The advice shared in the excerpt appears to be common-sense generic suggestions that are presented in an unedited fashion.
I try to stay out of these, but . . .
Interestingly, it is the large questions we often get wrong, based on these generic, general factors. We don't often look back and say "Gee, I wish that teacher in my sixth-period English class had taught me the seventh rule of participles."
As to common sense, that's neither terribly common nor filled with many cents. One should seek guidance not from similarly situated peers, but rather from those who might just have been there, done that . . . and in so being and doing have something to share.
I remember taking a survey in law school. I was a 1L, and the survey was the general are-we-doing-a-good-job survey. I remembered thinking (as a 1L) that my answers were really without any basis. As a 2L and 3L, I remembered getting angry that my 1L ballot was, in essence, a dilution of more valuable 2L and 3L votes. There are many good and valuable voices in law school (as anywhere); but be careful not to put too much faith in what everyone seems to think is right. In law school, that is an almost-certain route to sub-par performance.
No book will offer a magical "A" without effort, just as no book will be The Answer. But that hardly means we should be happy in our ignorance. If one picks up just a handful of tips from any resource--here or in life--that's a good bargain. As it happens I read a manuscript of Art of the Law School Transfer
. It's not War & Peace,
but then again, that's hardly what one would expect . Several deans of admissions added their two cents' worth, and if there's anything that's not "generic," that would surely be it. But, of course, that's just my two cents' worth.