Proper Attitude for Learning TOEFL

We love feedback from our students. It helps us improve our TOEFL learning materials, it helps us understand what students want and need, and it also helps us realize what many TOEFL students don't understand about studying and learning TOEFL. In this blog post we will talk about some problems students have, and the solutions to these problems.

Some students think that if they learn enough TOEFL vocabulary, or enough TOEFL tricks, they will achieve success on TOEFL. This is simply not the case. Learning TOEFL strategies does help, but learning TOEFL is about more than knowing the mechanics of the test. In English there is a saying "give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime". Many students want their teacher to feed them fish. While rewarding in the short term, this is not the path to success. When we teach TOEFL, we teach our students "how to fish". We teach the skills they need to properly think about what they read, what they hear, what they say, and what they write.

In the "key strategies" section of our TOEFL course, we teach you the three main skills needed to think and analyze the questions found on the TOEFL. The ability to visualize, paraphrase, and think critically is key to TOEFL learning and TOEFL success. When you find a reading passage difficult, or an essay difficult to write, these are the skills which will help you understand the task and help you succeed.

Another problem students run into is the desire for instant success. Learning TOEFL and achieving TOEFL success is a long process. Watching a few videos is not enough for TOEFL success. You must engage critically with the learning process. You must ask the "what? why? how?" questions of critical thinking, and you must be patient when success does not come right away.

Learning TOEFL is like constructing a building. You need a strong base if you want a strong building. If you have a weak base, the building will fall. The best way for learning TOEFL is to develop a strong base of English and TOEFL skills, then build up with strategies, tips, tricks, and vocabulary.

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