NoteFull's Student of the Month for November 2016 back to top
[Gira is pictured above]
There are many words one can use to describe Gira P. The one that comes up first for us at NoteFull is perseverance.
Gira moved to the United States in 2011, four years after obtaining her Pharmacy degree in India. In March, 2013, she took her first plunge into the world of TOEFL testing, earning a score of 56.
"I then spent the next two and a half years studying by myself, along with some online classes through a a company based in India. I wasn't able to meet any of my goal scores during that time."
More specifically, Gira spent 29 months trying to improve her scores, but she wasn't meeting the targets needed to work as a phamacist in the United States.
In August 2015, she discovered NoteFull and began using the free online resources available. Shortly afterwards, her scores in the Reading and Listening sections rocketed upwards and she was consistently achieving her goal scores for both.
"It was at that point that I realized I needed more help, so I registered for Speaking and Writing programs which also included reviews and tutoring."
Over the last few months of 2015, Gira studied and reviewed the resources in both programs she had registered for, and began tutoring sessions with Nayyer, one of our TOEFL tutors. By January, 2016, she had nailed her goal Writing score! However the last leg of her journey would take the longest.
As the weeks turned to months and the miserably cold weather outside matched her feelings, she began to believe that reaching her Speaking goal score simply wasn't possible.
"Maybe this is a sign that I need to move on with my life,", she told her husband, at the time. "I should have gotten a 26 by now. Maybe it's just not meant to be".
In fact, for several months in late spring and summer, Gira stopped her regular tutoring sessions with Joseph. But, with her husband's encouragement and her resolve hardened once again, she returned to tutoring and embraced some advice Joseph passed on:
He told me to stop taking the test every two weeks, that it was a distraction which prevented me from fully focusing and improving. Then, I remember what day it was: October 21st. I was feeling stressed out and nervous, and Joseph worked on some breathing exercises with me. I remember that after that session I felt a kind of confidence I had never felt before."
Shortly afterwards, Gira took the test and reached her goal score in Writing, Reading, and Listening. In Speaking, she was able to hit what had eluded her on her TWENTY-SIX previous TOEFL attempts and over a period of three and a half years: 26. At the end of it all, here's what she'd like to share with you all:
If there's one thing I learned from this whole experience, it's to never give up, no matter how bad things seem. There's always a path to success if you work hard enough and get the right kind of help. With Joseph, we attacked issues specifically, and in detail. We would do the same exercise over and over during a session, so that I developed good habits. It can seem strange, but have faith in his expertise. He's helped so many students reach their goal scores, so he knows what he's doing."
Now that Gira has climbed Mount TOEFL and stuck her flag at the top, there's no stopping her now. Who knows what new challenges lie ahead of her in the future, but I have a feeling that whatever she faces, she'll make it through to the other side!
Reading: 23, Listening: 23, Speaking: 26, Writing: 27
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 Gira'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!
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.