To all my future college students,
Saying, "It's the way you word your questions that cause me to fail your test," is not the way to endear yourself to a professor.
If you can't be bothered to study, just own up to the fact. Your professor needs the truth to make suggestions ... lies can't help us pinpoint the underlying problem.
When I have students aceing the test, while you are flunking the test ... the problem is usually pretty obvious.
AND, when I tell you to make an appointment to visit with me and go over your test ... MAKE the appointment.
Your professor in Academia
AHHH, rant over. All better.