UGH I do this too! I mean I would feel terrible if I asked someone when I did really well and they did bad. I wouldn't want to put someone in an uncomfortable position. I also hate when professors put you on the spot. "So-and-so got the highest grade in the class!" I know it's not a BAD thing, but I always feel embarassed and uncomfortable, I guess it could be worse though! The other day I got the only B in the class in my History (it's a requirement for my school to take 3 semesters of humanties) class (1 A and 1 B) and he asked the 2 people if they wanted to, to identify themselves. My friend had gotten the A and I got the B, and then the rest of the class was like, "Oh thanks guys, you can't just give us tips on how to study so we don't fail again? You are being selfish!" I was thinking, "Hmmm, maybe if you did EXACTLY what the prof said, listen and answer questions in class, read the material ahead of time, and look over the STUDY GUIDE before hand you wouldn't need help!" Seriously we had a study guide with pretty much the same questions on the test, and the essay questions ahead of time. To tell you the truth didn't even study that long, and my prof. said a lot of study time isn't even required to do well on his tests.. I am always MORE than willing to help out another student if they ask me (nicely!) but blaming me on future failing grades? I don't think so.
At the end of class a girl walked up to the prof and said these exact words: "My grade sucks, do you have any easy extra credit?" I was thinking, "Are you KIDDING me?!" Jeez people don't even try and act like they care! I mean I'm not saying I spend all my time studying 24/7, but I am willing to work hard to mantain a high average and I always know it's MY fault when I don't do so well!
Sorry for the (kind of off topic) rant!