I passed the PA Bar exam in 1975. During my first year of law school (covering most of the bar exam subjects), I read aloud all first-year materials to a blind Vietnam veteran law student. I have not tutored anyone recently (recently retired, just beginning tutoring), but I have authored 3 books: One on business law (The Legal Environment of Insurance), one on insurance regulation (Insurance Regulation), and one on legal writing and oral advocacy (Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy). Additionally, for the past 20 years, I worked not only writing these books, but also drafting, literally, thousands of multiple-choice and essay questions on legal and insurance subjects - so I have an excellent feel for examination questions. I also took a graduate course on educational testing. I would advise my student to (1) follow instructions to the letter (we would go over them very carefully), (2) economize on time, not wasting time on things he/she is not sure about, (3) stay somewhere near the testing site so he/she can "fall out of bed" to get to the test (as I did, staying at a comfortable hotel), (4) not talk about the exam with others either before or after the test (too stressful), (5) rest, rest, rest, (6) choose the BEST answer right off the bat and not spend too much time worrying about each one - the initial impulse is probably the correct answer, and spending too much time on conditions, etc. is wasteful. If the student didn't take a particular course at all, he/she should memorize certain aspects of major points. For example, I did not take Sales and Negotiable Instruments - but a wise lawyer told me, "If you do nothing else, memorize the 9-point definition of a holder in due course and be ready to know that, if nothing else!"
I received a certificate in English language teaching to adults (CELTA) from the University of Cambridge, England, in October 2010. I taught English to Russian college students for 2 months last fall. I have also trained in ESL in the Volunteer English Program here in Chester County where I live and have 24 hours toward a master's in English.
I have taken (in the past 2 years) 24 semester hours of Russian language (for credit - 4.0 GPA, all As, West Chester University) and have taught in the Russian Federation (teaching law primarily to Russian lawyers and law students) for a total of 7 months in the past 2 years (returning this fall to teach another semester). Although I taught in English, I lived there for 7 months and therefore used my Russian every day. In addition, I audited 2 Russian political science courses and 2 Russian culture courses. I just did my first tutoring session with a 14-year-old - I could not teach advanced Russian but am totally competent to teach introductory Russian (as with this student). Thanks!