TOEFL iTP | Listening | Course Sneak Peek | How to Understand Contradictions & Questions

Another TOEFL iTP snippet for all of you! In today’s episode, we’re going to break down how to understand contradictions within passages by identifying the auxiliary verb and emphasis on specific words. Let’s dive in! Full course is available for $57 down below!

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TOEFL iTP | Written Expression | 1 on 1 Coaching | Parallel Structures & More

Here’s a great preview from my course! In this episode, I’m teaching one of my Panamanian students about parallel structures, a part of TOEFL itp that’s extremely crucial to know not only in the Structure but also in the Written Expression portion of the test. How to identify parallels? Come listen!

Course available in the links down below if you want the full course!

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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.

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!

TOEFL iTP | Listening | Course Sneak Peek | Identifying Sound-alike Expressions

Another day; another sneak peek! Today we will discuss sound-alike expressions and break them down as much as possible so that you can practice over and over. This is just a snippet, and if you want the full audio, it’s available on my course! Available for just $30 for the rest of the year!

TOEFL iTP | Listening Course | Pre-Launch!

Finally, after such a long time, the pre-launch to my TOEFL iTP Listening Course is here! The video entailing all sections of the course will be debuting today, along with a previewable pre-tests that you can take to measure where you are and where you need to be. 

It took such a long time but I’m so happy to debut this. The full course launch is January 1st! If you want to purchase the pre-sale now, it’s just $30, but know that I will be uploading content and videos for the next ten days. 

Also, the huge course bundle comprising of four sections will be $132 total! If you want just one course, it’ll be $57 per course. 

Any questions, ask away! 

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TOEFL iTP | Reading | Course Sneak Peek | Vocabulary-In-Context | Birds & Feathers

Boom! Another amazing TOEFL iTP Course Sneak Preview! In today’s episode,  I will show you how to understand correlative sentences, compare and contrast, and breaking down parallels in vocabulary questions. This is one of the many passages in the module on my course, and if you’re interested in purchasing it, the link is down below!

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TOEFL iTP | Reading | Course Preview & Vocabulary-In-Context | Civil War

Welcome back to a WONDERFUL reading special! So, if you’re listening to this on my ESL podcast, we’re just two days away from the full launch (September 15th). However, if you’re watching this on September 3rd (Facebook, IG, or YouTube), you’re in luck!

This is a wonderful pre-course episode for what’s in store in my wonderful reading course (TOEFL iTP), and this is a full reading lesson that you will see in my course, too. The course, between now and September 22nd, can be bought at a super reduced cost (bundle) with Structure & Written Expression for just $100! That’s right, three courses for just $100 for the first week and you can buy them now, too!

Nonetheless, the techniques I have in this video/podcast are going to be superb in understanding the context of paragraphs and these types of questions. Tune in!

Reading Passage

The Civil War created feverish manufacturing activity to supply critical material, especially in the North. When the fighting stopped, the stage was set for dramatic economic growth. Wartime taxes on production vanished, and the few taxes that remained leaned heavily on real estate, not on business. The population flow from farm to city increased, and the labor force it provided was buttressed by millions of newly arrived immigrants willing to work for low wages in the mills of the North and on the railroad crews of the Midwest and West.

            Government was nothing if not accommodating. It established tariff barriers, provided loans and grants to build a transcontinental railroad, and assumed a studied posture of nonintervention in private enterprise. The social Darwinism of British philosopher Herbert Spencer and American economist William Graham Summer prevailed. The theory was that business, if left to its own devices, would eliminate the weak and nurture the strong. But as business expanded, rivalry heated up. In the 1800’s, five railroads operating between New York and Chicago were vying for traffic, and two more were under construction. As a result of the battle, the fare between the cities decreased to $1. The petroleum industry suffered from similar savage competition, and in the 1870’s, many oil industries failed.

  1. The word “feverish” in line 1 is closest in meaning to
  1. Extremely rapid
  2. Sickly and slow
  3. Very dangerous
  4. Understandable
  • Which of the following is closest in meaning to the word “critical” in line 1?
  1. Industrial
  2. Serious
  3. Crucial
  4. Insulting
  • The phrase “the stage was set” in line 2 is closest in meaning to which of the following?
  1. The play was over
  2. The progress continued
  3. The foundation was laid
  4. The direction was clear
  • The phrase “real estate” in line 4 refers to
  1. Tools and machines
  2. Actual income
  3. New enterprises
  4. Land and buildings
  • The word “buttressed” in line 5 is closest in meaning to
  1. Concerned
  2. Supplemented
  3. Restructured
  4. Enriched
  • The word “accommodating” in line 8 is closest in meaning to
  1. Persistent
  2. Indifferent
  3. Balanced
  4. Helpful
  • Which of the following could best be substituted for the word “posture” in line 10?
  1. Stature
  2. Predicament
  3. Position
  4. Situation
  • The word “prevailed” in line 11 is closest in meaning to
  1. Influenced
  2. Triumphed
  3. Premiered
  4. Evolved
  • The phrase “left to its own devices” in line 12 means
  1. Forced to do additional work
  2. Allowed to do as it pleased
  3. Made to change its plans
  4. Encouraged to produce more goods
  1. The word “vying” in line 14 is closest in meaning to
  1. Competing
  2. Hoping
  3. Arranging
  4. Caring
  1. The word “savage” in line 16 is closest in meaning to
  1. Fierce
  2. Growing
  3. Surprising
  4. Genuine

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TOEFL iBT | Listening | Lecture | Full Webinar: Aristotle’s Theory of Happiness

Are you ready?! Oh, you’re blessed! In today’s EXTRA-LONG-WEBINAR, I and students from Colombia, Brazil and Peru are dissecting all the details of these questions. We came across a very difficult question (#2) which is going to be a great topic of discussion. Nonetheless, Aristotle’s Theory of Happiness provided us with stress and ease and times, so get ready to take notes and answer the questions with us!