October 2016


NoteFull's Student of the Month for October 2016  back to top


Meet Housam, NoteFull's Student of the Month for October 2016        

[Housam is pictured above]    



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While children across the United States are preparing for Halloween, most of you are preparing for something that you might consider scarier than ghosts, goblins, and zombies- the TOEFL! If the test frightens you, that's okay. It's quite a monster, but don't worry- like driving a wooden stake through the heart of a vampire or riddling a werewolf with silver bullets, you can defeat the TOEFL with the right tools as long as you have the courage and the determination to use them! This October, we're celebrating a student who never gave up until he had subdued the TOEFL monster! Working with NoteFull materials and tutors, Housam K. reached his goal score on his last exam and can now work as a fully licensed pharmacist. 


Originally from SyriaHousam came to the United States with both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees. He did well on his FPGEE and rarely struggles with exams, but the TOEFL was different. He first took the TOEFL in May and then he took in June and then he took it in July and then he took in August. Something was not right! He kept meeting the requirements for the Reading, Listening, and Writing sections- he would even earn high scores in those sections like a 27 in Listening!- but he kept falling short of the 26 he needed in the Speaking section. Talking with Housam, he speaks well and is very easy to understand, but his performance on the exam and his scores did not reflect his actual ability.


"My problem was with the Speaking. I used to get 23 on every exam!"


Housam took his fifth exam in September and earned his 26 in Speaking. Frustration frequented Housam's path, but he never gave up. He kept studying with his New Complete TOEFL Mastery program which he went through with one of his colleagues. He continued to work with Mathew and Joseph in tutoring sessions. 


"Joseph gave me the advice: you really need to think before you speak. Before I used to rush myself because I wanted to deliver a fast and good speech, but I realized that I couldn't get my score this way. I started to think before I spoke for every single sentence. I tried to make it very simply. I avoided complex sentences."


Housam never stopped practicing and honing his skills, especially note-taking. The practice paid off and Housam earned his score.


"I also realized we have to finish on time. You want to finish on time. You want to deliver a smooth speech. With the first four exams, I didn't finish on time, but on the final exam, I finished at the exact time and I think that helped me get my 26."


After receiving his score, Housam celebrated for three days. Why shouldn't he? He had faced the TOEFL and emerged victorious!


Reading: 23, Listening: 21, Speaking: 26, Writing: 26


Do you have the courage and determination to conquer the TOEFL? I bet you do. If you're missing the right tools for the job, let us know and we can work together to create a personal study plan so that you too can earn your dream score and be done with the TOEFL! You can always contact us at StudentHelp@notefull.com if you have any questions or need help figuring out your next step forward.


If Housam's story or any of our previous success stories have inspired you, why not share your story and let it inspire others? If you have something to celebrate, let us know!




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!



Your hard earned reward back to top


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.







































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