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How to apply this average to plan your studies.
First, figure out how many points you need to improve to get your dream score. For example, if you scored a 73 and need to score 100+, that means you need to improve 27 points. That means that you'll need 270 hours to make that jump.
The best number of hours to study a week is 20+. That's where we notice students make the most improvement. But, studying less is fine. Some students can only study a few hours a week. The key is to apply these 5 points when you study and you'll reach your dream score.
Now, that means that with 20 hours a week and the need to study 270 hours to improve 27+ points, you're looking at 3 and 1/2 months before you're ready to get your dream score. That's a huge improvement in a fairly short time. Again, as long as you follow these 5 points when you study. Does that make sense?
If you haven't taken the TOEFL before . . .
Try scoring a practice reading and listening yourself. This will be fairly easy since answer keys are available with any practice source. With this score, you can then figure out how many hours you need to dedicate to each of these sections.
For the speaking and writing, it's a bit harder. But, what you can do is record all of your answers on the speaking (first tries under TOEFL conditions only) and then do the same with the writing.
After you do this, wait one day. That way you forget a little of what you said and wrote. Then, review your speaking and writing and evaluate what score you think you deserve out of 30 on each section. It's not perfect, but it will give you an excellent understanding of where you are.
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So, where does this average come from?
Science and the basics of how your brain learns. It's a fascinating thing to understand and understanding will help you on your TOEFL journey.
You can expect this to be a fairly smooth process when you're lookint to improve anywhere from 1 to 8 points on the TOEFL. When you try to improve 10 or more points, the average still applies, but it's not as smooth a process. Let me explain.
If you need to improve 10 or more points, read the following carefully; otherwise, continue to step 2.
When you first start studying for the TOEFL, you can expect your ability and score to decrease; that's right: decrease. The reason is that you're learning many new things. As you know, when you learn something new, you're slower and a bit awkward applying what you learn.
This won't last but it does occur, so if it happens, know that it's a normal part of the process. It means keep going and study with focus so that the new things you learn become more and more familiar. At that point, you'll notice your score make a jump!
Your progress will continue nice and smooth until you hit what's called a plateau. This is a point where your progress seems to stop. Again, this is normal. The reason is that when you hit a plateau there are several skills that you need to master to reach the next level. And, until you master ALL of those skills, you won't notice improvement. Let me explain.
Imagine that you're working hard to improve the reading. You've learned from a tutoring session with us that there are 3 skills that you need to master before you improve. If you master 1 skill, it won't be enough. If you master 2 skils, it won't be enough. You must have all three.
Think about learning how to ride a bicycle. If you master pedaling to move the bike forward only, it's not enough. If you master being balanced on the bike only, it's not enough. If you master steering the bike only, it's not enough. You need to master all of these and when they're all mastered, you can ride your bike! Does that make sense?
Now, this is a dangerous place. It's where many students get stuck because they don't realize this. Because you're reading this, you won't be one of those students, which is excellent. You can get stuck here for months and even years. How?
If you don't study to master all the skills together that you learn from our free course, our special TOEFL packages, our online reviews, or our tutoring, you'll be stuck and won't improve. You'll be like someone trying to ride a bike who knows only how to pedal. Does that make sense?
So, during your studies, it's important to realize that you're learning to master everything so that you can apply it all at once and smoothly. That's why having a plan for the TOEFL is so important and why some students can get stuck in the same score forever.
How to make sure you need 5 hours instead of 10 to improve at least 1 point.
This comes from discipline and focus. It's simple but hard. Think of walking 1,000 miles. Walking is simple, right? But, walking 1,000 miles is hard. Simple doesn't mean easy. Remember that when you study our strategies.
For example, we teach you: spend 1 minute and 17 seconds for each question on the reading. Simple, right? But, if you don't study to apply this, you won't improve. We teach you a 4-step breathing process to reduce stress before answering each question on the speaking. It works! It's a simple process and just 4 steps, right? But, it's hard to master doing this under the stressful conditions of the TOEFL.
This is what most of your study time will be focused on: mastering the complete and effective application of strategy under stressful timed conditions. That's what you need to spend your 5 hours doing: memorize the strategy we teach 100% and then practice, practice, practice applying it until it's natural and easy for you. When you don't study this way, it can take you 10, 15, 20, even more hours to improve just 1 point.
What you just read works like magic. We have yet to see a student that hasn't earned their dream score who didn't fail to apply a strategy they already learned in their program. Our material works. It's simple, but that doesn't mean it's easy. But, you can do it and we're here to help you every step of the way until you do!