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For me personally Prof. Black is a good instructor. Her lecture is organised and she goes slowly if the materials is getting difficult. Go to her office hour and she will be more than happy to help you. Final is long but not that hard. Her lecture notes is the most important things to do well in her class.
Prof. Black is one of the better econ instructors... I suspect that she's the best econometrics instructor at UCLA. I actually learned a few things in her class. Final was a bit long... there's a lot of material... but this is not supposed to be an easy class. Study hard and attend her lectures if you want to do well.
I don't think that the course material is really all that bad, but Professor Black makes it so confusing! You can tell that she means well, but her lectures are really hard to follow. She lectures off of her notes, so she often ends up going way to quickly through the material. The overheads that she uses for her lectures are really small too, you can't even see them if you're sitting in the front of the class. Not only that, but she refuses to put her lecture notes on the internet before the class, so you end up spending more time squinting to try to read her lecture notes that acutally listeneing to her lectures. Her reason for not posting her lecture notes before class is that she doesn't want people to not come to lecture because they already have the lecture notes. Doesn't she know that if you weren't planning on coming to lecture, you'd sacrifice and wait an extra hour to print out the lecture notes?!! Her tests are very difficult too. She likes to focus on STATA, so if you understand how to interpret your STATA labs, you'll be okay. She really does mean well though, and the lecture notes she posts on the internet are very helpful when studying for the exams.
Prof. Black is a very nice professor. She always has this smile before, during, and after lecture (as some people have pointed out), which I guess is the reason why I felt she was very approachable in person. She really took the time to explain concepts to you after class if you go up to her. I thought her exams were very fair, with no surprises at all, although the final was a very lengthy exam (I barely had enough time to finish all the questions). The problem sets were okay, but one thing I would advise to any student taking Econ 103 is to be a bit extra careful when you work with the STATA program. While I did decently on most problem sets, I have to say that most of the points lost in my case were due to careless errors (e.g. punching in the wrong command or numbers). Other than that, the class isn't too bad.