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IELTS Study Tips

A lot of students leave the exam hall having answered less than half the questions. Apart from speaking and writing exams, there is room for making educated guesses.


In the Reading section, give yourself 2-3 minutes at the end to guess answers for all the questions you haven’t found answers to. In the Listening section, you have ten minutes at the end to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. After you have transfered all your answers, fill in any blanks with logical guesses.



IELTS Study Tips

A very large percentage of students don’t read the question carefully. Therefore, they either don’t understand what the examiner wants or only answer half the question.


As you’re reading the question, underline or circle the keywords so you don’t miss anything. Don’t worry about fancy, colorful highlighters – you will only be wasting time switching from pencil to highlighter and back again.



IELTS Study Plan: Some Ideas

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. (more…)

IELTS Study Tips

My first IELTS study tip is advice I give to all my students on Day One of an IELTS course.


What does this mean? Really, this means knowing where you are, where you want to go, and the steps you will take in order to get there.


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IELTS Study Tips

Unfortunately, spellings are quite important in the IELTS.


If spellings scare you, give yourself an extra two minutes to check your spellings at the end of the Reading, Writing, and Listening exams.


In an earlier post, I wrote about how to learn and check spellings more effectively.