I got covered in brass before even attempting to get it. I'd say just play the game. Go for other achievements, mix it up here and there and you're golden.
"You know, if you have the aptitude, you should join the Mage's College in Winterhold."
*Has Aptitude. Joins Mage's college*
"You know, if you..."
*Becomes Arch-Mage of Mage's college*