May 26th 2015

Today I had the third of four exams in my sixth and last exam period as a student. 

It went alright, mainly. But I made a couple of mistakes. My first mistake tumbled into to my second mistake and knocked over the drink of the third mistake and formed some kind of drunken bar fight of a mistake that kind of just screwed everything up for everyone involved (well, only me) effectively what I’m saying with this terrible analogy is that their was a sort of domino effect that could’ve been prevented if the first mistake wasn’t so drunk that he wasn’t seeing straight. 

If I were to describe these what I did wrong it would make very little sense to you unless you’re on my course. Which you’re not. Are you? So in Layman’s terms (not that I am implying that any of you are lame (and yes I know that’s not what that means)) 


In Layman’s terms, I was supposed to do something three times but I only did it twice. And when I realised this upon spending twenty minutes doing the question, and doing the thing twice, to fix it wasn’t as simple as just doing the thing another time, it meant crossing the whole thing out and starting from the beginning. Because doing it another time changes all the numbers in a way that I only just about understand. 

So that lost me twenty minutes of a three hour exam. And redoing the question took another 20 minutes. 

And effectively this all happened because I didn’t read the question properly. 

Which leads on to (and tumbles into) my next mistake. 

At this point I’m time pressured, so I again don’t read the question properly. There’s this proof we needed to learn called “The Cox-Ross-Rubenstein pricing formula for the European Call option.” (I know) so because I’m rushing for time I see the first four words of this question “The Cox-Ross-Rubenstein” and I write down the proof that I’d memorised. No problems there. Except there’s two proofs for that formula. The call option that I proved, and the put option that if I’d’ve read the actual question I’d’ve seen that it wanted. 


My next mistake was after, and because of the exam. As is always the case when we get out of an exam, my friends all discuss the paper between themselves. “How did you do this one what did you get for that one did you get the same as” 


I don’t usually get involved in this because the way I look at it, as soon as the invigilator at the front of the hall says “PENS DOWN” there is nothing you can do to change your grade. And I don’t want to know what I got wrong and what I got right. It doesn’t change anything, it doesn’t help. 

But today I got involved in the talk, mainly because we drove back from the exam venue so I couldn’t really get away from the post-exam talks. 

And only then did I realise that I’d proved the wrong fucking formula. And I’ve probably only lost a few marks for it, but it’s frustrating because I knew how to do it perfectly, had I’ve read the question properly I’d’ve got full marks on the question, and now I’ll probably only get half. And had I’ve read the previous question properly I’d’ve had time to check my answer for this one and I’d’ve realised my mistake and I wouldn’t’ve made the mistake and I’m using far too many double apostrophisations i(possibly a word I’ve just made up to mean “to contract a phrase twice via use of an apostrophe. See; I’d’ve, wouldn’t’ve”) in this post but I’m f’n’g frustrated. 

Because reading isn’t hard, but misreading has cost me marks. Marks that I should’ve and could’ve got. 

Until tomorrow, read the goddamn question. 



2 thoughts on “Mistake

  1. Sara J. says:

    Personally I give you +1000 points for using “I’d’ve” without making me cringe. But you’ve described exactly why I’m not great at maths – one mistake leads to another and you can’t exactly talk your way out of them – you just have to start over. I used to cry over ‘simple’ algebra problems. You’re almost done with Uni – don’t beat yourself up too much over it.

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