Your IELTS study plan will depend on several criteria:
1. Your motivation
This is definitely the most crucial of all criteria. Ask yourself why you want / need to take the IELTS. If you can find a good reason, then no amount of distractions will stop you from achieving your aim (hopefully 🙂 )
2. The right materials
There is a lot of information on the internet that can help you prepare for the IELTS exam. But not all of it is useful information. I decided to create this website because I didn’t want my students to waste time trying to find one nugget of useful information in the sea of data available on the web. But this is not the only website I recommend. See my blogroll for other very useful IELTS related websites. Once you’ve found the right materials, it’s time to assemble a plan.
3. Time: How much time do you have before you need to take the IELTS test?
Generally, if this is your first time studying for the IELTS, most teachers will recommend that you take an IELTS course first at a language school in your city before registering for the course. There are several advantages to taking a course with a good teacher.
In either case, give yourself a miminum of 30 days to prepare for the course. This is my recommended minimum but please note that it’s not possible to improve your band score by much in just a month. 30 days gives you just enough time to familiarize yourself with the test formats for IELTS Speaking, Listening, Writing, and Reading exams, and devote a few days to each skill.
Remember, a good plan is half the battle won. As for the other half, STICK TO THE PLAN 😀