Bar Exam Tutoring Testimonials for Christine Ambika Mehta
The first time I took the bar exam, I got a 115 on the writing portion which was the sole reason I did not pass. Knowing that I needed to improve, I decided to sign up for JD Advising’s tutoring services. Ambika completely changed how I organized my essays/MPTs. She explained to me how to structure my essays to make it as clear as possible to the bar examiners which was a direct impact on my score increasing. In addition, I would highly recommend the MEE one-sheets. With the MEE one-sheets, you know exactly where to prioritize your time based on previous examinations (a benefit you do not get with commercial courses). In the end, I scored a 141 (a 26 point increase) on the writing portion and passed the exam! I cannot thank JD Advising enough!!!
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!– February 2018 UBE taker, as a second-time UBE 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! – February 2018 UBE taker, increased score from a 261 to a 292
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%. – February 2018 UBE Taker, passed on second attempt
Stumbling upon, and using JD Advising for the February 2017 UBE exam was a blessing. Unlike the big name bar prep companies JD Advising made a schedule that was unique for me, and Ashley’s MBE subject outlines were gold mines (some of her examples showed up on the exam) explained in a common sense way. Also, having a personal, experienced tutor (Ambika was great!) go over the areas that are not as clear made sure my studying was not wasting time. The MEE outlines explained the HEAVILY tested subjects in a clear and understandable way. Needless to say, I felt better prepared and more confident after using JD Advising and would recommend it over the other big name bar prep companies. – February 2017 UBE taker
I absolutely cannot thank everyone at JD Advising enough for arming and empowering me to walk in and conquer the February 2017 bar exam. When I reached out to Ashley, I had just found out that I had failed the July 2016 Illinois bar exam…by 8 points. For months, all I could envision was the 258 that received. I needed a 266. I was absolutely devastated and could not even fathom studying for this monster of an exam again (and by myself this time since all my friends had passed and moved on with life). Ashley was so positive and encouraging and I knew from our first conversation that I wanted to work with her and her team to redeem myself after such a traumatic experience.
The first time I took the exam, I took a big box bar review course, but throughout the process I just KNEW things weren’t clicking. I finished about 93% of the course and still felt unprepared. However, when I worked with Ambika as my JD Advising tutor, she was so down to earth, knowledgable and encouraging. My biggest hurdle was conquering the MBE. For some reason I really struggled with multiple choice questions. But the outlines JD Advising provided were succinct, straight to the point, and extremely user friendly. I appreciated the charts, practice problems, colored text, and frequency of topics tested listed in the back. These outlines in addition to Ambika’s suggestion to use Adaptibar, which used only real previously released bar exam questions, made a world of a difference in my scores. I saw steady improvement and finally started thinking like the examiners like Ambika encouraged me to. Although I only had a couple of one-on-one sessions, Ambika checked in on me and promptly responded to each and every email up until the exam in February. After working with JD Advising, I finally felt like this exam was not only doable, but that I WOULD pass without a doubt. It can be emotionally scarring failing the bar exam, but having a support team of knowledgable and caring individuals like Ashley and Ambika can really remove the sting. I continue to recommend the program to anyone I know who is preparing to take the bar exam. It was one of the best investments I have ever made. – February 2017 Illinois Bar Exam Taker
Thank you so much to JD Advising! After sitting for the Alabama bar exam twice and coming up short I made the decision to change the way I studied on the third attempt. Thankfully, I found JD Advising through a web search. I contacted Ashley via email and she answered all of my questions and after hearing her plan and what they had to offer, I had a renewed hope that it may be possible to pass this after all. Ashley worked with my budget and we created a specialized plan to focus on my weakest subjects. The one-on-one study sessions with Ambika were amazing! Having the ability to ask questions and focus on my weaker topics increased my confidence and increased my score! The outlines were the best I have ever used. They are focused on what you need to know! They are thorough, but not impossible! My score increased by 12 points after using JD Advising outlines and working with Ambika! The more telling fact is that the subjects that I studied with JD Advising were my highest scoring subjects of all my MBE subjects! I truly believe that I passed because I studied with JD Advising. My only regret is that I did not use them on the first attempt! Thanks so much to Ambika! I couldn’t have done it without you! – February 2017 UBE taker
I received my Bar results this past week: I passed! I have exchanged texts with Ambika and I also left her a voicemail thanking her for her tutoring and getting me over the hump to pass the DC Bar. I just wanted to formally say thank you for your services. Ambika is legit – a very competent and effective tutor. She was very professional and very effective with our tutoring sessions. Ambika really made it simple and tactically guided me through the MPTs and MEEs so I could get enough points to pass. I think I remember her saying that no one she tutored ever failed the MPT/MEE portion and her streak is still alive – I passed! – February 2016 Bar Exam Taker
Thank you so much for your help Ashley!!!!!! I passed!!!! Ambika was SO helpful. I can still hardly believe it!!! – February 2016 Bar Exam Taker
Bar Exam Tutoring Testimonials for Meagan Jabbori
I cannot thank Meagan and all of the staff at JD Advising enough! During my first attempt at studying and taking the bar exam, I used a popular commercial course and felt completely overwhelmed and unproductive the entire time. Even though I had taken the entire summer off to study, I felt that I couldn’t pack all of the information in. Everyone told me this was normal, and I was brushed aside when I attempted to contact the commercial course’s customer service and tutoring departments.
After discovering I failed the bar exam in July 2017, I contacted JD Advising immediately. Meagan responded within minutes to discuss my next steps and offer any guidance possible. After talking with Meagan for a few weeks and discussing my scores, I knew that I wanted to hire her as a tutor. I decided to take the bar exam again in February 2018 and immediately started MBE tutoring with Meagan. She provided me with much more manageable and useful outlines. I also signed up for Meagan’s MI Essay Course. Since I was retaking the bar exam while working full-time, I wanted all the help I could get. Meagan worked with me remotely and we were able to FaceTime during our tutoring sessions and I was video-conferenced into the essay classes.
I cannot describe how happy I was to find out that I had passed the Michigan Bar Exam the second time around! I know that there is no way I would have been able to on my own without the accountability and focus Meagan’s tutoring and essay course gave me. I only wish that I would have used JD Advising’s services the first time around, it was absolutely worth the price! Throughout the entire process, the whole staff at JD Advising was professional, quick to respond, and extremely knowledgeable about all aspects of the bar exam. I would definitely recommend Meagan to anyone who feels like they are struggling with a commercial course or who has previously failed the bar exam.
Meagan is not just a private tutor….she is my coach! –– Last November I was skeptical I could really find the time and energy to study for the bar while working full time as a foreign licensed attorney in NYC. For one reason or another, I was denying myself the opportunity to sit for the bar. One thing was clear to me though – a traditional bar review would not work for me (or my wife and two daughters =]). I decided to give it a try with a private tutor despite my doubts about its effectiveness. I came across with one of Ashely’s best-tips post and saw some hope….next thing I was texting them. Klaudia quickly called and pair me up with my tutor – Meagan. The first session went great. Due to work obligations, however, I got overwhelmed by the second session. Meagan was patient enough to listen and adjust the format of my sessions in a way that I felt I was getting the most out of her precious time. Since then every session became enjoyable. Meagan was simply a fantastic tutor – passionate about what she does, committed to helping you pass, and patient enough to work every detail and ensure you had a good understanding of the law – overall making an obvious stressful journey enjoyable. But please, be aware! Meagan has lots of tips that really work! No kidding! Be prepared to benefit from her essay grading too. Plus the materials JD Advising provides you are well structured and their tables will make your life easier. I kept studying those charts while sleeping and on exam day were a great resource to come up with the right answer.
It goes without saying that you need to put the (hard) work in to benefit the most out of private tutoring. With JD Advising, though, you are half-way through as their materials ensure you feel confident that you are focusing on really what you need to know – no more, no less. BTW – it feels great that while you are killing yourself studying, trying to see good results while you practice, you get a gang walking with your a), b), c), d) choice… The entire JD Advising team was great! Nick made sure I got my materials on time, and some essays were graded by other tutors so that I could benefit from their input – remember your tutor is not going to be your bar exam grader – so you get basically at least two for the price of one.
After having spent 108 days preparing for the exam, literally putting aside all fun activities and spending just a few minutes of quality time with my daughters per day, I do not regret any minute of it. The simple reason is that Meagan managed to make the process entirely manageable, goal reachable and most importantly she facilitated all the necessary tools to reach the confidence needed to see exam day just as another test – even through adversity – like realizing you missed the deadline to register your laptop for being distracted working… just another disguised blessing in the process. With Meagan’s tips I managed to finish all essays and MPTs in good shape, and do great on MBE exam. Go figure – she might be proud!
To any candidate doubtful to private tutoring – stop worrying and get excited – this is a really superior resource worth every penny – stop thinking as to how much more money private tutoring will cost you and start getting excited of all the good opportunities that are waiting for you.
Once again – Thank you, Coach! – February 2018 – UBE Taker
I had attempted the bar exam twice before and was running out of options. I was having issues with timing on essays and getting passed the MBE. I met for one on one tutoring for the MBE with Meagan which I found to be very helpful when it came to strategies. The one on one feedback was priceless and really helped with all the nuances the bar exam throws at you. I would highly recommend Meagan and JD Advising. – February 2018 bar exam student
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. – February 2018 UBE Taker, Increased score from a 257 to a 292
After spending month preparing for the Bar, my scoring on practice MBE’s and essay questions were well below passing. Out of options and time, I turned to JD Advising during my final month of Bar preparation in hopes of bringing up my scores to passing. Working with Meagan was the key to my success. Meagan was extremely patient and helped me work systematically to address where I was falling short, what corrections needed to be made, and how I should be tailoring my studying to maximize the time I had remaining. Meagan was extremely responsive throughout the entire process, and her essay edits helped me score nearly 10 points above passing. I can’t thank Meagan and the whole JD Advising team for helping me pass and I could not recommend JD Advising enough to anyone who is preparing for the Bar! – July 2017 Michigan bar taker
I failed the Michigan bar exam on my first attempt. I was extremely discouraged because I did everything that Barbri told me to do. I did the required exercises and studied massive amounts of material. I felt as if all my hard work was for nothing. I doubted that I could ever pass the bar exam.
Fortunately, I found JD Advising and began tutoring sessions with Meagan. She simplified the material in a way that made it easier to understand. The information was condensed and focused on highly tested areas of law. Every assignment had a purpose of getting me closer to my end goal of passing the bar exam. Meagan taught me strategies to approach the MBE questions.
Come test day, I felt prepared for the bar exam. I am proud to say that I passed the bar exam on the second attempt and improved my MBE score by 24 points. This would not have been possible without JD Advising and Meagan. – February 2017 Michigan bar exam taker
I cannot thank Meagan enough for all of her help and encouragement throughout the process of studying for the bar exam for the second time and giving me that extra “push across the finish line” so to speak. I only wish I would have gone with the JD Advising class the first time around. I took the July 2016 Michigan bar exam and failed it by twelve points. While not insurmountable, I was discouraged.
Like most of my classmates I took BarBri the first time around. I also began working part time at my new job right after graduation, which meant I was trying to juggle studying for the bar and starting my legal career simultaneously. I struggled to keep up with the structure and pace of the BarBri course and, outside of a few of the instructors offering their emails for follow up questions, there was no opportunity to ask questions or clarify concepts. You basically had to go through the BarBri outlines (which are probably way too detailed…more on that later) on your own, and which often differed greatly in structure from the lecture handouts prepared by the individual BarBri lecturers.
I would highly recommend any of JD Advising’s programs (they have a number of options, ranging from a full in person lecture style class to private tutoring that can be done remotely over Skype, google hangouts, etc) to anyone, but especially for those who are also working during their bar prep experience.
Because of my work schedule, I knew taking BarBri again would not be helpful and, after hearing great recommendations from some of my former classmates about Ashley’s programs (especially the outlines!), I decided to enroll in a few of the private tutoring programs. Further, because I live two and a half hours from JD Advising’s headquarters in Birmingham, I had to be able to do the sessions remotely. This was not a problem at all and I was soon set up with Meagan Jabbori who created a schedule for our sessions as well as a study and assignment schedule based on my personal needs and work schedule.
Each session was an opportunity to go through JD Advising’s amazing outlines with Meagan, who knew which points of law were “highly tested” and also allowed us to focus on areas that I knew were weaknesses for me the first time around. There were times where I could almost literally see the points that I had missed on the July exam adding up. If I ever had questions pop up between our sessions Meagan was only a quick email away.
The other great benefit of the program was the sheer number of practice essays that I was able to have graded by Meagan and other members of JD Advising. I would estimate that I had anywhere from four to seven essays for each subject area graded by Meagan. To compare, I think BarBri grades like ten essays total. Their process of self-grading, followed by Meagan’s comments, allowed me to see the areas I needed to work on from a number of different perspectives and gave me new insight into successful bar exam essay writing that is simply not possible with a traditional bar prep company.
Lastly, but certainly not least, the outlines that Ashley has created are amazing. In most cases they are shorter than the ones you receive from BarBri, but do a great job of focusing on the really important areas of law. I was a bit skeptical when I first saw the length of some of the outlines but soon realized that all the information I needed to construct good essays and answer MBE questions was there. Because of this the information seemed much less daunting and I was able to focus on the points of law that matter the most.
Thank you to Meagan for being such a great teacher and confidence builder, and to both Meagan and Ashley for running such a successful prep course. After going through the course I felt much more confident on the test days and ended up improving my score by fourteen points. They are the best resource for anyone tackling the bar exam. – February 2017 Michigan bar exam taker
When I found out I had failed the Michigan bar the first time (July 2016), I felt absolutely defeated. My self-confidence took a huge hit, and after a few minutes of frantically scanning and re-scanning those online results for my seat number, I knew who I needed to call. I dialed Ashley Heidemann’s number, and I could not be happier or more grateful for what she did for me. She was kind and encouraging the first time we spoke, and I knew that she would be the one to help me through the bar the second time around. She asked all the right questions and patiently walked me through my options. She also gave me a ton of free advice about whether to appeal, since I was only five points off. She determined that I needed help with the MBE since my essay grades were good. Within a couple of weeks I was signed up for the seven private tutoring sessions for the MBE.
On the first day I met my tutor Meagan and I knew we’d work great together. She is so patient and such a wonderful teacher. She perfectly balanced my needs with the program they had designed, so that I was in control of the material we discussed every session. She was also an excellent listener and confidence booster during those hard days when I felt I was ready to quit.
I should also add that their outlines are the best I have ever seen. I had taken Kaplan the first time and I remember feeling lost through their long-winded online lectures, trying to fill in their confusing outlines. My experience was nothing like that with JD Advising’s outlines. They’re succinct yet precise, and written in plain English, with plenty of examples to highlight the concepts explained.
I passed the bar exam on my second try because of the decision I made to call Ashley and the help and support she and Meagan provided me. I would recommend their services to anyone trying to study “smart” for the bar exam. They do their research and know what’s heavily tested and provide their students with all the tools they need to pass the bar. And even more importantly, they care about every single one of their students (which is something you just can’t say about commercial courses, whose lectures are taped across the country).
Thank you so much Meagan and Ashley. You’re amazing!! – February 2017 Michigan bar exam taker
While studying for the July bar, I knew that using a traditional bar prep course wasn’t working for me, but I was afraid to deviate from the course because everyone I knew told me that sticking with it was the only way to pass. I could tell that the long video lectures and the practice homework problems weren’t helping me, and I was so focused on keeping up with the course that I wasn’t truly learning the material. My biggest concern with retaking the bar in February was that I didn’t have enough time: if I couldn’t pass the bar when all I did was study in the summer, how on earth could I pass it while I was working full time? Meagan taught me how to study smarter. The outlines and one-on-one tutoring sessions were more targeted than the bar prep course lectures, and instead of being overwhelmed by the sheer volume of information, the information started to click. Meagan helped me plan out each week so I could make the most of the few hours a day I had to study. She was also a key source of emotional support: I would have days where I felt incredibly anxious and overwhelmed by the process, but I could always email Meagan if I needed to vent and she would help me regain my focus. I was amazed at how quickly I saw improvement in practice problems and essay questions (which Meagan reviewed and graded for me every week), but I was even more amazed at how much better it felt to actually be studying the material instead of struggling to keep up with the workload. I walked into the February bar feeling much calmer and much more prepared, and that is because I was so much better prepared! I knew some of my essay questions were 9s or 10s because Meagan and I had reviewed the topics in depth. I knew my MBE score was much higher because the questions on the exam were similar to the previously released MBE questions I practiced with. Without Meagan and Ashley guiding me through the process, I would not have felt nearly as comfortable and prepared. I am so glad I chose their tutoring program for February. Meagan and Ashley are passionate about helping students pass the bar exam, and that passion helped ultimately drive me to success on the February 2017 exam. – February 2017 Michigan bar exam taker
Bar Exam Tutoring Testimonials for Ashley Heidemann:
Here is what past students have to say about their bar exam tutoring experiences:
I reached out to JD Advising a few weeks from test day. I was enrolled in a Barbri class and was freaking out as I felt extremely overwhelmed with the amount of material Babri was throwing at me. I thought that a private tutor might at minimum help put my mind at ease, and so I did some research and contacted a few companies/private tutors. At first, the cost of private tutoring was a bit of a deterrent but I felt that I had a lot to lose, including a job contingent upon passing the bar, and the benefit of gaining an edge to pass the exam on my first try greatly outweighed the financial cost of doing so.
The team at JD advising soon put any doubts I had regarding private tutoring to rest. Ashley got back to me within ten minutes of my first email, immediately narrowing down what exactly I needed help with. She then set me up with Meagan, and together we created a custom study plan which worked so well that I abandoned Barbri completely with just over 50% of the course completed. I started off with one session on one MBE subject and liked it so much that I ended up taking sessions for all of the MBE subjects with Megan. Meagan was a fantastic tutor and I credit much of my bar exam success to her. I loved the way my custom study plan allowed me to brush briefly over areas I felt comfortable while also able to slow down and focus on areas I had more trouble with. Everything was done at a pace that was comfortable to me, and unlike Barbri there was no rushing through sessions. JD Advising also supplied fantastic outlines that were simple, straightforward, and easy to understand. On top of that, the outlines highlighted how often certain topics were tested on the bar exam which allowed me to focus on highly tested areas within the subject.
In the end, Meagan was a mentor and a friend in addition to a tutor. She not only helped me study for the exam, but was there to offer both personal and professional advice that put me in the right mindset to take the exam, which is itself a mental game. I would wholeheartedly recommend JD Advising to anyone; had I known about them earlier, I would have never registered for Barbri in the first place. Thanks to JD Advising, I did pass the bar on my first attempt and I currently recommend them to all of my friends, both those taking the exam for the first time as well as those repeating the exam. -First time taker, DC Bar Exam, July 2016
Words are not enough to express my sincere Gratitude to JD Advising for my success on the July 2016 Michigan bar exam. Ashely, Meagan and Tish helped me realize my dream after 3 long difficult years. Like most, I enrolled in barbri my first year of law school. Barbri and the other commercial bar reviewers pride themselves in success, but I beg to differ. The barbri method may work for some but for me it was a complete waste of my time and money. I felt lost in every online lecture, and learned nothing from those thick text books. I failed the bar on my first try with a 109. I went on to fail 2 more exams using the barbri method.
As a repeated bar exam taker, I would say the journey is much tougher than a first timer. I suffered from depression, lost opportunities and financial hardships.
When I looked up Ashley online and read about her services, I immediately had hope of finally passing. Ashley reviewed my past exams and was clear about what I needed to do to pass. She was very passionate about helping me and making sure my 4th time would be my last time. After extensive private tutoring, my scores increased by 20points on my 4th try. I missed the passing score by 7points. Despite being disappointed, I was happy about my significant 20 point jump. This gave me hope to go for it for it again and get those 7 points on my 5th try. Ashley and Meagan each worked with me and gave me so much attention. They helped me work through my weakest area, the MBE. We talked over every problem in detail and they each trained me to master the MBE. As a result, I PASSED the July 2016 exam with a 20point increase on my MBE and a 15point increase on the essay portion. I could go on and on about the magic that is JD Advising. If your preparing to take the bar for the 1st time or 5th time, I highly recommend you DONT hesitate to call Ashley. Trust me when I say it’s worth every penny!!! She and her staff will give you the detailed attention you need. They are passionate about helping everyone pass. Ashley and Meagan were always available to answer questions 24/hrs 7 days a week. Do not waste your precious time or money with commercial bar review courses. You will regret it. Call or email JD Advising now. I promise you won’t regret it. As a result, My dreams for becoming an attorney have been realized.
Thank you Ashley and the JD Advising team-July 2016 Bar Exam Taker!
The first time I took the bar exam was the most defeated I have ever felt in my life. Working with the Barbri review course should have put me in a position to succeed, however, it put in a position to ultimately fail. The theory behind this commercial review course is that if you complete 75% of the work you should be able to pass the State bar. The problem with this theory is that you attempt to just complete as much work as possible and end up settling for quantity. You begin to tell yourself it is better to do more work rather than to understand the material. With this approach, I spent my evenings listening to three hour lectures that in no way were beneficial to passing the state bar. Further, the process of studying with Barbri is so flawed because it does not hone in strongly enough on your essay writing. Simply writing 20 – 25 essays for the bar exam is not enough practice in become comfortable with the 20 minute 15 around treachery that is the essay portion of the state bar.
The result, a 115 on the state bar of Michigan. My essays were a 113 and the MBE was a 117. I wanted to give up. There was no way to pull my essay score up. I studied 91% of Barbri, how on earth could I pull a score up when I “studied” so much material. The solution, Ashley Heidemenn; the result, a 153 on the essay portion of the bar exam the, which was a 40-point curved score increase.
Ashley Heidemenn and Meagan Jaborri live for this test and for that they drew out a stronger idea of what is tested on the state bar. The two have covered so much Michigan based essay testing concepts that it is virtually impossible to not pull up your essays by 15 – 20 points. The review course they created draws out a curriculum that has you write up to 90 essays timed and untimed. What makes this so beneficial is that Ashley and her staff grades and critiques every answer, and every paragraph. Working under Meagan and having her critique every essay I wrote eventually got me into the habit of writing a very strong essay in 20 minutes. That is what you pay for! You pay for Ashley and Meagan to grade these essays so that you can learn how to write it perfectly on game day. Barbri grades under 10 essays for you. Grading ten essays is simply not enough to habitually come into a twenty minute “point picker upper” performance.
From a performance perspective, it does not make sense to go anywhere else. A 20 percent increase on the essay portion of the bar is proof enough. Having a team of individuals critiquing your work for two months puts you into the strongest position to pass bar.
Further, working with Ashley and Meagan pulled my MBE score up 11 points. The curriculum given to you assigns actual passed MBE questions. The edge here is that you come into a habit of answering concepts the examiners have tested on versus commercial review course created questions. While the 11-point increase was not as wonderful as the 40-point essay increase, it still was a factor in ultimately accomplishing the lifelong goal set by me as a child; ATTORNEY!
Between the Essay and MBE average score I pulled my overall score up from a 115 to a 140; a 25-point increase. Thank you to Ashley and everyone who helped me! – July 2016 Michigan Bar Exam Taker
I graduated from law school in 2014 and took, as most of my friends did, a commercial bar review course. I ended up failing my first bar exam with a score of 117. Being discouraged I took a year and half off from the bar examination until contacting Ashley at JD Advising LLC. It’s worth noting that I have a rather extreme case of attention deficit hyperactive disorder (ADHD), and generally have a difficult time becoming interested in bland subjects like real property and civil procedure. Her program is tirelessly planned and can be modified based on the needs of her current student. While JD Advising offers different program structures based upon each individual, Ashley and I decided that I would benefit the most studying in one-on-one sessions. After working with Ashley and retaking the bar exam I raised my score from a 117 to a 150.
Studying for the Bar Exam is one of the most miserable and challenging journeys I have gone through; however, Ashley helped me build the confidence to walk into the testing room knowing I would pass. Ashley’s outlines are thorough, succinct, and visually pleasing. Even for a person, as mentioned before with extreme ADHD, Ashley’s course materials were not overwhelming. Ashley, and the rest of the JD Advising team were amazing, by the end of the studying process I didn’t just have a bar exam tutor, I had a friend.
I simply cannot say enough about JD advising. Ashley and Meagan and the rest of the team were all unbelievable. While I spent most of my time with Ashley, the entire team was personally invested in helping me pass the bar exam. I firmly believe that without Ashley and the JD Advising team, there would have been no way I would have earned 33 more points on my second and final exam.
I would recommend the services JD Advising offers to anyone, if you are willing to do what she instructs and put the work in, she will put the work in as well, and YOU WILL pass the Bar Examination.
Thank you Ashley and the JD Advising team! – February 2016 Michigan Bar Exam Taker
The absolute worst feeling in the whole wide world is failing the bar exam. Spending three years in law school with everyone telling you that you must take Barbri or Kaplan in order to pass the bar exam was all that I knew but looking back now it was my biggest mistake.
I wish I had known what I know now and I want other people to know this: there are other options, better options, then Barbri or Kaplan and that better option is Ashley! The reason I failed the bar exam on the first try was for many reasons but mainly Barbri does not give you the individualized attention that you really need to succeed and they do not focus on what is really tested. Going to Ashley changed the way I thought about the bar exam. Her outlines that she provides you with are concise and to the point. She tells you what has been tested in years pass and how often it has been tested. This allowed me to really focus on those specific topics instead of the thousands of topics that Barbri tells you that you need to know that have never even been tested!!
Ashley created individualized study plans for me each week. She assigned me readings, multiple choice, and essays each week. I would send her my essays (sometimes even more than she assigned me) and I would get a detailed response of what I did right and what I did wrong immediately. On top of that she taught me how to self grade my essays. This allowed me to learn from my mistakes and not make the same mistakes again. My essay scores increased significantly and I scored 7’s or higher on 13/15 of my essays (getting the highest scores on my worst topics!). I increased my essay score by a total of 21 points and my MBE score by a total of 10 points!
Ashley was available 24/7 to answer all of my questions, listen to my worries, and a shoulder to lean on when I doubted myself. I honestly and truly believe that if it wasn’t for her I would not have passed the bar exam. I would not have increased my score by 16 total points. She is honestly fantastic and I would recommend her over any bar prep class. –July 2015 Michigan Bar Exam Taker, Passed on the Third Try
There are very few moments in my life where I can, without a doubt, say, “that was one of the best decisions I have ever made.” Hiring Ashley as a Michigan Bar Exam tutor is definitely a top “best decision I’ve ever made” moment. Ashley was a great resource to have. I took the Michigan Bar Exam in February 2015 – It was my first time taking any Bar Exam. In order to cover my bases, I also paid for Barbri classes. About one month into Barbri, I noticed that the information I was receiving was not helping me excel in my essay writing or MBE selection. I stopped using their materials, and focused solely on the information and feedback I was receiving from Ashley. It paid off big time! Ashley got me writing essays in under 18 minutes per question, and helped me identify what main issues the graders were looking for. Additionally, as I sat down in the bar exam, 8/15 essay topics were never even addressed by Barbri. Most students wait until they have failed the first time to try a tutor out – My advice is to USE HER FIRST. If she can help me pass on the first go-around, she definitely can do the same for you!
Ashley was more than a tutor. She served as therapist in times of doubt, and a friend when you needed to hear the truth about your weaknesses. Because of her I passed the Bar on the first try. The best decision you can ever make when preparing for the Michigan Bar Exam is to hire Ashley – your stresses and anxiety will be diminished greatly. I cannot recommend her enough, and have sung her praises innumerable times; even before receiving my score! -Feb 2015 Michigan Bar Exam Taker, Passed on the First Try
I took the bar exam for the first time in July of 2014, and used a Kaplan “in-class” course to prepare. I unfortunately did not pass. I contacted Ashley soon after receiving my results, and while I was of course initially disappointed with myself for failing, she immediately instilled confidence in me with her enthusiasm and knowledge.
During the Kaplan course, I assumed I knew the material because I filled out the outlines and did the practice questions each day. However, during practice exams and during the real thing, it became abundantly clear I only had a cursory understanding of the topics, and had no real plan of action for the multiple choice section. The emphasis seemed to be quantity rather than quality, and I felt that I did not have enough time to review and actually learn the topics.
Ashley provided me with the structure and attention to detail that I needed to succeed. Her outlines are clear, well-organized, and specifically highlight frequently tested topics within the subjects. Unlike the Kaplan course, Ashley ensured I fully understood each topic before moving on, through multiple essays and in person review. We did not move on from topics until I had memorized them. She was available through e-mail and phone whenever a question arose, and her support and honesty never waned. Moreover, Ashley reviewed and graded practice essays throughout the week, providing in-depth analysis for my strengths and weaknesses.
I am positive I would not have passed without Ashley’s help. I was close the first time, but her guidance and attention gave me the push I needed. Her methods for both the MBE and essay portions made the bar exam far less daunting. I cannot recommend Ashley highly enough. – Feb. 2015 Michigan Bar Exam Second Time Taker, Increased Score by 19 points.
Studying for the Michigan Bar Exam was intimidating for me, especially taking it for the first time. I made wanted to be extra careful and paid for one of the bar study courses, but ultimately found it to be lacking. Thankfully, Ashley was there and offered much more than anyone else could. She was so helpful in everything that she did and somehow always managed to make me a priority. I would have never passed on my first attempt if it weren’t for her unique insights into how the Michigan Bar Exam is administered. She knows all of the tricks and tips to help you not only study, but really understand and be prepared for the great undertaking that is the bar exam. I would highly recommend her to anyone who is studying for the Michigan Bar Exam. You honestly will not find a better resource than her. – Feb 2015 Michigan Bar Exam Second Time Taker, Passed on the First Try
As a high-achieving law student from a top 30 school, failing the Michigan Bar Exam was a devastating and unexpected blow. Faced with studying all over again but this time while working full time with a two-hour daily commute, I was not sure that I would be successful.
Then I called Ashley. She was immediately encouraging, and sincerely so. Rather than just take my money, she carefully evaluated whether we would work well together and whether she could be helpful. Concerned about customizing my study experience, Ashley asked detailed questions about how I had studied for the bar exam previously and what might have gone wrong.
I have never met anyone who knows as much about the bar exam as Ashley does. She has studied all the previous administrations, and has edited her materials to reflect what is actually tested. Her materials are clear, concise, and well-organized. She is also always available to answer questions, and patient enough to go through an area of confusion as many times as necessary.
Ashley is invested in her students’ success and truly cares about their learning. No matter your situation – whether a first-time taker or a repeat taker, whether a recent graduate or a full-time worker – Ashley will tailor your study plan to suit your needs. She will be there for you when you need answers or support.
Ultimately, it was my responsibility to do the work necessary to pass the exam – but thanks to Ashley’s dedication, I was successful the second time. My score jumped 17 points, including a 19-point essay score increase. I could not have done it without her and I highly recommend Ashley as a tutor. Forgo the generic national bar prep courses and invest your time and money in a study plan that will give you the best chance of passing an increasingly difficult bar exam. -Feb 2015 Michigan Bar Exam Second Time Taker, Increased Score by 17 Points.
I was a second time taker of the Michigan Bar Exam in February, 2015. While working with Ashley, she was incredibly flexible with my work/study schedule and provided me with the skills to improve my score by 21 POINTS! Her program is specially tailored to the Michigan Bar Exam, and unlike other commercial bar prep classes, she gave me exactly what I needed to be successful on this grueling exam, without the extra “fluff” found in other materials. I would encourage anyone who is studying for the Michigan Bar Exam to work with Ashley as I am certain that without her course, I wouldn’t have obtained the passing score that I did. The bar exam (in any state) has its tricks and nuances that sometimes may be the difference between passing and failing if not well-covered during your preparation. Ashley’s course not only points out your deficiencies, but focuses on strengthening them so by the time the exam dates roll around, you are confident and encounter far less surprises. Thanks, Ashley!” -Feb 2015 Michigan Bar Exam Second Time Taker, Increased Score by 21 Points.
It is interesting how something you do by chance can have a profound effect on your life without you realizing it at the time.
I was searching for some information about the Michigan Bar, and stumbled upon Ashley’s website. Intrigued, I read through her site and wrote down her name and number. This was almost a year before I planned on taking the bar exam.
When I neared graduation and was contemplating a plan of attack for the bar, I contacted Ashley and met her in person. It took me about 5 minutes to decide that she was my best hope for passing the bar on my first attempt.
After the first lesson, I knew my decision was right; she was able to assess my strengths and weaknesses, and then plot a course I could follow to success. It was a lot of work—essays were always my weak point in school, but with her help, I was able learn to write essays that could get me the points I needed. She also helped me gain the skills to confidently answer MBE questions, where before I felt that many of my answers were just wild guesses. The difference is in knowing how to confidently pick the best answer by knowing the law.
In the end it paid off. I passed the bar exam on my first try. Yes I put in the work, everyone has to do that, but Ashley made the difference!
I’m glad I took the time to save her name and number, and remembered to call her. – Christopher J. Petrides (Successful 1st time Michigan Bar Examinee)
Ashley was one of the most supportive people I have met. As a bar exam repeater, I found myself confused, sad and lost. She was always willing to answer my many questions and would email back very quickly. When it came down to studying for the bar exam again, I knew I could count on her expertise. Her review course was concise and clear. The information she provided was essential to my success in the essay portion on the exam. I followed her advice in formatting and structure and increased by essay score enough for me to pass the bar exam. Her review course gave me peace of mind and the confidence I needed to know, that I could pass. Her passion, kindness and knowledge are immense. – Feb 2015 Attendee of Seminar. Increased MBE by 13 and Essay by 4 (raw points)
The difference between Ashley’s bar prep course and all other bar prep companies is in the structure of the programs themselves. One way to describe my experience is by comparing it to purchasing a suit. When you are contemplating purchasing a new suit, you essentially have two options: you can purchase one from a department store based on your size or you can purchase one from a specialty store and tailor it to your body.
All other bar prep companies are your general department stores – they provide you with a suit, but the suit isn’t tailored and, therefore, it isn’t flattering. However, the specialty store provides you with a tailored suit that flatters your body exactly where you want it.
Ashley’s tutoring is equivalent to a tailored suit. She focuses on your weaknesses and helps make them your strengths. She answers all questions, grades any essays and ensures that you understand the subjects extremely well. Above all, her outlines are exactly on point. If you speak to anyone studying for the bar, their number one complaint is that they don’t have enough time to finish everything and as a result, fall behind. This results in subjects being skipped and questions left incomplete. When time is limited, a focused outline is exactly what you need to cover all of the tested topics. If I had continued to study the outlines my bar prep company assigned me to, I would have never been able to get through all twenty-six topics. Instead, I made a conscious decision to stop following the schedule set by my bar prep company and followed Ashley’s tailored plan for me. After receiving my score, I am so glad that I did.
In addition to seeing my score, the confidence I gained while studying with Ashley made my entire bar-taking experience infinitely better. Prior to taking the exam, I felt calm, confident and ready. I knew exactly which points I wanted to address and how much time I had to do it. I had established techniques to quickly answer each question and cover all of the necessary points. The knowledge and confidence I gained from studying with Ashley helped alleviate any anxiety I had prior to the exam, and allowed me to focus on what needed to be done. It was truly the best investment I could make towards preparing for the bar. – July 2014 Michigan Bar Exam Taker, Passed on the First Try.
You don’t know what the best study habits, material, or practice is to prepare for the BAR exam, until it is too late. As for me, being a second time taker, it was even trickier because I did not know exactly what I did right or what I did wrong the first time. Working with Ashley helped me get the extra 14 points I needed for a passing score. Between her explanations of the law and her study material, I was able to pass. She helped me the whole way with her comprehensive study plan. She always had an upbeat attitude and was always accessible. I can honestly say Ashley was the deciding factor to my successful BAR preparation. – July 2014 Bar Exam Taker, Increased Score 14 points.
Ashley is amazing! I could not have passed the bar without her. She kept me organized, focused, and motivated throughout the studying process. What I found most helpful were the weekly schedule she created because it was the only way I could have gotten through all of the material. Her outlines were a lifesaver— she did all of the work for me so all I had to do was focus on studying the material rather than organizing the massive amount of material barbri provides. She was prompt at responding to emails, phone calls, and texts. I was a second time taker and my score went up by 18 points.
Ps– In addition to being brilliant, Ashley is also incredibly nice! I looked forward to our sessions every week. – February 2014 Michigan Bar Exam Taker, Increased Score by 18 points
Ashley Heidemann was an integral part in my success with the February 2014 bar exam. I had a very unique situation, being that not only was I a second time taker, but also had waited a year and a half to retake, was working full time, and was unable to take any time off to study. Ashley took the time to meet with me, assess my strengths and weaknesses, and tailor a program that fit my crazy schedule. Ashley’s incredible knowledge of the law and the bar exam itself give her a unique ability to create success for any situation. Her strategy kept me on track, held me accountable, and let me know on a regular basis where I stood and where I needed to improve. My second attempt was more than just successful, I increased my score by 17 points and passed with flying colors. – February 2014 Michigan Bar Exam Taker, Increased Score by 17 points.
Ashley was nothing short of a life-saver. She was everything I thought a tutor should have been and MORE. Ashley held my hand and taught me how I learned best. She then tailored her lessons and extra activities to me based on my learning style. If I did not understand something, she made sure to break it down for me in a different way until I did have a solid understanding. Ashley constantly tested me on the material to be sure I was digesting it correctly. She never left me alone to my own devices and understanding. She was available morning, noon and night and ALWAYS called or emailed right back. As a second-time taker with more than a year and a half in between my two exams, I was terrified and very skeptical of my chances for success. Ashley not only gave me the confidence I needed during preparation, but more importantly she helped me increase my essay score by 17 points. On top of her amazing skills, she’s a sweet and lovely person whom anybody would be lucky to have as a friend and tutor. – Victoria M., February 2014 Michigan Bar Exam Taker, Increased Score by 17 points.
REPEAT TAKER – NOW PASSED FEBRUARY 2014 EXAM!
Imagine failing the bar exam over and over again despite having taken a commercial bar prep course. Imagine having to hide from your law school friends, colleagues and all those in the legal world. Imagine having to live in the shadows all because you didn’t pass the bar. Well…that was me until I was blessed enough to meet Ashley Heidemann. She taught me how to think, how to study the right way with the right material and how to actively believe in myself. She worked with me, in person, according to a perfectly designed study schedule, provided me with phone and email support and never hesitated to warn me about the dangers of thinking, “I know that topic, I don’t need to review it.”
Ashley’s tailor-made tutoring method and easy to understand study notes taught me specifically what I needed to know to pass this exam. She was there for me every step of the way, and believed in my success so much that I began to believe in myself too. She not only tested me on the MBE subjects, but made sure that I understood the importance and grading scale significance of the essay material as well. We worked together to ensure that I had a solid understanding of the material needed to pass this exam and she was ALWAYS available for anything that I needed. I found her to be one of the nicest and most intelligent people I have ever met. She has an extensive knowledge of the law and has a special way of explaining complex legal principles that makes them easy to understand.
After studying with Ashley, I am proud to say that I passed with a much higher score and my life has changed in ways I had never imagined. If passing the bar and becoming an Attorney is really what you want to do with your life, invest in yourself and contact Ashley to find out if she will help you. – K.S., Passed the February 2014 Exam
I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience with Ashley. The most difficult part about taking the bar exam a second time was rebuilding the endurance and motivation that pushed me to the finish line the first time around. With Ashley’s help, I had a study program that was tailored to my individual needs, and I was able to stay focused to the end. My study plan had structure and was a complete change from the way I had studied in the past–which is what I needed to help me pass. Without Ashley, I would have repeated the same mistakes I made on my first time around. Ashley was a major part of my success and gave me the strength and confidence that I needed to succeed. I highly recommend Ashley to anyone taking the Michigan bar exam. – J.Y. second time taker Feb 2013, Increased score by 26 points
After taking the bar exam 3 times and failing, I was losing all hope of ever becoming a lawyer. When it came to taking the exam for the fourth time, I was determined that it was going to be my final time to take it. I did not go at it alone. I retained the services of Ashley Heidemann. Ashley is brilliant beyond her years. Ashley has a love for the law that becomes contagious to the student. She is an outstanding person, a brilliant lawyer, and a phenomenal tutor. Ashley assesses you as a student by finding your strong points and your weak points and building on both so that when you get to the exam you feel like you have mastered the law. Ashley empowers you as a student because she wants you to learn the law not only for the exam but for your practice.
Ashley is very flexible with scheduling sessions. She will bend over backwards to meet your individual needs for this exam. I cannot stress enough about how much easier studying is with Ashley. Ashley provides you with specific techniques to tackle the exam. You are guaranteed a high score if you follow her tips. She provides you with a study schedule that is specifically targeted to your strengths and weaknesses. You need to do the work to see the end result, the end result being that you pass this exam. And you will if Ashley is your tutor. When I found out that I had passed I felt that i could get through anything. I was and still am grateful for Ashley Heidemann’s help and services. I could not have done it without her. There is no better feeling than conquering something that you feel will never come through for you. The day I found out that I passed was a day I truly will never forget and I owe it all to Ashley Heidemann. – A.A., Passed on the Fourth Time with a score of 140, Feb 2013
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