Those teachers peeve me too!
I am in my second semester. I had patho, assessment, and another class in my program last semester (9 credit hours), and I got all A's. This semester I have pharm and a rural/cultural class. The pharm is hard because we have weekly quizzes and I haven't been able to zero in on the most important facts that she's looking for each week out of the zillions of bits of drug info so I've been averaging 80's on the quizzes, which are 40% of the grade. We had a paper that's 20%, which I got a 100 on. The final is the remaining 40%, which I heard she does a good review for but I'm still not holding my breath for an A. I'm hoping I get an A in Rural (I have one for the time being with one paper and a midterm done, have another paper and final yet). I am super anal about my grades, though and I know that I got the highest grades on at least a couple of tests in my classes out of about 60-80 people. At least until these pharm quizzes, that is! LOL I think A's are possible but you have to be putting in that much more effort unless you are just super bright (which I'm not!
). If you make A's now and it's a priority for you, you will probably continue to unless you just have one of those nutty teachers mentioned above that pop up now and then.
Oh, and for method of study... I take tons of notes in class, last semester I recorded classes and then relistened to them on my 110 mile (one way) commute, made flash cards or quiz sheets in Word (with two columns, where I can fold it over to hide the answer and then reveal it), etc. I also make a recording of the notes in question form that I listen to and see if I can answer them. For assessment, I practiced on my husband and kids or whoever would let me. I have never missed a class except when my husband was in the hospital, and that was only once. I put a lot of time and research into papers. I've gotten lazy about recording this semester... maybe that's why I'm not doing as well in pharm??!!