I highly recommend Steven for anyone who ‘learns by doing,’ thrives on personalized feedback, and doesn’t learn well in large group environments. I suffered through lectures, and spent countless hours making mountains of flash cards, but I was ill-prepared for the July exam; as a result, I passed one performance test—and nothing else.
The second time around was much different: I was able to work part time and study fewer hours, but I studied much more effectively. During the exam, I knew how to spot and approach all the major issues (yes, there are a limited number of issues they can test). The boilerplates were especially effective because they allowed me to switch to auto-pilot when I saw certain issues arise — personal jurisdiction and evidence objections, for example. I also liked WINNIN’ TIME! because it was manageable, as opposed to the tons of books I used previously. Realistically, there’s only so much one person can retain, and Steven recognizes this. The rules are short, to the point, and easy to memorize.
I truly don’t believe I could’ve passed without Steven’s academic and emotional support. He never made me feel stupid for asking questions, I looked forward to meeting with him each week, and during the exam I actually pictured him at one point cheering from the aisle. I never felt alone or lost, like with my prior course. My only regret is that I didn’t go the tutor route the first time around. I hope no student has to struggle through flashcard hell like I did last summer. Make your first time a Winnin’ Time!” – Katherine, UC Hastings alumnae, passed February 2009