Fall 2015 - Jesse Acevedo is simply not a good lecturer. Bottom line. I took this class as a requirement to be admitted to the Political Science major. He reads right off of his slides and his monotone voice will put you to sleep. We spent a good portion of the class using the computer program "R-Studio." A lot of students were surprised when our midterm was made up of mostly statistics questions and not a lot of R questions. I went to his office hours a few time to get help, and he just wasn't clear with what he wanted. The TA's were no help to. I couldn't even understand mine and the other one just wasn't very approachable. I went to class/discussion everyday, averaged a B+ on the data projects, and got C's on both the midterm and final. Ended up with a C+ in this class. I would not take another class with this guy.
Winter 2017 - Professor Acevedo is by far one of the best poli sci professors I had at UCLA. He is very friendly, eager to teach, always prepared for lectures, always willing to answer any questions and is very helpful during office hours. He made lectures interesting by incorporating current events in Latin America, relevant videos, graphs and interesting/funny stories from his trips to Latin America. He assigned us many Economist articles so that most of the readings would not be dense. He is also a fair professor and really wants students to do well in his class, so he provided a reading guide, which consisted of a list of questions for each reading/topic covered in the course. The reading guide was VERY helpful because he only tested us on material included in the reading guide and he made sure to answer the reading guide questions during lectures. I highly recommend taking Poli Sci 124C with Professor Acevedo!!
Fall 2017 - Professor Acevedo is a very fair grader and is very knowledgeable on the topics that he teaches. He is very easy to understand and always connects topics back to his personal experiences which make lecture interesting. I would definitely recommend taking a class with him!