Weekly Learning Review | S2: E2 | A Challenging Week

We’re back with the personal development blogs! I stopped posting these maybe since the beginning of last year, if not 2020.

The reason is because most of my students now are TOEFL iTP learning students, so I’ve been focusing on things that are working.

However, there are people interested in personal development, and after revamping this website, which will happen this year, all of you will be able to access personal development and ESL blogs very easily!

With that being said, let’s dive into what I do routinely with my Weekly Learning Review.

At the conclusion of every week, I rate myself on a scale 1-5 in the questions and categories down below and talk about them on my podcast.

Do this every Sunday evening, Monday morning so that you can assess yourself and see how your week went!

Seek Clarity

  • I was intentional in how I acted this week.
  • I knew the feelings I wanted to generate this week.
  • I stayed focused as much as I wanted to.
  • I made this week meaningful.
  • I determined something I can get better at this week.

Generate Energy

1. I managed my energy well this week.

2. I chose to bring joy to this week.

3. I recharged throughout the week to stay energized.

4. I worked out this week.

5. I wound down well this week so I can sleep well.

Raise Necessity

1.I was emotionally committed to excellence this week.

2.I knew my “why” this week and worked for it.

3.I cared about serving others this week.

4.I hit my deadlines and finished my duties this week.

5.I managed my self-talk to stay on my A-game.

Increase Productivity

1. I worked on things that mattered most this week.

2. I progressed a major dream or goal this week.

3. I avoided distractions well this week.

4. I set intentions before each major activity this week.

5. I fully engaged and enjoyed my efforts this week.

Develop Influence

1. I was a role model this week.

2. I guided others to thinking well this week.

3. I challenged someone to grow this week.

4. I worked on myself this week.

5. I demonstrated caring for others this week.

Podcast

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 8: Episode 19 | What Type of Decision Maker Are You?

In today’s podcast, we’re going to do a test to figure out what type of decision maker you are. Now, with the questions, the majority of mine are ‘yes’ and ‘no,’ but the more “it depends” you put for your answers, the more indecisive you may be.  Here’s a break down of it all!

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TOEFL iTP | Listening | Course Sneak Peek | Dialogs with Suggestions Part II

We’re back with another fantastic dialog! In today’s lesson, we’re going to do more dialogs with suggestions. Remember, this is only a sneak peek. The entire course is available in the link down below!

Business English Podcast | Corporate Finance | Vocabulary Describing Financial Changes

Welcome back to another corporate finance episode! Today we’re going to make collocations describing financial changes! This is going to be very useful for a lot of you, especially in next week’s segment for those who have to present financial changes in their company.

Podcast

TOEFL iBT | Listening | Discussion | Party Budget

We’re back! Because Beluga Whale topped 11.5k plays in just one calendar year, it’s time to pump even more listening out! In today’s podcast, we got the party budget, and this will help you with distinguishing between answers and understanding dialog.

Here are my notes down below, the questions, and the answers are on the second page!

Notes

  • Quick conversation
  • How did party go last night?
  • It was fun, good turnout, everyone had good time
  • Focus on social aspect and worked out
  • Mostly, spend more than the budget
  • How did that happen?
  • Costs associated with the party
  • Anytime it happens, important to think through everything, especially on part of the businesses
  • Walkthrough it all
  • First, catering and food
  • Rent tables and chairs
  • Able to cut entertainment costs by using other speaker systems
  • How did it send it?
  • No extra, unexpected purchases came up
  • Decorations a bit but not much
  • Made stuff from cheap parts
  • Save receipts? Sent by email
  • Doesn’t want to impose
  • Rental, good
  • Decorations fine
  • Here it is, caterer forgot to get us discount
  • Apply discount, back within budget?
  • Yeah, ok…found it, easy
  • Call him again, change it, credited back and change it
  • Now party can be success
  • Committee doesn’t have to be mad about spending
  • Just get the talking with the caterer

Questions

1 Why does the teacher talk to the student?

  • To tell him he failed the last test.
  • To ask about the party.
  • To see if he wants a job.
  • To tell him he’s a good student.

2 Why does the teacher want to walk through the entire budget?

  • To see what stuff Luke bought that he shouldn’t have.
  • To decide what can be cut out in the future.
  • To see if there was a mistake in the charges.
  • To figure out how much money they’ll need in the future.

3 Which of the following did Luke NOT spend money on?

  • A handful of fancy, premade decorations.
  • Renting tables.
  • Renting chairs.
  • Catering for food.

4 What ended up being the mistake?

  • The rental company charged them for double the equipment.
  • The decoration supply store added an extra hundred dollar charge on accident.
  • The caterer forgot to give them the discount they’d agreed on.
  • There was no mistake; Luke just went over budget.

5 Why is it so important that the student saved all of the receipts?

  • They ended up helping to figure out the problem.
  • It works to document the spending, which is important on a school budget.
  • Both A and B.
  • Neither A nor B.

Arsenio’s Business English Podcast | Season 8: Episode 18 | Where in The World Are They?

Based on the conversations in the podcast, where are they? Today, you will listen to a variety of different vocabulary between American and British English, and will also listen to eight conversations to understand where the conversation is taking place BASED on what is being said.

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TOEFL iTP | Listening | Course Sneak Peek | Dialogs Involving Suggestions, Invitations, Offers and Requests

We’re back with another super special! Today we’ll be getting into suggestions, invitations, and much more. On TOEFL, you need to make sure you memorize these different things because it could make all the difference in the world when answering. Here’s a free video. Audio dialogs and breakdowns will be on the paid course down below!

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TOEFL iBT | 1 on 1 Coaching | Reading | Why Twigs & Leaves Fall off Trees

A coaching session with a student I hadn’t coach yet! after speaking to her four months ago, she is now preparing for her TOEFL exam and she’s doing an amazing job at answering these questions. However, before the techniques, she was lost with time. So in this session, I break down the questions so that she never wastes time again!