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TOEFL studying strategies

Take a break if you're studying for TOEFL. It will help.

Jane Birkenhead, June 18 2020

Do you wonder if you are studying enough for TOEFL? Or, do you struggle to fit studying for TOEFL around your work and family commitments, and get frustrated because you always run out of time? If so, this post is for you! I’m going to explain why it’s important to take breaks from studying, and why studying less is sometimes a very good idea.

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TOEFL studying strategies

How to study for TOEFL using children's resources

Jane Birkenhead, April 28 2020

If you’re at home with your children because of COVID-19 and you’re trying to combine their home-schooling with your own TOEFL studying, then this post is for you. If you don’t have children, or you’re not at home with them, read on anyway. There’s a section at the end for you! As you probably know, I believe in using all possible resources to get...

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COVID-19 and TOEFL: Ways to practice your language skills and remain exam ready

Jane Birkenhead, April 2 2020

TOEFL exam centres are closed for the next few weeks while everyone practices physical distancing and most of the world goes into some sort of lockdown. This is frustrating, but it’s absolutely the right course of action. Although ETS has created a Special Home Edition of the TOEFL test, many licensing organizations are not accepting it.

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TOEFL listening

TOEFL Listening: 5 strategies to improve your proficiency

Jane Birkenhead, January 22 2020

Do you need a TOEFL iBT 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 scor...

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How to use Deliberate Practice for TOEFL and reduce your studying time

Jane Birkenhead, January 20 2020

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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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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The new updated TOEFL iBT (from 1 August 2019)

Jane Birkenhead, June 4 2019

ETS has announced changes to the TOEFL iBT exam which will take effect from 1 August 2019.  There has been a lot of discussion about what these changes might mean for students, so I thought it would be helpful to outline my thoughts. Overall, I think it’s great that the exam will be shorter. Anything that test-makers can do to reduce the testing ti...

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Grammar and vocabulary

Improve your TOEFL vocabulary: Using dictionaries for word information

Jane Birkenhead, May 30 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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3 quick steps to make the most of your TOEFL study time

Jane Birkenhead, April 5 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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Grammar and vocabulary

How you can improve your TOEFL vocabulary in four effective ways

Jane Birkenhead, February 26 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. The more words you know, the more clearly you'll understand what you're reading or listening to. To really understand academic texts (like the reading and listening passages in...

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