TOEFL Listening: 5 strategies to improve your proficiency

Jane Birkenhead, November 7 2019

Do you need a TOEFL listening score of between 18 to 22? Read on to find out why you should aim for a much higher score than that. Many TOEFL students think they don’t need to worry about practicing listening because they only need a low listening score of around 18 to 22 but the problem is that many students also need an advanced speaking score (2...

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TOEFL study schedules: how to be flexible and productive

Jane Birkenhead, October 2 2019

Let’s focus on some TOEFL studying strategies. Where I live, the start of the new academic year happens at the same time as the start of autumn. Somehow, setting new goals and making plans goes really nicely with the colder weather. It’s a time to get cosy inside with tea and blankets and books. So, let’s talk about study schedules!

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Improve your TOEFL vocabulary: Using dictionaries for word information

Jane Birkenhead, May 28 2019

It's important to have a good vocabulary if you want to do well in the TOEFL exam, so let's consider how you can add to your vocabulary in a sensible, natural way. In this post, I'll explain how you can use dictionaries to help you in 2 specific ways - collocations and synonyms. Dictionaries are great places to find out information about new words....

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How to Make the Best use of your Study Time

Jane Birkenhead, April 16 2019

I know that many of you are trying to fit TOEFL studying in around work and family life and I know exactly how hard that is. Before I became a language teacher, I was an accountant. I worked long hours during the day and then I had to study for my accountancy exams in the evenings. I did this for many years.

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Four Effective Ways to Improve your Vocabulary for TOEFL

Jane Birkenhead, March 6 2019

It's essential to have a good vocabulary to do well in the TOEFL exam. These four strategies explain how you can effectively increase your vocabulary as you study for TOEFL. 1. Increase your academic vocabulary to understand 95% - 98% of a text The more words you know, the more clearly you'll understand what you're reading or listening to.

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Study Effectively for TOEFL using Deliberate Practice

Jane Birkenhead, February 5 2019

When you learn new skills, like improving your English for the TOEFL exam, it’s important to practice. I think most people know this! To get a high score in the TOEFL exam (100+ or S26 and W24), you need to practice a lot to improve and get really good. Some students, however, believe that the quantity of practice time is more important than the qu...

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Studying for TOEFL? Here are 5 strategies for better studying

Jane Birkenhead, December 6 2018

There are no short cuts to TOEFL success. The TOEFL exam is hard and you are required to demonstrate many different skills in a short period of time. You have to be able to multi-task and to think quickly. There are however, many ways you can help yourself to study better. Here are some ideas.

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TOEFL Speaking: Three Flashcard Tips for Pronunciation

Jane Birkenhead, November 16 2018

TOEFL speaking - 3 quick flashcard tips to help your studying You probably already use flashcards in your TOEFL studying. Perhaps you use them for noting pronunciation or grammar errors. Or maybe you use them for writing down new vocabulary. I encourage all my students to make flashcards in their TOEFL lessons, and to review them frequently.

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