TOEFL iBT | Webinar Snippet | Reading: Mass Extinctions

 Did you miss the webinar (Reading) last night? Mass Extinction was on the menu, and I had two newcomers from Peru joining my champions who will be taking the test soon. Want the full video? Link is down below for $5!

Next Webinar is this Saturday, and next week will be Monday-Thursday.

In this snippet, I break down two questions, as well as a phenomenal break down from one of my students, Gonzalo. 

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TOEFL iBT | Reading | Webinar Snippet | Session III

Welcome back to another webinar snippet! There will be lots of webinars coming on the weekends (snippets) with potential full ones this upcoming December. Very excited about debuting this one because I truly believe that both Thais and Elena will do a PHENOMENAL JOB on their reading! In saying that, I’m excited to debut this one, and if you want the full webinar, the link is down below!

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TOEFL iBT | Speaking Webinar | Question II

Speaking Skills Webinar is here!  Later on this evening (GMT +7 Bangkok, Thailand time), I will be hosting the third webinar of the week! This is going to be on the speaking question 2!

Do you have problems formulating your talk? Linkers? Stuttering? Too many fillers? This webinar is going to help you with all your needs, and with other students from around the globe joining, there’s going to be lots of feedback that will help you. 

Webinar will also be recorded and available on the link FOREVER. So if you ever want to review, it’s there for you. 

$5 gets you in, so inquire and I’ll be seeing you soon!

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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 iTP | Written Expression | Mini-test #4

We’re back with another 12-13 question mini-test! You guys have enjoyed these so much, so I’m going to keep them coming! Remember, I do have a Written Expression and Structure Course available in the links provided!

  1. Segregation in public schools was declare unconstitutional by the Supreme Court in 1954.
  1. Sirius, the Dog Star, is the most brightest star in the sky with an absolute magnitude about twenty-three times that of the Sun.
  1. Killer whales tend to wander in family clusters that hunt, play, and resting together.
  1. Some of the most useful resistor material are carbon, metals, and metallic alloys.
  1. The community of Bethesda, Maryland, was previous known as Darcy’s Store.
  1. J.H. Pratt used group therapy early in the past century when he brought tuberculosis patients together to discuss its disease.
  1. Alloys of gold and copper have been widely using in various types of coins.
  1. The United States has import all carpet woods in recent years because domestic wools are too fine and soft for carpets.
  1. Banks are rushing to merge because consolidations enable them to slash theirs costs and expand.
  1. That water has a very high specific heat means that, without a large temperature change, water can add or lose a large number of heat.
  1. Benny Goodman was equally talented as both as a jazz performer as well as a classical musician.

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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!

TOEFL iTP | Listening | Part B | College Course

  1. Who is taking part in the conversation?
  • two students
  • two professors
  • two sociologists
  • two lecturers

2. Why does the woman want to talk with Mike?

  • she wants his opinion of sociologists
  • she wants to hear him lecture
  • she wants to know about a course he took
  • she wants to meet Professor Patterson

3. What kind of course does the man prefer?

  • a course where the professor lectures
  • a course where the students just listen and take notes
  • a course with Professor Patterson
  • a course where the students take part in discussion

4. How does the woman feel about professor Patterson’s course?

  • she thinks it’ll be boring
  • she doesn’t want to take it
  • it sounds good to her
  • she’d prefer a course with more student participation

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TOEFL iBT | Integrated Essay | 1 on 1 Coaching | Note-taking, 40/60 Rule & Prefect Paragraph Writing

BOOM! We’re here with an EXCELLENT one! Lots of you will benefit from this podcast/video. With my student from Nicaragua, I decided to make a video for all my students on my membership at one go.  I first break down the note-taking for reading, followed by the note-taking on the listening. After that, I explain the details of the 40/60 rule, as well as the introduction setup.  And finally, I show you EXACTLY how to write paragraphs and the setup! Without further ado, let’s dive into this!

TOEFL iBT | Speaking | Student Success | 28 In Speaking: Collection of Audios

You guys asked for it, I delivered it! In today’s episode, there will be a number of different audios that I had told my student to send me for homework. She first joined my webinar a couple of weeks ago, then bought some coaching hours, and ultimately achieved a 28 in the speaking section of TOEFL, becoming a pharmacist in my native United States.

So, I decided to make a collection of it all, put it together, and have you guys listen to what a 26-28 sounds like (this was on coaching hour number 4 and we had a three-hour session just 36 hours before her test).

I hope you enjoy this!

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!