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Nate Maas

Phil, they will be the ones who fail your class, especially if you put enough emphasis on your notes on the board. If that isn't happening, make your tests harder. I remember writing as fast as I could to keep up with my econ profs, and I did as you did, I re-wrote my notes when getting ready for a test. If it didn't make sense, I'd ask the prof. I also think that most of your students with computers on the desk are looking at fantasy football stats or working on something for another class while typing a few notes for yours.

My guess is that many of the students not taking notes are CoB (College of Business) students that need just a couple extra econ classes to say they have a minor in economics. Many of them leave MSU with a minor in Econ even if they don't understand much about it. I have 2 friends who did this, and they barely got through it, maybe wouldn't have if I didn't help them study. If I recall, all CoB students need principals of macro, and micro, intermediate macro and micro, along with Biz stats, from there they just need 1 or 2 more classes for the minor... I'm not going to research it, I'll leave that up to you if you want, but those are the students that slow down some econ classes, barely if at all pass, then go into the marketplace and tell future employers they have a minor in economics. My friends that I mentioned earlier, hated econ, didn't understand it, or care to understand it. They just knew that a minor in econ looks great on a resume, regardless if they get a C or D on every econ test but make up for it with a good paper or something to that nature.

The other group that may not be taking notes would be the incredibly smart kids who just “get it,” without much effort. Those would be some of your lazy, yet intelligent econ students. Anyways, if you want to know the best way to teach them a lesson, (pardon the pun) refer back to my first two sentences on this post.

Keep up the good work Phil,

PS if you want any help investing or preparing for retirement (it’s never too early! Or in your case, too late!!) give me a call or email as I will be starting with Met Life in a couple weeks.


Thanks, Nate.

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