NoteFull's Student of the Month for July 2015 back to top
[Shomoa is pictured above with her husband]
NoteFull would like to introduce Shomoa Saliba who is living in Israel and a part of the Arab 48 community. Here is her success story…
Striving to reach a 100+
Shomoa began her TOEFL journey in order to gain acceptance in an “Advanced Standing” program in Dentistry. Shomoa is already a trained dentist and needed top TOEFL scores to earn licensure in the United States.
To get started, Shomoa enrolled in a local preparation course. She then took her first TOEFL exam in June 2014. However, she had only earned an 81 on this attempt. Unfortunately, this was not high enough to meet the requirements. So, she took the test soon after. AGAIN, she earned the same score . . . an 81 and still 19 points away from her goal: “I felt disappointed and disabled. In my head I thought it is very tough and I wouldn’t ever get 100.” She knew she would have to do something differently if she was going to earn a 100+ to pursue her dream.
"Finally, I found my treasure . . ."
It was at that point that she decided to search for a new solution. She states, “I started to search in the Internet how to study for the TOEFL until I found NoteFull. Finally, I found my treasure.” Once she discovered NoteFull, she immediately registered for the New Complete TOEFL Mastery program, as well as 24 NoteFull Tutoring Points.
It was at that time when Shomoa started working intensely on the program and in tutoring sessions. Here, she focused on tutoring with Mathew. She says, "he is wonderful. He helped me out to figure my weak points, how to focus on the important things in speaking, and manage my time."
After taking several sessions, she took the TOEFL again and earned a 90! Finally, her score was improving: “I was very happy. Climbing the ladder step by step,” but “at the same time, the deadline for universities was approaching.” Shomoa knew she had to keep going—she knew she would have to focus and really work hard to improve more quickly.
The final leg of the journey
After the latest TOEFL scores, Shomoa went back to the beginning. She opened New Complete TOEFL Mastery and read everything “with full concentration focusing on every word and detail.”
She decided though that she would need further guidance in speaking and writing. So, Shomoa decided to upgrade again to include reviews. It was at this point that the NoteFull team stepped in. Lauren called Shomoa to check on her and her progress and together they decided that Shomoa should take one more session.
With only one week left before her next test, Shomoa said that the final session “changed my thinking totally. I started to believe in myself more. I added energy to my speaking, which was very important” to succeed.
With this newfound focus and with the help and support of her husband and parents, Shomoa worked even harder. She studied 4 hours, every day, except weekends. Although she only had a short amount of time to study before her final test, she put in her all.
On the test day, she felt ready. She states, “all the time I said to myself I can do it, I took the exam and really it was very tough, but I used NoteFull strategy in every section with energy and focus.”
And she was right . . . she could do it! She finally got the score she needed to reach her dreams! She earned a 100 total (R 26, L26, S23, and W25). Fantastic work, Shomoa!
Shomoa’s final words to you
“You have to believe in yourself and in your capabilities. I removed the word "impossible" from my dictionary; it doesn't exist anymore. You should follow each strategy in NoteFull as it is proven by many students. Success is coming. If there is something you have to do then you must do it in a perfect way. Tell yourself you can do it ... Yes you can. Don't let the negative energy affect you and your studying. Study with smile even if it's tough. Sometimes, I passed hard days but the most important thing to know is how to overcome these hard days. I would like to wish you all good luck and I thank the amazing team of NoteFull. You are wonderful and deserve the best.”
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.