learn loads of verbs so that you kinda understand whats going on, also do loads of past papers and listening. Try as best you can to learn the basics of the grammar, the der die and das/ ein eine ein stuff. I am getting A's in class by doing all of this:thumbsup:
To be honest, you do not need to learn every single word in the book. Practice lots of listening and reading comprehensions and record words you think are important. Practice grammar and learn phrases for the most common topics. I got an A doing this so I think it should work.