All Ratings and Reviews for Edward McDevitt


Overall 4.1
Easiness of class 2.4
Workload 2.7
Not Clear
Clarity of professor 4.3
Not Helpful
Helpfulness of professor 4.1
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ECON 102 Submitted Dec. 17, 2010 Grade Received: N/A

For an economics teacher, sure. I'll give him that - his lectures are clear and concise. But when you're going into this class, don't bring your hopes up. UCLA Economics requires you to do a lot of self study and understand the material by yourself.

The "best" teacher I ever had is Ravetch. This guy does not belong in this league of teachers. When you mumble and recite from memory an insurmountable amount of information, I am not impressed. This guy is NOT as good as everyone else says he is.

Do not buy the lecture notes, take your own notes. You need all the help you can get internalizing the theory.

Short answer is not tough, but multiple choice questions (answer choices a-k) are pretty ridiculous sometimes.

Overall, it really doesn't matter what professor you take for any economics class, as it's going to be ridiculous and BS anyway.

ECON 101, taken Spring 2020 Submitted June 22, 2020 Grade Received: A

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!

ECON 150, taken Winter 2021 Submitted March 30, 2021 Grade Received: B

Professor McDevitt is the best lecturer in the Econ department. To be fair, I put in minimal effort in the class due to extenuating circumstances from the COVID-19 pandemic. I didn't watch a single lecture, studied maybe 3 days before each of the 2 exams and final, and somehow managed to get a B. Getting an A is definitely doable if you put in the work to fully understand the material (which I've managed to do in other courses I've taken with him). I find his curve generous, and it only serves to help you. If you're not great at graphs, you'll struggle a bit like I did. You're only graded on the 2 exams (20% and 25%) and 1 final exam (55%).

ECON 101, taken Spring 2020 Submitted June 17, 2020 Grade Received: A

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.

Course not listed Submitted Jan. 9, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

Had him for econ 2...piece of cake. Had him again for 11...almost died. He's much more boring at 8 in the morning (if you can imagine that). I think he tried to make a joke twice the whole quarter although it was hard to tell. He's extremely condescending and acts everything in econ is like duh. If you're gonna take him just don't ever talk to him.

ECON 102 Submitted June 8, 2011 Grade Received: N/A

very discouraging professor. I give 1/10 overall rating.

Course not listed Submitted March 25, 2001 Grade Received: N/A

Edward is the best profs ive had at ucla. I had him for econ 2, 11 and 102.....three quarters i had A+'s in all his classes. not only was it so so easy....but you actually remember the stuff too. great prof to take.

Course not listed Submitted June 24, 2006 Grade Received: N/A

McDevitt should go back to CSUN and stop making UCLA students' lives miserable. He is way too hard and because of people like him students' gpas tend to suffer.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 10, 2002 Grade Received: N/A

Quite possibly the best economics professor here. He knows his stuff and he is very organized in his lectures. The exams are completely impossible, but the curve helps. He tests you thoroughly on the material. He has a book assigned to his class, but I haven't once opened it and it hasn't seemed to throw me off too much. His exams are complete and you have to know every nook and cranny of the problem. Follow his study guides to get the general idea, but don't stop there. Manipulate the problems in different ways to make sure you know what he's asking. If you don't take McDevitt, you'll be sorry because he can speak English and he's organized. Much more so than the rest of the Econ Profs. here.

Course not listed Submitted Dec. 28, 2005 Grade Received: N/A


you'll never get another professor that is more organized and caring. he's very thorough, and always willing to reexplain any concept.

go to office hours, he's great. seriously.

don't buy the book. just practice his practice questions, guarateed A. trust me.

DAMN I MISS HIS CLASSES. no other econ professor i've had can even come close. you'll actually learn something in his class.

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