I first began teaching LSAT prep after law school while preparing myself for the bar exam. Teaching in San Luis Obispo, California, I learned methods for guiding students through the logic games, reading comprehension, and logical reasoning sections of the test. My system introduces a method of tackling each type of problem, and then, as the student becomes more comfortable with the subject matter, streamlining that method to achieve the pace needed to score well on the timed exam. I also stress a holistic approach to test taking that values quality practice over sheer volume. Maintaining a work-life balance is important to performing well on the LSAT, as well as in law school.
Many of the study strategies that I teach helped me to succeed over my two decades as a student. I graduated with honors (B.S. Journalism) from the University of Wisconsin. While working as a reporter, I prepared for the LSAT on my own using nothing more than a stack of practice exams. I scored well enough to land a scholarship to Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. After graduating cum laude, I joined the Oregon Bar in 2013 and clerked for the Hon. Ilisa Rooke-Ley in Eugene. I moved to Northern Virginia in October 2015 to grow my private consulting practice, which depends on government contracts.
Nothing in the legal profession gives me more fulfillment than working directly with clients, solving their problems and helping them realize their professional ambitions. I enjoy teaching the LSAT for precisely the same reason, so it made sense as a way to fill my hours not spent in legal practice. As a lawyer-tutor, I offer the perspective and experience of someone who not only scored well on the LSAT, but continued to walk the path to become a licensed attorney.
Undergraduate Degree: University of Wisconsin-Madison - Bachelors, Journalism
Graduate Degree: Lewis & Clark College - Masters, Law
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What is your teaching philosophy?
Study efficiently, not until you pass out from exhaustion.
How would you help a student stay motivated?
Create a realistic schedule, and stick to it. Treat test prep like a job obligation.
How can you help a student become an independent learner?
Teach strategies, not answers.
How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?
Teach them how to roadmap a passage so they can find answers without re-reading.
What techniques would you use to be sure that a student understands the material?
How do you build a student's confidence in a subject?
How do you evaluate a student's needs?
If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?
Try another method of breaking down the problem.
How would you help a student get excited/engaged with a subject that they are struggling in?
How do you adapt your tutoring to the student's needs?
By addressing the sections most in need of improvement.
What might you do in a typical first session with a student?
Find out what they have been doing to study so far.