Microeconomics, believe it or not, isn’t always the easiest or most fun subject. However, at the University of Illinois, if there’s one thing you don’t need to worry about when you take Econ 102 with Professor Vazquez, it’s your grade. Although his teaching methods are unorthodox, there’s a good chance you’ll do well in his class and who knows, you might even enjoy his teaching style more than your other professors.

1. Easy A

As you read through the reasons why you should take Econ 102, you’ll come to realize that the class is fairly easy. You don’t have to put in much effort to get the A, which is helpful when you have other stressful and time consuming classes you need to focus on. It’s definitely not a shout in the dark to say that if you do even the bare minimum, you’ll get an A.

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2. Homework is online

There’s no written homework in Professor Vazquez’s class. In fact, he doesn’t even believe in textbooks. The homework is typically a series of short one or two minute videos that give the students a crash course on a particular topic(s). In between these videos, students answer quick multiple choice questions and at the end, they’ll usually have to type an answer to a question, which doesn’t take much time at all.

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3. Quizzes are online

Not only is homework online but so are the quizzes! You even get an unlimited amount of attempts on these quizzes, so you can keep taking them until you get the grade you want. Additionally, you can look back at the questions you got wrong on previous attempts so that you don’t miss them the next time around.

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4. The final exam is OPTIONAL

That’s right. O-P-T-I-O-N-A-L. In fact, Professor Vazquez likes when his students don’t take the final because it means they don’t need to. Assuming you do the homework and classwork, the final exam is unnecessary. This perk is great when you have a ton of finals you need to study for. You’ll easily be able to check off Econ 102.

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5. Extra Credit

Now, let’s say you miss a few homework and class assignments. Even though you will probably STILL get an A in the class, there are quite a few extra credit opportunities for students. One of these extra credit assignments can even give you up to 5% more on your homework or classwork percentage! Sometimes Professor Vazquez will even give out extra credit in class for participation.

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So there you go! Five reasons why you should take Econ 102 with Professor Vazquez. You don’t have to worry about your grade in his class and with all the time you would be working on microeconomics, you can do other things… like study for other classes.


Sarah Chang

"Here's to the crazy ones...because those who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do."

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