Naveen Sarna

24 reviews
Average rating: 4.38




This professor has taught: ECON201, ECON317

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ECON201

Expecting a B+
Anonymous 09/06/2018
Easy material in general, I knocked a star off because his lectures can be rather dry, and you have to sit in the front of the class to understand his graphs. With that said he's funny and gives interesting analogies related to real life economics. The material isn't difficult, and he doesn't complicate the material making it a relatively easy class.
ECON201

Expecting a D+
Anonymous 05/22/2018
SO BORING. It is honestly impossible to pay attention in this class. When I was able to pay attention he was a good teacher but just brutal for a long lecture. You're signing up to teach yourself the course.
ECON317

Expecting a B-
Anonymous 05/16/2018
REALLY easy to not pay attention, but you have to try. Don't take unless you have a solid macro background
ECON317

Expecting a B
Anonymous 05/16/2016
Sarna is boring and talks quietly. I found it very difficult to pay attention in class. He posts all of the slides online and the review slides closely correspond with the exams. Because of this, most people didn't come to class except to give their presentations. There is no homework except for a big presentation/group paper, which he grades leniently. DO NOT BUY THE BOOK. He never uses it. This course is a glorified intermediate macroeconomics course. Although I did not like Sarna's teaching, he is very helpful and cares about what he is saying. If you can bring yourself to come to class and pay attention, you'll probably do fine.
ECON201

Expecting an A
Anonymous 05/05/2016
Professor Sarna is by far the best teacher I have had at The University of Maryland, he does an excellent job making sometimes challenging concepts about ECON easy to understand, he goes over concepts multiple times and draws out tons of examples. Further, he is very responsive to students needs, for example he made us a mock exam and the TA's gave it too us in class for each exam and that was insanely helpful and was similar to the questions on the regular exam. In addition he has review sessions in class. The only thing I would recommend is that you sit in the front because he writes on the board a lot and is hard to see in the big lecture hall. You cannot rely on the power points in order to get an A because the on board examples is where you do a lot of learning. Excellent teacher, take him not Neri!
ECON317

Expecting an A-
Anonymous 07/06/2015
I took this class my senior year at UMD and I wish I had taken it earlier. Sarna's class is one of the few econ classes where i learned concrete info about how world economics work and allowed me to understand and easily interpret changes in the world economy or even simply reading the WSJ or the Economist. Its not an easy A as his tests are tricky and are often frustrating because of hazey wording. However, the material itself is straightforward once you understand how the different variables effect each other. I learnt the most about actual econ in my entire time at UMD in this class, instead of just how to move curves around and take derivatives. Also econonmetrics with Vlaicu is a great class but im not sure he teaches at umd anymore. anyways, take this class, study hard, you will be grateful once you graduate. also keep the textbook its helpful for me to refer to sometimes to brush up my knowledge. this class should be required after econ 200/201. and it should be broken up into two classes so as not to cram so much into one semester and allow time to really drill the concepts in.
ECON201

Expecting an A
Anonymous 06/29/2015
Made the class very easy to understand. One of the best professors I've had so far. He is very knowledgeable in economics. Explains concepts simply and makes sure students understand the fundamentals. Exams were fair
ECON201

Expecting an A
TerpLegacy 02/13/2015
Just got my grade for the class and wanted to write a review for Professor Sarna because he definitely deserves one. Economics is my major so I'm very into the material. Lectures were enjoyable for me. Professor Sarna knows his stuff. He teaches in a manner that forces you to understand the models and apply them when tested. He doesn't want his students to memorize and then just regurgitate the material come exam time. And his teaching style reflects that. He is VERY approachable and very nice. He really wants his students to understand the material and do well in his classes. I didn't go to a single discussion and found that reading the chapters in the book prior to lectures was very beneficial. Midterms and the final averaged B/B- for the class. Final grade was curved by 3%. Fairly easy class though it will require some diligence as it is a 4 credit class. Bottom line if you have to take ECON201 take it with Professor Sarna. He is an excellent professor. Update: I took his ECON317 policies class. He has to be one of the best econ professors I've had. He has lots of real world experience and he brings that knowledge into the classroom. Great lecturer, great class. The class does require considerable effort though if you want an A.
ECON317

Expecting a B
naddiepie3 05/02/2013
He really knows what he is teaching and wants students to learn things for the real world. He is a nice guy and very approachable. It was hard for me to get an A because I am not a great test taker. There is 2 quizzes, 2 exams(MCQ & short answer), group projects, 6 article summaries (easy). He is straight forward on what exactly he tests on.
ECON317

superrhombre 05/20/2012
Dr. Sarna is definitely in my top list of professors at UMD. He really makes the material very interesting and explains the material very well. He is an absolute genius when it comes to economics and turns explains material with easy to understand stories. I would recommend this professor!!!
ECON200

Expecting an A
Anonymous 03/27/2012
One of the best professors I've had at UMD. He explains very complex charts and relations in a very simple manner that makes them seem common sense. He tries to make lectures enjoyable and is very good at what he does. The book is not that boring either so if you get lost, reading up won't be too bad, although the book isn't absolutely necessary because his slides are very good
ECON200

Anonymous 02/03/2012
Best econ class ever. he is funny, explains the material in a very comprehensible manner, and the tests are very very very easy... as long as you have actually somewhat paid attention to lecture/read the text book you'll do just fine. the only problem was the aplia problems. i thought they were more difficult than the exam questions but when i went to get help the TAs weren't allowed to answer our questions.
ECON200

Expecting a B
Anonymous 01/10/2012
Sarna is a great professor but the class is difficult. He's very approachable and will go to every length to help a student. He relates the class to real life and keeps it interesting. However, the TAs are absolutely useless. I went to discussion once and it was a true waste of time.
ECON200

Expecting an A
Hosea 12/25/2011
Great professor. Really no complaints. Clear explanations, clear powerpoints, easier tests than the other sections (i think). Wants everyone to do well and he tells us that he is our "friend". Has a slight accent which may be unclear at times but just listen carefully and you will be fine. If you need to take micro definitely take Sarna. I actually ended up with a B in this class but that's because I stopped studying the material towards the end of the final. THat was a mistake. If you keep up with the material there is no reason why you should get less than an A.
ECON200

Expecting a B
dklafds10 12/20/2011
Sarna is a really great professor! Unlike other professors I've had in the past, he really cares about how well his students do in the class and wants them to really understand economics. I ended up getting a C+ in the class (78!!) because i get really bad test anxiety but thats a whole other issue. If you take your time with the course and look at it simplistically (microeconomics is a pretty simple subject that can get confusing if you think too much about it)you should do fine. His exams are not even directly from any readings from the textbook so mainly pay attention in lecture and/or go to his office hours you should get a B or higher. The only thing I didnt like was that the other class got to do an extra credit assignment and we didnt! It probably would have brought my borderline C to a B.
ECON200

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/09/2011
Professor Sarna has a great sense of humor! For Micro, it wasn't really necessary to go to lecture though, because he posts his lecture powerpoints online after class, and they include information that's all in the textbook. He genuinely cares about his students though! On the first exam, I guess many people didn't do very well, so he dedicated twenty minutes of the next lecture asking the lecture (of over 200) what could make a difference for them on the next exam. We also have mock exams before every exam. He was a little rude a few times when people asked questions in class, but I think it was mostly unintentional. Overall, good professor and easy class!
ECON200

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/01/2011
Awesome professor, awesome class. Challenging at times, but it's really not that hard at all as long as you keep up with the content. All the topics build upon each other as you progress through the course so just make sure to keep up. Sarna is great at teaching and I definitely learned a lot. If you have an interest or need the course, take it.
ECON317

Expecting a B
agaybaby 05/20/2011
If you are not familiar with macro concepts this class might be a little tricky for you. There were 3 quizzes, a midterm, a paper/presentation, and the final. Paper/presentation was easy, around 20 pages split between 4 people and a presentation that lasts ~20 minutes. He explained things clearly and kept things relevant, using the first few minutes of class to discuss world economic events and how we could use what we've been learning to explain what's going on. Funny guy too. Be prepared to put in a good amount of time for the class, there's a lot of info to cover/understand.
ECON200

Expecting an A
Anonymous 02/01/2011
The material is straight forward and he follows the textbook very closely. I definitely would have skipped lectures if another professor was teaching but he's too funny. If you actually listen to his lectures, he's a really funny guy, although not always intentionally. For the first few weeks, he somehow managed to mention Georgetown cupcakes in every lecture. If you need to take an econ course and he's teaching it, definitely take him!
ECON200

Expecting a B
Lunar01 12/29/2010
How well you perform in this class depends on how much you understand the concepts presented in the lectures. Therefore, attending class is mandatory. Having said that, this class will teach you a lot of things about the world of economics and how they relate to every day's life. The professor is nice and knows his material. He has an accent but that factor will not stop you from learning what you need to. The power points slides are equally helpful in explaining concepts that are difficult to understand. Discussions in general are optional. The professor encourages students to attend discussions but I find them very boring and merely reiteration of the concepts the professor has talked about during lectures. Nevertheless, if you don't understand something in lecture, come to discussions for clarification. You will have several problem sets during the course which will be online. I suggest you start them early as some questions might take up a bit of time. The course has a midterm and a final, they are straightforward and cover the topics have been talked about during lectures. I personally recommend this class because it can be very interesting once you understand the concepts and able to make the connections from the classroom to everyday's life.
ECON200

Anonymous 12/12/2010
Professor Sarna was a great teacher. For my first time taking Economics, I definitely learned a lot and it was not at all difficult. In this class, we had homework every other Sunday and only 2 tests throughout the year and one final. The final wasn't cumulative. All of his lecture slides are online. I never went to discussion because I didn't need to because he taught everything well in class. This class did not give me any stress. Definitely take him for Economics!!!!!
ECON200

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/02/2010
Professor Sarna was great for my first experience learning economics. He explains the material clearly, and always adds in little jokes to keep the class intresting. All the matrial can also be learned from reading the textbook and reviewing his powerpoint slides which he posts online, so its not a big deal if you miss a class or space out. His tests are very fair and if you understand all his powerpoints, you will do fine. I'm definitely taking him for ECON201 next semester. Discussion is pointless. I only went once this semester.
ECON200

Expecting an A
Anonymous 12/02/2010
Professor Sarna did a great job of making economics interesting and understandable. He takes difficult concepts and breaks them down into simpler analogies that are easier to understand and relatable. His tests are generally 45 multiple choice questions and very straightforward. He genuinely wants everyone to do well. In addition to the tests there are online assignments through aplia every other week which are worth 25% of the your grade. These are also generally very straightforward and it is not hard to do well. He posts all his lecture slides online, and his lectures follow the textbook. I really enjoyed going to lectures. Overall i really enjoyed this course and would highly recommend Professor Sarna.
ECON317

Expecting a C
Anonymous 06/01/2010
Professor Sarna explains economic models with simple analogies that help you better understand them. I wish I had him for 200 and 201 rather than bad lectures. The material I failed to learn in my fundamental courses, he reviews in class. He curves at the end. There is a presentation and paper that is easy. If I did not have a heavy schedule, I would have received a B in his class. There are 2 quizzes 1 midterm 1 project (presentation & paper) and 1 final. He's not as boring as other economic professors, which is a plus. He has a slight accent but it does not affect his teaching style/ability. Overall I enjoyed the course.