TOEFL Insider #98

3 Ways to Improve your TOEFL Listening

Happy Friday TOEFL Insiders;

Here is your weekly summary of tips and resources in the TOEFL® world.

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Here’s a tip from Todd Stuchiner, one of our TOEFL Teachers.

I’m here to tell you the struggle is real…

The TOEFL Listening struggle.

It is a struggle to listen to an academic lecture for five straight minutes. I have trouble focusing on anything for five straight minutes.

Here are three tips to help you improve your focus while listening to TOEFL lectures:

  1. Make your eyes your enemy. Focus only on the screen and your desk. Once you start looking around the room, you stop focusing on the audio.
  2. Have a goal. For example, maybe your goal is to have at least 20 words in your notes, or you want to find one important detail in the first minute. Find specific goals for you to work towards.
  3. Think like a teacher. Students are trying to find answers. Teachers are trying to find ways to teach. When you think like a teacher, you become more creative and active in your listening. One goal could be to find the main idea and simplify it in a way even a ten-year-old would understand.

You can learn more tips just like this in our article Ten Awesome TOEFL Listening Tips.

– Todd

TOEFL Resources

Do you feel like you need to improve your grammar usage?

Khan Academy has a free grammar course that covers pretty much everything. From beginners to advanced English language learners, I am sure you will find something in this course that can help you improve your grammar for the TOEFL Writing.

Check out Khan Academy

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