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NOT STATS: 495B.
If anything can be said about Dr. Rojas, it is that he makes fantastic powerpoint presentations. Honestly, with just his powerpoints, it is completely possible to learn everything in the course. They teach step-by-step the entire course. Provided that you read the book and go through his powerpoints, attending his lectures really isn't necessary.
My discussion was very helpful. I do not know if that is to be attributed to my TA or not but it excellently reinforced the material and allowed for questions in a way that simply isn't possible in a lecture of 406 individuals.
Courses taken: Econ 41 and Econ 103.
Hey Fellow Bruins,
Professor Rojas is an interesting guy--from his total meekness and comical degree of passivity to his weird handwriting. I will break down both Econ 41 and Econ 103 with Rojas--which were actually very different experiences.
This class is ridiculously easy if you have taken a stats class in high school. Although the book is terrible and Rojas lectures are just O.K. (he speaks heavily in stats terminology in Econ 41 and sometimes it's hard for students to determine what is important or what he is saying), Professor Rojas's exams are INCREDIBLY EASY. Although I had never taken stats before in my life, the textbook was terrible, and I did not really understand lectures, I still walked away with an A-. I would take this class with him, because it's pretty easy.
This course was WAY better than 41 was with Rojas. The textbook was very helpful, the lectures were much clearer, the TAs are really helpful, and 25% of your grade is based on homework which helps teach you the material and applies directly to the tests. I walked into this class with a bit of dread because Rojas had been hard to understand in Econ 41, but he teaches Econ 103 MUCH MUCH MUCH better. I would definitely recommend this class.
-The homework can take a little while, but if you do all of it, you're guaranteed 100%.
-The TAs (Seth, Amanda, and Owen) are super helpful and can clear up any questions you have.
-The tests are very easy, especially cause he gives you practice tests.
-You can teach yourself if need be from the textbook.
-Rojas lectures much better in 103 than he did in 41.
Although I didn't understand what I was doing in Econ 41, and I walked into Econ 103 with dread, I am walking away with a mastery of Econometrics and an A! Take this class with Rojas!
Honestly, intro econ is so easy there's really not much you can complain about a professor for. Rojas is extremely nice and he goes over the material VERY SLOWLY. His practice exams are nearly identical to the real exams. Keep in mind that the textbook is so basic that when you see his practice exams you might go "wtf is this" but after going through it a bit, it'll start to seem really basic. One of the chillest professors here at UCLA, don't be afraid to take him!