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.
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!
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.
The word “feverish” in line 1 is closest in meaning to
Sickly and slow
Which of the following is closest in meaning to the word “critical” in line 1?
The phrase “the stage was set” in line 2 is closest in meaning to which of the following?
The play was over
The progress continued
The foundation was laid
The direction was clear
The phrase “real estate” in line 4 refers to
Tools and machines
Land and buildings
The word “buttressed” in line 5 is closest in meaning to
The word “accommodating” in line 8 is closest in meaning to
Which of the following could best be substituted for the word “posture” in line 10?
The word “prevailed” in line 11 is closest in meaning to
The phrase “left to its own devices” in line 12 means
Forced to do additional work
Allowed to do as it pleased
Made to change its plans
Encouraged to produce more goods
The word “vying” in line 14 is closest in meaning to
The word “savage” in line 16 is closest in meaning to
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
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.
The primary purpose of this passage is to
Trace the development of American folk music
Explain the oral tradition
Contrast the styles of folk musicians
Point out the influence of social issues on “urban” folk music
Negative Factual 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….
Proxima Centauri is similar to the Earth’s Sun.
Proxima Centauri is the closest star to the Earth.
Alpha Centauri is invisible from the Earth.
Proxima Centauri is less than 4.3 light-years from the Earth.
Recognizing inferences based on longer passages
The planet Mercury is visible to the naked eye but is not the easiest planet to spot.
Every atlas has its own legend.
Explanation of symbols
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.
We’re back with an amazing TOEFL iBT Membership Sneak Peek. In today’s episode, I have a wonderful Venezuelan dentist who submitted her Integrated task, and I’m here to help her in putting the structure together. So, because she had received a 17 in her writing, being the lowest of all bands, I was a bit nervous to see her writing. However, after seeing it, I know exactly why she received a low score, and it’s because she didn’t use the 40/60 rule. Tune in!