Your dream score starts with a solid NoteFull study plan back to top
Whatever TOEFL material you're studying, you won't improve smoothly or quickly without a solid study plan. And, there's good news! We'll teach you how to create that plan right here and now. Are you excited? No, it's okay; we understand. Anyway, . . .
There are 4 points you must consider in creating your plan. Follow these 4 points for the smoothest process to your dream score by using this guideline:
For every 5 to 10 hours you study with NoteFull, expect to improve 1 point.
1) Create a study schedule for when you will study every day.
2) After every 55 minutes of study, take a 1 to 5 minutes break.
3) Review each lesson at least 3 times before moving on to the next.
4) Study each TOEFL section for 2 hours and then switch to the next.
Do all of these points make sense? If any don't, please scroll down for a detailed explanation of where each point comes from, why they're important, and how to apply them to your studies.
Feel confident applying this because this NoteFull study method worked for hundreds of students, students just like you and Shaymaa:
"I used all NoteFull free resources; then I bought the program they recommended to me. I find it incredible how I improved!" - Shaymaa G. (Total: 106 R: 27 L: 28 S: 27 W: 24)
Apply the guideline to follow these 4 points as you study our TOEFL training material. Then, practice to test your skills. When your skills are strong enough to get your dream score, take the TOEFL, earn your dream score, and spread the word about NoteFull if you enjoyed the process.
So, where do you get the right material to practice? We have the answer to that too: we've made it that simple for you. Here's the answer.
1 point for every 5 to 10 hours of NoteFull study explained. back to top
Over the past 10 years, we've found this to be a dependable average for you to rely on as long as you follow our 4 points to create your study plan.
What I'll do now is explain several critical points about this average.
How to apply this average to plan your studies.
First, figure out how many points you need to improve to get your dream score. For example, if you scored a 73 and need to score 100+, that means you need to improve 27 points. That means that you'll need 270 hours to make that jump.
The best number of hours to study a week is 20+. That's where we notice students make the most improvement. But, studying less is fine. Some students can only study a few hours a week. The key is to apply these 5 points when you study and you'll reach your dream score.
Now, that means that with 20 hours a week and the need to study 270 hours to improve 27+ points, you're looking at 3 and 1/2 months before you're ready to get your dream score. That's a huge improvement in a fairly short time. Again, as long as you follow these 5 points when you study. Does that make sense?
If you haven't taken the TOEFL before . . .
Try scoring a practice reading and listening yourself. This will be fairly easy since answer keys are available with any practice source. With this score, you can then figure out how many hours you need to dedicate to each of these sections.
For the speaking and writing, it's a bit harder. But, what you can do is record all of your answers on the speaking (first tries under TOEFL conditions only) and then do the same with the writing.
After you do this, wait one day. That way you forget a little of what you said and wrote. Then, review your speaking and writing and evaluate what score you think you deserve out of 30 on each section. It's not perfect, but it will give you an excellent understanding of where you are.
If you're willing to make an investment, which I think is very important. You can review our Complete TOEFL Assessment program.
It's only 18 dollars, which is an incredible value. Every other evaluation service that we've seen is at least 45 dollars (if you find anything at a lower price, please let us know).
With this, you'll get an evaluation of every section of the TOEFL: we'll let you know the score you can expect on the TOEFL as well as what to do to improve, which is critical. You don't just want to know what your score is but how to continue to raise your score to your dream score.
So, where does this average come from?
Science and the basics of how your brain learns. It's a fascinating thing to understand and understanding will help you on your TOEFL journey.
You can expect this to be a fairly smooth process when you're lookint to improve anywhere from 1 to 8 points on the TOEFL. When you try to improve 10 or more points, the average still applies, but it's not as smooth a process. Let me explain.
If you need to improve 10 or more points, read the following carefully; otherwise, continue to step 2.
When you first start studying for the TOEFL, you can expect your ability and score to decrease; that's right: decrease. The reason is that you're learning many new things. As you know, when you learn something new, you're slower and a bit awkward applying what you learn.
This won't last but it does occur, so if it happens, know that it's a normal part of the process. It means keep going and study with focus so that the new things you learn become more and more familiar. At that point, you'll notice your score make a jump!
Your progress will continue nice and smooth until you hit what's called a plateau. This is a point where your progress seems to stop. Again, this is normal. The reason is that when you hit a plateau there are several skills that you need to master to reach the next level. And, until you master ALL of those skills, you won't notice improvement. Let me explain.
Imagine that you're working hard to improve the reading. You've learned from a tutoring session with us that there are 3 skills that you need to master before you improve. If you master 1 skill, it won't be enough. If you master 2 skils, it won't be enough. You must have all three.
Think about learning how to ride a bicycle. If you master pedaling to move the bike forward only, it's not enough. If you master being balanced on the bike only, it's not enough. If you master steering the bike only, it's not enough. You need to master all of these and when they're all mastered, you can ride your bike! Does that make sense?
Now, this is a dangerous place. It's where many students get stuck because they don't realize this. Because you're reading this, you won't be one of those students, which is excellent. You can get stuck here for months and even years. How?
If you don't study to master all the skills together that you learn from our free course, our special TOEFL packages, our online reviews, or our tutoring, you'll be stuck and won't improve. You'll be like someone trying to ride a bike who knows only how to pedal. Does that make sense?
So, during your studies, it's important to realize that you're learning to master everything so that you can apply it all at once and smoothly. That's why having a plan for the TOEFL is so important and why some students can get stuck in the same score forever.
How to make sure you need 5 hours instead of 10 to improve at least 1 point.
This comes from discipline and focus. It's simple but hard. Think of walking 1,000 miles. Walking is simple, right? But, walking 1,000 miles is hard. Simple doesn't mean easy. Remember that when you study our strategies.
For example, we teach you: spend 1 minute and 17 seconds for each question on the reading. Simple, right? But, if you don't study to apply this, you won't improve. We teach you a 4-step breathing process to reduce stress before answering each question on the speaking. It works! It's a simple process and just 4 steps, right? But, it's hard to master doing this under the stressful conditions of the TOEFL.
This is what most of your study time will be focused on: mastering the complete and effective application of strategy under stressful timed conditions. That's what you need to spend your 5 hours doing: memorize the strategy we teach 100% and then practice, practice, practice applying it until it's natural and easy for you. When you don't study this way, it can take you 10, 15, 20, even more hours to improve just 1 point.
What you just read works like magic. We have yet to see a student that hasn't earned their dream score who didn't fail to apply a strategy they already learned in their program. Our material works. It's simple, but that doesn't mean it's easy. But, you can do it and we're here to help you every step of the way until you do!
1) Create a study schedule for when you will study every day. back to top
This is important because we've noticed that when students don't create a schedule, they start to study less and less over time.
Life is always going to challenge you. And, we've noticed that students without a study schedule are usually the ones where life takes them away from their studies. With a schedule, it's going to be much easier for you to stay on track, or get back on track when you're distracted or something happens.
2) After every 55 minutes of study, take a 1 to 5 minute break. back to top
Studying for a long time without a break usually reduces how much you remember. Even if you get up to stretch for 1 minute and walk around your room, it will benefit your memory. Why?
Studies have shown that your brain does something funny towards the beginning and end of things: it integrates those things more than what happens in the middle. It's an important piece of information to take advantage of. You're going to be studying many hours for days, weeks, or months. Adding breaks will improve your memory efficiency.
For example, there was a study that provided participants with a vocabulary list to memorize. They found that when tested, those participants remembered the words at the beginning and end of the list more than they did the words in the middle of the list.
Also, staying in one place while sitting increases boredom, doesn't support blood flow to the brain, and isn't a great way to take care of your health. Do this; it's not critical to your success, but it's one more startegy that will make you study that much more effectively. And, don't you want your next TOEFL to be your last? So, apply every thing that works, even if it works just a little bit.
3) Review EACH lesson at least 3 times before moving on. back to top
This is so important. You want to do this immediately. For example, let's say that you're studying question 1 of the speaking in one of our TOEFL speaking programs. You want to study that page completely from top to bottom--every word, every video, everything--three times before moving on. Why?
The first time you study anything, it builds awareness. Your brain looks at it for the first time. All the knowledge is fragile and easily forgotten. Even though you might understand it, you'll forget and won't create the mastery to succeed.
The second time you study something, it supports deeper learning. This is when the repetitiong starts to create long term memory in your brain and you notice things and important points that you didn't when you studied it the first time. Don't do this casually, study with care.
The third time you study starts to develop mastery. This is when everything comes together and starts to make more sense. This is when you're really getting ready to succeed on the TOEFL. And, notice that we said the third time "starts" to build mastery.
I want you to remember that we've been doing this for 10 years, we've worked with so many students in so many situations. The students that have the smoothest and even funnest journey follow what you learned here. The students that struggle, feel frustrated, and don't see improvement, follow some things we teach but not others.
There are many ways to master the TOEFL. Our methods are just one way, but when you apply them 100%, they work. That's why you're here and that's why you see so many success stories. You can do it! Follow this 100% and you will get your dream score!
4) Study each TOEFL section for 2 hours and then switch. back to top
If you stick to one TOEFL section for more than 2 hours, it will be easy for you to forget what you learned when you switch to the next TOEFL section.
We've seen it many, many times. When you study one section until you feel you mastered it, you experience challenges. You will improve the reading and then work on the speaking. By the time you're done improving the speaking, you will have forgotten what you mastered for the reading.
Also, the TOEFL switches sections quickly. If you're not well trained to move from the reading to the listening to the speaking to the writing, it'll be easy for you to lose focus and get tired on your actual TOEFL.
Lastly, you're not only working to master your TOEFL skills but your academic English skills as well. If you study the reading for 2 hours and the listening for 2 hours and then the speaking for 2 hours and then the writing for 2 hours and repeat this, you'll learn faster.
It's the way you're brain works. You'll start to see similarities between the structure of all sections and integrate all of your skills. It's a more effective and efficient way to study even though it feels awkward at first. But, it will only feel awkward at first. When you get used to it, you'll notice the difference in how quickly you improve your English skills.
You're now ready to start the next step of your journey. Master our free TOEFL course material and if you find that you're stuck, register for our more advanced preparation programs to get you to your dream score. You can do it and we're here to make sure you do. Good luck!