All Ratings and Reviews for Jennifer L De maio
Take her if you have the chance. Professor De Maio is very fair, her lectures are pretty well organized and she will repeat herself for you if you ask her too. She is very approachable and the whole class had a very comfortable feeling to it. There were no suprises in the tests, and anybody who goes to class, takes notes, and atleast skims the readings should have a fairly easy timing getting an A. She also seems super knowledgable about Africa, so if she ever offers a class about that, you should jump at the chance.
Honestly, she's a nice person, but the class was tremendously boring. On many points, I wish she would have presented a more unbiased view of politics (she definitely tries to be objective but is not). The class is a pretty easy grade, as long as you attend lectures. Readings are unnecessary.
Professor De Maio was great. Her lectures were clear and to the point, though on occasion her historical accuracy was a bit off (never in any significant way, mind you). The only downsides to the class were the readings and my fellow classmates. The readings weren't really necessary, just class attendance and decent notes, and the ones I bothered to read tended to be unneccesarily dense. As for my fellow classmates, they were forever interupting and asking her to repeat herself, and she's so nice and accomodating that she would do it. Other than that it was a solid course.
Great teacher. Lectures aren't too terrible considering she implemented fun videos and stories. Her teaching PoliSci 40 was basically AP Government from back in high school. Easy A if you pay attention.
Professor De Maio is a new professor at UCLA, and a wonderful one at that. I took her classes on Africa (PS 133) and on Foreign Policy Decision Making (PS 134).
The Africa class is certainly more interesting than the FPDM one, but only because of the material discussed. Readings are optional in her class--all you really have to do to get an awesome grade in the class is show up every day and take good notes. But be warned: she usually provides A LOT of information VERY QUICKLY, so unless you have a really fast writing speed or an amazing memory, I suggest you consider taking your laptops to class to take notes (and practice on your typing speeds).
Midterms and Finals are VERY straight-forward--the questions are very simple and easy to answer if you've studied your notes. Again, the material for thse exams all comes directly from your class notes, while the readings are optional and only supplement those notes. Also, prepare to engage in very thoughtful discussion about current events in these classes--particularly in PS 134, where we frequently addressed the war in Iraq, 9/11, Dubya, etc.
All in all, she's a great professor with whom I would certainly consider taking another class in the future. I highly recommend her.
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