TOEFL100点以上を目指す社会人の方のための集中勉強会のご案内です。

一回の受講で、100点までの道のりが明確に見えるようになりますので、安心してその後の勉強を実施することができます。

TOEFL学習記録179

Actual test how to reading

21パッセージ中、15パッセージまで終了。

この韓流本は、模擬試験タイプの本で、模擬試験が21パッセージ入っている。MAP Advancedは、分野別、問題タイプ別のお勧めの本だが、模擬試験をたくさんやりたい人は、この本がとても良い。ただし、TPOをお持ちの方は、TPOを最優先でやってください。

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最近Rは連続で29点が続いているので、120点達成への一つの障害になっている。
Rの30点は2~3個間違えても取れると聞いているので、ここで30点取れないと大変痛い。

自分の間違える問題は間違いなく最後の要旨に合う3つ文章を6つから選ぶ問題だと思う。

この問題を3パッセージで全問正解しないと30点はない。

段落ごとにしっかり要点をまとめることが大切。

これをやれば、Prose summaryで本文に戻る頻度が減るので時間の節約ができる。


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Some contend that parents today understand children better than parents in the past. Others assert that parents today do not understand children as well as parents in the past. If asked, both groups would present compelling reasons to substantiate their assertions. For the following reasons, I believe that parents in the past understood children better than parents in our generation. First, today parents are too busy to spend time with children; second, children today are occupied with extracurricular activities.

First, parents today work many hours, so their time with children is very limited. Nowadays, it is not unusual that both parents have full time jobs. For example, both of my parents graduated good universities, hit good jobs with high salaries, and have been promoted to managers in their companies. Unfortunately, they literally work themselves to death and spend very little time with my brother and me. They usually come home around midnight and leave the house before six in the morning. Often they are on business trips; my brother and I rarely see my parents.

Second, children today are occupied with activities outside the house. Most children are busy in participating in extracurricular activities after school. Take my brother for example; he goes to a cramming school on weekdays and takes piano and swimming lessons on weekends. He comes home at ten p.m. every night, takes a bath and goes to bed. He spends almost no time with our parents. My grandfather always complains that my brother should quit some of his activities outside the house.

It is true that parents today have technological means to communicate with children such as the internet and cell-phones. However, real physical contacts with children are far more important than online conversations. I would say one hug is worth 1000 telephone calls. In conclusion, first, today parents work hard so that they spend little time with children; second, children today are overwhelmed by extracurricular activities. For these reasons, in my opinion, parents in the past know about their children much better than parents in the modern world. My grandfather believes that his relation with his children was much closer than the relationship between my parents and me; both parents and children had much time to spend together in the past. (375 words)





Some contend that learning through TV is better than through reading books. Others assert that reading books are more useful than watching TV. If asked, both groups would present their assertions to corroborate their perspectives. For the following reasons, in my opinion, learning by TV is much more effective than reading books. First, one can learn a great deal of information in a short time on TV; second, it is more enjoyable to learn from TV.

First, one can obtain more information in a brief time period on TV. The other day, I was watching a documentary program on the history of the universe. This program explained very difficult concepts such as black holes, worm holes, big bang, and the theories of relativities using many illustrations and interviews with experts. If I tried to learn the same amount of information from books, it would take forever. In addition, it would be very difficult to grasp those scientific ideas from books. This example demonstrates that one can learn well summarized information on TV.

Second, it is more enjoyable to learn from TV. The TV utilizes all kinds of techniques to make our learning more interesting. For example, I was watching a program called the mystery of the UFO. The program included pictures of various types of unidentified objects, interviews of eyewitnesses, and a story of a person kidnapped by an UFO. I had a very enjoyable time watching this program. Had I read books to get the same information, it would have been a very boring experience without such additional features of TV such as pictures, interviews, stories, and three dimensional illustrations.

It is true that one may be able get more reliable information from books. However, if we are careful enough, one can obtain reliable information from TV as well. In conclusion, first, one can learn a great deal of information in a short time on TV; second, it is more enjoyable to learn from TV. TV is an invaluable tool in the modern life and, I cannot imagine what our lives would be like without TV. (346 words)

昨日の学習会で自分が作った作文。構想2分、作成20分くらいで作ったものです。残り最低5分余らせて、間違いをチェックしましょう。

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Usher speaking

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この本の問題は、まさに本番そのもの。この本いつ使うか?今でしょう。超お勧めの本です。

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Usher Writing


Day 13

When students work together on a project, they learn much more effectively than when they do the project alone.

Some contend that one can learn more effectively in a group. Others argue that one can learn effectively alone without others. If asked, both groups would present compelling arguments to corroborate their assertions. For the following reasons, I believe that one can learn more effectively in a group. First, as one’s knowledge is limited, one can learn from others; second, one can learn interpersonal skills in a group.

First, as our experience and knowledge are limited, chances are we need the assistance of others in a project. I was on a science project in high school. The assignment of our group was selecting a science topic, conducting an experiment, and summarizing the result in a project report. I was assigned to making graphs of the experimental results. Unfortunately, my knowledge of using Excel functions to draw graphs was rather limited. I struggled for two days and finally asked other members of the team for assistance. One guy gave me a quick training course of the Excel, which solved all my problems of graphing. This example demonstrates how you can proceed with a project more effectively by learning from others.

Second, one can learn interpersonal skills in a project, which is one of the most important skills required when one works in the corporate environment. I am a first year mechanical engineer in a car manufacturing company. I was assigned to a project team to develop a new hybrid car. The first and the most important thing I learned was that I needed to deal with people internally and externally. I needed to learn how to interact with my boss, colleagues internally and customers and suppliers externally. Knowing people and letting others know me were instrumental to performing my job. This example illustrates that one can learn how to be associated with others in a group situation.

It is true that if you are fully familiar with the subject matter, you may feel comfortable to do everything on you own. However, when the nature of a project becomes more complicated, you may encounter situations where you need assistance from others. First, as one’s knowledge is limited, one can learn from others; second, one can learn interpersonal skills in a group. For these reasons, my strong contention is that one can learn more efficiently and effectively with others in a group. This lends truth to the adage in my language that three heads are better than one in handling a problem. (410 words)

20分で終了。 理想的な時間の残し方。10分もあれば完全にミスをチェック、パラフレーズできる。

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Usher Writing


Day 12

Moving to different countries or towns is not good because of losing old friends.

Some argue that moving to different countries or towns is not recommendable because of losing old friends. Others assert that moving to others locations will not result in losing old friends. If asked, both groups would present compelling arguments to corroborate their stances. For the following reasons, I believe that being transferred to different countries and towns has a risk of losing old friends as well as one’s own family. First, out of sight, out of mind; second, it is more costly to maintain the relationship.

First, it is very difficult to maintain a relationship unless we physical see each other. Physical contacts are actually very conductive to establishing and maintaining a relationship. I had a girlfriend in my high schooldays, but my father’s transfer to another location forced me to leave the town. My girlfriend and I tried very hard to maintain the relationship by frequent telephones and letters, but in the end we gave up on our relationship. We realized that being able to see, kiss, and hug each other was more important than we initially thought. This example demonstrates that being able to physically see and touch each other is conducive to retaining a relationship.

Second, maintaining a long-distance relation is very costly. Travelling back and force and frequent telephone calls amount to a great sum of money. My uncle is a married man and was transferred to another office 500 miles from his house. He had to go to the new location alone, leaving his family at home because his children did not want to change schools. He had to travel a long distance to see his family every weekend, which cost him a fortune. This example illustrates a heavy financial burden of maintaining a long-distance relationship.

It is true that we can maintain friendship with old friends by using modern technologies such as e-mails, Facebook, and Skype. However, as I stated above, actual physical contacts are more instrumental to maintaining our relationships. For the following reasons, I believe that being transferred to different countries and towns may result in losing old friends as well as one’s own family. First, out of sight, out of mind; second, it is expensive to maintain the relationship. This does not lend truth to the adage that absence makes our heart grow fonder. (382 words)

24分で終了。いい感じ。Exampleで書きすぎないように気を付けること。せいぜい3sentencesぐらいの例にする。

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このテンプレートには完全に慣れた。英文を書くことが苦痛ではなくなってきている。

まだ、英語らしい表現、高級文法を入れる、パラフレーズの点で問題はあるが、とりあえず、28点、29点は必ず取れる体制になってきたと思う。

韓流本学習の一つの利点:大量の問題をやるの効果が出てきていると思う。

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Usher Writing


Day 11

People should work quickly and risk making mistakes, instead of working slowly and making sure that everything is correct.

Some contend that people should work quickly and risk making mistakes. Others assert that people should work slowly to eliminate mistakes. If asked, both groups would present compelling arguments to corroborate their stances. First, artists create their pieces very carefully and slowly to avoid any imperfections; second, writing an English essay requires a slow and careful process to avoid errors. For these reasons, I believe that people should work slowly to eliminate mistakes.

First, artists create their pieces very carefully and slowly to avoid any errors. Most artists are perfectionists and they do not tolerate any errors; they are inclined to proceed very slowly with their art works. My friend is a sculptor of human figures. It takes almost six months to complete a figure and one single mistake would undermine the figure and he has to start all over again. This example demonstrates that artists perform very meticulously to avoid making mistakes.

Second, writing an English essay requires a slow and careful process to avoid errors. My strategy when writing a TOEFL writing independent essay, is writing a relatively short essay, say, 350 words so that I can avoid making many typing errors and other grammatical errors. This tactics has paid off and I have been getting good scores on my essays. In contrast, my friend writes a 600 word essay with many mistakes, resulting in poor grades. This example illustrates that working slowly is a better strategy to eliminate many errors.

It is true that in a manufacturing plant where a large number of identical items are produced, people should work faster to increase the productivity. However, this strategy does not work for producing a single piece of art work. First, artists create their pieces very carefully and slowly to avoid any imperfections; second, writing an English essay requires a slow and careful process to avoid errors. For these reasons, I believe that people should work slowly to eliminate mistakes. This lends truth to the adage in my language that a slow and steady man wins the race. (342 words)

22分で完了。このくらいが適切なワード数。本番ではもっと時間がかかるので、練習で22分くらいで終了するのがちょうどいいと思う。

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Usher Writing


Day 10

As society progresses, advice from grandparents to children is not as useful as it was in the past.

Some argue that advice from grandparents to children is not as useful as it was in the past. Others assert that their advice is as valid as it was in the past. If asked, both groups would present compelling assertions to corroborate their stances. My grandfather passed away when I was young. When he was alive, he told me many interesting and horrible war stories based on his personal experience. He gave me two pieces of advice: first, do not repeat the war again; second, do not throw away your toys. These suggestions are still very much valid today, which introduces my contention that advice from grandparents to children is as useful as it was in the past.

His first advice was not to repeat the war. He was 5 years old when the war was over. His town was completely destroyed by enemy airplanes that dropped bombs and killed tens of thousands of people. His uncle, aunt, two sisters were among the victims of the war. He wished that this had been just a dream, but it was unfortunately very much real. His wish today is never ever repeat the same mistake of having another war. This is a very valid advice that is applicable to any generations now and in the future. This example demonstrates that the tragedy of war shall not be repeated.

His second advice was not to throw away things you have until you are sure that they are not repairable. After the war, he walked around the devastated town every day hoping to find something. It was very tough time for him; he just survived one day at a time. He found a toy which was badly damaged, but he managed to repair it and played with it for the next ten years. So, whenever he sees someone throw away an old toy, he feels that it can be repaired. This example illustrates that we should preserve our limited natural resources.

It is true that some suggestions from grandparents may not be totally applicable to the present. For example, they often tell us to follow the instructions of senior people, especially your parents under any circumstances. This advice may not be true entirely today, but we should still respect those seniors who have more experience. My grandfather provided me with two pieces of advice: first, do not repeat the war again; second, do not throw away your belongings. These suggestions are still very much valid today, which leads to my conclusion that advice from grandparents to children is as useful as it was in the past. (431 words)
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遅めの昼食をとって、作文してみたが、眠くて頭が回らなかった。この作文に40分使ってしまった。本番でこれをやったらアウト。

気合を入れろ。真剣に取り組め。

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TOEFL学習記録170

Actual test how to reading

TOEFLの本番で連続して29点が続いている。30点取れない理由がまだよくわからない。基本に立ち返って、Readingをもう一度練習することにした。いろいろトライアンドエラー、試行錯誤してみたい。

TOEFLのreadingはとても簡単な語彙問題と非常に細かい重箱の隅をつつくような難しい問題が混在している。簡単な問題は短時間で処理し、一部の難問に十分な時間をかけたい。難問に時間をかけないで通り過ぎると間違える可能性が高いと思われるので、焦らず難問にたっぷり時間をかけたい。

各段落の要旨をしっかりまとめる癖をつけること。最後のProse Summaryの時に、本文に戻る必要がなくなるので、かえって時間の節約になる。

今日読んだパッセージ:
Unit 1 Passages 1,2,3

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Usher Writing


Day 9

Although many people care about the environment, the current environmental situation will not improve in the future.

Some contend that the current environmental situation will not improve in the future. Others assert that the current environmental situation will improve in the future. If asked, both groups would present compelling arguments to corroborate their stances. First, due to self-interests of each nation, getting cooperation among all nations to resolve environmental issues is virtually impossible; second, large international corporations can shift their operations to foreign countries where environmental regulations are not tight. For these reasons, in my opinion, the current environmental situation will not improve in the future.


First, environmental issues are so widespread that unless all nations comply, they would not be completely resolved. However, due to self-interests of each nation, getting this cooperation among all nations is virtually impossible. Take an example of American government that did not ratify the Kyoto Protocol to reduce the greenhouse gas emission despite the fact all other nations did ratify the Protocol. This example demonstrates that world-wide compliance to preserve the environment is a very difficult task.

Second, large international corporations can move to other countries where environmental regulations are not stringent. For example, one famous chemical company had to retire a factory in America because it could not meet environmental regulations of the U.S. The company could have invested a large sum of money to improve its facilities to reduce its emission to comply with the regulations. Instead, this company chose to shift its operation to India where environmental regulations are much more lenient. In the end, the amount of emission to the environment remained the same. This example illustrates that large corporations have ways to escape from regulations to protect the environment.

Admittedly, at the individual level, more people are aware of environmental issues and taking actions to preserve the environment such as recycling and planting trees. However, unless major corporations comply with regulations, individual efforts would not result in better environmental situations. Resolving environmental issues is akin to protecting a country from enemies; individuals have neither the power nor the resources to fight against enemies. First, due to self-interests of each nation, getting cooperation among all nations to resolve environmental issues is virtually impossible; second, large international corporations can shift their operations to foreign countries where environmental regulations are not tight. For these reasons, in my opinion, the current environmental situation will not improve in the future. Unless all countries and all corporations are fully committed to protecting the environment, the future of our globe is very grim. (396 words)

23分で終了。いい感じ。

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プロフィール

Andy

Author:Andy
プロフィール:

TOEIC 990点
英検1級合格二次試験100点(優秀賞)
TOEFL iBT 119点(2015年7月11日、2年間有効)

名前:Andy
年齢:59歳
学歴:University of Missouri at Rolla 工学部原子力工学科卒業
職業:技術系の通訳を30年以上やっています。

仕事柄、欧米人と仕事をすることが多く、Andyというニックネームを使っています。
北陸の田舎に住んでいます。毎週、北陸新幹線にお世話になっています。
コシヒカリを食べて育った純粋な日本人です。
韓国語、中国語は全くできません。

毎月TOEFLを受験しています。
ソラシティ、武蔵小杉、テンプル大学麻布校3階が好きな会場です。

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