Jon Sonstelie - University of California Santa Barbara

Professor: Jon Sonstelie
Department: Economics
College: University of California Santa Barbara
Rating # 1
Overview:
  • Course: ECON10A
  • Grade Received: B+
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I thought he was pretty good, I've had worse!
Rating # 2
Overview:
  • Course: ECON10A
  • Grade Received: A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: Yes
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He made sure to go through every single pp and answered all of our questions. When I went to his office hours he explained what I had to study to improve. Seriously, do the practice exams! Also, make sure to go over the pp slides because sometimes the exam questions are very similar. Definitely a hard class! But doable.
Rating # 3
Overview:
  • Course: ECON10A
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
He is an engaging professor in class. I Went to his office hours a lot last quarter because he was so helpful, and personable. The class is tough... BLAH BLAH BLAH, if you're going to take 10A then you already know what you're in for. I recommend not just staying on top of the material, but studying ahead.
Rating # 4
Overview:
  • Course: ECON10A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 5.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
he talks slower than the other 10A professor which I thought was helpful to me because I have more time to figure out what he was saying. 10A is all about the ppt he posted online, you have to know and understand the concept of the ppt. The practice exams are helpful, but make sure you UNDERSTAND the ppt!
Rating # 5
Overview:
  • Course: ECON10A
  • Grade Received: C+
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
Quite hard class considering tests are the grade and need to self study a lot to pass. 3 Midterms and 1 Final is 100% of your grade, and getting couple wrong will hurt each test since they are short. A somewhat generous curve, however, will help you.
Rating # 6
Overview:
  • Course: ECON101
  • Grade Received: A-
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
In order to get a good grade, obviously the curve has to be in your favor, but you can make it in your favor if you read the book and do the questions at the back of each chapter. Tests are not math heavy and fairly straightforward. Grade based off one midterm and final. Prof. Sonstelie explains what he wants you to take away from each lecture.
Rating # 7
Overview:
  • Course: ECON10A
  • Grade Received: B
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Not Mandatory
Comment:
This was literally the worst professor I have ever had. He is extremely confusing. He lectures on information that is not relative to the exam. It is basically impossible to understand what he trying to teach. He makes the concepts of the course way more confusing than they should be. If you take this class you will fail.
Rating # 8
Overview:
  • Course: ECONOMICS1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The economics department grading system sucks, was off from an A- by 0.1%. But, it doesn't change the fact he's a good teacher. Took AP Economics in high school, didn't really undestand what was going on or why the curves went this way or that way but he solidfied it. Just pay attention in lecture.
Rating # 9
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.0
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The only class in my college career that I actually managed to fall asleep in, and I NEVER fall asleep in class. Would avoid this class unless you need it, and if so then I'm sorry.
Rating # 10
Overview:
  • Course: ECON10A
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: No
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
This class was so hard and tests are extremely tricky. 90% of the class ended up dropping it when it came time to take the final. Professor is not very clear. If you absolutely have to take this class, take CLAS and get a tutor. I really recommend Lindsay Appell for both a CLAS instructor and a tutor. Wouldn't have been able to pass without her.
Rating # 11
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.0
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
I LOVE PROF. SONSTELIE. He sometimes gets his numbers mixed up while he's lecturing probably because he's old, but it doesn't take away from teaching the concept. His quizzes and finals are fair. Just study all the practice exams, and go to CLAS and drop in! The material itself isn't hard, but the curve gets some people. He's like a grandpa!
Rating # 12
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • 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:
If you go to his every lecture and do all the past exams, this class shouldn't be very hard for you. I put in a lot of efforts and get an A
Rating # 13
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
I loved Sonstelie's class. His tests are directly from the readings and lectures, so do the reading and go to lecture(Plus lectures are interesting and interactive)! You have to really understand the concepts to do well on the tests, and the curve sucks. Only take it if you are an econ major because it is hard, but overall great class!
Rating # 14
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
One of the hardest classes I've taken in my four years here. His tests are infamous for being tough and confusing. Three midterms and a final along with iClicker questions during lecture. Section assignments were easy and TAs are friendly. Would never take as a GE.
Rating # 15
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Super intelligent guy, engaged in each of his lectures. The content is pretty basic, nothing impossible. Keep up with lectures and reading and learn from experiments in section. Light work load, but the tests are stressful even though they're not too tricky. Definitely enjoyed this class even though I fell behind and got a bit lost.
Rating # 16
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 2.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
Sonstelie is honestly a very nice and chill teacher. He teaches you a lot about microeconomics but it's just the curve that makes this class hard. Always read and don't fall behind because that could really screw you over... Make sure to take CLAS for his class because you won't have any idea on how to do the quiz problems!
Rating # 17
Overview:
  • Course: 1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.5
  • Course Difficulty: 4.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
His lectures really help you understand the content, but I've found that they are much easier than the actual tests. Going over the past exams is a MUST!!! If you have those down, you will do well.
Rating # 18
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 3.0
  • Course Difficulty: 5.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: Mandatory
Comment:
If you have more than a passing interest in economics and know how to study, this class should be easy enough to handle. The grading curve sucks. Lectures are clear and not too confusing, but the homework for experiments might be. Can get a bit boring sometimes. Attendance might as well be mandatory because there are clicker points.
Rating # 19
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 4.5
  • Course Difficulty: 3.0
  • For Credit: Yes
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
One of the best at explaining Microeconomics!
Rating # 20
Overview:
  • Course: ECON1
  • Grade Received: N/A
  • Overall Rating: 1.5
  • Course Difficulty: 2.0
  • For Credit: N/A
  • Textbook Used: Yes
  • Would Take Again: N/A
  • Attendance: N/A
Comment:
The class itself isn't that bad, the curve is what makes it difficult. Sonstelie seems like a nice old man until you talk to him outside of lecture. Very rude and condescending.
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