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NoteFull's Student of the Month for February 2017  back to top

 

Meet Bahman, NoteFull's Student of the Month for February 2017        

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Check out Bahman's awesome scores!

 

 

 

 

 

Bahman D. first took the TOEFL exam in 2013. Coming from Iran and being a pharmacist, he initially felt good seeing his Speaking score showing 22/30, and knowing that he only needed 4 more points for his goal score of 26.

 

"I thought my English was decent, to be honest. I thought that if I got 22 the first time, it wouldn't take long to get a few more points up to 26. No big deal."

 

However, as Bahman came to realize, moving from a score of 3/4 to 4/4 for any Speaking question on the TOEFL, can prove to be a difficult task. Over the course of the next 12 months, he studied on his own, but repeated attempts to pass the exam only moved his score up to 23, and no higher. Then, he came up with brave plan!

 

"I decided at that point that I needed to put myself in a position where I could practice my English as much as possible. Even though I knew I was going to be uncomfortable at first, I had to find a job where I spoke English throughout the day."

 

So Bahman found work as a customer service representative, speaking to patients all day. And these weren't easy people to deal with! Many were unsatisfied about their treatment, or upset about their health conditions. Knowing that he had to competently address their concerns forced Bahman to work on improving his English.

 

He also joined Toastmasters, a national organization that provides its participants with opportunities to speak in public, with other members giving feedback afterwards. This, coupled with his new job, resulted in more comfort and familiarity when Speaking!

 

Now, by early 2016 Bahman had discovered NoteFull and the free resources available, and was using it to structure his Speaking responses. Thirsty for more detailed information, he registered for our 6-Step Speaking + Tutoring + Review program. However, Bahman decided to hold off on the tutoring until he was confident that he had mastered the information in Steps 1 to 3.

 

By June, Bahman was ready for tutoring, so over the course of several weeks during the summer Bahman attended 4 tutoring sessions with Nayyer, one of our TOEFL tutors. Nayyer was able to listen to a few responses and immediately identify what the issues were, and what kinds of homework would eliminate these kinds of mistakes. Now that Bahman knew what to work on during the time that he studied on his own, he could really focus in on improving key areas holding him back!

 

"At that point it was late July and I was ready for the TOEFL. Then, in the middle of writing my exam, there was an electricity outage! They lost power and had to cancel the exam! This was so frustrating. And then to make matters worse, a couple of weeks later I went to take the exam but there was a problem with the computers so again it was cancelled!"

 

As you can imagine, the psychological blow of having two cancelled exams was a hard pill to swallow for Bahman. When he did up finally end up taking the exam, he again scored 23 on the Speaking. It was a real low point for him, but he was determined that it would not be the end of the road. 

 

As Nayyer was no longer tutoring on week-ends, Bahman began working with Joseph during tutoring. They continued to build on the knowledge that Bahman had gained from the program, along with specific feedback on areas to improve. Nearing the end of December, Bahman felt ready once again for the exam.

 

"This time around, I decided to imagine that I was speaking to a friend, instead of an ETS rater. I wanted to sound natural and confident, that's what I think they were looking for."

 

On January 8, 2017, Bahman carried that confidence with him into the exam room, and he nailed the 26 score that he had long been looking for! His words of advice for all of you out there still studying: never give up, practice speaking English as much as you can every day, and on the test day imagine that you're speaking with a friend, rather than an ETS grader.

 

 

Reading: 29, Listening: 25, Speaking: 26, Writing: 25

 

Do you have the courage and determination to conquer the TOEFL? I bet you do. If you're missing the right tools for the job, let us know and we can work together to create a personal study plan so that you too can earn your dream score and be done with the TOEFL! You can always contact us at StudentHelp@notefull.com if you have any questions or need help figuring out your next step forward.

 

 

If Bahman's story or any of our previous success stories have inspired you, why not share your story and let it inspire others? If you have something to celebrate, let us know!

 

  

How to Become the Next Student of the Month back to top

 

If you think that you have what it takes to become NoteFull's next Student of the Month, please send us an email with your story of success to SuccessStories@NoteFull.com.

 

 

We look forward to receiving your success story. Whether you're working with an ESL or TOEFL system or through our Free TOEFL Course, we have seen your commitment to greatness and look forward to rewarding you for your hard work next month!

 

 

Your hard earned reward back to top

 

As Student of the Month, you will be interviewed by NoteFull and profiled on this page.

 

This is a great opportunity for you to inspire others with your story or just brag about your success. And just as you're reading this now, know that your story will continue to inspire others towards success for years to come.  

 

Also, every Student of the Month receives a coveted NoteFull t-shirt! Wear it with pride when you get it because you deserve it.

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Rand wrote on Tuesday March 14, 2017 9:29pm
Manjil Puri said
"Thank you Notefull team for such excellent and illustrative lectures.I recently got 110/120 with just 1 week of prepration through your materials.You guys are the best in the business. R29 W29 L28 S24 "
Hello, please can you tell me what kind of courses do you used? the free material or which kind did you purchased? Thank you in advance

Manjil Puri wrote on Tuesday March 14, 2017 6:10pm
Thank you Notefull team for such excellent and illustrative lectures.I recently got 110/120 with just 1 week of prepration through your materials.You guys are the best in the business. R29 W29 L28 S24
 
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Alona Mae Lanoy-Hyde wrote on Monday March 13, 2017 4:15pm
Thank you Notefull and these uplifting stories from your students whom successfully made it and nailed the score they wanted. I have used several resouces in the past to improve my strategy. Notefull by far works well for me. Hence, the reason why I am back here :-) There were times in the past were I get depressed and frustrated because every time I took this freaking Toefl test I am 1 or 2 point from passing. How I wish that i could only take the section of the test were I failed but knowing that I have to study for the whole sections was what kept me from moving. I just wanted to forget TOEFL! But I have to face this challenges and beat the odds. These testimonies here are helpful tool to remind people (like me) not to give up because we are not alone. Thank you NOTEFULL. You guys are the best! Looking forward for my first lesson with you guys.

Dada Chinwe Tolu Cordelia wrote on Thursday March 2, 2017 8:52pm
That is great!She really worked heard to make her dream come through.She did not mind time consuming, money spent. She was focused, not to allow anything to distract her from reaching to her goal.Her wish in life is to become a Dentist and nothing more. Passing TOEFL is the only ticket to make her dream to come through. Now, she finally made it."Success achieved gladden the heart".
 
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Laith Alfaouri wrote on Saturday February 18, 2017 1:57am
Hello NoteFull team, i just want to thank you very much. Last week i took the IBT and today i got my scored, which is 71/120. i know it's low little bit, but it's fair to me, and i would like share my experience with NoteFull system. First of all i made one month schedule for studying, and divide it into four sections. However, the total hours that i studied approx. 120hrs. Then i was studying the strategies of the NoteFull system for all sections, i read, heard and watched everything on the website, note that i used FREE MATERIAL ONLY. Finally, when i was at the test, i found that every strategies that i had from NoteFull system was as same as the test. Again thank you NoteFull for everything. So i encourage everyone, who want to pass or get high score in Toefl, to enroll in there program. By the way i'm not native English speaker, my native language is Arabic. But with NOTEFULL everything become easier. Believe me .

Isha Mody wrote on Tuesday February 14, 2017 11:35pm
114/120 in Attempt 1! All thanks to the free material provided by Notefull! I began nervously preparing for TOEFL and had 3 weeks to appear, as I was nearing university deadlines. My counsellor suggested I try Notefull's free online tutoring videos, as I work full time and didn't have much time to spare. Simply watching Mr Miranda's videos, tips and practising from the official ETS book, applying every single thing that I learnt in those videos, in the 2 hours I could give to TOEFL each day. Even the minor tips like 10% of the study should be done in a noisy atmosphere were so very helpful in preparing me for the test. The one exquisite thing I would like to mention is the framework provided for the speaking section, which was so very helpful in that moment of panic when my mind was blocked with fear. I scored 114/120 on my first attempt. Reading 26, Listening 28, Speaking 30, Writing 30. This material, even the free one, definitely works, you just need to learn how to apply each thing!
 
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Marlon Cajamarca Vega wrote on Monday February 13, 2017 7:50am
Hello NoteFull team!I just want to thank you so much. I always have the dream of study in another country so I chose to pursue the long journey to obtain a 90+ in the Toefl ibt test. I decided to move forward so, in consequence I started to study specifically for the test. I spent around 8-10 hours of study every day during 2 months. January 17 would be the important date. I followed your instructions and very helpfull recipes and finally I scored 95/120! Thank you for your help and keep your good motivation and excellent teaching methods. You all can do it!!!
 
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Lucas wrote on Sunday February 12, 2017 7:17am
Hello notefull team! I just wanted to thank you for sharing all these amazing TOEFL strategies with me. I only studied for two weeks for the TOEFL with your tips and I was able to achieve a score higher than I needed!I got 97 when I only needed 90. So thank you again for you great support

Aziza Assani wrote on Friday February 10, 2017 4:45pm
I wanted to thank you guy:) I was crying after the exam because I thought I failed!I needed 26 in speaking ... and I got it on my first try! It's been a long journey... and I wouldn't have been able to do it without your help. I'm so greatfull, thx again
 
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Magdalena wrote on Thursday February 2, 2017 6:35pm
Good luck everybody! You all can do it!