TOEFL iBT | Writing | Integrated Essay | A Good First Essay

Here’s a follow-up from yesterday’s podcast. The Integrated Task, which is far easier than the independent essay to most, is reviewed and he has a number of different phrases within his essay. The goal for any integrated task is to make comparisons, use passive voice, reported speech and especially a wide range of reported statements. So, hear my breakdown of this.

TOEFL iBT | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Full Session

Super grateful to chop up this podcast and give you the full coaching session with one of my previous students who was EXCELLENT at note-taking.  So, make sure you get a pen, pencil, and put yourself in an entirely different vantage point of understanding the TOEFL Speaking questions.

TOEFL iBT | Speaking Q2 | 1 on 1 Coaching | New Study Area

We’re back with a FANTASTIC breakdown of the speaking question 2. Some of you are still confused about how to take reading notes. I’ve heard a Thai student, who you will hear next month, state conflicting information. In this episode, I break down the reading, and we go really deep in detail about the others. Let’s dive into it!

TOEFL iTP | Structure | Mini-test #3

We’re back with another superb mini-test! This one is difficult, and a lot of the skills revolve around what I taught in my courses. So, if you’re interested in my courses, make sure you hit the links down below. And in saying that, let’s dive into this monster mini-test!

Written Expression

Structure

Reading

  1. The planet Mercury _______ rotations during every two trips around the Sun.
  • three complete
  • completes three
  • the completion of three
  • completing three of the

2. In prehistoric _____ of western Utah was covered by Lake Bonneville.

  • times, a large part
  • times, there was a large part
  • part of the time
  • for large parts of time

3. The helicopter is able to hover in _______ powered rotors produce lift even at zero forward speed.

  • flight because of the
  • flying the
  • the flying of the
  • flight because the

4. The upper levels of the Sun’s atmosphere are of very low _______ heats the gases there to very high temperatures.

  • dense and solar
  • density, solar activity
  • density, but solar activity
  • density and activity of the Sun is

5. Lapis lazuli, ______ stone, has been valued for ornamental purposes for more than 6,000 years.

  • an opaque deep blue
  • is an opaque deep blue
  • it is an opaque deep blue
  • that is an opaque deep blue

6. Mountaineers _______ climb Mount Everest must take reservations to do so, often up to seven years in advance.

  • want to
  • they want to
  • who want
  • wanting to

7. Created by the dissolution of limestone, the underground cave system _____ Mammoth Cave is noted for its stalactites and stalagmites.

  • is known as
  • it is known to be
  • known as
  • to be known

8. Most slang terms are simply old words ______ additional new meanings.

  • give
  • given
  • are given
  • they are given

9. North Carolina’s Outer Banks are a chain of low, narrow islands _____ the mainland from the frequent Atlantic storms in the area.

  • they buffer
  • that buffer
  • to buffer them
  • that they buffer

10. It is at the age of approximately eighteen months _____ children begin to make combinations of two or three words.

  • when many
  • when are many
  • when do many
  • when have many of the

11. Story of a Bad Boy, a semi-autobiographical novel by Thomas Bail Aldrich, ranks high among books ____ have incorporated their boyhood experiences.

  • the American authors
  • which are American authors
  • in which American authors
  • are those which American authors

12. In the La Brea tar pits of Los Angeles ______ which have been preserved from the Pleistocene period.

  • thousands of animals are
  • thousands are animals
  • the thousands of animals
  • are thousands of animals

13. _______ provided a living for nearly 90 percent of the population of the American colonies.

  • Farming was what
  • what farming
  • Farming was
  • What was farming

14. Not only ______ more brittle than hard maples, but they are also less able to withstand high winds.

  • soft maples are
  • are soft maples
  • they are soft maples
  • fot maples

15. _______ become blocked so that heat and moisture could not escape, death would result.

  • were the skin’s pores to
  • The pores of the skin were to
  • The skin’s pores
  • if the pores of the skin

TOEFL iBT | Speaking | 1 on 1 Coaching | Questions 1-3: Her Road to a 28 In Speaking!

So, I decided to chop up a coaching session with my student who had recently gotten a 28 on the speaking section of TOEFL. My editing isn’t the best, but in this video, you’re going to hear a tremendous amount of feedback, as well as her answers to everything and those “moments of clarity.” She invested in 8 hours of coaching and got the mark of 28, and this is coaching session #3 so hear how I break everything down!

TOEFL iBT | Independent Essay | Evaluating an Essay | Progress Achieved!

So grateful to have seen the growth of one of my students.  The amazing dentist from Venezuela now understands exactly how to execute a cohesive essay.  I’m grateful that she went through with the coaching and now we’re just waiting on her result!

TOEFL iBT | Speaking | Full Coaching Session

Hello, all! Today is a PHENOMENAL coaching session. By showing the value through social media, I’ve been getting a lot of inquiries. In today’s episode, we have a phenomenal student who has gotten a 26 in speaking one time, but is struggling to get it this time around. So, in saying that, today’s a power session of 6 questions and different ways to answer them, followed by a revelation at the end. Will keep you updated on her score, too!

TOEFL iBT | Reading | Webinar Preview (This Weekend)

It’s Monday, and it’s another week for a wonderful webinar! In this week’s webinar, I will be covering TOEFL iBT (Reading). On my membership, I have blogs/exercises in which I use techniques to find the answer.  In the upcoming webinar this weekend, we will apply all of the techniques to a specific reading passage and see how everyone does! The seating is unlimited and the buy-in is just $5. After the webinar, you will have the video uploaded onto the link (for a lifetime), and the membership will be at a 5% discount, as well as the additional coaching hours (33% discount) because you bought the webinar, to begin with. 

Let me know if you’re interested in some reading techniques!

I will debut a full reading lesson later today, so stay tuned!

Podia

TOEFL iTP | Reading | Full Course Preview | All Questions

We’re here! A day after and you are now getting the full preview of my TOEFL iTP Reading Course! Seriously, this is going to take a while to put together, so this is why it’s going to take 45 days. Understand, though, that the presale is available. If requested, I will publish it and upload it as the days go along. So, in saying that, here are all the questions! The video/podcast down below has the explanation!

TOEFL Reading Course

TOEFL Structure Course

TOEFL Written Expression

Recognizing distractors in main idea/main topic/main purpose questions.

S – Too specific

G – Too general

X – Incorrect

I – Irrelevant

C – Correct

There are two main types of cell division. Most cells are produced by a process called mitosis.  In mitosis, a cell divides and forms two identical daughter cells, each with an identical number of celled plants and animals. Sex cells, however, are formed in a special type of cell division called meiosis. This process reduces the number of chromosomes in a sex cell to half the number found in other kinds of cells. Then, when sex cells unite, they produce a single cell with the original number of chromosomes.

  1. What is the main topic of this passage?

S)   A. The method by which one-celled organisms reproduce

C)   B. A comparison between mitosis and meiosis

X)   C. Meiosis, the process by which identical cells are produced

Overview questions

American folk music originated with ordinary people at a time when the rural population was isolated and music was not yet spread by radio, audios, compact disks, or music DVDs. It was transmitted by oral tradition and is noted for its energy, humor, and emotional impact. The major source of early American folk songs was music from the British Isles, but songs from Africa as well as songs of the American Indians have a significant part in its heritage. Later settlers from other countries also contributed songs. In the nineteenth century, composer Stephen Foster wrote some of the most enduringly popular of all American songs, which soon became part of folk tradition. Beginning in the 1930’s, Woody Guthrie gained great popularity by adapting traditional melodies and lyrics and supplying new ones as well. In the 1950’s and 1960’s, singer-composers such as Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan, and Joan Baez continued this tradition by creating “urban” folk music. Many of these songs dealt with important social issues, such as racial integration and the war in Vietnam.

  1. The primary purpose of this passage is to
  1. Trace the development of American folk music
  2. Explain the oral tradition
  3. Contrast the styles of folk musicians
  • Point out the influence of social issues on “urban” folk music

Negative Factual Questions

Inference Questions

A star very similar to the Sun is one of the nearest stars to Earth. That star is Alpha Centauri, just 4.3 light-years away. Other than our own Sun, the nearest star to the Earth is a tiny red star, not visible without a telescope, called Proxima Centauri.

It can be inferred from this passage that….

  1. Proxima Centauri is similar to the Earth’s Sun.
  2. Proxima Centauri is the closest star to the Earth.
  3. Alpha Centauri is invisible from the Earth.
  4. Proxima Centauri is less than 4.3 light-years from the Earth.

Recognizing inferences based on longer passages

Vocabulary-in-context Questions

The planet Mercury is visible to the naked eye but is not the easiest planet to spot.

  1. Unclothed
  2. Unaided
  3. Unarmed

Every atlas has its own legend.

  1. Mythical story
  2. Famous person
  3. Explanation of symbols

Reference Questions

There is a poisonous, plant-like animal called the anemone that lives among coral reefs. When small fish venture too close to the tentacles of these “living flowers,” they are stung and eaten. For unknown reasons, the anemone makes an exception of the clownfish, which swims through its deadly tentacles in safety. When in danger, the clownfish dashes among the anemone’s tentacles where other fish are afraid to follow. The clownfish even builds its nest where the anemone can protect it.

  1. The word “they” in line 2 refers to
  1. Coral reefs
  2. Small fish
  3. Tentacles
  4. Flowers
  • The word “it” in line 4 is a reference to the
  1. Clownfish
  2. Nest
  3. Anemone
  4. Exception

A Story of Empathy

I had followed up on a construction company job that I should’ve gotten after my teaching profile was sent there. I was waiting for a while and finally I messaged the lady who had interviewed me just weeks before. 

“Hey, just wanted to know about the construction company?”

…”oh, they chose another teacher.”

Hmmmm….ok. 

I get it. You sent multiple profiles, and considering it was just 2018, I didn’t have the monster resumé I do today. However, why didn’t they send just one and say “this is your trainer?”

So I took it with a grain of salt. (no big deal)

However, it happened again just a year later. 

It wasn’t just one company, either. It was four. 

“Arsenio, you free Tuesday? You free Wednesday? You free this time?”

Locations were given and I was excited, but then the whole “disappearing act” happened. 

I FINALLY asked, after the fourth company, “why do you just disappear?”

Response: “oh, the company chose another teacher.”

Considering that I’ve trained at the biggest company in all of Thailand, this didn’t make any sense. 

So, you put a brown face and four other white faces on a table at a company — IN THAILAND. What do you think is going to happen?

Lack of Empathy: “it’s business. We want them to have choices.”

Empathy: “oh, Arsenio…I get it. Maybe we should give them just one choice, you, and then they can see your four cores of credibility rather than just choosing a trainer based on color.”

Since then, I withdrew my name from the pot and they could absolutely never ask me again because I’m not someone’s experiment. I put myself first and they know I’m the #1, yet if you give Thai companies the ability to act based on skin color, they absolutely will. 

Empathy is absolutely essential in the workplace, and if you don’t lead by example, you ultimately lose trainers, and the best of them.

I’ll leave you with this: I showed up with a friend at the biggest bank in Thailand. We did a presentation, she presented me as the trainer, and the top of HR absolutely loved me. You see, she didn’t put four pieces of paper on a table, she knew that I was the number one, and since then I’ve done four workshops at that bank. 

Do you understand now?

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