I have a student who just “checks out” after listening to TOEFL practice lectures for about 1 minute. That seems to be his limit. He can understand what’s going on for about 60s, but then his eyes kind of glaze over.
He goes off to la-la land.
That’s because the TOEFL listening material is — how shall I put this delicately — boring! And human beings find it hard to pay attention to boring stuff. It’s even harder listening to dull material in your second or third language.
One piece of advice I give him is to imagine that he is listening to his mother. Ok, maybe that’s not the best example. But, find a way to listen carefully by imagining that the speaker is someone who you respect.
Find a way to pay attention. Focus.
Learning how to take great notes will keep you more engaged with the listening process.
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If you are not a good note-taker, there’s a great lesson in Clear Strategies & Tactics on this topic. I show you how I take notes in real-time.
If you are interested in learning even more about TOEFL Listening, check out my course Clear Strategies & Tactics.
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