Thursday, October 22, 2015

Effective Study Tips for IELTS

Candidates for the IELTS examination religiously focus on reviewing for the exam. Most of these candidates have a target score to reach for their applications overseas. Failing the IELTS is not an option here. Not only will it cause delays with their application but also the IELTS examination is not cheaply priced. Hence, there is great pressure in getting the target score in the exam in only one take.

Successful candidates have their own story to tell on how they passed the IELTS exam. The common denominator to their claim is focus on studying for the test. How can one effectively study for the test? 
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Here are some tips that can help you ace the IELTS test.

· It will be better to know which sub-test you have the most difficulty with. Assessing your skills makes it easier to focus on which part to study. For example, if you have a weakness in writing essays, it will be beneficial to put more time in reviewing doing writing practices. In other words, prioritize the sub-test that you are not confident with.

· Learn how to manage your time for the test. There are some candidates who take so much time answering questions that they lack much time reviewing their responses. Parts of the test have limited time, so practice answering exercises within the allotted time.

· Create a schedule. For example, on Mondays you can study reading. Only focus on area when studying so that you can have all your focus on its skill building activities. For example, when you are studying for reading, you can practice the skill of skimming or scanning and develop these all throughout your study time.

· Study at your most convenient time. If you are a morning person, study in the morning. You have to find out which time makes you more productive. This will ensure that you are learning something from the schedule that you have made.

· Limit the areas to be studied in a day. Information overload is not a good practice. It will only drain you and make you easily tired.

· Understand the test format of the IELTS. Know which skills are evaluated in a particular sub-test or task. Knowing how the test runs will make you more prepared for the real one.

· Listen to IELTS videos online. There are a lot of videos on Youtube that shows skills to be developed for the IELTS test. Also, there are videos on how to do speaking interviews that can guide the viewers on what to do during their exams.

· Find a speaking partner. A speaking partner is recommend for you to practice speaking in English. This will also boost your confidence in using the language.

· Enroll in an IELTS review center. IELTS review centers have very effective class schedules that boost a student’s English skills. They have schedules particularly focused on classroom lectures and only practices. Also, they have one-on-one speaking classes where speaking coaches can give out comments and advice to develop a student’s English skills.

Studying for the IELTS is important. Being prepared for the exam means having enough time learning and improving skills for the IELTS.


  1. Nice study tips. This is very useful for students to prepared for exam.
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