You’re a law student—which means you’re probably hard-working and bright—but all law students trip over stumbling blocks. For instance, do you know which caveats and concepts are tested on all bar exams? Are you up to speed on torts—injunctions and permanent injunctions? Does adverse possession send you into total confusion?
No matter what year of law school you’re in, you may ask yourself if you need a tutor. Our answer is, it would be unusual not to need help at some point between pre-law or 1L and sitting for the bar exam. Here are things to think about when considering a tutor (ReedBarReview tutors and resources are always available for you).
How to Decide If You Need a Tutor
As you begin your first year of law school, you’ll feel overwhelmed. It happens to everyone, and if it doesn’t happen to you, you’re kidding yourself. The same feeling can recur as each year begins. We advise
- Equip yourself with all the supplies you need and a good tablet or laptop, then dig in.
- Read up on the Socratic teaching method so you get what’s happening to you.
- Do all assigned reading. Read thoroughly, no skimming.
- Allocate enough time for outside study. Social life comes second.
- Don’t worry about the tutor decision until about a third of the way through the first semester.
If you are keeping up for the most part and can halfway articulately ask or answer questions in class, you’re doing well and should now organize the following:
- A study buddy—not to study with you necessarily, but to motivate each other to study consistently.
- Look into all of the help and resources offered for free on your campus, and there are lots. Take advantage of everything from teaching assistants to on campus mentors. (Never try to wing it if you’re struggling to a painful degree).
- Definitely enroll in ReedBarReviews’ FREE online programs for 1Ls, or our free study aids for the MBE, or enroll in our online 2L and 3L programs.
- If you’re stumbling over something in particular, document a clear example of what you’re having trouble with. Make an appointment with the professor and get his/her input. Follow the advice you are given.
If, by the time a third of the semester passes, you feel hopelessly lost, are seriously considering dropping out, or haven’t a clue what’s expected of you, this is the time to consider a tutor, an expert who will work with you one-on-one. There are always tutors available on campus or nearby.
Ask successful friends for referrals, or visit your academic advisor and see what resources they recommend. ReedBarReview offers outstanding online programs for 2L and 3Ls that include unlimited access to all upperclass study kits, our exclusive How to Excel in Your Second and Third Year of Law School audio, as well as audios and outlines tailored to your course load.
Staying afloat during your law school years will move you steadily toward the time when you’ll finally take your bar exam, pass it, and step into your well-earned law career. And getting to that MBE is the first long-range goal for every law student. Once you’re nearing that goal, we highly recommend working with our ReedBarReview bar tutors so that you pass your bar exam—the first time.
How to Choose a Great Bar Exam Tutor
- Make sure you know all the costs up front, before you sign on.
- It’s critical to get a great match between you and the tutor. Good material ranks, but you can’t and won’t succeed without a personality match and the right schedule. You have to be able to communicate with each other.
- A variety of materials and methods matter! You may learn better with audios. Maybe videos are what nails info into your brain. Mnemonics, when well-constructed, are invaluable, and only an articulate tutor can provide clear, relevant, memorable information.
- Make sure your tutor has taken and passed a bar exam. Note: Our founder, Hugh Reed, has taken and passed 27 different bar exams as of 2014. We know of no other bar exam professional or bar tutors who comes close. You can benefit from his intimate knowledge of the meat and bones of American bar exam content, questions, and concepts.
- Make sure you get what you pay for. Get the details in writing and insist on the time, materials, and assistance promised.
Reed Bar Review bar tutors and staff wish you the very best in your academic endeavors this year. It’s never too late to ask for help, Even if a particular year feels like it has gotten away from you, don’t give up, seek qualified help. Plan ahead for your bar tutor, and the resources and supplemental programs you’ll need in order to pass your bar exam the first time. We’ll always be there to help you.