Sulaimon KR:25, L:28, S:26, W:26
FEBRUARY 2020 – GRADUATE SCHOOL.
This month NoteFull is proud to celebrate Sulaimon K. as our Student of the Month!
Sulaimon is a social psychology student from Nigeria who wishes to study in his field abroad.
He has his sights set on the US, Canada, or Europe. But first, he would have to take on the TOEFL…
Sulaimon started studying for the TOEFL in October of 2019. But he wasn’t able to put much time into it. He already had a lot of coursework to do. Not to mention he had a job on campus!
He only had a couple months to prepare because his test was scheduled for mid-December. But he studied using the Official ETS guide and Baron whenever he could.
As his test-day came closer, he found someone’s success story while searching online. This student had spent only 3 or 4 days watching NoteFull’s videos. But she was still able to earn her dream scores!
If she was able to pass the TOEFL by spending such a short amount of time with NoteFull, he thought that it was worth looking into.
So, he decided to sign up…
Sulaimon was only able to study intensely for about a week leading up to his test because he was so busy. But he made the most of the time he had.
He poured through NoteFull’s YouTube videos. And when Joseph invited him to join the Free Course going on in December, he took full advantage of it.
“When you learn, sometimes you know that what you’re learning is actually the right thing. I think the first or second time I listened to one of the NoteFull free courses…I felt okay this actually makes sense. This is actually logical…Basically, when I got to know that that’s what NoteFull advocates, I felt a sense of: okay these people know what they are doing.”
The most powerful skill that Sulaimon learned was connection. Learning to logically connect his answers with the questions was the driving force behind his TOEFL performance. Especially in the speaking section.
The note-taking methods he learned also helped him immensely. He took notes in every section using what Joseph taught him. In the reading section, taking notes helped him stay focused on the passage even if he wasn’t very interested in the topic. Instead of reading the first sentence like NoteFull suggests, Sulaimon read each paragraph to learn the main idea. This greatly improved his scores on the practice tests that he took throughout his journey. And he feels this helped him score higher on the TOEFL too!
“You should always follow the NoteFull strategy. The timing of the test has a way of making you think you should skip strategy. Just stick to the strategy…It’s all about practice. If you take a lot of practice tests you will do well. Connecting your answer to the question in the speaking section, I want to emphasize this again.”
On Their Way
Sticking to the strategy is exactly what Sulaimon did, because on December 21st he got his dream scores of 105! He did so well that he scored above a 25 in all 4 sections! Incredible!
Sulaimon is currently applying to universities in the US and he hopes to be able to choose from a wide range of options. He’ll be finishing his studies in April and will keep working on campus in the meantime.
Great job, Sulaimon! We can’t wait to see what you achieve 🙂
Need some TOEFL advice? Here’s what Sulaimon has for you:
“I would advise practice. Especially for individuals who lack sufficient background in English, such as other language speakers and people whose official language is not English. Someone who is not from a country like mine where we try to communicate in English, where English is the official language, or where English is the primary language in schools and workplaces should take the NoteFull online courses and engage in a lot of review and practice. They should also try to watch US-based movies to learn how to listen well. And also, try to read newsletters like Scientific American, TED, etc. So just try to get acquainted with the way articles are written. And as I’ve said, we should not go outside of strategy. As a note of endpoint, I know the TOEFL sometimes seems like a barrier to our career goals – studying especially, but we can get the dream score we desire through dedication, positive self-concept which Joseph teaches (remember Joseph’s words: ‘I can do it, you can do it.’), NoteFull courses and strategy. I wish the students and the NoteFull team the best in all endeavors. Thank you.”Reading: 25, Listening: 28, Speaking: 26, Writing: 26
Here For You
You might be in a place on your TOEFL journey where scores like these seem impossible. But with focus and dedication, you can reach scores as high as Sulaimon, or higher!
Whatever your TOEFL dream scores may be, we are here to help you get there. If you’d like to learn more about the Free Course on all 4 sections of the TOEFL that Sulaimon used, just click below to get started:
Free Course for all TOEFL Sections – This is the updated version of the Free Course that Sulaimon took. This course covers all 4 sections of the TOEFL in depth and prepares you for the next step on your TOEFL prep journey. Or, if you’re like Sulaimon, you’ll pass using this alone!
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