NoteFull's Student of the Month for April 2014 back to top
Everyone at NoteFull is excited to present our next Student of the Month: Oana Irena Belu from Romania!
Oana Irena was studying hard to meet the TOEFL requirements for her Physical Therapy license. This meant she had to work hard to reach a 21 in Reading, an 18 in Listening, a 26 Speaking, and a 24 Writing. Here is her story of success!
Oana Irena's path to her dream scores:
Oana Irena studied hard for the TOEFL for approximately one year. In the beginning stages, she was studying independently and with other TOEFL test preparation materials like Princeton, Kaplan, and Rogers. However, she found herself pretty confused by all of the conflicting information and different question types presented in those texts. She didn't know which guide to follow at first. On top of these challenges, Oana Irena is also a mother of two young children, which made it difficult to find and follow a path that would work uniquely for her.
She describes this time as very frustrating. Oana Irena explained that the TOEFL was the only exam she ever failed in her life. As a great student who earned two degrees back in Romania, both as a Physician and Physical Therapist, she was absolutely baffled as to why she wasn't able to reach her TOEFL goals.
"After NoteFull... everything cleared up for me."
After a lot of frustration with a variety of test preparation materials, she found NoteFull. When she was using other materials, her major difficulty was finding out what she needed to work on. Oana Irena says that "after NoteFull... everything cleared up for me."
Oana Irena's NoteFull study plan included 6-step Writing + Review and 6-step Speaking + Tutoring + Review. She later upgraded her account to also include Complete TOEFL Mastery, which provided her with the extra practice materials she needed.
With NoteFull, she discovered that her major difficulties were with speaking smoothly, time management, and note-taking. In her reviews and tutoring sessions, she discovered why she was experiencing these difficulties and how to improve.
She studied around 30 hours per week for 3 months with NoteFull systems, reviews, and private tutoring sessions. The only thing she wishes she could've changed is to have discovered NoteFull sooner--as it would've "saved a lot of time, money and stress."
Success at long last!
With confidence, guidance, and a lot of hard work, Oana Irena was able to jump from a 23 in Speaking and a 20 in Writing to a whopping 28 in Speaking and 25 in Writing! A 5-point leap in both Speaking and Writing is no small task! She not only reached her goals, but also surpassed them.
Oana Irena attributes her success to mastering strategy and repetition. She says that "NoteFull is the best program not only for TOEFL exams, but for any exam." In fact, she liked studying with NoteFull so much that she said the following: "The Notefull strategies are amazing and I wish I could find a similar course for my National Physical Therapy Exam.
Oana Irena's final words to you:
"Notefull improved my overall self-esteem and motivation, taught me how to have a thorough plan with my busy hectic family life, and reviewing the steps many times clarified my weaknesses. I strongly believe in NoteFull and I think that any NoteFull student could finally pass the TOEFL exam, so don't give up!"
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!
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.