Hello! I'm Jane Birkenhead.

I've been teaching English for 16 years and I have a CertTESL qualification and an MA in Applied Linguistics.

I started teaching exams students in 2015. I've helped hundreds of students from all over the world to achieve their target scores.

You can read more about my background and experience on my about page

Exam Preparation Lessons are Effective

If your scores are stuck, if you've done all the past exam questions, or if you've tried every way of studying but you just can't seem to get your target scores, then you need a different approach.

I can help you.

I'm an experienced exams preparation teacher. That means I understand the requirements of TOEFL and IELTS.

I work out exactly what's preventing you from getting your target scores, then I plan your lessons so you'll have the guidance and feedback you need to succeed.

You can find out more about what we do in lessons by going to the TOEFL or IELTS Lessons pages.

Make Faster Progress with a Teacher

These are the exam scores of a nurse who studied with me. She had studied by herself for more than a year and had 5 unsuccessful TOEFL attempts before she started lessons.

In lessons, we analyzed where she was going wrong and focused on her weaknesses. Two quick exam attempts later, and she had finished TOEFL for ever!

When you study with me, you'll:

  • Build language proficiency
  • Practice exam strategies
  • Learn how to cope with nerves and
  • Stay motivated

so that you'll be completely prepared for your exam

I've been teaching English for 16 years and during that time I've developed many different techniques to help students study effectively.

I share my ideas and some of my resources and study materials on the Articles and Resources page.

Resources and Study Materials

Where do you like to study?

When you study online, you have the freedom and flexibility to study anywhere you like.

It's convenient, time-saving and highly effective.

Birkenhead English Logos

You'll see my personal logos on all Birkenhead English resources.

My name Birkenhead comes from an Old English word meaning birch trees. My logos depict 2 birch leaves to reflect this meaning. I like the connection they form between trees and growth, and studying and growth.

My designer created these logos exclusively for Birkenhead English. So when you see these little leaves on any study materials, you'll know they come from me, and that they can be trusted.


I often get asked if you need to speak with an American accent to score 26+ in TOEFL speaking.

The simple answer is no, you don't!

But you do need to speak clearly so there isn't any confusion about what you're saying. That means you need to be intelligible.

Watch my video to learn how you can speak with your natural accent and still get an advanced speaking score.

Successful Students

Check out the stories of some of the amazing students who have studied with me.

"Jane believed in me when I did not believe in myself and was about to give up on my dream."

Samah, pharmacist

"I'm happy to tell you I made 27 in my speaking after a year of taking TOEFL. May you continue encouraging students and helping them to reach their dreams, You are a blessing! Thank you from the bottom of my heart ♥️"

Lea, Nurse

"You were so patient with me and you never gave up. You understood my weak points and you totally believed in me from the beginning."

Irma, nurse

"The miracle has happened Jane. I passed! Thank you. You are an amazing person and I am happy to have had the chance to know such an incredible and sincere tutor like you."

Meriet, pharmacist

"Jane I passed! I got 27 in speaking and 24 in writing. You are the reason I passed. Thank you so much for your selfless help"

Amna, pharmacist

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Land Acknowledgement

I respect and acknowledge that the land I live and work on is the traditional territory of the Anishnabek, Huron-Wendat, and Haudenosaunee Peoples.

I acknowledge that I'm a settler on these lands, and I'm grateful to the Indigenous communities for their continued stewardship.

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