To succeed on the TOEFL iBT, you will need to be psychologically strong so that you can have a rigorous and consistent study plan. To stay strong, it will be important for you to minimize culture shock. Catherine, a former student from Taiwan and a very high TOEFL iBT achiever, E-mailed me the following comments:
I have visited many countries such as United Kingdom, France, Netherlands, United States and most Asian countries. Therefore, I am not afraid of any kind of culture shock because when I prepare to visit foreign countries, I usually do some homework for those countries. The fact is that I always collect some information carefully through internet about what country I would like to go and try to understand its local customs and practices first. Second, I will ask some of my friends who have been to the country that I would go and request them to share their experiences or opinions. Their precious experiences are not only the efficient and easy ways which can help me to know the country deeply, but they also tell me what kind of things I should pay attention to or watch out for. In addition, when I see the culture shock really happening in front of me, I always clam up, cool down my mind and don’t think too much because it is the culture of the country! If you can take my example for your references, it will let you keep an easy and cheerful mood to visit foreign countries!
Indeed, Catherine offers good advice that may help you to avoid remaining in the culture-shock doldrums.
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