• Hey, I've been updating all of my video guides for the TOEFL writing and speaking sections. For example, here's a direct link to my new video about the integrated essay (writing question one). Stay tuned for videos about all of the questions. In the meantime, I also plan to update the specific text guides here on the page to reflect the new... more

  • These days, many of my essay evaluation students ask if I am able to provide one-on-one tutoring through Skype or Hangouts. While I do teach a small number of students that way, often I am unable to find the time for that kind of teaching. What happens in those cases? Well, I send them to a qualified expert! I'm lucky enough to... more

  • Students often struggle to use "recently" and "nowadays" properly in their writing. Here's a quick guide to the proper usage. The Basics Use "nowadays" to talk about the state of the world, as in: "Nowadays, a lot of people choose to attend university." Use "recently" to talk about a specific event which happened in the recent past, as in: "My husband recently... more

  • Have you recently had a bad experience at a TOEFL testing center? Was your computer station malfunctioning? Did you have problems hearing the questions? Were things too noisy? Please be aware that you have the ability to file a complaint with ETS. If your complaint is successful, your fee may be refunded. To make this process easier, I've just written a guide... more

  • When writing in English, do not use "hardly" to indicate infrequency. For example, you cannot write "I hardly made new friends at university" to say that you didn't often make new friends. To indicate this you should use "rarely." For example, you should write: "I rarely made new friends at university." However, you can use "hardly EVER" to indicate frequency. This means... more

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