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Professor Ratings & Grade Distribution Data for Richard Cothren

Richard Cothren
Professor (2000 – 2015)
Virginia Tech (VT)
Economics
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3.0201***
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Rated by 149 students
2.46
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across 8 classes
Fall 2015 Schedule
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ECON 2006
ECON 3004
ECON 3204
ECON 3224
ECON 4224
ECON 4984
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5*****
ECON 2006 - Principles of Economics
Great guy,
ok.. let's start

to do well in this class you must go over this notes and eat them up, cuz once you understand his notes then you can do the sample problems, WHICH ARE HIS TESTS...

so, simply, learn how do to the sample problems.. ...
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Professor rated by: Finance, Insurance, and Business Student on 5/27/08
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2**
ECON 2006 - Principles of Economics
bank on the curve. his class is awful. he does change his grading scale so if you make any attempt at all you can alteast make a C. I used to spend hours studying.. but after getting a high C on the 1st exam i figured why put in all the effort if it ...
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Professor rated by: Hospitality and Tourism Management Student on 2/16/10
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
bank on the curve. his class is awful. he does change his grading scale so if you make any attempt at all you can alteast make a C. I used to spend hours studying.. but after getting a high C on the 1st exam i figured why put in all the effort if it doesnt make a difference. From then on, i didnt put my effort in and still received the same grades. the rough part is that his exams are only 25 questions..so if you miss a few, you're already in the low B range. Overall, he's okay. he gives a huge curve because the class averages on exams are always in the 50's... but i wish he would have improved his teaching and/or exams instead of just curving.
Professor rated by: Hospitality and Tourism Management Student on February 16, 2010
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
3***
Pros: no hw, no quizzes
Cons: 4 tests, 25% each
Cothren, Cothren, Cothren..where to start...

He is very knowledgeable about the subject. Translating that to his students is not one of his strong points. There were many nights where I would read the book and go to class feeling like I knew the subject so well, only to listen to his lecture and get confused. I liked the book he used because it explained concepts with ease but he uses random equations and models that are not mentioned in the book. His tests were pretty hard, hence he has a huge curve. This was my hardest class so far at tech. I ended up with an A for the year but I really had to earn it. If you're willing to put in the work then take his class. If not go for another teacher.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on January 2, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
3***
There is no homework, just 4 tests to make up your grade. that seems awesome, except that he is one of the most boring professors and makes his tests WAY more challenging then they need to be for an intro econ class.
Professor rated by: Management Student on April 25, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
3***
Pros: No homework!
Cons: No homework
Can be difficult to prepare for tests. He gives practice questions and such, but nevertheless, much of the tests seem surprising and blatantly tricky
Professor rated by: Industrial and Systems Enginee Student on March 24, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
1*
Pros: Absolutely nothing.
Cons: Literally everything.
Might be the most unpleasant teacher I've ever experienced. There is no homework to practice concepts. No grade-dropping. Just exams. For 100% of your grade. In an introductory class. There is a huge curve which is meaningless when everyone fails the 2nd exam (no, really) and subsequently ruins their entire grade. The best part? It's after the date you can withdraw without a 'W' on your transcript. Of course all of these things would be maybe marginally okay if he possessed the two traits that salvage a bad class/teacher experience:

1) "Y'know, I worked my ass off but I came out learning a lot" - hahahahha nope. Notes are created by him and are stuffed with unexplained formulas. I learned from the book, and even then it wasn't enough.

2) "You might not do well, but he wants to help you. He cares about his students" - He treats you with the same bored resignation/indifference that I'm sure he imparts to everyone who has ever messed up.

It's kind of just unbelievable. Don't take his class.
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on April 8, 2012
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
1*
Pros: Knowledgeable
Cons: Cannot communicate material

Tests are ridiculous
It is clear that Cothren knows what he is talking about. Unfortunately, he seems far more interested in showing off his knowledge than in communicating it in a way that students can understand. Like the vast majority of the students in this class, I am not an Econ major but was required to take this class. However, Cothren assumes that the class has a background in Economics and often uses terms that the rest of the class and myself did not understand. You get the feeling that he is trying to confuse you. As far as his tests go, I read the book every day and memorized every word of his lectures and ended up with a C for the class. Taking his exams are more comparable to solving a Sudoku than to testing your knowledge as they are clearly designed to trick you. I've had some bad professors but Cothren is most likely the worst. If at all possible, don't take his class. If you don't have a choice, take it pass/fail.
Professor rated by: History Student on December 16, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
3***
Pros: he knows his subject
Cons: he doesnt know how to teach it
tough to grasp most concepts, there are probably better teachers
Professor rated by: Agricultural and Applied Economics Student on December 14, 2010
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
Pros: none
Cons: exams are really hard.
study practice questions and old tests for your exams.
Professor rated by: University Core Course Series Student on December 11, 2010
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
Cons: very dry lecture
Professor rated by: Hospitality and Tourism Management Student on March 3, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
Pros: Nothing.
Cons: Curves grades 10% at the end of the semester.
DON'T TAKE HIM. I had to withdraw from Cothren's class with a week left in the semester. I was banking on the 10% curve at the end of the semester to help me pass but when I started studying for the third exam I just realized there was no way I would be able to pass. I went to class almost every day, I think I skipped maybe 3 classes the entire semester and every day I would go in completely lost. The book was helpful, but not when it came to the questions he asks on the exams (the 4 exams that each make up 25% of your grade and each have only 25 questions)... Everything is situational, and if you don't know every random equation and variable that he makes up, you're going to do horrible. Yeah he has a great sense of dry humor but who cares about that when he can't teach?
Professor rated by: Marketing Student on December 1, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
1*
Pros: Absolutely none.
Cons: WORST PROFESSOR AT VIRGINIA TECH.
DO NOT TAKE COTHREN. The worst teacher I have ever had in my entire college career. Does not care about his students. After exam #2 the class average was a 55%. His grading scale is : >80 (A), 70-80 (B), 60-70 (C), 50-60 (D). Sad that with such a large curve it is still impossible to do well. EXAMPLE: After exam #2 I did not understand why 2 of the questions I got wrong were wrong. Went to the TA and the TA said the answers were right and that he did not understand how they could be wrong. Went to Cothren and he simply stated "the TA does not know what he is talking about." Pretty much manipulated the answer to be right but had no evidence to back it up. This guy should be fired. I thought we went to Virginia Tech...
Professor rated by: Undeclared Student on November 15, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
Pros: No homework or out of class assignments to speak of.

No required attendance.
Cons: No possibility of boosting grade with out of class assignments.

Teaching style is overly complicated, hard to follow at times.

Doesn't really teach geared toward the test, you need to study old tests and koofers to really understand the material.
Definitely provides a healthy curve which is welcome. The class is dry and you'll most likely find yourself bored most of the time. Tests are pretty heavily based off of older tests which is helpful, but he tends to switch around little things and questions, which can be very frustrating. I feel as though coming out of the class I didn't really gain much from the class or material (and I did attend every class).
Professor rated by: University Course Series Student on December 8, 2010
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
Pros: No homework, no quizzes, no projects. Has a sense of humor and makes jokes in classes. Does a semi decent job of explaining things. Goes over what is going to be on the test during lectures. Does curve grades but is still hard to do well on exams.
Cons: Tests harder than what they should be. Answer choices on exams consist of a lot of having answer choice "a", "b" , "c", a and b, a and c, or all the above or none of the above, which makes tests a lot harder than they should be. Hard to follow sometimes in lectures.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on November 28, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
3***
I had to take it as a major requirement and I was told early on that it was not a terribly difficult class, but Cothren seem to be an exception. He's a nice enough guy, and he tries to make jokes, but when it comes to grades he's very stringent. Don't expect any special cases, BUT he's very good about curving the entire class' final grade, so that's a plus. Oh, and his tests were a bitch.
Professor rated by: Business Information Technology Student on May 4, 2007
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
Pros: He knows his stuff...and you actually learn something...He does curve everyones grade by like a letter at the end (because everyone is failing...)
Cons: HIS TESTS ARE TERRIBLE. You can understand the material as well as you possibly can and you wont make it out of a test with more than a C. Unless you are a super hero. Also his class will put you to sleep. Dont both going.
Professor rated by: Engineering Student on November 7, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
1*
Related everything to FDR, was not a good teacher, didnt explain things on a level to were students could easily grasp the concepts.
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on February 28, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
1*
Pros: Funny

Curves grade
Cons: Tests are impossible
Avoid him at all costs.



His lectures are entertaining and he is usually pretty funny and goes over the material well. However, his exams are almost impossible.



The class average was a D after the first 2 exams. I'm an econ major and enjoy economics, but his tests make you hate it. and they are unnecessarily hard for a 2000 level class. He gives you practice exams which are usually pretty straight forward but don't even compare to his real exams.



He doesn't give homework assignments so you're grade all depends on his impossible tests.



He does give a curve, usually around 10 percent but he is very vague about it and you have to ballpark your estimated grade.



Overall, if you have to take Econ 2006, take it with Gebremeriam
Professor rated by: Economics Student on November 2, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
Professor rated by: Accounting & Information Systems Student on November 30, 2011
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
5*****
Pros: Knows a lot about macro economics and if you pay attention in class and focus on comprehending what he's saying (the theories behind the topics), then you should be fine come exam time.
Cons: He has articles on scholar that will come up on the exams but aren't mentioned in class at all except when he tells you they will be on the exam.
Great teacher. People dislike his class because they don't grasp the theories behind economics. In other words, you get from this class what you put in- if you don't understand the material it's not the teacher's fault, it's yours. To get a good grade in this class focus on the theory behind why markets react the way they do, not just on remembering outcomes. I got an A in this class.
Professor rated by: Economics Student on January 8, 2013
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ECON 2006
Principles of Economics
2**
Pros: -very friendly

-likes corny jokes
Cons: -very dull lectures, but it's hard to make econ interesting

-doesn't give any extra credit except maybe an extra test questoin
Tests only have 30 questions, so depending how you feel about short tests, that can be good or bad. He's a really nice guy and really wants you to learn and understand, but he still uses overheads and is kind of boring.
Professor rated by: Management Student on May 25, 2011
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