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The Test of English as a Foreign Language, or TOEFL, is an important tool that U.S. universities use to determine that prospective students who speak English as a second language have sufficient language skills to succeed in the classroom. Since TOEFL exam scores carry so much weight, studying may seem a little overwhelming. However, with a few simple study tricks, you can go into the exam feeling confident about your abilities to pass the test with ease. As your TOEFL exam approaches, give these study tips a try.
Study Before Sleeping
Instead of trying to have an all-night study session, read over some of your study materials and then head straight to bed. While you’re sleeping, your brain strengthens your memories, and the material you reviewed right before sleeping will stick. Note, however, that you shouldn’t actually study in bed. Doing so will only disrupt your sleep. Your brain is also in a prime state to absorb new information first thing in the morning as well, so crack your book again as soon as you wake up.
You don’t have to torture yourself with hours and hours of studying to do well on your TOEFL. In fact, doing so is counterproductive. Instead, take frequent breaks to keep your brain fresh. Even better, reward yourself periodically for your hard work with a snack, short walk, TV break, or whatever you look forward to. Knowing that there is a break around the corner will help you stay on track.
Study Out Loud
As you practice your English vocabulary and grammar, don’t just read your notes. Say everything out loud instead. By reading notes out loud, you both see and hear the information, so it is more likely to stick in your head.
ASC English School in Boston has a range of ESL and TOEFL prep courses to help you get ready for your exam. Students in our iBT TOEFL prep classes raise their scores by an average of 15-30 points. Find out more about our courses by calling (617) 860-3212.
Last updated 13 days ago
Mastering verb conjugation is one of the trickiest parts of learning most foreign languages, and English is no exception. English past tense verbs can be particularly challenging, but with some practice, using them will become second nature.
Use this video to get extra practice with some basic English past tense verbs. This video focuses on verbs that refer to common actions, like eating, cooking, and baking. These verbs will come in handy when you’re practicing English conversation in class and when you’re testing your skills in the real world.
With classes at ASC English in Boston, you’ll learn the ins and outs of the English language so you can feel confident taking the TOEFL and attending classes at U.S. universities. Learn more about all of our ESL classes by calling (617) 860-3212.
Last updated 20 days ago
When you’re learning English as a second language, sometimes classroom lessons aren’t enough. That is especially true if you need to focus on boosting your language skills to pass exams like the GRE and GMAT to get into graduate school. At ASC English, we offer private tutoring options to supplement our classroom instruction.
Our GRE and GMAT private tutoring programs are designed to help students get the specialized instruction they need to score competitively on these grad school entrance exams. We also offer private tutoring lessons for students in all levels of ESL students, students who need extra help preparing for the TOEFL, and those who need to boost their math skills. Students should note that private lessons alone will not qualify them for Form I-20.
Private tutoring is just one way ASC English can help you master English as a second language. Call our Boston school today at (617) 860-3212 to get answers to your questions about our private tutoring, ESL classes, and TOEFL prep.
Last updated 27 days ago
When you study English at ASC English, your lessons will involve much more than simple memorization. We help you truly understand the English language so you can put it to use in all of your future pursuits, from higher education to business. Our supplemental ESL courses will help you delve deeper into your English studies and build your confidence in your language skills. Here is a look at some of the specialized courses we offer in addition to our basic classes:
According to the Harvard Business Review, English is now the international language of business. To be competitive in the business world, you not only need basic English skills, but you also need to communicate effectively about complex business topics. With our Business English course, you get the chance to focus on the specific vocabulary that is used in the business world. If you’re considering a career in business, this course is invaluable.
Current Events Discussion
Imagine debating today’s most significant news stories in English. That is exactly what you will get in this course. Practice applying your language skills to complex conversation and learn new vocabulary associated with current events. You’ll gain increased confidence in your speaking and listening skills. This course is also great practice for the college classroom, where debates and discussions are part of most classes.
Academic and Creative Writing
Hone your English writing skills in this course that combines academia with your imagination. Get used to writing the kinds of papers you will complete in university classes and test the waters of putting your English vocabulary to use in a creative way.
The ESL programs at ASC English will help you build the language skills you need to pursue your goals. We offer an intensive ESL course, TOEFL prep, and much more. Find out more about our English classes by visiting our Boston campus or calling (617) 860-3212.
Last updated 1 month ago
At ASC English, our students get to enjoy a great ESL education in a great city. With Boston as a backdrop, our students live a rich life both on and off campus. The thriving city is packed with attractions that students can take advantage of. Exploring the city is an excellent way to soak up the culture and practice English language skills. Here are just a few of the can’t-miss attractions in Boston.
Get up-close and personal with American history by exploring the two-and-a-half mile long Freedom Trail. Along the way, you’ll pass 16 sites of significance to the Revolutionary War, including Paul Revere’s house and a museum housing a large collection of memorabilia from the Boston Tea Party. The Freedom Trail also encompasses Boston’s Little Italy, the perfect place to get a taste of authentic Italian cooking. You can tour the Freedom Trail on your own or take a tour with a guide dressed in a period costume.
Institute of Contemporary Art
The Institute of Contemporary Art, or ICA, is located in South Boston. The building is one of the most striking pieces of architecture in the city. The huge glass back of the museum hovers over the harbor and offers stunning views. The surrounding Fort Point Channel neighborhood used to be relatively deserted but is experiencing a resurgence thanks to the ICA.
Charles River Esplanade
The Esplanade is a three mile stretch that winds beside the Charles River. There are plenty of places to stop along the way at playgrounds and lemonade stands. The wooded trail is also a great place to spot geese and other wildlife. Start at the Museum of Science and follow the trail to the Boston University Bridge.
Come to ASC English School to learn English in one of the most vibrant cities in the country. Our school offers a variety of ESL and TOEFL courses designed to meet your needs. You can learn more about our ESL classes and enrolling in our school by calling (617) 860-3212.