This is Jaime Miller with English Success Academy, and I wanted to share a little bit about something that happened today. I just got off the phone with one of my students. She’s been studying with me for a long time–over a year–and I have English Success Academy here in Sacramento, California and my student studies down here in Brazil. And the way that she and I were able to work together, even though she’s in another time zone in another country thousands of miles away from me, is because of some online tools.
So I wanted to share what those tools are with you today so that, you know, if you’re thinking about, you know, trying to get your target TOEFL scores. If you need some help with that, you can learn a little bit more about how I work with students who are so far away.
So the first online tool that I love, which allows me to coordinate with students in other countries, is a website and an application called Zoom. It’s basically videoconference technology, and if you don’t know about Zoom, it’s really amazing. It’s kind of like Skype, but more professional. And it allows students like you to make a recording of the class sessions. So if you need to watch an archived version of that later, you have it on your computer. So my student who was ultimately successful I had a lot of those recorded on her computer. So my student, who was ultimately successful, had a lot of those recorded on her computer. She could watch them, review them, when she needed to.
So the other tool that I love using with my students who were in another part of the world is ESA’s website, our special website for learning. This is the same website, we call it the OTW. Maybe you bought a program like Advanced Speaking Guide, the 24+ Writing Tutorial, Right Notes, Delta’s Key…
We also upload and we organize all of the video recordings from classes like the 12 Topics, those are all inside the website. And so, if you need to go back through and watch class recordings of special presentations that I made those are all there available for you. So we have our own special website and it makes it easy for students to go back and review and watch information that they might have missed.
The third tool that I love using with students who are in another place is Google Drive and Google Doc. This is how we share information. So when you write your TOEFL essays, they go into the Google doc and then I can look at them, add comments, feedback, identify grammar or spelling errors or vocabulary mistakes, topic development issues, anything like that. And then, if you’ve got audio files for your speaking or for your, you know, listening or for your reading–any of those sections–you can share all of that information through Google Drive.
So that’s an overview of my top three favorite tools. And if you’re interested in learning more about how we could study together, then I want to encourage you to visit our website englishsuccessacademy.com and check out TOEFL Camp, where you can actually come and study with me live, in-person, here for three days to get a head start on your TOEFL target scores or join our online classes, the 12 Topics. We’ve got a rotating schedule. You can see what the upcoming dates are on the website.
I look forward to hearing from you soon. Bye!