I believe that every student deserves good, clear, up to date advice for their TOEFL or IELTS preparation. I give my personal attention to every student who works with me and I do all that I can to help them succeed. That’s it. That’s my goal!
Birkenhead English is NOT a language school with administrators and different teachers. It’s just me and my students.
I get to know my students. I learn about their strengths and weaknesses, and from this, I help them to prepare for their exam with the tools and confidence to achieve their target scores.
In this video, I explain my approach to teaching TOEFL, and how my personalized support means you'll be ready to conquer TOEFL sooner.
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I have a Cert TESL teaching qualification from Algonquin College, and an MA in Applied Linguistics from Carleton University, both in Ottawa, Canada.
I've been teaching English for 16 years, and exams preparation for 8 years.
I've taught thousands of hours of lessons and worked with students from all different professions, countries and language groups.
I regularly practice exam questions and share my responses with my students in lessons.
When I took the TOEFL exam I scored 120/120.
It's a big decision to choose a teacher to help you prepare for an important exam. You'll be spending a lot of time with that person so you need be comfortable working with them. You should feel that you can build a relationship with them, and be able to trust them.
Of course you should check your potential teacher's experience and qualifications, but quite often you'll know if a teacher is the right fit for you by considering their personality.
You can learn a lot about someone's personality by reading other people's descriptions of them.
From the first day you have given me confidence with your words, "I know how to help you, I know how to do it" and that is priceless for me.
I think that a coach that gives confidence to students is very important in this process because it's a long way. It's hard and some days are better than others, but people need someone else who helps them, who encourages them and gives them confidence to move forward.
Every time that I was down, you appeared on my screen with your big smile, saying that everything will be okay and you know how to fix that problem. And that gave me a lot of confidence.
One of the things that makes me happy about you is that you think about your students. I feel that you are all the time thinking of your students and worried about what is happening with them. Honestly I've never felt this with an online tutor, or with any of the professors I've had in my entire life.
For the first time in my years studying for this exam, I've not thought whether it is worth it to continue or pay more money. Yes, it's worth it!! I feel like I'm learning and I'm improving because your patience and your way of teaching is helping me to take the English language to another level.
I took the TOEFL exam nine times in total. From attempts six to nine, I was just failing by one or two points and it was so frustrating.
You helped me with writing and speaking. We studied writing first, for 2 months, then we switched to speaking and we practiced both skills together.
You taught me step by step. You found my mistakes and gave me feedback. I didn't know about my mistakes before but you gave me feedback so that I wouldn't repeat them.
I listened to your steps and I tried to do everything you told me. I love the way you teach and I wish I'd met you before!
When I studied with other teachers it was like, "Okay, just let me correct this one for you and that's it". They didn't give me the strategies of how to study. But you told me in the beginning, "Hasnaa, we will change the way you study". Well, it was worth it.
What I love about you, well, I have a list that's never ending…I really like you because you're personable and you worry about your students.
You are so clear and patient and you thought about my needs.
Not just in the time that we were together but you would keep on thinking. You weren't just, "OK, she paid me for an hour now, that's it, she's on her own." No, you were with me all the way until the very end and you don't find that every day.You've got to be so proud of yourself, seriously because you help people with their lives. You're not just a tutor.
I could meet you in a video chat before deciding about lessons.
I love that you take time to get to know your students and understand their needs. That's wonderful.
I love how organized you are, how prepared and how very professional.
I was never anxious thinking, "Oh my gosh, what's it going to happen?" I knew every lesson, at our time, you would be there. And we students need that because we have a lot of stress already going on.
You helped me to make a study plan.
It made everything a lot clearer for me because I was losing interest. I was down and I didn't want to study anymore but, with my study plan, I had goals that I could accomplish every day.
You taught me to take breaks.
That was important. Before I sat and studied non-stop maybe for 4 hours without getting up but you taught me that my brain needs a break. So, I started doing that and I realized when I came back, I was fresh again and could focus.
You really helped me with study resources.
I would spend hours trying to find things but you sent me a few links that I was able to go straight to and read all I needed.
That's why it's worth investing in a tutor like you because you have the tools. If I said, "I'm struggling with this", you would have a document with explanations and practice, and I didn't have to go all over the internet to find just one little thing. So, you have all the resources together for everything.
Hilda, bilingual teacher
I wish I had taken lessons with you earlier. It's important to have professional help. I had other people who were helping me before but teaching English is one thing, teaching for the TOEFL exam is completely another thing. I would 100% recommend you.
You understood my weak points and you took them very seriously from the beginning and yes you have been my salvation because I was trying to do it by myself but I needed a professional hand.
When I hear you speak about independent writing, you make it seem like it's fun! Speaking with you was eye-opening and very inspiring.
For the first time, someone has told me exactly what I'm supposed to do. I tried your technique and it worked. For the first time at the exam, the writing part was fun.
I imagined you were there writing with me. I built the paragraph the way you explained it and no one is better than you at explaining it.
I just hate writing, it's in my bones, but with remembering your words about what to do, I felt okay.
It was the focused thinking that changed things. I have no idea why teachers say you should brainstorm in the exam. I have no idea how to explain it but you made a difference, a big difference.
My other teachers didn't dig into the real problem like you did. You told me my real struggles with pronunciation and vocabulary.
You told me what kinds of things I needed to work on and I was very surprised about that and I feel like I was walking with a blindfold on my eyes.
Jeressy, bilingual teacher
I really enjoyed lessons with Jane. She's so nice and a very kind person - so patient.
She tries to speak as clearly as possible in English and that helped me a lot. She's an excellent teacher. You can learn a lot in just a lesson.
Thank you for your help and everything that you've done for me because you helped me to pass this TOEFL. I finally did it and it was because of your help. Thank you so much for this journey.Javad, Pharmacist
Working with Jane was really great and it helped me a lot. She provided support by giving me advice on how to improve myself and giving me access to exercises.
Her insight into the test itself and how to tackle the different tasks made me feel well prepared and less nervous.
Philipp, MSc student
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