Vandana C.R:24, L:26, S:27, W:28
NOVEMBER 2015 – PHYSICAL THERAPY.
This November, we’re featuring a student who worked hard for close to a year to get her dream score.
Vandana C. is a physical therapist from India. As she would come to find out, the TOEFL requires a certain set of skills. Skills that even we at NoteFull had to develop as native English speakers.
Vandana had a strong background in English. But passing the TOEFL wouldn’t be as easy as she thought…
Many of you are very good at English. You speak it every day as you go through life. And that makes it so much harder when you take the TOEFL and don’t get the results you’re after. This was Vandana’s challenge…
“Last year when I gave my first exam I was very hopeful that I will be able to get 26 in Speaking and 63 composite in other sections in just 1 or 2 attempts as my English was average. But I was wrong as every time I scored 23 or 24 in speaking which made me hopeless and I thought of giving up on the TOEFL exam.”
Her scores weren’t anywhere near what she was hoping for. But she didn’t give up. Even though the TOEFL seemed impossible, she had a dream of working in the US as a physical therapist. And that’s what kept her going.
As it turns out, Vandana had already found her TOEFL solution…
“Last year, in November 2014, when I started my TOEFL preparation, I discovered a bunch of NoteFull Speaking and Writing videos on YouTube, which I found extremely useful among other videos. My first impression was this is the only site which will help me in getting my dream score very soon.”
She went through the videos and ended up on our website. She then decided to sign up for a few of our self-study programs. The 3-Step Reading Mastery, the 12-Step Speaking Mastery, and the 12-Step Writing Mastery programs.
She learned everything she could from our programs. Making sure that she mastered all of the material. She set aside 5 hours each day to study, totaling 35 hours a week. And whenever she had a question, she would send us an email. This is something we encourage all of our students to do. We are always here to answer your questions and concerns. It’s all part of the path to TOEFL success!
After going through her programs, Vandana knew she could use more help. So she signed up for tutoring sessions and reviews. And she even created her own study plan to follow:
“1. Firstly, I used to get up early in the morning and practice 5 to 8 independent speaking questions as advised my Mathew.
- Secondly, I used to practice out loud reading lectures for 20 minutes as advised by Mathew. Through reviews, I came to know that my clarity, pronunciation and fluency were not good.
- Next, I used to practice questions 3, 4, 5 and 6 for 30 minutes following the structure provided by the NoteFull team.
- Next, I used to practice note-taking of 4 lectures as advised by Mathew in one of the reviews. This helped in improving my note-taking ability.
- Next, I used to practice reading, listening and writing using strategies provided by the Notefull team and their Wednesday videos.
- Lastly, I used to practice some speaking questions in Starbucks to overcome my conciseness in a noisy environment.”
The tutoring sessions and reviews really made a difference for her. She felt that she got the guidance she needed to get her dream scores.
“it was a great help provided by the NoteFull team, especially Mathew and Joseph. They helped in improving the following:
- Clarity, fluency, and pronunciation.
- How to connect examples with reasons in Questions 1 and 2.
- How to connect the conclusion with topic in Questions 4 and 6.”
On Their Way
Vandana’s study plan was a huge help to her. She went in for her next attempt and broke into the 3 digits for a 105! She even got a 27 in the Speaking! Great job, Vandana! We knew you could do it 🙂
Vandana’s journey was not free of struggle. Like many of you, she had a rough start. But she built upon each little victory along the way. Sometimes she did well. Others she didn’t. But she worked with the NoteFull team to create her own path to success. And most importantly, she never gave up.
“I just want to conclude by saying ‘Never, never give up until you achieve your goals as hard work definitely pays, pays and pays.’ I want every student to follow NoteFull strategy blindly if they want to get their dream score. Kudos to the NoteFull Team for your guidance, help and motivation!”Reading: 24, Listening: 26, Speaking: 27, Writing: 28
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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Please send us an email with your story of success to StudentHelp@notefull.com.