We have heard from countless students who have passed the Uniform Bar Exam after using our services for private tutoring. In this post, we share a few of our recent Uniform Bar Exam tutoring testimonials. All of these testimonials are from students who successfully passed the February 2018 Uniform Bar Exam. These students passed in New York, West Virginia, Colorado, and other states.
JD Advising’s Recent Uniform Bar Exam Tutoring Testimonials
This was the second time taking the bar exam for me. Score overall increase about 30+ points. I passed by 20 points. Tutoring helped me learn what I didn’t know and help me strategize for studying and for the exam day. It helped me build confidence and knowledge. It was more interactive than barbri and it helped keep me on track during studying. It was convenient and accessible. I was able to ask questions and find the areas I needed to work in most. I would recommend this to anyone who struggles with building test studying strategy and those who struggle testing and have anxiety on test day and during prep. I am a first generation college student and there are a lot of gaps in what I should know in terms of preparation or dealing with anxiety during tests. I also have a disability and English is not my first language. I always excelled in academics despite this, but it can be a huge disadvantage when every question is so crucial and the curve is so tight. Meagan was a great tutor—I enjoyed the sessions and learned so much about the way I learn and what I didn’t know for the test. The outlines were also very very helpful. Barbri was not helpful for me, it didn’t apply to my learning style. I barely missed it the first time around and was really disappointed and scared that i would fail again, but I passed and was able to keep my job and move on with my career. I couldn’t have done it without JD Advising. — Increased score from a 257 to a 292
Before starting my sessions with J.D. Advising I had taken the West Virginia Bar Exam one time, unsuccessfully. West Virginia requires its examinees score a minimum of 270 points in order to pass the bar exam. On my first attempt I scored a 258. After my time with J.D. Advising, I increased my score by a full 20 points and passed the West Virginia Bar Exam with a final score of 278. Personally, my favorite things about the J.D. Advising experience was the accountability associated with having a real live tutor to report to at least once a week. When using other bar prep programs, I found it easier to slack in certain areas. For instance, I can confidently say that in my first go round with the bar exam I never once wrote out a practice essay in full. I mostly focused my efforts to outlining the practice essays and ended up tricking myself into thinking I had successfully completed the question when in fact, I had not. Having deadlines for essays written in full, and having a tutor available to keep you on your toes ultimately lead to my passing of the exam on my second try. Additionally, the reassurance of having a bar exam expert giving their honest opinion on your progress with regard to areas in which you excel or need work lead to an increase in my confidence on exam day. In using other exam prep classes on my first attempt, it became easy to feel alone and unsure of the productivity of your study habits. Having no honest feedback on my work became a substantial source of stress for me. Hearing genuine words of encouragement or criticism helped me increase my confidence levels with regard to my study habits and ultimately, my performance on exam day. I would absolutely recommend JD Advising and have already recommended JD Advising to a friend! — Increased score from a 258 to a 278
I found JD Advsing in YouTube and when I hear Ashley’s unique approach to the UBE I realized this was the best program for second takers like me. Ambika was my rock. She was there for me the whole time, the best tutor I have ever had, so knowledgeable and patient. Ambika’s advices were to the point and exactly what I needed to pass the UBE. I would not have made it without her. It was my second time and last! I passed and thanks to JD Advising. The outlines are right to the point and the assignments were in issues actually tested so the whole program is accurate and what you really need to pass. I recommend 100%.— Passed as a second-time taker
I passed the NY bar in February 2018 after having failed the July bar. The first time I sat for the exam, I used a traditional prep course and scored a 261. For February, I used JD Advising’s UBE outlines and one-on-one online tutoring with Ambika and scored a 292.
My greatest challenge in prepping for February was balancing studying and working full-time at my firm, so my number one priority was efficiency. I found the UBE outlines from JD Advising to be concise, well-organized, and most importantly, efficient! The outlines contained charts and diagrams that I would have loved to seen in my traditional prep course books the first time. The main difference in materials was that the traditional prep course contained all the text and material I needed to know, but it didn’t present it in a useful way. JD Advising’s outlines are surprisingly short in page count, but the information is all there and it’s consolidated in a way that makes sense and is actually useful for the exam. The best way I can describe them is like this – you know when you made an outline for law school finals and you went through all your class notes and reading notes to outline? And the end product was this wonderful, concise 20 page outline that made sense to you in the end but wouldn’t have had you not gone through all your material? The outlines were like that for me, except that someone else had already done the work.
As great as the outlines were, I know that my scores in the MBE portion would not have gone up as much as they did without Ambika’s help. The outlines gave me the substantive knowledge but working through MBE questions with Ambika is what made it stick. She was able to pick up on my weaker areas and help me figure out why I couldn’t understand certain concepts. I think that was vital to my improvement. Based on my scores from the July exam, I had an idea of where I struggled, but I didn’t know how to tackle them. I could read answer explanations to practice questions by myself and think I understood the concepts, but Ambika would ask follow-ups to the questions that would make me realize I hadn’t connected all the dots yet. This extra step is what made it come together for me.
I would definitely recommend JD Advising as a bar prep course. With the help of Ambika, the UBE outlines, and the MEE one-pager notes, I think I had all the tools I needed to prepare. I wish I had chosen this over the traditional prep course my first time taking the bar. I was wary of choosing the program because people at my firm all used the same prep course, and I didn’t want to be the outlier. If you’re in a similar situation, I really encourage you to give JD Advising a chance! — Increased score from a 261 to a 292
My tutor’s name was Ambika and I worked with her for both the MPRE (my fourth attempt) and the Colorado Bar (second attempt). I passed both with her help! She is very chill and very understanding of the struggles that come with bar prep and test anxiety. I tried to be super honest with her when I was slacking or when I was overwhelmed so that she could guide me. She was good about telling me what the bare minimum I had to do to stay on track was, and good at motivating me to do more when I needed it. She’s also looked at my study plan that I made for myself and told what to change. The most important thing was that I knew she was there for me when I needed help but she gave me space to make the study process my own. JD Advising was always very responsive, professional, and supportive. Thank you JD ADVISING! — Passed as a second-time taker
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Ashley Heidemann is the owner and founder of JD Advising. Ms. Heidemann scored over a 180 on the Michigan Bar Exam in February of 2011 after graduating as the #1 student in her law school class of over 200 students in 2011. She, as well as a team of others, offer bar exam courses, seminars, and private tutoring for bar exam students nationwide. This includes services for the Uniform Bar Exam (UBE) and Michigan bar exam. Please click here to contact her company, with any questions.