NoteFull's Student of the Month for June 2015 back to top
NoteFull is pleased to introduce June's Student of the Month: John Adel Azer Gendy from Egypt!
John, who took the TOEFL for his pharmacy licensure, is another of NoteFull's diligent and motivated students. He worked hard, both independently and alongside NoteFull tutors, to achieve success. Here is his story...
John's Plan for Success:
From the start, John was very determined to defeat the TOEFL. He explains: "As I started my TOEFL marathon in order to get my Pharmacist License, I said to myself I gotta do it as fast as I can, I'm not going to waste my time and leave circumstances and conditions determine my life."
He began by studying with various TOEFL preparation resources, including Kaplan, Cambridge, and ETS. He also collected study materials from other test-takers and spoke with many pharmacists, who had previously reached their TOEFL goal scores. He admits that much of what he read and heard was helpful and motivating: "Every time they said that it takes time and keep trying."
Each time he took the TOEFL, he was excited for his results. However, unfortunately, with each score report that arrived, he was left feeling disappointed: "It turned out to be hopeless, no faith...I have been through a depressed phase in which I was just running in a circle that has a obvious no end."
Still, despite these temporary setbacks, John remained committed to conquering the TOEFL. He enrolled in NoteFull programs for speaking and reading and was especially pleased with his reading success. He explains that "the strategy of reading made reading part as easy as listening...You just need to pay more attention."
Here is a little more information about the programs John registered for:
3-step Reading Mastery
6-step Speaking Mastery
However, despite his progress in reading, John continued to struggle with the TOEFL speaking section and reaching that magic score of 26 that is required of pharmacists. He admits that "near the end I was just taking [TOEFL] to pass speaking."
Yet, John still didn't give up!
"Still struggling with speaking, I did everything it takes... even at my pharmacy trying to either use my lunch to study or skip it to get back home early to have time to study, I was written up 3 times because of all I did in a trial to pass it."
Support from the NoteFull Team:
John registered for two sets of 8 NoteFull Points and worked very closely with Mathew and Lauren in tutoring. He also spent time speaking with Joseph, who reached out when John was particularly struggling.
John describes Mathew's feedback as "remarkable."
He found Lauren to be very motivating ("[she] said to me YOU CAN DO IT").
He also found Joseph's positivity very inspiring:
"He directed me to specific page in program, And I read that phrase, which said: 'if you were in a race that would determine your life wouldn’t you give it all you got?"
John also sought the support of fellow test-takers via NoteFull's Success Stories page. Inspired by thousands of stories of success, he continued to work hard, day and night, studying and practicing. He writes: "YOU HAVE TO BE SERIOUS OTHERWISE YOUR DREAM AND MARATHON WILL BE LONGER THAT YOU EXPECTED."
John's overall score was a 98; this included a 24 in Reading, 23 in Listening, 25 in Writing, and an awesome 26 in Speaking!
John was surprised but ecstatic with his results: "I went to test and even though I was pretty sure that I didn’t do well, I PASSSSSEEED."
John's Final Advice to You:
1) Miracles happen but you have to [work, too]
2) Study everyday and practice a lot
3) Surround your self with positive people that will shorten your marathon
4) Believe in yourself and don’t Lose FAITH or HOPE
5) STRIKE and BEAT IT
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.