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Tufts University: Siddiq Abdullah - Economics - Professor ratings, reviews and much more | JumboAccess
Siddiq Abdullah | EC060 - International Economics | Economics2008-01-03

Review:
Prof Abdullah constantly asks the class in lectures "do you understand". If you do not, say so! He will backtrack and review until you understand it all. He is very tolerant of people's views and encourages class involvement. Lectures are helpful but not mandatory - although he sometimes allows students in class on a particular day an extra credit activity. I learned a lot about this class - its interesting and an easy class to take for a good background on the markets. He was available outside of class usually, if not by email. And I would absolutely take another class with him!

Workload:
4 homeworks 15%
midterm 25%
midterm 25%
final 35%

Reading was very helpful but could be lengthy. typical of economics class. assignments were relevant almost directly to the exams. best advice: make sure you know which chapters are on which exams, he's not always very clear about this.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics2006-05-15

Review:
Rambling, unorganized lectures. Abdullah would sometimes throw in jokes randomly to endear himself or to get people's attentions, but they got old. I skipped the majority of the lectures and just read my textbook and did well in the class.

Workload:
Two or three chapters a week, no other assignments. Also, a weekly recitation with 10 quizzes spread out over the semester.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics2006-01-29

Review:
Professor doesn't do much. He doesn't use lecture notes, so my TA often didn't know what we talked about. He teaches straight from the book.

Workload:
Pretty light. Approximately 25 pages per class.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics2006-01-19

Review:
My opinion: Do not take this class.

Workload:
Must read textbook because you won't get much out of lectures. Multiple choice questions, only some of which were covered in textbook or lecture.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC060 - International Economics | Economics2006-01-08

Review:
I would discourage anyone from taking this class. Abdullah is not a good professor- he's simply not much good at imparting his knowledge, and that's all there is to it. Classes are very boring and completely confusing, and students often rely on their TA's to demystify the concepts learned in class.

While this sounds like an ideal econ class for IR majors, it's not. You will learn next to nothing and you will be bored to boot. If you're interested in the concepts of economics, and the political implications of economic decisions, i would recommend Prof. Chase's (Poli Sci) classes on US Foreign Economic Policy. This class is a waste of time for econ majors and non-econ majors alike.

Workload:
Light workload, but the tests are obnoxious and don't always make sense. Exam questions don't test whether you understand the concepts, but rather if you memorized the definitions from class and the text.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC060 - International Economics | Economics2005-12-28

Review:
Professor Adullah was better in Ec 5. He doesn't tell his corny jokes in Ec 60 for some reason, and that was one of the only reasons I attended his Ec 5 lectures. He knows his subject though, and the general layout of the course was well organized.

Workload:
A good bit of reading, but you can skim most of it if you go to lectures and recitations.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC060 - International Economics | Economics2005-12-21

Review:
Hands down the worst professor on campus. Abdullah is offensively bad. Don't take this class unless you hate this school and want a reason to transfer. Abdullah does not know the material and he is careless in his testing. He doesn't even really seem to care about the course. He doesn't even assign problem sets, he'll just mention a couple questions out of the book once in a while.

Workload:
You have to read the book because you don't get anything from lectures. The tests are short and are pretty much all multiple choice. He takes questions straight out of the test bank and doesn't even read through the test before he gives it out. Don't forget to look at the board during tests, because it will always be full of corrections. Avoid this course, please.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC060 - International Economics | Economics2005-12-21

Review:
Prof. Abdullah is a great professor. He's genuinely concerned with students progress and attempts to keep class interesting with funny remarks. He is very enthusiastic and often lets you go 10-15 mins early. You will learn a great deal about International trade + foreign exchange if you take this class.

Workload:
The workload was by no means bad at all. Something like 4 or 5 homework assignments, 2 tests and a final. The tests and the final however are VERY difficult. While there's no new material on the tests, Prof Abdullah wants you to apply the material to new concepts, and sometimes the questions (mostly multiple choice) are phrased strangely.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC060 - International Economics | Economics2005-12-14

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In my opinion, the worst professor at Tufts. Not only does Abdullah not have any idea how to teach a college course, nor a proper grasp of English, he doesn't even know what he's talking about. This man clearly does not have the expertise to teach college students about international economics. But that really doesn't matter, because he gives you 30 question multiples choice tests from the test bank. Don't worry, he doesn't check the questions before the test to see if they even make sense. I don't think the Economics Department even knows what they're doing to their students.

Workload:
Plan on spending a lot of time in his office arguing over questions that don't actually mean anything in English and over questions where he doesn't even know the right answer. Besides that, you have to read the book and you have to go to class because he randomly assigns problems out of the book and even some random essays.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics2005-06-30

Review:
Although professor Abdullah obviously has his stuff down, he is not very good at teaching it. He was unclear, repetitive, and rambling. His examples were not very well explained, and there was no way to practice what we had learned because there were no problem sets. At the beginning of the semester he did recommend which problems we should try, but after that he seemed to get lazy. When we asked for problem sets he told us to "do the problems at the back of each chapter," which was not very helpful considering their sheer volume. He did not seem terribly concerned with out understanding, harping on some simple points and then skimming over details. If you have to take the class, I strongly recommend reading the textbook before going to class, because attendance is literally worthless otherwise. Abdullah does not teach, he skims over the reading in an inefficient manner. In fact, by the end of the semester I had ceased attending at all, choosing to read the book instead, which took less time, was clearer, and got me an A- anyway.

Workload:
There was a medium amount of work, but it was well worth doing since it was the only way to learn the material. Trust me, it is not possible to speed read the book though, you must break it up and read one chapter or maybe two at a time. Do not expect to sit down and read ten chapters the night before the exam. There were four exams and five recitation quizzes. The exams were not terrible, although the multiple choice questions could be obscure at times. The quizzes were a joke.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC060 - International Economics | Economics2005-06-28

Review:
Prof. Abdullah is passionate about Economics and excited to share information with his students. He is very approachable and accommodating about help outside of class, but will not pursue you. His tests are more difficult than average and require you to apply concepts learned in lecture new contexts. Attendance is EXTREMELY important. Don't be fooled by the fact that the class is a lecture. 90% of the material is from the class notes, although the book is an interesting and helpful companion.

Workload:
The workload isn't bad as long as you can learn to skim the reading for what is important rather than outlining entire chapters. Doing the problem sets is a good way to gage your progress, they are mandatory during summer session, but not regular classes.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics2005-05-17

Review:
Siddiq is a lot of fun as a professor, explaining basic economics by comparing it to marriage and making up a rap. By nature of the class and the amount of material he needs to cover, he cannot possibly go over all the material, but he covers a nice outline of it in class. I would say don't go to class if you aren't caught up on reading, just because you'll be very confused; however, class does help, in the grand scheme of things. I never tried to reach Siddiq outside of class, so I am not sure how available he is.

Workload:
MUST read all chapters of book - not too difficult, but takes time. No psets, but he suggests doing some. It is helpful to do problems in the back of each chapter before tests, but, again, he does not assign them. Recitation is optional, but tests are given in them, and my TA was accessible and helpful.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics2005-04-30

Review:
I found it very hard to concentrate through Professor Abdullah's lectures. He seemed very repetitive about fairly simple concepts. Occasionally he tried to be funny which got the attention of the class for a short period of time, but overall he was fairly boring. He did know a lot about the subject matter and might have been more interesting for someone majoring in economics.

Workload:
There were no specific assigned readings, or papers. We had five quizzes and five tests. The quizzes added up to equal a test grade.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics2005-04-29

Review:
This class offers a solid overview of economics. Abudullah brings knowledge, engaging lectures, and humor into the classroom. My main problem with the class was the TA dissertation sessions, which can be a hit or miss. But as a professor, Abdullah is quite straightforward and fair. I would definitely take a course with him again in the future.

Workload:
The workload was what one would expect from an intro class.


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Siddiq Abdullah | EC005 - Principles of Economics | Economics2004-12-16

Review:
The professor is awful. His lectures are jumbled up, and he is not as "easy" as he was before.. or so I heard. The quizzes are on things that he has never touched on, or if he did.. very briefly. You are basically learning from the book more than from him. His lectures are pretty worthless. Trust me, you deserve a much better professor than this after paying so much money to come here. There are also a lot of people in class who have taken Econ before and are trying to get an easy A in an intro class, which is why exams are not scaled very much.

Workload:
No problem sets whatsoever. Not very math-oriented. Which means that when you learn something, you can't apply it to anything. You don't get practice. You read about it and you forget. And when the exams come you have to read the textbook all over again because you forgot about it already. One time, he tried to cover four chapters in one lecture, and we all ended up reading about 5 chapters in a week. And the chapters are pretty long too. He is trying to cover the entire textbook in one semester.. and it's just insane. AWFUL. Just stay away. But if you are stuck with him, pick Jehan as your TA.


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