Saturday, 28 January 2012


Yesterday evening I had an exam. An economics exam. I prepared hard for this exam. I worked really, really, really hard. I mean it. I've worked so hard. After failing my last exam miserably and realising it was my own fault for not putting enough work in, I have worked hard.

I think you get the gist.

So, I prepared well, I made excellent notes. I understood the topics. I felt almost like I knew what I was talking about. Ok, so they hadn't prepared us all that well. We were given a mock test at 9.34pm two days before the test but no answers. The mock was pretty easy. I understood it.

At 5pm yesterday, I opened up my exam paper and nearly cried.

Yes, they warned us it was going to be hard. But seriously? I nearly just walked out.

I was so upset at the end of the exam. All that hard work and I couldn't understand what the questions were asking for. I answered them all but I have no confidence that anything I wrote down is right.

Then this morning, I got annoyed. How dare they set such a ridiculously hard exam? We all struggled with it and no-one I have spoken to thinks they have done well. What is the point in leaving us all feel completely demoralised? It's not beneficial to the department having a huge number of students feeling like they've failed.

At the moment I completely question my sanity for starting a PPE degree. I have absolutely no idea how I got on to this course or how I ended up doing economics. My maths teacher from school would probably wet herself laughing if she heard.

I hope I get some marks for putting my name on the answer sheet!



  1. Aw, it's horrible when then happens but in my experience (from doing my CIM) I always passed the exams I thought were really REALLY hard - usually with flying colours - and the one exam I thought was a doddle, I failed.

    I hope you're pleasantly surprised when you get the results. Hugs x

    1. Thank you. I just hope I've passed. I'm really not confident though.

  2. Hi,
    I don't know your name, and I am not sure, but it sounds like you might be my student. First, let me compliment you on your blog and gorgeous photography.
    I am saddened that you are demoralized. That is not our intention. Let me assure you that this test was indeed very hard and we know this. The points will be converted into percentages accordingly, such that most people will have a far better grade than they expected after walking out of the test.
    I think we set a hard test since we rather want it to be tough for people now, than in their second and third years. I think it is much fairer to be tough at the beginning than at the end. As a student I would much rather realize in the first year than the third what I am in for. But I do hope you will realize that you indeed can do this. PPE is a wonderful choice of major, and in your second and third years you will have so many options to choose from.
    I also set a hard test since I believe in my students and I hope they will realize that they can learn and achieve much more than they ever thought. This might very well turn out to be the hardest module of your University career. But the work you put in will pay off. You will have a great foundation to build on.
    All the best, and do not hesitate and come talk to me. I especially need to hear from students who work hard but struggle, or students who are demoralized. Some things are the students fault, but students being demoralized is not one of them. Let me assure you that I work very hard to make this a great class for you. Not an easy class, but a great one. A class that is like climbing a high mountain, the hike is tough, but the look from the peak will be gorgeous for everyone.

    1. Thank you so much for your response. It's really useful to see the other side of the story. It is a great class and I am really enjoying learning. Hopefully one day I'll make it to the top of the mountain!


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