Thursday, September 4, 2014

Time Management Tips for Working Professionals Reviewing for the IELTS

Balancing time between work and one's social life has been a problem of working professionals. To add more to this dilemma, there are working professionals who are also studying like those who review for an English proficiency examination like the International English Language Testing System exam. However, since they are very busy with work and with studying, the problem of managing their time is expected to rise.

Doing their work and studying to succeed in the IELTS are very important for these working professionals. This is the very reason why time management has to be practiced. Here are some tips on how these individuals balance their time both for work and reviewing for the IELTS.

· Organization: A must!

Prepare all the materials you need for studying. For example, have a handy notebook where all your notes for the IELTS exam are written. Organize them according to topics so that you will be able to cover important topics. Read these notes while on break or before going to work.

· Make a concrete plan (and follow it)

Determine the amount of time you can give to your studying as you have work to do. Let’s say, give yourself an hour everyday to practice. Each day should cover one of the four sections of the test.

· Know your strengths and weaknesses
Once you know where you are good at, you will be able to prioritize things. Work more on things that you find difficult. These things will need more time to develop.

· Do not study a lot of things on a very limited time.

It is better to study a few things than feed your brain with too much information with only limited time. Create a time table indicating topics that you need to cover in one day.

· Always have a backup plan

You need to work overtime, so your time for reviewing is consumed. The next day, try to cope with this loss of time. Further, if you are not that tired at the end of your workday, work on some easy items to be reviewed.

· Use breaks wisely

If you are not hungry on your break, use this to do some exercises. If there is not an important thing to be done on your break, use them wisely!

· Have a motivation

It is always a good thing to be motivated to do something. On your work desk, write your target score. Once you see this, you will be more motivated to work on your projects at work to give more time for your review.

· Use your day offs well

During your day offs, allot more time on studying. Do practice exercises while doing the laundry or memorize vocabulary while cooking dinner. Find an opportunity to study while doing household chores if you need to do any.

· Have some recordings on your phone or mp3 players

While driving or commuting to work, listen to English recordings that will help your familiarity with the accents used in the IELTS.

· Try enrolling in a review center

Review centers have IELTS course schedules that are convenient for working individuals. They offer classes as late as 9 pm or whole day schedule on a weekend.

Though with a busy schedule, working individuals' candidates for the IELTS can still review for the IELTS. Just follow these steps and your time for work and reviewing will be managed effectively.


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