If you are struggling with the Multistate Essay Exam (MEE), it is a really good idea to consider getting an MEE tutor. The MEE is worth a significant amount on many bar exams. If you are in a Uniform Bar Exam state, then the MEE is worth 30% of your total score! (That is the same as 105 MBE questions!!) Students fail the bar exam every administration because of a low MEE score that they could have improved ahead of time. Therefore, do not avoid studying for this portion of the exam!
An MEE tutor can help you improve your score significantly by identifying what you struggle with, and give you tips to help you write a high-scoring MEE answer. For example, an MEE tutor can help you with all of the following:
Many students struggle with organizing their Multistate Essay Exam answers in a logical and orderly fashion. They often struggle with open-ended question stems. Thus, they miss out on easy points (and sometimes end up confusing or repeating themselves!).
We see several students waste precious time that they could be earning points solely due to poor organization. An MEE tutor can help correct this ahead of time.
2. The substantive law
Some students really struggle with different areas of the Multistate Essay Exam (ahem, Secured Transactions!). And some of it is really difficult! Our outlines, in conjunction with our tutoring services, make the substantive law much clearer.
We spent hours upon hours making our fantastic MEE outlines, which demystify difficult areas of law. They also provide substantive charts and diagrams to make things easier to understand and remember.
However, many students find that talking out these difficult areas of law with at tutor is the truly invaluable aspect of tutoring. Once they are able to explain it–or hear it explained by an expert–the light bulb goes off, and they are prepared to tackle concepts they otherwise struggled with.
3. Focusing on the highly tested issues
The MEE does not test all issues equally. By spending hours reviewing issues that have only been tested once or twice and not setting aside enough time to review issues that have been tested multiple times during the last ten years, students become frustrated and feel like they aren’t getting anywhere.
Unfortunately, many students do not study efficiently for the MEE because commercial courses do not tell them the highly tested issues. In fact, many commercial courses do not even cover some of the highly-tested issues!
On the other hand, we have the best MEE outlines, which we give to our students who retain us for tutoring for the MEE. Our outlines contain every issue that has been tested on the MEE since 1995. We put dates next to every topic to show you the dates it was tested — this helps you to sort out the highly-tested topics from the less-tested topics. This maximizes your study time for the MEE.
4. Issue spotting
Students often do not realize how the bar examiners are testing certain issues. In reality, there are several common patterns and triggers that the bar examiners’ use to test certain issues. For example, sometimes in a free speech claim, they will ask if someone is guilty of trespass. The answer is “no” if they have a valid claim of exercising their First Amendment rights. But some students get side-tracked talking about Torts!
By learning common patterns and triggers, students can improve their ability to issue spot and get more points.
5. Applying the substantive law to the facts
Even students well versed in substantive law often struggle applying law to the facts. They often fail to address ambiguities or discuss multiple approaches to an issue. An MEE tutor can help you identify how you can bolster your analysis to increase your score.
6. Writing and grammar
Basic writing and grammar tips can go a long way and make your MEE shine. We help students with basic writing tips, structure, and grammar. Sometimes students don’t realize how bad their handwriting is (in which case we encourage typing!). Or they don’t realize that they can make basic changes that go a long way — for example, adding paragraph breaks to break up very long essays or emphasizing key legal language.
7. Time management on the MEE
Part of what makes the MEE so daunting is that you have to analyze so many issues in each 30-minute essay. An MEE tutor can tell you how to manage your time efficiently.
If you are looking for an MEE tutor, we have MEE specialists that have helped several students increase their MEE score. We develop an MEE study schedule and create an individualized plan that is tailored to our students. You are welcome to talk to the tutor prior to meeting, as well as past students who have utilized our services for MEE assistance.
Some students need the accountability of meeting with an MEE tutor often. They will either neglect studying for the Multistate Essay Exam or avoid writing essays until the last minute. Both mistakes are common. And both mistakes can be fatal to a passing score. Some of the students who retain us honestly do not need a tutor, but they opt to get one so that someone can oversee their work and make sure they are on track.
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