Many want to know if they can pull an A in the course even though they've earned less than an A on previous exams. (One had earned an A, and an exemption from the final, but wanted it in writing. Future lawyer.)
My slightly irritated blanket response: "I haven't calculated final grades yet. In general, though, if you want an A you need to strive for excellence in every facet of the course. 80-something is good, but it's not an A."
The best short answer to the perennial question:
It's not about the grade, it's about the effort and the motivation. And, y'know, the learning."How do you determine a student's grade?""Well, I add up the grades for the essays, quizzes, the midterm and final. I average them out. Then I consult my stomach."
See you at the exam. One way or the other.