Below you will find a very practical list of Ted Talks to help you to pass IELTS. You can listen to the podcast -where I go into much more detail on how to use each talk – and / or you can go to the actual Ted Talk page.
If you are around a Band 5 or 6, go to the Ted Talk page and listen while reading the transcript. You could even make your gap fill exercise, or if you are very determined, transcribe the entire audio, then check your transcription with the Ted Talk official transcription.
Personally, I’d download all the mp3s of the talks, then listen to them, one a day for the next 20 days. Fill your brain with some uplifting positive ideas and stories!