1: Watch English Movies/Shows
Listening is the key element towards developing language skills and is always the first step towards learning a new language. Listen to the English Language as much as possible. The best way to do so in Pakistan is by watching movies and TV shows in the English language. By doing so, one benefits in the following ways:
- IELTS Listening Test score of the student improves.
- Grammar is always better learned by exposure rather than learning rules. Listening to the English language for a prolonged period automatically improves the grammatical sense of an individual.
- By watching these movies and shows with subtitles, students can also improve their reading speed and spelling.
2: Practice as much as Possible
Practice is the most important element in scoring a good IELTS exam score, especially for IELTS Listening, Speaking, and Reading modules. These modules are not trainer-dependent and the more a student practices, the better the score.
3: Do NOT go for shortcuts
The starting point of IELTS preparation for a high band score must always be by focusing on one’s basics of the language. Several online videos and trainers who teach students shortcuts to improve their IELTS exam score. Trust me when I say that there are absolutely NO SHORTCUTS to improving the English language. If someone cannot understand a language, they are simply never able to answer the questions correctly. Instead of focusing on shortcuts, one should capitalize their time to improve their language basics.
4: Get a speaking partner
Having a speaking partner rapidly improves one’s fluency and vocabulary, along with reducing grammatical errors. By verbally communicating in the English language, the inactive vocabulary in a person’s mind becomes a part of their active brain.
5: Avoid Fancy/Flowery English
IELTS exam is purely judged on a communication-based approach. This school of thought believes that the purpose of language is to communicate with people. Therefore, one should use words that are understood by the majority. Adding words that are fancy or too unique can result in the reduction of marks.
6: Don’t get carried away
The only correct answers in IELTS Speaking and Writing are the ones that are relevant to the question and are grammatically correct. This is not an IQ competition or a test of general knowledge. Therefore don’t waste your time on giving intelligent or technical answers. Just focus on staying on the topic and being as correct as possible. The examiner cannot deduct marks if he/she disagrees with your opinion or answer.
7: Choose the right trainer for yourself
Most of the IELTS preparation institutes and online trainers are purely in it for commercial purposes. The majority of them do not have any relevant qualifications or in-depth knowledge of IELTS. These trainers have developed their theories and strategies which are flawed, and result in the reduction of IELTS band-score.
8: Use www.grammarly.com
Write as much as possible. Verify your content by pasting it on grammarly.com and analyzing your grammatical errors. This website is one of the best grammar teachers around the globe.
9: Use authentic content
Never enter the examination room with memorized scripts or content provided to you by your IELTS preparation center. All the speaking recordings and writing scripts are run through plagiarism checking software and any memorized content is penalized.
10: Developing a reading habit
For people who are not used to reading, it is as tough an exercise as running or weight lifting. The more your practice reading, the better your understanding, content retention, and speed gets. IELTS reading test, especially in IELTS Academic, is a test of your reading speed as well.
11: Record yourself
For practicing cur cards, record yourself on your mobile phone. Listening to one’s recorded audios greatly helps in determining pronunciation errors and managing speaking time.
12: Model Answers
Study authentic model answers, especially of IELTS writing and speaking test. This will clear one’s concepts on what the examiner is looking for in the candidate.
13: Be Persistent
Language improvement is a gradual process. Students do not notice any significant improvement within weeks. Therefore, one should be mentally prepared to dedicate a few hours of their every day for months.
14: Attempt mock exams
Attempt as many mock exams as possible before the actual test. This helps in time management during the test. Many students with a grip over the language fail to score decent bands in the exam because they fail to manage time in reading and writing modules. Always attempt these tests in an exam environment and a single go.