NoteFull's Student of the Month for November 2014 back to top
[Dina is pictured above with her husband]
NoteFull is excited to present November's Student of the Month! Introducing: Dina Alturk! Dina is originally from Jordan and is a native speaker of Arabic.
Dina was taking the TOEFL in order to be able to sit for the National Physical Therapy Exam (NPTE). The cut off score for the test is 89 total and a minimum of 26 in the Speaking.
Dina's climb to the top:
When she first set out to take the TOEFL, she knew she had a specific goal, but she wasn't 100% sure what she needed to do to improve. She compared TOEFL preparation services and text books and after discovering NoteFull, she felt that she had discovered the best path to success. She says:
"After taking a glance at many other TOEFL books I thought that the exam is very sophisticated, but with NoteFull I was very fascinated by the simplicity of their strategies and the way they presented the information."
So, right away, she registered for Complete TOEFL Mastery to improve.
After working independently for some time, Dina completed her first test. Here, she earned the following scores: R 20, L 21, S 22, W 22. But unfortunately, this wasn't enough.
Dina knew that she was using strong strategies as she studied with NoteFull, but she wasn't always sure how to apply all of them. Also, she found it to be really tricky to evaluate her own speaking responses, which was the section that needed the most improvement for her.
After some stress, difficulty, and frustration, we spoke with Dina about registering for some tutoring. She purchased 2 Additional Tutoring Sessions (only available with other NoteFull systems). This was the magic ticket to her success!
Round 2 of the TOEFL & ready for success:
In tutoring, Dina learned that the only issues holding her Speaking score back were connected to Delivery--primarily in intonation and delivery.
After only ONE of those two tutoring sessions, she shot that speaking score right up! She surpassed her goal of a 26 and jumped all the way up to a 28!
97 (R 22, L 25, S 28, W 22)
This is what Dina said about her success: "Seeing my second speaking score was shocking because I couldn't believe that students can improve that much in such a short time course. The funny thing was even after I learned that I passed this test, during the nights I still dreamed about it for so many times because my brain couldn't believe that I was able to score that high in the speaking section."
And remember, Dina worked primarily with self-study systems, but it was only that one tutoring session that boosted her score from a 22 to a 28!
Dina's final words of advice to you:
"Follow NoteFull's recommendations and strategies and they'll definitely guide you towards the right path. From my perspective, the test doesn't rely on fortune and the fact is if you want to improve in any section you need to recognize your mistakes and work on avoiding them by practicing. Even though I was always tempted to do so many practice tests because I though it is the key to success. I strongly believe that I was wrong and that doing the same group of practice tests over and over is much more effective than trying new ones because this what make you become more confident. Try your best to sound very confident in the test and never give up on your hopes."
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.