i hope i
get a C ive been studying all night for final
and studying all week for it.
- I would definitely recommend James to others needing to
take this course.
- Fun learning environment. I truly enjoyed taking this
- I liked James as a guy, but he wasn't a very good
teacher. I would have failed if it weren't for his TAs. I owe my A in the class all to them. He
definitely needs to change his material and the way he teaches it. Most of
us are sophomores just trying to pass Econ so we can get into the Business
College. We don't need an ultra complex graduate
level Econ class. I never want to take Econ again because of this class.
- funny professor
- Should have some type of online practice exams before
each exams so it will help to refresh us again
before taking the actual exam.
- Tests were way too long.
- have to go to different school to take this course
- Difficult to understand some
of the material due to broken English.
- Sometimes difficult to
understand would help substantially if notes were available online
- I hated you. I came to every
class and could not understand you at all. I didn't like the way your
class or exams were set up. You need to reevaluate your course and class
- The course could have been
much easier if there was more fluidity between chapters that were taught.
- I will not be recommending
this class to anyone. Microeconomics is not a pre-requisite, and yet this class
was treated as f everyone took it and everyone took accounting 101. This
is a 1000 level course, yet it was harder than any 4000 level I have
taken. And that is not a compliment. If you want to teach future business
students and not scare them away from their major (I thankfully am not a
business student), then I highly recommend you rethink the difficulty and
content covered and the way it is handled in this class. Remember,
encouragement and staying on track, as well as an efficient study method, is
always better than scaring students before they learn it and making them
feel like they are wasting their time while studying.
- I've spent more time on this
class than any I ever had and I still got grade that says I didn't try
hard. I like him, but this class is not introductory at all. I went to see
the TA's before every exam and spend 5 or more hours looking things over
and never got above a 70 percent on any of the exams.
- It was a pleasure to take
this course and have Professor Hueng.
- I thoroughly enjoyed this course. This is my second
time taking it at WMU and the instructor made all of the difference.
- highly suggest this professor.
I wish I was able to have him as my finance money and banking class
- The professor took all of the information off of his
website prior to all of the students completing the final. This caused
some of his students to not have the information necessary to study for
the final exam properly. I feel as though this was a judgement error on
the professors part and students should not be
punished for his mistake. The professor seems to pride himself on the low
grades he has given in the past and posts them on his website to prove a
point. This is inappropriate and if his grades are consistently that low
over multiple years I believe that the professor should be under
investigation for teaching procedures and difficulty in relevance to the
level of the class.
- He really helped me understand the material; I wish he
would teach finance.
- Thanks again for an interesting semester! I can't say
I'll miss your class, but I will miss you as my professor.
- I have to say that James is one of the best (if not THE
best) instructors I have ever had, at any learning institution. The only
negative thing I could say is after completing this class I regret not
choosing to major in economics. I cannot recall a class I have taken that
contained so much useful, pertinent, applicable information. James is a
very inspiring instructor and his teaching style was flawless. 10/10
- If you are not going to provide a curve, please make
the exams easier. Sometimes, the instructor will word questions on the
exams in a manner that leads to the student to be extremely confused. This
is a major problem
- My only complaint is that the desks/chairs are really
small and old/shitty. There isn't enough space during tests for
calculators, paper, pencil and the test on these small desks.
- This is a great course with a lot of information. I am
really glad to have taken it. The instructor knows his material well.
- Class was taught with
difficult concepts and not much room for those who did not understand
everything. The study guides were long, but helpful. Overall, there was an
overload of the depth of material that was expected of the students.
- I liked that you go over students particular questions
in detail, sometimes taking half the class time rather than telling them
to meet me after class.
- good class, very difficult, but learned a great deal of
information from a teacher who knew how to explain it
- Thank you so much for making this class so enjoyable.
Because of you, I've decided to take Money and Banking with you to account
for my advanced economics credit for my major. See you next fall!
- No other comments.
- I look forward to taking James for Money and Banking in
- The class was good.
- great course, learned a lot.
- The review sheets were an amazing study material,
without them I feel like I wouldn't have done nearly as well.
- I really enjoyed this class and really enjoyed having
James as my professor--had it been the same professor I had last semester
I probably would have performed poorly and not enjoyed the material as
- Just go back to Elearning.
It's so much more accessible and convenient for BUSY students.
- Good class to learn but was hard.
- The overall low grade of the class and previous classes
over the past few years is VERY disappointing and confuses us students as
to how no measures have been taken to change anything in favor of the
students who work hard and still get low grades as a whole. It could be
said that since the classes as a whole do poorly, then it's likely not
only the students at fault for low results.
- At the beginning of the class, the instructor stated
that it is really hard to not pass his class and you, basically, have to
really try to not to pass in order for that to happen. This is not true. I
know one student who had taken this class three times and at least two
others who are taking it for the second time. This statement is very
misleading and makes those who are struggling, which according to the
grading sheet is at least half the class, feel stupid. Stop saying your
class is not hard!
- James was a great instructor and I look forward to
taking money and banking with him. He made the course material interesting
and easy to understand.
- I really enjoyed this class and James' style of
teaching. It could have been difficult, but the concepts were clearly
presented and you could "draw the picture" in your head whenever
James spoke. I like that in a teacher and it was very
- One of the best professors I've had at WMU. This was my
second time taking this class and if I was to compare my last professor to
Dr. Hueng it would be apples to oranges.
- Great instructor. To the point, easy to contact, not
preoccupied with anything else. Give him a raise.