I took the Florida Bar the first time in 1989, and after not studying much at all, I failed. So why did I take it? To keep my parents happy and quiet, as they could not understand why I went to Law School and did not want to be a lawyer. It is true that I never wanted to practice law anyway—so I went into private business and never looked back.
In the Fall of 2001, for personal and professional reasons, I decided to take the test again. I was working for myself at the time, so I did not have 10-12 hours per day to study. Even if I did, I was well past that point in my life where I could sit for that period of time and read from an outline.
I took a traditional course, did the questions, and tried to keep up with the schedule. It was clear to me very quickly that there had to be a better way, so I adapted the materials and schedule to what I knew instinctively made sense to me.
I was fortunate to pass the February 2002 exam, and soon thereafter was offered the chance to work with a few students who had recently not passed. I agreed and found out that not only would the students get the same questions wrong—they would all pick the same wrong answers! When I read their essays, they would all look exactly the same.
I began to study these questions and essays and analyze WHY we all pick the same answers and make similar mistakes. Next, I developed techniques that any student can pick up and use no matter what subject or how they feel about the material.