Tutor profile: Anja G.
What is the most helpful for preparing for the TOEFL?
To get a great score on your TOEFL, do what native English speakers have been doing since first grade: Read. A lot. Reading is a fantastic way to build your vocabulary and be exposed to different styles of texts. Read fiction and non-fiction materials that challenge you appropriately and introduce you to new genres and areas of expertise. If you pair all that reading with great note taking (so that you can write down new words and practice them later), then you're well on your way to scoring well on your TOEFL.
How can I overcome my challenges with the endless variations in German articles and word endings?
Think about the context you'll be using the German language in. Do you need to pass a grammar test or is your priority to communicate effectively with others in German? If you're studying for a grammar test, there are a few tricks to help you retain them better. Spoiler alert: It's not rote memorization! There are a few categories of words that always have certain articles, and those are a great starting point. If your primary goal is communication with German speakers, then the good news is this: Getting German articles and word endings wrong will not stand in the way of you being understood. People will still know what you're trying to say even if you use the wrong article or forget to adjust the endings of nouns and adjectives appropriately. They will notice that you're still learning and will be forgiving of your mistakes. And before you know it, you've chatted with Germans long enough to make less and less mistakes over time.
How can I master phrasal verbs in English?
The trick to mastering phrasal verbs is to not group them by verb when studying. Trying to remember the verb "throw" along with its phrasal verbs (throw up, throw away, etc.) will only become a frustrating exercise in vocabulary recall. It's best to study - and use! - phrasal verbs in context, ideally a context that is relevant to the learner's life.
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