Edward McDevitt
Department of Economics
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4.6
Overall Rating
Based on 37 Users
Easiness 2.9 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.7 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Engaging Lectures
  • Appropriately Priced Materials
  • Would Take Again
  • Often Funny

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 22, 2020

Professor McDevitt is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. He is extremely receptive to feedback and understanding of students struggles. He really wants to make sure his students understand the concept. He was by far the best at accommodating to the change in learning environment due to COVID19. He would prerecord lectures and then do them again live. He is very clear on what is on each test and gives lots of very similar and helpful practice problems. His teaching is clear and easy to follow. The only thing I had a slight problem adjusting to at first is that his multiple choice questions can have up to 10 choices including choices like "two are correct" and "none are correct" and there is no partial credit so if you get one wrong you've already lost 10 points. However, if you do the practice problems they should be pretty manageable. I would highly recommend taking this class with Prof McDevitt!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 17, 2020

McDevitt is by FAR the best econ professor i've encountered at UCLA. His tests are hard and his tests make up your entire grade (45% midterms, 55% final) but he never tries to trick you and the tests are fair (nothing he doesn't cover in class are on exams). He gives practice exams which are incredibly helpful in studying for the tests, and provides detailed notes that are almost word for word in what he goes over during lecture, so if you miss something in lecture you can go back. McDevitt is so accommodating to his students, and gives extra office hours in the days leading up to the exams and always gives detailed answers and more to whatever you ask. I cannot sing higher praises for this professor, he knows his stuff and is fair to his students.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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Feb. 5, 2021

Prof. McDevitt has probably been my favorite econ professor thus far. He makes learning difficult concepts extremely clear and really takes the time to go through problems which I feel like many UCLA econ professors do not. I would 100% take another class taught by him!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: B
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July 1, 2020

Professor McDevitt is one of the best professors I've had my entire time at UCLA. His lectures are engaging and he explains complicated concepts exceptionally well - like, EXCEPTIONALLY well. That said, this is not an easy class and the exams are hard, like people say. However, even though the exams are hard, professor McDevitt listens to student concerns, is understanding, and is overall just one of the best professors in the econ department if not in all of UCLA. The textbook wasn't necessary for me personally, I just depended on lectures and lecture notes, which he posts after lecture. Would definitely recommend taking econ 101 with professor McDevitt.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 21, 2020

mcdevitt is the best professor that i've had at ucla. he's very clear, organized, and structured. many econ students that i knew recommended him to me, so i knew that i wanted to take econ 101 with him. the exams are straightforward, and there's not really any "tricks." he releases an abundance of study questions and practice exams that are basically identical to the exams, so be sure to study those! it helps if you start studying 2 weeks in advance just to get comfortable with the material and then ramp it up 4-5 days before the exam. i've never had an econ professor do this, but he finalizes the exam material a week in advance, so the material covered right before the exam is actually for the next exam. this allows you to narrow in on the topics and only study what is necessary. he was very accommodating of the covid-19 and blm situation, and he simplified the final exam material. however, i will say that the multiple-choice questions are tricky. if you miss 1 QUESTION, you are down by 10 POINTS. that is a lot for a simple error, especially because there can be 4-7 choices! this was super stressful for me, but all the exams were open-note in spring 2020. McDevitt is also super responsive to emails despite managing so many classes, and he accomodated me with a personal situation (which most econ professors won't do). take him!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: B+
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June 18, 2020

So, I took this class Spring of 2020 which meant it was entirely online. The professor was very accommodating in regards to current events and the situation. He also takes feedback very well and adjusts aspects of the class accordingly. He's by far the best Econ professor I've had at my time at UCLA so far. He is able to relate classroom events and real life events to economic concepts. Honestly, I think I would've done better if the class was in person/I felt accountable for paying attention, but overall he was an amazing professor and I would definitely take another class with him.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: B+
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June 17, 2020

Professor McDevitt was very nice and helpful. I really enjoyed the way he taught because he made the concepts very digestible. The class was still pretty hard for me but it wasn't because of the professor. And I know this class was different for students taking it this quarter, but the professor was very accommodating. I'm excited to take another class with him in the future.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
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June 16, 2020

Professor McDevitt is definitely the best professor I've had so far in the Economics Department. Online lectures and posted notes made concepts easy to understand, and practice questions helped with retaining the material. Exams were quite difficult, especially the multiple choice portion, with each question having 8+ possible answers; however, the exams were open note, which helped greatly.
Grades were entirely dependent on exams, and initially midterm #1 was worth 20%, midterm #2 was worth 25%, and the final was worth 55%. However, due to the circumstances Professor McDevitt introduced an alternate grading scheme where both midterms were worth 80% combined and the final was worth 20%, and ending grades would be the higher of the two grading schemes.
Overall, I would definitely take this class again with Professor McDevitt and hope to take other Economics courses with him in the future.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 15, 2020

The Best professor I have had at UCLA hands down. Coming from someone who just about passed Econ 11, I was worried this class would be the end of my econ career. Mcdevitt was so clear and his notes were really informative. If you study his practice questions and his notes, there is no reason you cant get an A in this class it was honestly pretty easy. Overall, definitely would recommend.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
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June 9, 2020

By far the best econ professor I've had at ucla yet. He is so clear in every aspect, which I've found previous econ teachers to lack in. From his teaching, to what will be on tests, to even offering extra office hours before exams, he knows what he is doing and makes his students feel confident as well. This class has been my first enjoyable econ class because he makes his lectures very engaging and straight-forward. He also posts the lecture notes which are also very clear. He is easy to follow, and will repeat himself on tricky topics to make sure you fully understand. He truly wants the best for his students, and you can just tell how much he cares about what he does. Learned the most from this class so far at my time at ucla and it's stuff I will actually retain because of how well-taught everything was. The guy is such a sweet man and will remind you on why you stuck out this major!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 22, 2020

Professor McDevitt is one of the best professors I've had at UCLA. He is extremely receptive to feedback and understanding of students struggles. He really wants to make sure his students understand the concept. He was by far the best at accommodating to the change in learning environment due to COVID19. He would prerecord lectures and then do them again live. He is very clear on what is on each test and gives lots of very similar and helpful practice problems. His teaching is clear and easy to follow. The only thing I had a slight problem adjusting to at first is that his multiple choice questions can have up to 10 choices including choices like "two are correct" and "none are correct" and there is no partial credit so if you get one wrong you've already lost 10 points. However, if you do the practice problems they should be pretty manageable. I would highly recommend taking this class with Prof McDevitt!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 17, 2020

McDevitt is by FAR the best econ professor i've encountered at UCLA. His tests are hard and his tests make up your entire grade (45% midterms, 55% final) but he never tries to trick you and the tests are fair (nothing he doesn't cover in class are on exams). He gives practice exams which are incredibly helpful in studying for the tests, and provides detailed notes that are almost word for word in what he goes over during lecture, so if you miss something in lecture you can go back. McDevitt is so accommodating to his students, and gives extra office hours in the days leading up to the exams and always gives detailed answers and more to whatever you ask. I cannot sing higher praises for this professor, he knows his stuff and is fair to his students.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
Feb. 5, 2021

Prof. McDevitt has probably been my favorite econ professor thus far. He makes learning difficult concepts extremely clear and really takes the time to go through problems which I feel like many UCLA econ professors do not. I would 100% take another class taught by him!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: B
July 1, 2020

Professor McDevitt is one of the best professors I've had my entire time at UCLA. His lectures are engaging and he explains complicated concepts exceptionally well - like, EXCEPTIONALLY well. That said, this is not an easy class and the exams are hard, like people say. However, even though the exams are hard, professor McDevitt listens to student concerns, is understanding, and is overall just one of the best professors in the econ department if not in all of UCLA. The textbook wasn't necessary for me personally, I just depended on lectures and lecture notes, which he posts after lecture. Would definitely recommend taking econ 101 with professor McDevitt.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 21, 2020

mcdevitt is the best professor that i've had at ucla. he's very clear, organized, and structured. many econ students that i knew recommended him to me, so i knew that i wanted to take econ 101 with him. the exams are straightforward, and there's not really any "tricks." he releases an abundance of study questions and practice exams that are basically identical to the exams, so be sure to study those! it helps if you start studying 2 weeks in advance just to get comfortable with the material and then ramp it up 4-5 days before the exam. i've never had an econ professor do this, but he finalizes the exam material a week in advance, so the material covered right before the exam is actually for the next exam. this allows you to narrow in on the topics and only study what is necessary. he was very accommodating of the covid-19 and blm situation, and he simplified the final exam material. however, i will say that the multiple-choice questions are tricky. if you miss 1 QUESTION, you are down by 10 POINTS. that is a lot for a simple error, especially because there can be 4-7 choices! this was super stressful for me, but all the exams were open-note in spring 2020. McDevitt is also super responsive to emails despite managing so many classes, and he accomodated me with a personal situation (which most econ professors won't do). take him!

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: B+
June 18, 2020

So, I took this class Spring of 2020 which meant it was entirely online. The professor was very accommodating in regards to current events and the situation. He also takes feedback very well and adjusts aspects of the class accordingly. He's by far the best Econ professor I've had at my time at UCLA so far. He is able to relate classroom events and real life events to economic concepts. Honestly, I think I would've done better if the class was in person/I felt accountable for paying attention, but overall he was an amazing professor and I would definitely take another class with him.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: B+
June 17, 2020

Professor McDevitt was very nice and helpful. I really enjoyed the way he taught because he made the concepts very digestible. The class was still pretty hard for me but it wasn't because of the professor. And I know this class was different for students taking it this quarter, but the professor was very accommodating. I'm excited to take another class with him in the future.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A+
June 16, 2020

Professor McDevitt is definitely the best professor I've had so far in the Economics Department. Online lectures and posted notes made concepts easy to understand, and practice questions helped with retaining the material. Exams were quite difficult, especially the multiple choice portion, with each question having 8+ possible answers; however, the exams were open note, which helped greatly.
Grades were entirely dependent on exams, and initially midterm #1 was worth 20%, midterm #2 was worth 25%, and the final was worth 55%. However, due to the circumstances Professor McDevitt introduced an alternate grading scheme where both midterms were worth 80% combined and the final was worth 20%, and ending grades would be the higher of the two grading schemes.
Overall, I would definitely take this class again with Professor McDevitt and hope to take other Economics courses with him in the future.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 15, 2020

The Best professor I have had at UCLA hands down. Coming from someone who just about passed Econ 11, I was worried this class would be the end of my econ career. Mcdevitt was so clear and his notes were really informative. If you study his practice questions and his notes, there is no reason you cant get an A in this class it was honestly pretty easy. Overall, definitely would recommend.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
June 9, 2020

By far the best econ professor I've had at ucla yet. He is so clear in every aspect, which I've found previous econ teachers to lack in. From his teaching, to what will be on tests, to even offering extra office hours before exams, he knows what he is doing and makes his students feel confident as well. This class has been my first enjoyable econ class because he makes his lectures very engaging and straight-forward. He also posts the lecture notes which are also very clear. He is easy to follow, and will repeat himself on tricky topics to make sure you fully understand. He truly wants the best for his students, and you can just tell how much he cares about what he does. Learned the most from this class so far at my time at ucla and it's stuff I will actually retain because of how well-taught everything was. The guy is such a sweet man and will remind you on why you stuck out this major!

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4.6
Overall Rating
Based on 37 Users
Easiness 2.9 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.7 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.2 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.5 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Tolerates Tardiness
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  • Engaging Lectures
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  • Appropriately Priced Materials
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  • Would Take Again
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  • Often Funny
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