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A lot of students struggle to organise themselves and allow sufficient IELTS preparation time.
We have compiled some useful tips that will help you prepare for your IELTS exam and can be used to improve your English language studies.
Again, it all depends on you. If you’ve already tried something and failed, don’t stop. Look for something new!
Find official IELTS exams, the Cambridge books are said to be the best because they are slightly harder than the real test.
They are also written by the same professionals who write the official exams. You cannot go wrong!
Sit down with an exam and go to the answers first. Deduce and reverse engineer, find the fragments that contain the answers.
Work out how the questions are asked, the styles and the formats.
This makes it far easier to find answers when you do mock tests the normal way.
It has been proven that studying too much may not have the best results. SO it is important to establish a routine, to use your time wisely.
Work smarter, not harder. If you suddenly have to go out and can’t postpone the trip, find a logical break point in your work.
Write a note to yourself so you can quickly remember where you need to start again.
I like to set sessions of 50 minutes, starting at exactly 9.a.m each morning. In fact I do exactly the same tasks each day at this time.
Pay attention to your weak points first. Identify where you need to improve and provide yourself with extensive training.
The thing of paramount importance here is a schedule, as detailed as possible.
Write down dates and times, and specify exactly what you’re going to work on.
When you sign up to our email list you get access to a study planner excel doc which makes it all a little easier.
After assigning specific tasks to each session, remember that when you have finished write about what happened and the next step is.
This is the "debrief". Here is an example:
Worked up to part 3 of the listening, need to review collocations and complete the test.
This ensures that when you next sit down to study you not wasting time figuring out what to do. You are immediately productive.
Ask someone to proofread your essay, for example. It’s better if a teacher who is familiar with IELTS and has a good command of English.
This way you won’t waste your time when preparing.
If your IELTS results show that you’ve gained ground in one area, get to work on your next weak point. And focus on theory.
Even though it may be boring sometimes, theory is the foundation of a solid knowledge base.
Of course, you want to do and study the English language as much as possible.
This approach doesn’t always play into your hands. There may be a lot to review or learn.
Therefore, if you try to do it all, you may end being at a loss and in panic.
Always finish a task before you move on to the next one. Start with your weak points.
If you have time left, you’ll be able to do all the rest.
Don’t assign yourself more tasks than you can manage to do within the time you’ve allotted for them.
Take a 5-minute break after each 25 minutes of work. Repeat this for 6 rounds.
This way you won’t feel completely exhausted and will be able to keep working longer.
This method is explained in more detail here: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomodoro_Technique
It is very important that you practice for your IELTS test by completing IELTS sample essay questions, so that you are prepared for any possible outcome.
It is always a good idea to improve your general English skills by means of writing a blog in English, or having a conversation with a friend in English. Submersion is key!
There are a lot of resources available online and an online IELTS course to help you stay focused and show you how to prepare for IELTS in the right way.
An important aspect to preparing for the IELTS test, is to get familiar with the IELTS exam. Take a look at some of our resources to help you learn all you need to know.
Below you will find links to help you prepare for your task 2
Below you will find sample task 2 questions and a list of band 9 samples answers. Use these to compare and assess your writing.
Here you will find tutorials to help you prepare for GT 1
In this section of the speaking test you will be asked questions on familiar topics.
Here you will be asked to give a short talk using a cue card. You will have one minute to prepare what you’re going to say and then you’re expected to speak for 1-2 minutes.
Part 3 of the IELTS speaking exam involves a discussion where you will have the opportunity to really develop your answers. You will be asked open-ended questions relating to part 2 of your exam.