General Tips

Tip 1 - Print and "Bind" the Workbook

Most of the program that you paid for is in the workbook. It’s a 100-page document that can be stressful to navigate on a screen. The pages that are typically relevant to everyone are the first 70. The last 30 pages are pronunciation lists and it would be wise to wait until you pay to get feedback from me before you worry about learning all 30 pages. 

If you don’t want to print the workbook, email me. For an extra charge, I can send you a printed copy. 

After you have the paper copy in your hands, you need to organize it in a 3-ring binder. 

Tip 2 - Commit to an Intense Schedule

After 10 years of watching people pursue advanced Speaking scores on TOEFL iBT, I can say that people tend to massively underestimate how much time they actually need to be investing. 

You should expect to need 18 to 24 hours to study the topics in the workbook, and watch the corresponding videos inside this website. So, depending on your schedule, you may need 18 to 30 days to achieve that. 

What you do next is actually the most important. After your initial review of the material, you should expect to spend another 80 to 100 hours practicing and developing automatic habits over the next 6 weeks. 

If you’re unsure how to do that, you can upgrade to my program, Understand How to Get S26. In that, in many video classes, we go through the Advanced Speaking Guide and create high-scoring responses together.

Tip 3 - Create a Distraction-Free Zone

Tip 4 - Understand Why Scores "Drop"

I want to address this first because it’s such a common phenomenon. 

If you got your scores from your TOEFL test and they weren’t what you wanted to see, you’re probably feeling discouraged, frustrated, and demotivated. In the video below, I discuss reasons why your scores might go down despite all your efforts studying. Please watch and take notes.

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