Ratings for Olney, M L
Based on 174 ratings for this instructor.
Comment: This class was horrible, I personally didn't think Olney was that great of a lecturer, and her exams were unclear and the grading was extremely unfair in my opinion. I would lose points without explanation, and she refused to post the grading rubric or the answer key.
Submitted Jan. 1st, 2017
Comment: First, a bit about my background. I'm a Computer Science major, Ex ChemE major who is really passionate about stem. Econ 1 is one of the few social science classes I've taken at Berkeley, so my views might be biased. To start with Olney, she's alright in terms of teaching. Not the best teacher I've had at Berkeley, but definitely not the worst. She is very enthusiastic and it was easy to stay awake in her lectures, and I also learned a lot in her class. I mainly took this class to learn more about our economy, and I definitely had that purpose served. In terms of grading, I've never met a more biased grading system, and I have no idea why she thinks it's a good idea to curve the class within each section, or to make your grade 100% dependent on your GSI's decision. Basically everything is a free response section, and your GSI determines how many points you get. Personally, I don't think my GSI liked me very much, and a lot of times on tests, I would just get points subtracted like crazy with no explanation. When I tried to ask why during office hours, my GSI yelled at me once. I've never been treated so disrespectfully by a GSI my entire time here. In terms of the difficulty. I thought the material was easy to understand, but I guess my test scores did not reflect that. Questions on the exam are deliberately vague, and she refuses to post the answer key or grading rubric, so I still don't know why I lost so many points. Also since this is a Haas prerequisite, and many students in my class were pre-haas. The grading is very competitive. Personally, I was juggling 3 other cs upper division classes at the same time, so I didn't have as much time and energy to put into this class as I would've liked. Overall, as a STEM major, I'm used to classes having black/white right/wrong answers. I regret taking this class with Olney, and really should've taken it with Delong or Moretti despite the bad reviews because at least their test questions were multiple choice and I would know exactly why I was losing points.
Submitted Jan. 1st, 2017