Ashok Kotwal - University of British Columbia

Professor: Ashok Kotwal
Department: Economics
College: University of British Columbia
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ECON255
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Kotwal is hands down my favorite professor at UBC! He is really passionate about teaching Economics and loves talking to students and getting to know them. Sometimes, though, I felt we did not have enough practice material for tests and exams. I feel lucky to be one of his last students as he retires this year!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ECON101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Passionate and engaging and also super nice and adorable
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ECON255
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Changed a 200 course to use a 400 lvl course textbook and exam on the 400 lvl course. Class is not working with the new flipped classroom , where class glosses over a few slides and does not go over problems. Helpful and nice but unrealistic in changing a 200 lvl course to a 400 course when students lack prerequisite.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: 255
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Overall, subject was not my interest but prof is always willing to help, setting up extra tutorial times and easy tests.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ECON255
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
My unexpected favourite prof. I didn't want to take 255, thinking global issues were unsolvable, and the conversations thereof trite and overdone. Here comes the but-every lecture was succinct, he strived for us to share his passion, is kind and considerate, and guys-kindly shut up about his accent. I'm now scouring for more courses he's teaching.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ECON255
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is a very nice professor who is interesting and care for students. The course material is also intriguing however you need to be ready to read and watch videos. No need to worry about grade since he might shift a portion of the final to the midterm (or vice versa) if you had better grade in one than the other.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: 255
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is nice. BUT Be aware of his Indian Accent!
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ECON101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I hated this class. I though Professor Kotwal was boring as all hell, and as such I almost never went to class. It is entirely possible to teach yourself the entire course using the textbook, and I found his lectures useless even when I did go. That said, it was a very easy course. So I suppose I have to thank him for that
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ECON101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The Tag says it all.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ECON355
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Dr. Kotwal has been a close personal friend for 20 years. I was taking his class and when I got very ill, he went out of his way to help. I received an A- in his class and I am now a teacher. He is a very good teacher and his only really instructional flaw is that he cares too much for his failures. Very educated, well traveled, and caring.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ECON101
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Ashok is awesome He genuinely cares about whether you are learning or not, and goes out of his way to make sure each and every student works as hard as they can.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ECON101
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Ashok is a beaut! Woke up late for my ECON midterm and he let me take it in his office.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ECON101
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
APLIA HOMEWORK IS KEY.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ECON255
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
He is one of the best profs I had so far. He is always willing to help and is available at his office hours. He genuinely wants his students to do well.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ECON255
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Answers to exams are practically given to you in assignments and readings. He will prepare you sample questions for midterms and final reviews, copy down answers, 90% the same stuff. Just memorize and you should be able to get an A. TAs can be strict though.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ECON355
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class was challenging. But in the end, I really enjoyed it.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ECON355
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Good class, great professor.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ECON355
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Professor Kotwal is a great instructor. You need to put the effort in to do well in his course. But once you do, you will find the amount you learn will be really rewarding.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ECON355
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Mr. Kotwal is a really amazing prof! You need to put the effort in to do well in his class; watch the film & pay attention to the study guides. Loads of his q's are based off of myeconlab questions. Do that & you should do reasonably well in the class. Mr. Kotwal is a very nice man who really cares about his students & wants them to succeed.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ECON255
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof Kotwal is an amazing professor. He is clear and really cares for his students. Meet him in his office hours and he'll help you out a lot. Before taking this course I heard a rumour he only talked about India-that rumour is incorrect. His class has a lot of breadth and depth. He expects his students to put in a reasonable effort. Concepts>Math
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