the exam was always substantially more difficult than either of the midterms. Still, a solid day of studying should have easy allowed you to ace it, if you are thinking about it logically.
I find there are 2 people:
1) Those who are studying econ in an economics sense. They try to memorize patterns and ideas and learn to do the math questions as specified in the lecture slides. Like a typical course they blank on small, costly facts and can do quite poorly.
2) Those who have zero economic foundation or care and look at economics as applied logic and mathematics. The majority of this beginner course can be learned by simply looking at it in the most logical sense and attempting to deduce things yourself. The mathematics questions can usually be solved by looking at the shapes on the graphs and using basic trig to solve things (dont even need to understand the content, just read the graph titles and axis to get the real world interpretations)
...or do what I did for the math questions and set up a series of equations based on the idea there are multiple questions each based on the same data, and only one correct answer. Therefore the correct answers are related to eachother. By setting up a series of equations and solving you can find the common data and get the correct answers easy and faster than actually doing the question.
I have found that those I have spoken to (mostly engineers) have been quite a bit more successful with the second method, assuming you are taking the course for minimal effort high marks, and not to actually learn econ.
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