The Platypus wrote:
Do Prof. like/dislike gunners? I wouldn't want to annoy a professor before I take the only exam that matters.
Grading is anonymous. Doesn't matter.
Yes, don't waste time trying to make your prof like you (I mean, don't be a jerk, either, on general principles) because grading is anonymous, so the prof won't be able to do what they do in undergrad "Oh, Sadie didn't quite get this question, but I know she understands it because she said it correctly in class, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt here".
No. There is no benefit of the doubt based on your class activities. Going to class is so you can figure out what your professor thinks is important and make sure you say it on the exam somewhere.
Supplements may or may not be useful. I only used the Con Law one first semester 1L (Our prof was using a new book, but was clearly still teaching from chemerinsky, so that supplement was helpful for following the prof, because the prof wasn't really following the book.)
I didn't use any others. Did very well. Used a bunch of supplements second semester. Felt like I did amazing. Did not do as well. Still fine, but not as good as first semester. In hindsight it's because I felt like I understood the law better, so I paid less attention to the prof.
You don't just need to know the law, you need to know your prof's idea of the law. That's another reason why trying to take practice exams too early is really not going to be helpful.
If you don't understand what your prof thinks about an area of the law, go to office hours and ask him/her to explain the concept. (don't ask what they think about it, they will tell you they don't have an opinion, but they're lying.)
Sigh. that's all I've got. Good luck!