I don't know. The main problem to me is that I'm still not sure how to study for this stuff. Just about everything I am doing is, to some extent, guesswork. Educated guesswork to a degree, but mostly I'm still guessing. Here's how I think it works: If you study hard and study correctly and do everything you think you're supposed to do, plus a bunch more, then your grade will be higher than it would have been had you not done so, probably, but still pretty random. On the other hand, if you don't study, you'll probably be on the bottom. I'd assume that out-studying your classmates could reduce the randomness to a degree, but I don't know how you'd out-study your classmates if you don't know how to study and they're studying at least as much as you and are about as smart or smarter than you.
I'm also pretty sure that it is, in fact, natural ability, professor bias/preferences, and a little luck that determines at least a large portion of an individual grade. What makes it weirder is that nobody around you seems to be able to articulate what makes some answers better than others. I sure don't know. I guess figuring it out is really what is tested.
Edit: I should clarify part of the "figuring it out." Recently one prof of mine said "state the law, you'll get some points for it," while another said "don't state the law, I already know the law." That's the kind of stuff to figure out.
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