Edward McDevitt
Department of Economics
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4.6
Overall Rating
Based on 43 Users
Easiness 3.0 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.7 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.4 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.6 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Engaging Lectures
  • Would Take Again
  • Tolerates Tardiness
  • Often Funny
GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS
17.3%
14.5%
11.6%
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5.8%
2.9%
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

15.4%
12.8%
10.3%
7.7%
5.1%
2.6%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

25.6%
21.3%
17.1%
12.8%
8.5%
4.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

19.9%
16.6%
13.3%
10.0%
6.6%
3.3%
0.0%
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A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

37.8%
31.5%
25.2%
18.9%
12.6%
6.3%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C+
C
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D+
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

20.4%
17.0%
13.6%
10.2%
6.8%
3.4%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

23.5%
19.6%
15.6%
11.7%
7.8%
3.9%
0.0%
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A
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B
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C+
C
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Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

19.7%
16.5%
13.2%
9.9%
6.6%
3.3%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
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F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

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Quarter: Spring 2020
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
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
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
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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: Winter 2024
Grade: B-
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April 13, 2024

i actually liked this class compared to the other econ classes i've had. i realized i should've put more effort in but due to other circumstances, i didn't perform that well on the final compared to my other exams and it's not because Professor McDevitt is bad. he is actually a very straightforward lecturer and even gives you shortcuts and tips to perform well on the exam. he even allows you to bring your own cheat sheets to all of his exams which is quite nice.

even though he doesn't use slides and instead writes on the board, it is pretty fascinating that he remembers all of his notes by pure memory. it really shows how invested he is with the material he is lecturing on.

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A
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April 3, 2024

Very manageable class. His multiple choice questions with like 9 options are annoying but as long as you do the practice exams you'll get used to it. All lectures are recorded and livestreamed, but McDevitt is very engaging and approachable. Exams are fully open note and questions are very similar to the practices he gives. Would definitely recommend!

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A+
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April 1, 2024

McDevitt is probably the most straightforward professor I've ever had. He doesn't use slides, he only writes on the board, but this is honestly not a bad thing (depending on your learning style of course). He's obviously VERY knowledgable and passionate about the material, and he keeps his lectures very engaging. Also, if you're ever confused, he posts typed notes and lecture recordings.

Your grade is made up entirely of three exams. Fortunately, he provides past exams for practice, which are extremely similar to the actual ones. He also holds extra office hours during the days leading up to the exams. The only downside to his tests (as other people have mentioned) are his multiple choice questions, which usually contain around 10 options and make up a lot of points. Besides that, the material on the exams is very fair, and the test themselves are entirely open-note. As long as you study his notes and practice exams, you will do great.

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A+
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April 1, 2024

Overall, I would strongly recommend taking this class with Professor Mcdevitt. This class is easier than my Econ 11 and 41 class because it is open notes. The exams are straight forward and similar to the practice exams. All the grades in this class is based on 2 Midterms (20% and 25%) and Final (55%). However, this class follows econ department curve so the class average is about a B. He also provides extra office hours before the exam for us to ask any questions. One thing that is a bit frustrating about his exams is that the multiple choice part would worth like 9 points out of 100 and there are like 7 choices so it is an all-or-nothing scenario.

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A+
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April 1, 2024

He is such a good professor. Engaging lectures. Exams can be difficult, but everything is open note. He gives practice exams which are quite similar to the actual exams. Practice those and you should be fine. Overall, I would take this professor again.

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A
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March 16, 2024

Professor McDevitt is passionate about economics and very knowledgeable in what he teaches. He has very well prepared and very well explained lectures and presentations every class meeting. I am extremely grateful to learn economics from him! He makes everything so easy to understand with so many examples.
He does get a bit snappy with students, but it's understandable to lose your patience after teaching so many years. He offers so many office hours and is very supportive towards 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
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: Winter 2024
Grade: B-
April 13, 2024

i actually liked this class compared to the other econ classes i've had. i realized i should've put more effort in but due to other circumstances, i didn't perform that well on the final compared to my other exams and it's not because Professor McDevitt is bad. he is actually a very straightforward lecturer and even gives you shortcuts and tips to perform well on the exam. he even allows you to bring your own cheat sheets to all of his exams which is quite nice.

even though he doesn't use slides and instead writes on the board, it is pretty fascinating that he remembers all of his notes by pure memory. it really shows how invested he is with the material he is lecturing on.

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A
April 3, 2024

Very manageable class. His multiple choice questions with like 9 options are annoying but as long as you do the practice exams you'll get used to it. All lectures are recorded and livestreamed, but McDevitt is very engaging and approachable. Exams are fully open note and questions are very similar to the practices he gives. Would definitely recommend!

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Verified Reviewer This user is a verified UCLA student/alum.
Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A+
April 1, 2024

McDevitt is probably the most straightforward professor I've ever had. He doesn't use slides, he only writes on the board, but this is honestly not a bad thing (depending on your learning style of course). He's obviously VERY knowledgable and passionate about the material, and he keeps his lectures very engaging. Also, if you're ever confused, he posts typed notes and lecture recordings.

Your grade is made up entirely of three exams. Fortunately, he provides past exams for practice, which are extremely similar to the actual ones. He also holds extra office hours during the days leading up to the exams. The only downside to his tests (as other people have mentioned) are his multiple choice questions, which usually contain around 10 options and make up a lot of points. Besides that, the material on the exams is very fair, and the test themselves are entirely open-note. As long as you study his notes and practice exams, you will do great.

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A+
April 1, 2024

Overall, I would strongly recommend taking this class with Professor Mcdevitt. This class is easier than my Econ 11 and 41 class because it is open notes. The exams are straight forward and similar to the practice exams. All the grades in this class is based on 2 Midterms (20% and 25%) and Final (55%). However, this class follows econ department curve so the class average is about a B. He also provides extra office hours before the exam for us to ask any questions. One thing that is a bit frustrating about his exams is that the multiple choice part would worth like 9 points out of 100 and there are like 7 choices so it is an all-or-nothing scenario.

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A+
April 1, 2024

He is such a good professor. Engaging lectures. Exams can be difficult, but everything is open note. He gives practice exams which are quite similar to the actual exams. Practice those and you should be fine. Overall, I would take this professor again.

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Quarter: Winter 2024
Grade: A
March 16, 2024

Professor McDevitt is passionate about economics and very knowledgeable in what he teaches. He has very well prepared and very well explained lectures and presentations every class meeting. I am extremely grateful to learn economics from him! He makes everything so easy to understand with so many examples.
He does get a bit snappy with students, but it's understandable to lose your patience after teaching so many years. He offers so many office hours and is very supportive towards 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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4.6
Overall Rating
Based on 43 Users
Easiness 3.0 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 4.7 / 5 How clear the class is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.4 / 5 How much workload the class is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.6 / 5 How helpful the class is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

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