Richard Tontz - California State University - Northridge

Professor: Richard Tontz
Department: Economics
College: California State University - Northridge
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ECON310
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tontz is extremely knowledgeable and has a relaxed lecture style. The semester was cut short by Covid-19 so we didn't have too many in person classes, but I enjoyed the ones we did have. Tests weren't too hard if you study.
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ECON310
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Out of respect for his character and years of teaching, he is a good person overall, just not the professor to have during a pandemic. Even though he is knowledgeable in platforms like canvas, he failed to communicate with students on-time and lagged in all things. I wish we had met in different circumstances, it was pretty unfortunate.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ECON161
  • Grade Received: D
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I learned nothing in this class. I had to teach myself to do the homework from ECON 160, he rambles in class. Hes really nice and everything but hell get really mad if anybody talks or leaves early. Barely passed this class
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ECON307
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tontz is one of the easy going professors at CSUN. He is calm and caring. You don't need to show up to the class because he posts everything on Canvas. there are 2 midterms and one cumulative final plus one research paper. He is clear and fun. You need to read the book and his notes carefully to pass his final test.
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ECON307
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I think Richard Tontz is a great professor but I've had better. I don't think I'll personally take his class again. I would say if you're in need of a class, take it if you have to, if there are other options, take them instead.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ECON307
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
I learned nothing in this class. It is too broad and has basic information about marketing. Every class meeting was a lecture that he posts the slides on canvas, and is recorded so he just looks at his laptop. Tests are tricky and even though I studied hard, myself and majority of the class would average 60% on the tests. Do not take him.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ECON161HYBRID
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Attendance is not mandatory but he does give you free answers to the exam on some days so attending is worth it. His lectures aren't the best since he could sometimes get off topic. Just make sure to read the book and study the notes and slides he provides since all the info you need is there.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ECON161HYBRID
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tontz is a decent guy who knows his stuff. However, the class is challenging. Not in the material itself but the way he tests us on our learned material. The exams are based on economic theory, so you better know the content inside and out. 2 midterms, aplia hw, and one cumulative final. At times he can be rude but I mean we are adults.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ECON161
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This professor showed up 30 minutes late to both of our midterms and still handed them out expecting us to finish in time. His online quizzes are spread out and he sometimes expects you to finish four quizzes at once, takes hours to complete through Aplia.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ECON161HYBRID
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Be prepared to read the book, his lectures are very boring. His tests are very similar to the chapters in the book.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ECON161
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
3 midterms and an exam. Lots of online HW as well. VERY hard class. You need to read everything and review every day to pass this class. The professor can be nice and also very rude to students.
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ECON307
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
He is a nice guy, but not an engaging instructor. He has a scripted lecture he is filming each class, so lecture is not interactive. Ambiguous grading system, but curves everything. Had no idea what I had in the class until final grades were posted. Overall, easy A if you go to every class, take good notes, and study a bit. Never used the book once
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ECON161HYBRID
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Overall the professor knows the subject well. He can be extremely boring and get off topic but he knows how to come back to his main points. He does care for students and wants the best for them. I would not take him again because of his random rants that have nothing to do with economics.
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ECON160
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Class consists of 3 exams, including a midterm and an accumulative final. Records all his lectures and provides notes for every chapter. However, I would still use the textbook and not dependent on the notes. I enjoyed his lectures because he gave realistic examples of the topics we covered.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ECON307
  • Grade Received: C
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
make yourself a favorite and DO NOT take him, the average grade in his econ 307 is C, han assign sit so you can change your sit after that. 3 exams. 1 project paper due to end of semester so you dont know the grade for that paper. his exam is tricky and his class is always be recoded. If I did not need this class I would never take it with him.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ECON307
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I took this class because of the high reviews here. The only reason he has a high score is because its a super easy class. I didnt really learn anything new or meaningful in that class. I was really looking forward to taking it, but I personally dont just take a class just to get an A, I actually wanna learn something in the process.
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: ECON160
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tontz lacks the ability to simplify material. He tries to illustrate the material by giving examples, which fail when he goes into rants. He considers people who have money smarter than everyone else. Glances over class material during lectures, and exams do not match the videos or his study guides. Take him at your own risk.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ECON161
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tontz is a decent person and is very good in using computers. He posts all lectures so you don't need to attend classes but if attend you will get a chance of knowing several answers from midterms or final. He clearly states what you need to do in the beginning of the semester in order to succeed. I would definitely recommend him.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ECON160
  • Grade Received: Not sure yet
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: No
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tontz has 3 exams in the semester and grades harshly on them. His exams are based of powerpoints, class notes, and live lectures but, when you take the actual exam it's confusing because what you study doesn't match up with whats on the exam. His study guides are no help and he is just an overall tough grader.
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ECON310
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
Professor Tontz's amazing! I took his Econ 310 Hybrid Class for Summer 2017. There's a LOT of material. However? Tontz NEVER leaves his students guessing, as to what material will be on his exams. ALL the materials that you'll need to do well, will be on Moodle (video lectures, Topic Review Lists, Powerpoint Slides).
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