Not too easy. Not too difficult.
This course was incredible, as unlikely as this sounds considering the subject matter. I went into Macroeconomics with a knot of dread in my stomach and came out feeling like my eyes were finally open after a long time of being closed. Remember all those things you hear about from your parents- like stocks, bonds, interest rates- and never really care about? Well this course not only explains why you should care and makes sure you are very well informed on how they all work, but it plugs these factors into a global market and shows you how the global economy works, which in reality is a fascinating thing. Mr. Pereira was an incredible teacher because he always used plenty of, and often funny, examples to complement the material and went over the trickier subjects over and over again. This course seems very tricky and unmanageable at first, but only because it’s something completely new for most students. Once I began to get the hang of it, it was a breeze. However, I wouldn’t recommend this course to someone who is not good working with graphs and identifying trends on them, or someone who is not good at following patterns or processes.
This course was one of those few school courses that leaves one knowledge that one can clearly understand how it will be useful in adult life. From understanding interest rates and credit ratings, to how a country’s economy functions, to why countries interact the way the do (including why everything comes from China), this course teaches many engaging and useful topics. After taking the course I honestly felt like my eyes were opened, because I began to see traces of economic theory in many aspects of my life, from grocery shopping to banking, everything I learned in class is right there at work in the real world. It is an empowering feeling to be able to understand how it all works and it’s actually very interesting too. This course will definitely make you a more worldly and knowledgeable citizen of Earth.
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Advice for students:
The main thing you need to do to be successful in Macroeconomics is draw the graphs. To study often you won't need to go over vocabulary or concepts and much as you will need to be able to draw the various graphs and shift them based on data. Make sure to know the determinants for every graph like you know the palm of your hand. Overall the course is not too knowledge heavy, but the handful of concepts it covers you do need to know very well, so invest the necessary time to do this. In terms of shifting the graphs, trust yourself. If you think a graph shifts a certain way but cannot remember why then trust your instinct, as it will often be right.