It's no secret.
Passing the IELTS Exam results from good preparation. Preparation involves studying and studying takes time. In most cases, preparation means countless hours spent poring over long and often, boring IELTS study guides.
Going through the IELTS Test Study Guide is like being in a relationship. It involves both time and commitment. It means sitting down and dedicating a fixed number of hours each day to study and review.
With a laundry list of things to do, the idea of devoting a certain number of hours each day to studying seems preposterous. Who has the time? You barely have the time to read three pages, let alone 300!
But here's what they do not tell you: There are shortcuts to getting through the IELTS Study Guide.
Yes, you read that correctly.
There are shortcuts.
It's true that the IELTS Study Guide provides a wealth of information. But you do not need to go through the entire shebang to gather all the relevant IELTS preparation tips.
Post why? Because I'm about to share with you the best IELTS exam tips you've ever come across.
The IELTS Study Guide Made Easy
It's a shame how most IELTS Test Study Guides hide all the juicy information in a 30-pound book. It's as if you first have to go through the entire book to get a shot at passing the exam.
A single book contains so many practice tests. And I kid you not when I say that I went through all of them! In preparation for my exam, I bought a half dozen study guides meant for the International English Language Testing System. I took practice test after practice test.
I took the long route and ended up passing the exam. However, a short cut would've gotten me the same result. If I only knew then what I know now … I would've saved myself
In any event, I am about to share with you what I found out.
Best and Shortest IELTS Exam Tips
Without further ado, here are some of the best and shortest IELTS study guide tips:
- Writing – For the writing portion of the IELTS, use bullet points to pre-structure your essay. Let your bullet points serve as your framework. This way, you'll be able to organize your thoughts, anchor your ideas, and create a flowing essay that reads well.
- Listening – You might be surprised but the easiest thing you can do to improve your IELTS listening score is as simple as watching subtitled English movies. By watching subtitled English movies, you practice both your English reading and comprehension skills.
- Reading – To improve your reading comprehension score, it's important that you learn how to skim a page. Locate keywords from the IELTS questions and focus on those when you read the paragraph. You might not understand each and every word of the paragraph but by focusing on the keywords, you stand a better chance of answering the question correctly.