If you’re not already in the habit of doing this, make sure that your quants always have a Purpose statement at the top and then a conclusion at the bottom.
This serves two purposes:
1. It forces you to understand why you are doing this quant.
I know, it might sound silly, why would you do a quant when you don’t know the point of it? For some reason, in the rush and adrenaline of writing a UFE response exactly that happens sometimes. I can’t tell you the number of times having the purpose right there, in front of me, has saved me from wasting a lot of time and going off track in my quant.
2. It tells the marker what they are looking at.
As you’re sitting there and writing the case, you know, in your head, why you’re doing this particular quant. For someone sitting down and looking at it for the first time it’s not always that obvious. We see a lot of numbers and words, and we see how they roughly relate to the case but nothing is more powerful than having the purpose of this one quant right there in front of you. It makes it a lot easier to follow.
Finally, at the end, conclude!
You’ve told us why you are doing the quant (Purpose) and now tell us your result. The conclusion should relate back to the purpose in some way. Otherwise, why do it? So make sure to make it real straight forward and simple at the end and conclude both quantitively and qualitatively if necessary.
Last thing, it should almost go without saying that each quant should have a title label like “Appendix 1”.