Foreign educated. Graduated law school 15 years back. Passed Feb 2018 NY bar exam! Failed Feb 2017 (took exam on a whim) by 36 points and July 2017 by 10 points.
Alisa Geller was my bar tutor and she’s instrumental for my success. She helped me learn how to approach and answer the MPTs and essays the proper way, as well as helped me gain confidence with MBE. I had very limited time to study (due to hectic work schedule and family responsibilities). Alisa helped me create my own study schedule, and not only helped clarify complex legal rules, such as RAP, but also helped me get into the habit of answering MBE questions correctly and on time.
What I really liked about Alisa is that not only she’s knowledgeable but also she has a keen understanding of what my weaknesses were and helped turn them into my strengths. She was very patient with me and never kicked up a fuss or charged me overtime even though several of my one-on-one one hour study sessions with her often went beyond one hour. When I had signed up with Barbri, Barbri also threw in 5 hours session with a Barbri tutor. However, I was very disappointed with the Barbri tutor, who was more interested in bragging about his experience in the law profession and was constantly checking (and letting me know) the time, and would abruptly stop tutoring as soon as the time was up. With Alisa, that was never the case – she always gave priority to my interest and made sure that I had understood the subject well and encouraged me to ask questions, even when the time was up.
If you’re foreign educated and/or a retaker like me, I would suggest that you give her a try. She tutored me in person but I think she tutors via Skype too, if you’re not residing in NY/NJ.