An English professor just told me an interesting story about a class he teaches every fall semester.
Two weeks before the beginning of the semester he sends an e-mail to the class announcing that he has the reading list ready. If a student wants the reading list in advance, she can send the professor an e-mail to get it. The professor says that, on average, about a third of the students ask for it.
Here’s the kicker: the students who ask for the reading list in advance are usually the ones who end up with an ‘A’ in the class.
So how do you get an ‘A’ in a class? Be the kind of person who wants the reading list in advance.