This class was tough.
At first, Ms. Cavusoglu (or Nevin as she prefers) was hard to understand. The way she spoke, in addition to the material being taught, made many classes very confusing and hard to take anything away from. It required a lot of independent work and studying to get a good grasp of the material, though Nevin was usually more than happy to help out during office hours.
On the surface, I've gained a proficiency in the subject of macroeconomics. I've gotten much better at math and have a decent understanding of why the economy does what it does. On the deeper end, I've gained a much greater appreciation for patience, as there were many times where the material being taught in this course simply seemed to frustrate me, and a lot of reading and office hours were needed to make good grades. Ms. Cavusoglu however, is usually eager to work with people who have questions and is very helpful for people who are struggling. Overall, perhaps the greatest thing I've taken away from this course is that enough willpower, patience, and perseverance can make you proficient in something that you otherwise wouldn't be.
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Advice for students:
You should be good at taking notes and remembering the meaning of what you wrote down. You should also be good at condensing what you've read; as the book she uses, even though it's shortened, can get pretty dense. A business background, or at least some reading up on the subject beforehand, is a plus; but if you're not that type, as I was, then you'll have a lot of reading to do before you really know what's going on.