Patrick Dennis Convery
Department of Economics
AD
3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 17 User s
Easiness 3.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
  • Has Group Projects

GRADE DISTRIBUTIONS

35.2%
29.3%
23.5%
17.6%
11.7%
5.9%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

48.7%
40.6%
32.4%
24.3%
16.2%
8.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

23.7%
19.7%
15.8%
11.8%
7.9%
3.9%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

29.1%
24.2%
19.4%
14.5%
9.7%
4.8%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

24.8%
20.7%
16.5%
12.4%
8.3%
4.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

28.2%
23.5%
18.8%
14.1%
9.4%
4.7%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

24.3%
20.2%
16.2%
12.1%
8.1%
4.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

19.4%
16.2%
12.9%
9.7%
6.5%
3.2%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

23.9%
19.9%
15.9%
12.0%
8.0%
4.0%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

24.8%
20.6%
16.5%
12.4%
8.3%
4.1%
0.0%
A+
A
A-
B+
B
B-
C+
C
C-
D+
D
D-
F

Grade distributions are collected using data from the UCLA Registrar’s Office.

AD

Reviews (11)

1 of 2
1 of 2
Add your review...
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A-
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 20, 2022

We spent weeks on present value and future value calculations and glazed over the most interesting parts of the content (valuation methods). Convery uses the textbook's slides, and will quickly read them to himself before presenting them. The exams are hard, and often contain errors. Bad professor for interesting material. Convery doesn't even actually have a background in econ/finance, which is probably why his teaching style is so fragmented. Take this class with another professor. Also, the labs are pretty easy - don't bother making a group to work on them together - you can pump them out easily in one hour on your own.

Helpful?

1 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A+
Dec. 1, 2019

Highly recommend this class to all Biz Econ/Econ majors. Professor Convery is extremely knowledgeable on the topics discussed and gives engaging lectures. Tests are straightforward and are fair. Do all the practice questions from the book, not just the highlighted ones, go to lecture, and skim the textbook and you will get a good grade. Go to his office hours if you need help on problems, he is great at individual teaching. The topics discussed in this class are valuable no matter what field you enter, but especially if you go into Finance or Consulting. Highly recommend this class and Professor Convery!

Helpful?

1 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
June 6, 2022

This was a pretty useful and easy class, definitely recommend it as a 106 elective.

There were 4 lab projects to be done with a group. They could be confusing at times, but were relatively straightforward as long as you reviewed the prompt thoroughly and pay attention to what he says. They were mostly graded on a completion/try your best basis - my group made reasonable estimates/assumptions when we got confused and scored full credit on all the labs, despite our accuracy being off at times. Just be sure to clearly list out the assumptions you made.

Class is pretty boring and I only went to one session, since they were recorded on zoom for us (due to Covid). He doesn't really add much content besides what's on the slides themselves, although he usually clarifies/elaborates on topics a bit so I would recommend watching every lecture at least once at 2x speed or something.

Exams were based almost exclusively on the practice problems and practice exams he gave us, as well as the example problems in the slides. Review the problems, exams, and slides well and you should be good to go for the exams. Some reviews recommend doing all of the problems rather than just the highlighted ones, but this would take forever since there are so many practice problems. I just did the highlighted ones (in addition to exams + slides) and scored a comfortable A in the class. Exams were a mix of multiple choice and short response, and timing was definitely an issue for me on the midterm, so be prepared to work as fast as possible. For our in-person final (midterm was online), he allowed us to bring one cheat sheet (front and back), which was more than enough space for the necessary formulas and examples.

All in all, pretty straightforward class. He can be unresponsive to emails at times, but he usually responds within a week or so unless the email gets lost in his inbox. TA's were helpful my quarter. You definitely don't need to read through the textbook. A lot of the topics were certainly interesting...for a lot of us it was our first time learning about investing, bonds, loans, valuation, and forecasting. More practical than probably all the other econ courses I have taken here.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
March 28, 2022

The workload is very doable and the tests are fair. Just review past exams to prepare for the finals.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A+
April 8, 2021

This class was amazing! Convery is super nice and friendly and really looks out for his students, especially if you put in some effort. Pretty easy grader as well.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Dec. 27, 2020

I took this class online, although I feel like the format shouldn't be that different on-ground:

Class Grade - 20% Lab, 20% Midterm 1, 20% Midterm 2, and 40% Final Exam. The labs are all excel-intensive labs that elaborate on some of the harder and most important concepts taught in class. Personally I really enjoyed all the labs, since even though they all took quite some time to complete, they were all really useful in terms of actual application of concepts learned in class. The labs are also group-based as well (with up to 4 people in a group) and graded mostly on your solution process and not actual accuracy, so if you get good group members (I fortunately did) and try your best on each one of the labs to show your calculation process, you can definitely get 100% even if some of your numbers are off.

The exams are all super fair and straight-forward; just like a previous review suggested, as long as you do ALL of the homework questions (highlighted AND unhighlighted), you're good on the exams. My TA Julian was also absolutely amazing - he provides his own set of practice problems that are very similar to the textbook problems and go over them in discussions, so you basically get extra practice before each exam. The textbook isn't required, however I found it pretty useful as a quick read before the exams to review all the topics.

Finally, Professor Convery is one of the nicest professors I've ever had - he replies to emails almost always within half a day of sending them, and I always felt more than welcome to come to his office hours and ask for help or just to chat. Definitely would take him again for any Econ class!

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 13, 2019

This was the most straight forward class I have taken as an econ major. Copy the slides (either in lecture or on your own), do the homework problems he highlights, know the practice exams inside and out, and take the tests. He even allows cheat sheets in the exam which is very helpful. The exams are very fair and mirror the type of questions you find on the practice exams and in the homework problems. The group projects in lab are graded on a credit/no credit basis so there's no need to stress if it is perfect or not, just put in effort with your group. I was worried about taking this class based on the reviews before, but Convery must have revamped the class because I thought it was a very useful class and not too demanding of my time. I highly recommend.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 1, 2019

I suggest doing or at least looking at /all/ of the practice problems (not just the highlighted ones) on the free response and multiple choice questions that the TA's and Convery give out. Tests are extremely fair and straight forward. Excel projects don't take too much time.

Only slight complaint with that some of the practice questions have a fair amount of errors.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: N/A
Dec. 6, 2016

I am beyond surprised after reading other comments on this class and the professor, I guess this just shows everyone is different. I would never recommend this class to others. It is useful, but not in the way the professor teaches. He reads lecture slides, and reads formulas without explaining. For his practice homework, they are usually 70 pages long. Yes, he said you dont need to do all of it. but who knows which of those questions will actually be on the test? then you ended up having to do all of it just because what if you missed something. Then, his practice questions, and his practice exams are often full of mistakes. His actual midterms are often really bad: after taking both midterms, we realized that for some multiple choices, the right answers were not even listed as a choice. I don't know if he curved them. He would suqeeze in all materials two days before exam and expect you to do all the question on practice tests and homework (70 pages long)_. the tests are a lot harder than his lectures. you don't need his lectures to do his tests. you need to do his practice exams to do his tests.

Helpful?

1 1 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2016
Grade: B
June 16, 2016

Convery is extremely nice and is a genuinely nice guy. However, be prepared for 10 full weeks of him and his terrible TAs reading off of generic slides for an hour and a half 2x per week. Don't go to lecture, don't go to discussion. It's just rehashing a collection of slides that the textbook company provides to him. It's a snoozefest for the entire quarter, so be warned.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A-
March 20, 2022

We spent weeks on present value and future value calculations and glazed over the most interesting parts of the content (valuation methods). Convery uses the textbook's slides, and will quickly read them to himself before presenting them. The exams are hard, and often contain errors. Bad professor for interesting material. Convery doesn't even actually have a background in econ/finance, which is probably why his teaching style is so fragmented. Take this class with another professor. Also, the labs are pretty easy - don't bother making a group to work on them together - you can pump them out easily in one hour on your own.

Helpful?

1 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2019
Grade: A+
Dec. 1, 2019

Highly recommend this class to all Biz Econ/Econ majors. Professor Convery is extremely knowledgeable on the topics discussed and gives engaging lectures. Tests are straightforward and are fair. Do all the practice questions from the book, not just the highlighted ones, go to lecture, and skim the textbook and you will get a good grade. Go to his office hours if you need help on problems, he is great at individual teaching. The topics discussed in this class are valuable no matter what field you enter, but especially if you go into Finance or Consulting. Highly recommend this class and Professor Convery!

Helpful?

1 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
June 6, 2022

This was a pretty useful and easy class, definitely recommend it as a 106 elective.

There were 4 lab projects to be done with a group. They could be confusing at times, but were relatively straightforward as long as you reviewed the prompt thoroughly and pay attention to what he says. They were mostly graded on a completion/try your best basis - my group made reasonable estimates/assumptions when we got confused and scored full credit on all the labs, despite our accuracy being off at times. Just be sure to clearly list out the assumptions you made.

Class is pretty boring and I only went to one session, since they were recorded on zoom for us (due to Covid). He doesn't really add much content besides what's on the slides themselves, although he usually clarifies/elaborates on topics a bit so I would recommend watching every lecture at least once at 2x speed or something.

Exams were based almost exclusively on the practice problems and practice exams he gave us, as well as the example problems in the slides. Review the problems, exams, and slides well and you should be good to go for the exams. Some reviews recommend doing all of the problems rather than just the highlighted ones, but this would take forever since there are so many practice problems. I just did the highlighted ones (in addition to exams + slides) and scored a comfortable A in the class. Exams were a mix of multiple choice and short response, and timing was definitely an issue for me on the midterm, so be prepared to work as fast as possible. For our in-person final (midterm was online), he allowed us to bring one cheat sheet (front and back), which was more than enough space for the necessary formulas and examples.

All in all, pretty straightforward class. He can be unresponsive to emails at times, but he usually responds within a week or so unless the email gets lost in his inbox. TA's were helpful my quarter. You definitely don't need to read through the textbook. A lot of the topics were certainly interesting...for a lot of us it was our first time learning about investing, bonds, loans, valuation, and forecasting. More practical than probably all the other econ courses I have taken here.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Winter 2022
Grade: A
March 28, 2022

The workload is very doable and the tests are fair. Just review past exams to prepare for the finals.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2019
Grade: A+
April 8, 2021

This class was amazing! Convery is super nice and friendly and really looks out for his students, especially if you put in some effort. Pretty easy grader as well.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
COVID-19 This review was submitted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Your experience may vary.
Quarter: Fall 2020
Grade: A
Dec. 27, 2020

I took this class online, although I feel like the format shouldn't be that different on-ground:

Class Grade - 20% Lab, 20% Midterm 1, 20% Midterm 2, and 40% Final Exam. The labs are all excel-intensive labs that elaborate on some of the harder and most important concepts taught in class. Personally I really enjoyed all the labs, since even though they all took quite some time to complete, they were all really useful in terms of actual application of concepts learned in class. The labs are also group-based as well (with up to 4 people in a group) and graded mostly on your solution process and not actual accuracy, so if you get good group members (I fortunately did) and try your best on each one of the labs to show your calculation process, you can definitely get 100% even if some of your numbers are off.

The exams are all super fair and straight-forward; just like a previous review suggested, as long as you do ALL of the homework questions (highlighted AND unhighlighted), you're good on the exams. My TA Julian was also absolutely amazing - he provides his own set of practice problems that are very similar to the textbook problems and go over them in discussions, so you basically get extra practice before each exam. The textbook isn't required, however I found it pretty useful as a quick read before the exams to review all the topics.

Finally, Professor Convery is one of the nicest professors I've ever had - he replies to emails almost always within half a day of sending them, and I always felt more than welcome to come to his office hours and ask for help or just to chat. Definitely would take him again for any Econ class!

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 13, 2019

This was the most straight forward class I have taken as an econ major. Copy the slides (either in lecture or on your own), do the homework problems he highlights, know the practice exams inside and out, and take the tests. He even allows cheat sheets in the exam which is very helpful. The exams are very fair and mirror the type of questions you find on the practice exams and in the homework problems. The group projects in lab are graded on a credit/no credit basis so there's no need to stress if it is perfect or not, just put in effort with your group. I was worried about taking this class based on the reviews before, but Convery must have revamped the class because I thought it was a very useful class and not too demanding of my time. I highly recommend.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2018
Grade: A
Jan. 1, 2019

I suggest doing or at least looking at /all/ of the practice problems (not just the highlighted ones) on the free response and multiple choice questions that the TA's and Convery give out. Tests are extremely fair and straight forward. Excel projects don't take too much time.

Only slight complaint with that some of the practice questions have a fair amount of errors.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Fall 2016
Grade: N/A
Dec. 6, 2016

I am beyond surprised after reading other comments on this class and the professor, I guess this just shows everyone is different. I would never recommend this class to others. It is useful, but not in the way the professor teaches. He reads lecture slides, and reads formulas without explaining. For his practice homework, they are usually 70 pages long. Yes, he said you dont need to do all of it. but who knows which of those questions will actually be on the test? then you ended up having to do all of it just because what if you missed something. Then, his practice questions, and his practice exams are often full of mistakes. His actual midterms are often really bad: after taking both midterms, we realized that for some multiple choices, the right answers were not even listed as a choice. I don't know if he curved them. He would suqeeze in all materials two days before exam and expect you to do all the question on practice tests and homework (70 pages long)_. the tests are a lot harder than his lectures. you don't need his lectures to do his tests. you need to do his practice exams to do his tests.

Helpful?

1 1 Please log in to provide feedback.
Quarter: Spring 2016
Grade: B
June 16, 2016

Convery is extremely nice and is a genuinely nice guy. However, be prepared for 10 full weeks of him and his terrible TAs reading off of generic slides for an hour and a half 2x per week. Don't go to lecture, don't go to discussion. It's just rehashing a collection of slides that the textbook company provides to him. It's a snoozefest for the entire quarter, so be warned.

Helpful?

0 0 Please log in to provide feedback.
1 of 2
3.8
Overall Rating
Based on 17 Users
Easiness 3.4 / 5 How easy the class is, 1 being extremely difficult and 5 being easy peasy.
Clarity 3.5 / 5 How clear the professor is, 1 being extremely unclear and 5 being very clear.
Workload 3.7 / 5 How light the workload is, 1 being extremely heavy and 5 being extremely light.
Helpfulness 4.0 / 5 How helpful the professor is, 1 being not helpful at all and 5 being extremely helpful.

TOP TAGS

  • Uses Slides
    (5)
  • Has Group Projects
    (4)
ADS

Adblock Detected

Bruinwalk is an entirely Daily Bruin-run service brought to you for free. We hate annoying ads just as much as you do, but they help keep our lights on. We promise to keep our ads as relevant for you as possible, so please consider disabling your ad-blocking software while using this site.

Thank you for supporting us!