Tom Velk - McGill University

Professor: Tom Velk
Department: Economics
College: McGill University
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ECON200
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Tom Velk is awesome. I learned more than I knew I could
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ECON219
  • 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:
If you're looking for a GPA boost, probably not the best choice. If you're looking for a solid Pass/Fail course. strongly recommend Prof Velk. His lectures are amazing, he is willing to debate diferent POVs, and he's a really cool guy. If you're easily offended and don't like hearing different opinions then here's your "trigger warning."
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ECON219
  • Grade Received: B-
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
One of the worst experience in McGill. Just don't take him, you will lower you GPA. Strange grading, not interesting material, lazy teacher are all the ingredients of dissatisfaction with his course!
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ECON205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
The guy is ALL Over the place. I mean come on, as I write this i still havent received my grades from him for the Fall semester... Ridiculous. Brilliant Professor but is one of the most disorganized humans I have encountered in my life. Doesnt seem to follow a plan and really just rambles on for the entire lecture.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ECON205
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Velk was hilarious but not a great prof. Clearly a brilliant guy but his lectures and the course in general were all over the place. Very average amount of work and not too hard to do well in.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ECON205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 1.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
No exams, just weekly assignment questions. Lectures are just Velk spewing irrationally right-wing politics at the class, and have nothing to do with assignment questions. He definitely encourages students to voice their opinions, which is great. Take this class if you like politics, and if you aren't too offended by conservative politics.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ECON219
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The man is a legend, ya his disorganization may scare the freshmen but he is by far the most entertaining lecturer in McGill -unless you hate American politics. Class is elementary economics, not too difficult if you have a basic knowledge of macro and micro.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ECON205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
he is going to make you read like there is no tomorrow. He skips from topic to topic and its not very clear. He's also in love with American history and politics. No midterms or final, just weekly Questions that take up a lot of time.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ECON205
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Right Wing beauty 100 % recommend
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ECON219
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Worst class I have ever taken (no exaggeration). Professor is patronizing and cannot explain any topic. Classes and readings are boring and useless. Just go to the midterm and final review. Midterm is hard and final is super easy. This class made me contemplate changing my major/direction in life.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ECON219
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
For a guy who attempts to dress well (blazer + bowtie), he somehow manages to wear pants too long for his height, looking like a grimy and homeless leprechaun.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ECON223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The guy really loves to ramble and so do his readings. That's what makes his class so hard now, none of the resources are clear. I did not enjoy this experience at all, I would say it repelled me from economics.
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ECON219
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
An extremely boring class that jumps from topic to topic without warning. There is not a friendly atmosphere in the class, as Velk mostly makes you work for everything without a hint of motivation or class-to-work link. Better off just looking up the material on the MIT open course Youtube channel. Better, more captivating, and more instructive.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ECON223
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This class most definitely made me fiddle around with suicidal ideation. Don't. Just, please, do not make the mistake of this class. Velk is not fit to teach anymore.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ECON223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
If you want to learn nothing, be driven insane and eventually fail, take this course! Total nightmare.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ECON219
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Good class if you simply want to chill but learn nothing. Attendence means nothing. Do the portfolio (term paper) and prepare yourself through youtube vidio he posted on mycourses and do some basic scratches of ECON208/209 material, you will be fine. But he is a brilliant economist... just not good enough to be a lectueur...
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ECON223
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
The good times are over, folks. It's now high disappointment and low grades (as opposed to both being high). Velk's a hard teacher now, with all strings attached. Don't do it.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ECON219
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
VERY VERY VERY bad
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ECON205
  • Grade Received: Audit/No Grade
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Not clear at all.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ECON223
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
A mistake not worth repeating.
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