Robyn Shields (University of Ottawa)

“I had recently relocated to California from Ontario, Canada at the end of September because of my husband’s job. I was nervous about taking the February California Bar Exam because it is significantly different from the Ontario exams. Luckily, the wife of one of my husband’s colleagues, who had been in a similar situation (also relocated Canadian lawyer), recommended Steve to me and said that she “swears by Steve” as a tutor. After this process, I can honestly say the same as well. Steve has a very methodical yet personalized approach to guiding students on how to prepare for the exam. He is fully committed to helping students succeed and his study plan, outlines, and other materials set you up for success, if you are as committed to the process as he is. Steve can be a bit intense for some people because there is no form of handholding or coddling. He holds you accountable throughout the entire process and that was exactly what I needed to stay focused on preparing for the exam. The biggest help Steve provided me was teaching me how to answer essay questions. Towards the end of the process, I reviewed the first couple of essays that I wrote for him and compared them to the last ones I wrote for him. It is absolutely incredible to see the differences in the quality of answers. It was as if a whole new different person wrote the answer. Also, Steve’s outlines are very well-structured which makes it easier to memorize the material in the final preparation for the exams. On the day of the exam, Steve takes the time to give his students a pep talk during lunch time and at the end of the first day. His advice helped me stay focused and prepare for the MBE portion. I definitely would not have passed on my first try without Steve’s help. I know he can help you pass, whether you’re a repeater or a first time bar taker.”  


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