About How I Can Help You
No matter how many tutors you’ve had or times you’ve taken the TOEFL iBT — no matter how discouraged you are about your scores up to now — I have a proven track record of helping people like you achieve your dreams and get the respect you deserve when you speak English.
I’m Jaime Miller, the online teacher and coach for scores on the TOEFL iBT test like Speaking 26 and Writing 24.
If you’re studying for TOEFL, you already know it’s a hard test.
I also know it because I’ve taken it several times. (You can see my current scores in the image.)
If TOEFL iBT was like any test or challenge that you faced in your life before, you would already have finished with it by now. Why do I say that?
The way you do anything
is the way you do everything.
You are a smart, successful person and your problem with TOEFL iBT is that you don’t know what to change, so you don’t know what to do.
Do you wonder why, as a native speaker, I bother taking the exam? Certainly I don’t “need” to—and I think it’s a valid question because too many tutors for TOEFL iBT don’t take the exam. That means your previous tutor probably had no experience with:
- Navigating the process of registering for TOEFL iBT
- Paying the increasingly expensive registration fee
- The excruciatingly poor communication with Prometric and ETS if there is even the smallest issue
- Dealing with all of the pre-exam jitters (sleep disturbance, traveling a long way, checking into that super quiet, awkward environment where hardly anyone looks at each other, regulating your bodily functions to fit the exam schedule)
- Sitting for 3.5 hours glued to a screen with headphones over your ears and a mic in front of your face
I take the test to understand all of those things.
PLUS I need to know what ETS is changing because you will finish with TOEFL faster if your guide is up-to-date.
Some people think I am too intense.
I prefer to recognize that I am fully-committed to helping you overcome your TOEFL challenges.
How I Became a TOEFL Coach
It all started in 2008, when I moved to Turkey as a beginner teacher. The day that I got off the plane, the only words that I knew in Turkish were “apple,” “fork” and “jump.” It is a challenge to use all 3 words in the same sentence—let alone start your life in a new country with just those! I had to learn a lot, and fast.
My work schedule prevented me from taking intensive group Turkish lessons, so I ended up bouncing between self-studying in my apartment and taking private lessons. I was constantly searching for a new Turkish tutor because they never corrected my mistakes in a way that made sense to me or they told me I was already good enough, so they would not correct me at all.
Meanwhile my first TOEFL iBT student needed to improve her Speaking score. The only advice my boss could give me was “Don’t do anything that makes her score worse than it already is.”
At first, I was astonished that they gave me this student, instead of pairing her with a more experienced tutor. But it started to make sense when I realized that none of the long-time teachers who were mentoring me had useful advice about how to help her. It seemed like no one had any idea about how to work with students to get the scores they needed on this important–life-changing–exam.
For quite a while, I floundered, but over time I developed effective study protocols and tools that transformed my students’ lives.
By 2010, I was fed up with the way traditional language schools treated their students.
So, I set out on my own with an exclusive focus on tutoring for TOEFL iBT.
It took me years to figure out the answer to two fundamental questions that determine your score–why do TOEFL Graders give 26 on Speaking? And more importantly, how can you improve your English enough that they give YOU 26, even if you failed repeatedly before?
Over the years, I’ve guided TOEFL iBT students from over 30 countries and 15 language groups to get the scores they need using my online e-courses, Zoom classes and private lessons.
Between 2015-2019, I offered my own online training for ESL teachers that was called: "How to Teach Exams." Over 50 teachers joined my training.
Like I said, how you do anything is how you do everything. I Iove the challenge, love helping people who were stuck – and most of all, I love hearing from students “I’m done with TOEFL!”