Ratings for Wood, S A
Based on 130 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: He's really good at explaining concepts and I enjoyed his lectures. But unless you consistently go to Wood's OH, the GSIs are the ones who help you understand how to tackle his tricky tests. Try to get a good GSI, or figure out who's the best GSI and go to their section. Make sure you know how your GSI grades. Even if you don't attend lectures, keep up with the powerpoints and problem sets. MC are the hardest part because of the way he words problems. SLC helps. Book helps some people.
Submitted May 27th, 2016
Comment: Wood is a relatively good lecturer for the standard set by Berkeley faculty, and it was kind of sad to see so few students come to lecture as the semester went on. While the lack of problem sets seems like a plus, I found it to be a huge minus because I ended up catching up with all of the material before the midterms as opposed to pacing myself over the course of the semester. The exams are fair except for the multiple choice, which can seem to be guessing game unless you really, really know your stuff.
Submitted Dec. 29th, 2015
Comment: Wood is fine, but I've gone to review sessions held by different GSI's and some of them are just really really bad. My own GSI has accent so it was a bit hard to understand what he's saying, plus sometimes it seems like he doesn't understand the materials either... even though he said he had taught this course before. Most people don't go to class, and you'll be just fine if you watch Wood's webcast, but again it's curved by section, if your section is filled with smart people you might wanna switch.
Submitted July 7th, 2015
Comment: Professor Wood is definitely one of the most best professors you can ever get for macroecon because he's taught this class for such a long time. You don't need a textbook for the class but instead listening to his webcasts and review his slides are enough to prepare you for all the assignments and tests. Having a good GSI is very important since PS is graded and curved by section. However, since he's always adding new materials to the class it may be hard for people to grasp those parts. Overall this is a class that requires continuous effort if you want to get an A.
Submitted June 21st, 2015
Comment: Wood is a very intelligent professor; I loved this course and find all of the subject manner useful. To be successful in this course attend lectures (even though it’s posted online go to lecture). Go to lecture and find a GSI that teaches the material well. The head GSI generally does the best, so find out who that is. MC is the hardest part of this class, for analytical you just need to memorize the shifts. MC you REALLY need to understand the material, Wood is very tricky so pay attention to small detail. The SLC tutors are helpful also. Average to get a B. Work diligently to get an A. DRAW OUT EACH MC PROBLEM!
Submitted June 10th, 2015
Comment: His exams are very doable if you pay attention, go to section and read the book. It will be very hard to do well in the class if you don't read the book or go to lecture. The problem sets took a long time.
Submitted June 9th, 2015
Comment: I loved this class. Wood is incredibly knowledgeable, and his assignments/exams push you to understand the material at a deeper level than you would have tried for on your own accord. There is a very steep learning curve, and it's all about adapting to his teaching style/anticipating what questions he'll ask on exams (a useful skill in college/life as well). I attended most sections and GSI office hours. Definitely make use of all of your resources. Most people I know did very well on problem sets (possibly due to collaboration), and less so on exams--I trended the opposite. I did get an A, and it's the toughest A yet that I've had to work for.
Submitted Feb. 19th, 2015
Comment: Wood is a very enthusiastic and knowledgeable professor in macroeconomics. I liked a lot of what I had learned from him, but half the problem sets were quite challenging and the exams were just a little bit easier.
Submitted Jan. 11th, 2015