The Official Guide to the TOEFL iBT Test
Track 1 M: Excuse me, Prof. Thomson. I know your office hours are tomorrow, but I was wondering if you have a few minutes free now to discuss something. W: Sure, John. What do you want to talk about? M: Well, I have some quick questions about how to write about the research project that I do this semester about Climate Variations.
W: Oh, yes. You were looking for Variations in Climate in the G city area, right? How far along have you been gotten?
M: I’ve gotten my data, so I’m starting to summarize it now, preparing graph and stuff. But I’m just…I’m looking at it and I’m afraid that is not enough, but I’m not sure what else to put into the report.
W: I hear the same thing from every student. You know, you have to remember now that you are the expert on what you have done. So think about what you need to include if you’re going to explain your research project to someone with general or casual knowledge about the subject like your parents. That’s usually my rule____ Would my parents understand this.
M: Uhh, I get it.
W: I hope you can recognize by my thing how much you do know about the subject.
M: Right, I understand. I was wondering if I should also include the notes from the research journals you suggest I keep.
W: Yes, definitely. You should use them to indicate what your evolution and thought was through time. So just set up, you know, what was the purpose of what you were doing. To try to understand the climate variability of this area. What you did and what your approach was.
M: Ok. So, for example, I study meteorological records, I look at climate charts, I use different methods for analyzing the data like certain statistic tests, and then I discuss the results. Is that what you mean?
W: Yes, that’s right. You should include all of that. The statistical tests are specially important, and also be sure you include good reference section where all your published and unpublished data came from. Could you have a lot of unpublished climate data?
M: Um. Something just came out of my mind and went out the other side
W: It happens to me a lot. So, I have come up with a pretty good memory management tool. I carry a little pad with me over time and jot down questions and ideas that I don’t want to forget. For example, I went to the doctor with my daughter and her baby son last week, and we know we wouldn’t remember everything we want to ask the doctor, so we actually made at least five things we want answers to....