Practice Smarter not Harder
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Your IELTS score greatly depends on your preparation for the test. Remember that IELTS measures how accurately you can handle the English language in real life situation but not your wisdom level. So if you practice smartly and efficiently, you are gonna hit a better score. At first be determined about the exam date, i.e. when you are gonna sit for the exam. Now you are sure about the time you have in your hand for the practice and preparation.Build up a strategy and study accordingly.
1. Short-time Goal Planing
2. Long-time Goal Planing
If you are already registered for the IELTS and your exam is knocking at the door, then make a Short-time Goal Planing. Emphasise your weak points among the 4 sections (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and practice those sections over and over again. Model tests can help you greatly if you are running out of time for the exam. Check your spelling and try to make sentences you write are organised and coherent.
If you are planning to sit for the IELTS and have lots of time then you must make a Long-time Goal planning.This involves your understanding the IELTS exam format. This is really important for all the candidates who are going to sit for the IELTS. Many students with average English proficiency hit much better IELTS band score because of their fully understanding the exam format. Make a study plan and practice accordingly. Besides try to enrich your vocabulary, sentence formation, speaking and listening skills.
The following study hints will help you in the weeks leading up to the IELTS.
» Become familiar with the IELTS test as early as possible. The skills being tested in the IELTS take a period of time to build up. Cramming is not an effective study technique for IELTS.
» Use your study time efficiently. Study when you are fresh and, after you have planned a timetable, make sure that you keep to it. Set goals and ensure that you have adequate breaks. In the IELTS test, each of the four Band Modules — Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking — carries the same weight. Study each skill carefully and spend more time on the skills in which you feel you are weak.
» Be very clear on the order of each section, its length and the specific question types.
» Having a study partner or a study group is an excellent idea. Other students may raise issues that you may not have considered.
» When you check your answers versus the correct ones after your complete your model IELTS test, pay special attention to those you did WRONG. There always will be a chance to congratulate yourself later for those you’ve got right.
Spend at least 2/3 hours for preparing the test every day instead of sitting down to review once a week for several hours. Even though you are studying for the same amount of time, research shows that daily shorter sessions produce better results on the IELTS test.