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Saturday, April 28, 2007

Keeping it simple

I have been going over keeping things simple. One common mistake that students make is regularly trying to use vocabulary that they are not familiar with. The best policy to keep in mind with vocabulary is clarity and repetition.

How does clarity and repetition relate to test scores?

Always be sure to avoid 'beating around the bush'. Say what you want to say and avoid taking too much time to do it. This ties into time management as well, but after learning structure, clarity and repetition are two of the most common mistakes. Learning structure and purpose, students can generally get 3/5 on their TOEFL essays. Once they start eliminating other common mistakes such as clarity and repetition errors, many students rise at least 1 point overall.

Good luck with your studies,

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