NoteFull's Student of the Month for August 2014 back to top
NoteFull is super excited to introduce the next Student of the Month: Walter Alberto Becerra Otoya from Peru!
The TRUTH about taking the TOEFL without preparation:
Walter had been preparing for the TOEFL exam in order to apply for master's degree program in Computer Science. In the beginning, he decided to sit the TOEFL with little preparation and on his first test, he earned the following scores: R: 19, L: 25, S: 24, W: 26. But, he knew he could andmust do better if he really wanted to secure a spot in a top graduate program in his competitive field. His casual approach to the test simply wasn't working for him.
Developing a study plan for optimal results:
When Walter saw his first set of scores, he decided to make a serious change and start studying more strictly.
When he was searching the internet for help, he found NoteFull's videos on YouTube. As he was sitting there, watching the videos, he felt motivated to move forward and he felt 100%TRUST in the knowledge that NoteFull could help. So, he registered and started to study with the following programs:
3-step TOEFL Mastery
Complete TOEFL Assessment
1 Speaking Flash Review
With these programs, Walter studied approximately 25 hours per week. In addition, he developed strong study habits to move forward with focus. Some of the important habits Walter learned to adopt are:
ü Study at a clean desk and sit "in a comfortable chair (not in bed!)".
ü Make sure you study with "proper illumination".
ü Study in 50-minute chunks and take 10-minute breaks in between in order to relax and collect your thoughts.
Reviews that light up the path to success:
Walter says that in his reviews, which were crucial to his improvement and success, "the instructors gave me explicit directions on how to improve and what part of the system I should focus on. They helped me with my timing in the speaking section, as well as with the quality of the content (how to make strong examples and show how the examples are connected to your answer - which is the key."
After almost 3 months of hard work, Walter earned an AMAZING 108, with the following breakdowns: R: 25, L: 27, S: 27 W: 29!
In each section, Walter made strong improvements, bringing his score above and beyond his application requirements. He feels "a great deal of relief" now that it's over and even though he feels that he can do even better, he knows without a doubt that studying with purpose, NoteFull strategy, and guidance is the way to go.
Walter's final words for all students taking the TOEFL:
"The process of learning English can be kind of slow and hard sometimes, so you just have to be patient and don't lose your motivation. Don't ever lose the aim on your ultimate goals. Follow NoteFull instructions, study hard, don't forget to email them regularly, build up your confidence and inspire others once you get the score you desire and deserve."
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.