Margaret Smoller - Wayne State University

Professor: Margaret Smoller
Department: Finance
College: Wayne State University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Smoller is a great professor! She provides in-depth lectures for each chapter and goes over important definitions and example problems, which helps make the homework easier. The exams are heavily weighted but she prepares you well for it and gives you a cheat sheet to use. She answers emails and is accessible outside of class! I recommend her.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I didn't hate professor Smoller but I didn't like her either. She showed little to no care for her students as the semester went on. Class is heavily weighted on exams (85% of your grade comes from your exams - other 15% from HW) she wasn't horrible but plan on teaching yourself or find a good group of classmates to study with. She did drop 1 exam.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I would have had higher grade if I just attended the study sessions with classmates. Smoller does not clearly explain many concepts and the lectures are a waste of three hours. I recommend setting up a groupchat with fellow classmates in order to actually grasp the subject matter because if you actually want to learn finance, avoid her at all costs
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Absolute joke of a professor. Does not teach in lecture and tries covering it up with her obnoxious puns. Dont bother showing up to lectures, had to rely on study sessions with classmates to actually learn something from this joke of a class. Pretty easy to get a good grade in, but if you want to actually learn about finance, avoid her.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: A+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
TBH she's a nice person but she isn't a great teacher. The class itself was pretty easy but that's because I learned by myself and went to study sessions with my classmates . Thank god that she didn't require us to go to class. Her class is a waste of time and you will not learn sh#$. Take someone else if you want to actually learn in finance .
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I guess you could pass this class pretty easily. Lectures are extremely hard to follow on Zoom, she messes up frequently, doesnt explain things well, and has terrible handwriting. If you want to pass and thats it, the class is not terrible. If youre actually interested in learning about finance Id take someone else.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class is beyond hard. I have never struggled in a class the way I did with this one. The tests were ridiculously hard, which Margaret acknowledged and never curved. It's very difficult to bring your grade up if you do badly on anything. I was seriously scared I was gonna fail but thankfully, she realized everyone was doing poor and curved
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Marge is the best teacher I've had at WSU. Friendly, funny and helpful you just need to ask for help!! Tests get harder as they go on thru the semester. Make friends to help with the online HW! Great teacher for a boring class
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
This class was sneaky difficult. Professor Smoller is nice and is very passionate about the subject. However, I would not recommend taking her course unless you are a finance major. Very fast paced and not many opportunities to raise your grade if you do bad on an exam or homework.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • 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:
She is really nice and really helpful. Attendance is mandatory if you don't already know Finance. She does her best to help and does curve.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • 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:
She is amazing and really helpful. Material is boring but she tries her best to make it entertaining.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: FIN7340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Awesome teacher.. I am taking her online course this semester and she is too good.Very hrlpful.. U need to keep up on a weekly basis to get a good grade..
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is great. Does her best to help you out with in class lectures and extra credit. Put some effort since the class is hard, and you will do fine. Do the hw and quizzes online, they are not too hard and you can always look at the non-credit for help. Highly recommended.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: FIN3290
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Non finance majors: This may be a little difficult. Smoller is a super nice lady but she teaches the class like its a graduate level course. There is an online homework and quiz every week. Midterm and Final were tough but you do get a cheat sheet. Good HW and Quiz grades are vital to getting an A or B. Do the HW and Quizzes with a friend or two
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: FIN7340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Prof Smoller is the best. Passionate and Humourous she keeps you actively involved via discussion and quizzes. Highly recommended. Material is difficult and is more fully understood after careful thought and discussion. Nothing is handed to you, you earn it. She makes you strive to understand. I appreciate her dedication to teaching.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: FIN7340
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
She is passionate about teaching, and is very knowledgeable in the topics. She is willing to explain and help students.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: FIN7340
  • 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: N/A
Comment:
She's a good teacher. Gives good descriptions in class and is genuinely helpful. Exams are fair but require quite a bit of thought, material is fairly difficult.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: FIN6997
  • 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:
The class is extremely difficult, but she understands that and is willing to help you. She is a REALLY great professor because she cares about her students. She teaches the information really well!
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: FIN7340
  • 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: N/A
Comment:
Had her for Options Class, Great Professor. Funny and makes the material more interesting. I wasn't that excited about taking the class, but I learned a l ot and she does a good job at teaching (the book is bad)
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: FIN6997
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
NOT a good professor...she tries hard and is helpful, but her class is boring and she doesn't get her point across very well
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