Meet NoteFull's Student of the Month for October 2013! back to top
NoteFull is pleased to introduce the Student of the Month for October. Our next great success story is Nazilya Sinyawski from Azerbaijan! Nazilya is a foreign pharmacist and was taking the TOEFL to begin her pharmacy career in the USA.
Her TOEFL journey began 4 years ago when she took her first test and received the following scores: R16, L20, S18, W18. For Nazilya, she knew she had a lot of work to do in order to meet her requirements, but the speaking section was the hardest for her. She didn't have much confidence in her speaking abilities, initially, and she often doubted that she would ever be able to pass this section.
Nazilya's Study Plan:
In January of 2011, Nazilya registered for her first NoteFull system. Over the last year and a half she worked with the following systems: 12-step Speaking + Tutoring + Review, 12-step Writing + Review, and Complete TOEFL Mastery. Each week, she studied for approximately 20 hours.
As Nazilya studied on her own, Step 3 was a great resource for her in the Speaking section. She learned how to take notes, how to manage time, and how to deliver a smooth speech. For her, Joseph's videos explained how to answer the different types of questions very well. Furthermore, recording and playing back her answers helped her to notice what errors she was making in her speech.
To improve reading and writing, she focused on vocabulary and content. If she found any unfamiliar words, she translated them, and then learned how to use them in context. Joseph helped her improve her writing content by suggesting she use real examples. After she made those changes, she never had problems in writing again.
Nazilya's Tutoring Story:
"I had tutoring sessions with Lauren and Joseph. They helped me tremendously. First of all, my problem was with note-taking. Lauren taught me how to take shorthand notes. Second, she put a lot of effort to teach me how to use articles. Also, my biggest worry was what kind of examples to give on Speaking questions 1 & 2. Lauren and Joseph spent a lot of time explaining how to use my personal experience in every situation to me. But the biggest help that I got from them was the psychological help. In every tutoring session they instilled confidence, encouragement, and hope in me. I remember their e-mails to me with the big words 'YOU CAN DO IT.' Lauren promised me to be with me until I pass, no matter how much time it would take, and she kept her word. "
Nazilya's Ultimate Success:
About one month ago, Nazilya finally did do it! She passed the exam with the final results of R23, L24, S26, W26. She knows now that nothing is impossible if you believe. She relayed to us that she feels like she can study for and pass ANY exam now that she's beaten the TOEFL.
In addition to her success on the TOEFL, she feels that her work with NoteFull has helped her improve her everyday speech. She is excited by the fact that her family recognizes her improvement with her English fluency. She stated, "this program not only helped me to pass the TOEFL, but also gave me a way to a fuller life."
Nazilya's final suggestions to other students are simple. She says: "Never give up in any circumstances. It does not matter how many times you take the TOEFL. What matters is your ultimate score." She also has some great words of wisdom for all of her fellow pharmacists: "Even if you miss the deadline for the FPGEE score because of the TOEFL, do not be disappointed. Move on forward and keep doing until you reach your goal. When I enrolled in Medical University in my country, we studied the Latin language. I still remember a phrase 'Per aspera ad astra' which means 'Through thorns to the stars.' No matter where you are, try to reach your star."
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 you're 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.