I just finished going over the proof for my book "How to Get Straight A's... Guaranteed -- The six secrets to success in college" The proof looked good and the graphics are now corrected and in the right places. I think that anyone who really wants to get straight A's can do it whether they use my six secrets or figure out something on their own but it really is an art. I have nine children and they are all in various stages of school. Over the years, I have explained some of the art of getting good grades to them. I think one of the hardest concepts for them to understand is that if you want good grades you have to do what the teacher wants you to do. It doesn't matter if you think that it is a "stupid idea" if the teacher wants you to build a bridge out of toothpicks. If you want a good grade you must build the bridge! One of the arts of education is discovering what the teacher wants from you. Once that is determined, give them that and a little more and you will do well.
The six secrets in my book outline several ways to "over appease" your instructors. You will give them what they want and a little bit more. They will be happy and you will be happy.