Failure, the ultimate fear. A lot of fears stem from a fear of failure. A fear of taking risks, of putting yourself out in the world, of going against a plan, are all because you don’t want to fail.

But the fact is that failure is a part of life, and we have to know how to deal with it.

For the longest time, I refused to do anything for the fear of failing at it. I convinced myself that I wasn’t good enough to accomplish anything and that I’d fail at anything I tried.

Eventually, my desire to be active in my school and my community overtook my fear of failing and I could not be happier about it.


If I were still holding onto my fear, I would not be writing to you right now. I would not have won my Gold Medal for English. I would not have won the award for Most Thoughtful poem at my school. I would not have done anything noteworthy, and I’d have nothing to be proud of.

I recently ran for Vice President of the Student Council in my high school, a position I’ve wanted since the sixth grade. I lost, by a few votes, to someone who might not even want the position as much as I do. Regardless, he has it and I don’t, and now I have to learn to deal with the fact that I was not chosen by my peers.

I was heartbroken, obviously. My sixth grade self had all her hopes crushed inside of me. My saving grace has been the knowledge that I am not less just because of this one failure. I’ve been repeating this over and over to myself:

“Failing to accomplish this does not erase all my other accomplishments. I am still successful as a whole.”

You need to realize that failure is inevitable. You then need to realize that you need to keep workin on your dreams and your goals and put the past behind you. The only way to recover from being knocked down is to get back up.

In times of doubt, remember the age old saying: “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”

Radeeyah Karodia, Head Blogger




Kinesthetic learners are learners who learn through touch and action. They can also be called ‘hands-on’ learners and prefer to learn by doing rather than seeing.

You might be a kinesthetic learner if:

  • You prefer to try things out yourself
  • You are gifted athletically, perhaps more than academically
  • You have excellent hand-eye coordination
  • You can be easily distracted
  • You have trouble focusing without moving

Maybe you identified with one or two of these characteristics, or maybe you identified with them all. Here are some strategies for you to use if you feel you might be a kinesthetic learner.


  • Ask a teacher if you might be able to move around the classroom when you’re tired of sitting down. Some teachers may allow this provided you’re not distracting anybody else. It never hurts to ask, though.
  • Change the place you study in to provide variety.
  • Use a fidget toy to help keep your hands busy.
  • Teach yourself deep breathing techniques to improve focus.
  • Break up longer lessons into small chunks and take breaks in between. Take a walk to get rid of a little bit of pent up energy.
  • Try drawing diagrams of lessons you’re learning or information you’re hearing.

Kinesthetic learners are not usually academically inclined, simply because academic environments are not usually built to support them. This does not mean anything about a kinesthetic learner’s intelligence.


I recently wrote a post about the VARK theory, or different types of learners: visual, auditory, reading and writing, and kinesthetic. Today, I’m going to talk a little bit about reading/writing learners.


Reading and writing earners are learners who, you guessed it, read and write when trying to learn. They prefer to read printed information.


You might be an visual learner if:

l You prefer to read texts yourself rather than be read to

l You take good notes in class

l You prefer studying alone in a quiet place

l You perform better on written exams than on oral ones

l You like classes with well-spoken teachers who use long, proper sentences


You might have identified with one or two of those characteristics, or you might have found that they all describe you perfectly. If you feel like you might be a reading/writing learner, here are some resources you can use to increase your productivity and be the best learner you can be.


l Textbooks

l Glossaries

l Lists

l Newspapers and magazines

l Verbatim notes

l Example essays

l Practice test sample answers


Reading/writing learners are not better or worse than any other type of learner, they’re simply different. If a teacher doesn’t know how to get through to you, someone else might.


What is TOEFL?
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is a language proficiency test used to test students’ levels of English. The test can be used for immigration purposes, job entrance, and university entrance. It is most commonly used in countries where English is not a first language or for students/applicants arriving from those countries.
TOEFL iBT (Internet-Based Test)
This test is taken over the internet in a testing center. The iBT contains 4 sections: reading, writing, speaking, and listening and will take around 4.5 hours to finish.
Section Time Limit Questions Tasks
Reading 60–80 minutes 36–56 questions Read 3 or 4 passages from academic texts and answer questions.
Listening 60–90 minutes 34–51 questions Listen to lectures, classroom discussions and conversations, then answer questions.
Break 10 minutes
Speaking 20 minutes 6 tasks Express an opinion on a familiar topic; speak based on reading and listening tasks.
Writing 50 minutes 2 tasks Write essay responses based on reading and listening tasks; support an opinion in writing.
The ITP is a paper-based test and does not measure speaking ability. The test only takes around 2 hours to complete.
Section Number of Questions Admin. Time Score Scale
Listening Comprehension 50 35 minutes 31–68
Structure and Written Expression 40 25 minutes 31–68
Reading Comprehension 50 55 minutes 31–67
TOTAL 140 115 minutes 310–677

More Information
– TOEFL scores are valid for two years.
– The tests happen multiple times a year.
– Tests can be taken as many times as you want, with a 12 day gap between tests.
– Official scores can be sent to up to 4 universities.