Dolly Karan ShahR:24, L:25, S:26, W:27
MAY 2015 – PHYSICAL THERAPY.
This May we are showcasing Dolly S.’s success story!
Dolly came to us from India this past January.
It was her dream to pass the TOEFL so she could work here as a physical therapist.
Luckily for Dolly, English was her second language. But since she lived in India, her challenge was that she didn’t have many chances to practice her skills. So before she started her TOEFL journey she decided to brush up on her English. She worked on her academic skills and vocabulary.
When she felt ready, she started studying for the TOEFL using some free resources. She also used Barron’s TOEFL guide. But it wasn’t enough. She wasn’t learning anything about TOEFL structure…
Thankfully, Dolly found her solution early on in her journey. She started out with NoteFull’s free email course, but it would be some time before she signed up for a course. She was impressed with the content inside the course. But she still wasn’t convinced to register:
“I was thinking to enroll in some kind of program because I was not able to get a high score by self preparation. I already knew about NoteFull. However, I was not so sure to enroll for it. I looked at a post on Facebook about a student who was struggling for her TOEFL score. And almost everyone was giving her advice to take NoteFull. I sent a message to that girl. She had bought Complete TOEFL Mastery and tutoring. She told me to use this program. (She is already on November page of NoteFull. Her name is Dina Alturk.)”
Dina’s helpful advice inspired her to sign up for the Complete TOEFL Mastery program. She dove into the program and used the flash review. She found them very helpful. But she was still having trouble with her Writing and Speaking.
In December, she took her first TOEFL. She did very well in the Reading and Listening. But she only scored a 23 in Speaking and a 21 in Writing. Those are both scores to be proud of. But not good enough to get her physical therapy license.
The disappointment hit her hard. It wasn’t easy dealing with her results. But she knew she couldn’t give up.
Dolly went back through all of the NoteFull steps over and over. She signed up for more flash reviews so she could see how she was improving. She worked on her note-taking methods. She improved her reasons and examples for questions 1 and 2. She even boosted her writing speed by writing 2 essays every day. She worked harder than ever before.
But despite all her hard work, she still struggled with the Speaking section. So she finally signed up for one-on-one tutoring.
“It was an awesome experience.”
It was in these sessions that she learned her weaknesses. Her delivery and pronunciation were issues she needed to work on. She also learned better time management for questions 4 and 6. She recorded her answers over and over again. Analyzing every part of them.
In the end, Dolly ended up spending about 5-6 months intensely preparing for her next TOEFL…
“I didn’t do anything other than TOEFL. I studied for 6 hours daily (except Saturdays and Sundays).”
What a commitment! Now, she was finally ready to book her test. She was scared going in but she stayed positive…
She used the breathing exercises her tutor taught her. And she kept telling herself, “I can do this,” during her 10-minute break.
On Their Way
After half a year, Dolly’s hard work paid off! Now she could finally submit her scores and become a Physical Therapist! Congrats, Dolly! We’re so proud of you 🙂
Here’s what Dolly recommends for success:
- “Do tutoring if you need help. It is not waste of money. “
- “Follow each advice from the system.”
- “Find out your mistakes.”
- “Take baby steps to improve them.
- “Take an active part on the forum page.”
- “Make a transcript for question 1 and 2. Fix your problems.”
- “Repeat the same questions until you find no mistakes.”
- “Give yourself enough time.”
- “Have 100% faith in NoteFull and you.”
And her final words to you:
“Never ever give up. Work hard and stay positive. You can win any battle by just staying in battleground and believing in yourself. Energy and persistence conquer all things.”Reading: 24, Listening: 25, Speaking: 26, Writing: 27
Here For You
We know you have the courage and determination to conquer the TOEFL. But if you’re missing the right tools for the job it can be difficult. If you are, let us know and we can work together to create a personal study plan so you can earn your dream score. Contact us at StudentHelp@notefull.com.
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