A. R., after joining an Online TOEFL Course, is working hard to improve his listening comprehension.

A.R. joined an Online TOEFL Course called “The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT,” and he has been working hard to improve his listening comprehension.  In fact, A.R. is finding it hard to listen to TOEFL lectures and take accurate notes at the same time, so he sent a message to his TOEFL Mentor Michael Buckhoff:

Hi Michael,

I am practicing the listening in your system and in addition using some TOEFL listening test on Youtube, but I’ve had some problems.
When I am listening and taking notes, after when I go to answer the questions, my notes are not helping me much. Maybe when I am
taking notes I am writing down at the same time that the speaker is saying something, and that’s why I am not understand correctly the lecture.
I have practiced listening a lot, and in addition, based on your advice, listening Radio and TV, even though I cannot still figure out all of
information that I have heard. I was wondering whether the problem is my comprehension about the lecture, my notes, or because I am not
understanding clearly both questions and answer options. I would like to know if you have some suggestions about it; I need just to continue
taking notes, listening a lot and it will become easier? or I need to study in a specific way in order to tackle the listening section?

Thank you,


Here is what  Michael said to A.R.:

This article was written by Michael Buckhoff–co-founder and materials writer for Better TOEFL Scores and The 7-Step System to Pass the TOEFL iBT, Composition and Linguistics Professor, TOEFL Specialist, ESL Master Instructor, and Placement and Testing Coordinator for California State University, San Bernardino.Follow more posts and videos from Michael at Facebook, Twitter, and You Tube.

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