IELTS 6 Steps to study for the IELTS exam

IELTS 6 Steps to study for the IELTS exam
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    Hello Everyone!
    My name is Craig.
    Welcome to another episode of Everything IELTS!
    In this lesson I'm going to give you the 6 steps to studying for the IELTS exam!
    A lot of students have no idea even how to approach.. how do you start learning for the
    IELTS exam?
    What are the steps?
    What are the stages?
    Well, that's what I'm going to share with you today in this video!
    So if you have no clue about the IELTS test, this video is for you.
    So, step number 1.. step number 1 is..
    'Learn the test'.
    Learn the format, learn the timing, learn the types of questions.
    You should know that there are 4 sections.. you should know that within each section there's
    a certain style of question.
    You should know how long it takes to do one of the tasks or one of the parts.
    So learn the test.
    Step number 2.
    Step number 2 is to practice a full test.
    Think about this like your introduction to learning about IELTS.
    Think of it like learning to ride a bicycle...
    You get on, you try it and then afterwards you really understand what you need to practice.
    It's the same for the IELTS test.
    Have a go!
    Try the full test from start to finish and see what kind of questions come up and how
    difficult it is to answer, especially with the amount of time that you're given.
    The third step into studying the IELTS test is to do a 'Starting point assessment'.
    So a starting point assessment is basically doing the test under test conditions and to
    get some IELTS teacher that you trust to mark your test.
    Ask them to give you a band score and also to tell you what you're doing well and what
    you have problems with..what are your issues?.. because that's very important for the next
    stage.
    Think of the starting point assessment like this: You are going to climb a mountain- the
    IELTS test.
    You're somewhere along the mountain.. you don't know where you are.. you don't know
    how far you have to go to reach the top.
    So what you need to do is find out from somebody, "Where am I?..what's my..
    Am I close?".. and that person who climbed the mountain and helped other people climb
    the mountain could say to you, "Yeah, you've got a little bit to go.. you're doing well".
    It's the same for the IELTS test.
    You're going to ask your IELTS teacher, "What do I need to reach that goal..that summit..the
    top of the mountain?"..
    so the IELTS teacher who will help you with your starting point assessment..they will
    give you: focus, direction and a goal.
    For the listening and reading section, you can just do the test and check your answers..and
    see (more or less) where you are.
    Ok, step number 4 in learning for the IELTS test is: Create a study plan.
    A study plan is really important for organizing your time.
    So I advise you to get a calendar or a piece of paper and write up each part that you're
    going to do..try and organize it throughout the time period that you have.
    Oh, and a study plan isn't just important for organizing yourself.. it's also really
    good for discipline and motivation.
    Think about it.. when you have a list of something to do, it's in your mind..you think, "ah,
    I need to do that!".
    So having a study plan is actually a really good way to motivate yourself.
    Alright, the fifth step in learning the IELTS test is: Practice.
    So practice paraphrasing a question, practice with your issues with grammar..so if you're
    making a mistake with countable/uncountable nouns..or subject-verb matching, or maybe
    you're making a mistake with singular and plurals, or articles, or whatever it is, you
    need to practice that.
    Often, eliminating these grammar mistakes can actually elevate your score more than
    trying to use some fancy vocabulary.
    Practice using key vocabulary also for the test.
    For example, if you have to write a conclusion, you should learn the vocabulary: in conclusion,
    in summary, to summarize (sorry there's a type in the on-screen text!) and so on.. right.. these are important vocabulary for you to
    fulfill a certain part of the test.
    You should practice doing the questions within the time period.
    Make sure that you can do a full task 2 writing essay within the time allotted.
    It's really good practice and it means that you're not shocked when it comes to the exam.
    Learn to plan your answer.. for essays and for your speech in the speaking part.. right..
    Learn to brainstorm efficiently and effectively and with a particular method that you like
    and that works for you.
    It's very very important and it can really save you time in the exam and organize your
    thoughts a lot clearer.
    So practice, practice, practice.
    Practice like IELTS is your water and your oxygen!
    Embrace the challenge!
    Make IELTS your boyfriend or girlfriend.
    Love it.
    Break up with it.
    Get back together with it.
    Marry it.. and then after you can divorce the IELTS when you pass the test.
    And when you're practicing, practice with good teachers, good study partners and with
    good resources.
    My other tip for practicing is.. yes, practice the actual questions.. but also immerse yourself
    in everything English and everything IELTS.
    I'm sure you've heard many teachers say, you know.. listen to music, podcasts, read, download
    applications and so on.
    Well these things are true..but let me give you some advice for that.
    For music, try to listen to..like..Pop music..something very simple that has a repeated chorus.
    It's likely you're going to actually learn the message and learn that title of the song.
    Something like Ed Sheeran or Katy Perry..something that is just very easy.
    Maybe it's not your favourite music but you'll probably understand it a lot more than Rap
    or Techno.. or these types of music.
    In terms of movies, I would recommend animations..so think about Disney or Pixar..
    The Lion King, Aladdin, Toy Story..these are all really good movies for you to watch and
    for you to easily follow.
    They use simple grammar structures and also very conversational language.. and as well,
    they really use body language and visual imagery.. so you can connect the words with the meaning
    pretty easily.
    If you're considering some apps, I would recommend something like Beelinguapp for your reading,
    listening.. and also for practicing pronunciation.
    It basically gives you a short story and you can read it in both the language you're learning
    and your own language.
    Then you can listen to it and you can repeat after to practice the pronunciation..
    So it's got a lot of advantages that way.. and it's free at the moment.
    You can use an app like FluentU.
    So this is an app that basically gives you small clips of video.
    They're kind of like Youtube videos.. something really easy to understand and they have some
    exercises for you as well.
    If you want to improve maybe your conversational skills like your fluency, I'd really recommend
    Cambly or iTalki..some type of app that lets you talk with native speakers.
    It can really improve both your fluency and your confidence for the exam.
    If you want to work more on your written language, I would suggest something like HelloTalk.
    HelloTalk is basically a company that connects students with native speakers.. and you text,
    you send messages..
    I think you have voice messages as well.
    It could be a really cool way to get some English practice every day.
    And finally, if you want to improve your vocabulary, I recommend something like Duolingo.
    It's just great for building up your sentence structures and introducing new vocabulary.
    There are also Youtube channels out there..kind of like this one, but more tailored to stories..
    like English Fairy Tales by Eden Buttenshaw.
    On this channel you basically have a story and there's a reader..and you can follow the
    text as you go.
    The radio..
    I would really recommend for students who are level 6 or higher.
    Otherwise it can be kind of tricky..but it's really good to test your listening skills
    and also to just keep you aware of things that are happening in the news.
    Ok, so the fifth (sixth!*) step to learning for the IELTS test is..
    Feedback!
    Elon Musk said this: "I think it's very important to have a feedback loop, where you're constantly
    thinking about what you've done and how you could be doing it better".
    Bill Gates said, "We all need people who will give us feedback.
    That is how we improve.
    So listen, if these guys..these very successful people are recommending feedback so strongly,
    I think it's something you should listen to.
    Don't think about paying for feedback as spending money.. it's investing money.
    Think about paying for feedback as kind of like an accelerator to passing the test.
    And think about this: Daniel LaRusso in 'The Karate Kid', he had Mr. Miyagi as someone
    for feedback.
    He was teaching him constantly how to improve.
    In Star Wars, you had Obi-Wan Kenobi helping Luke Skywalker..and later on it was Yoda.
    They helped him.
    They helped give him feedback.
    What am I doing wrong?
    What should I do to improve?
    So what I'm saying is: Find your Obi-Wan Kenobi, your Yoda or your Mr. Miyagi.
    Ok, and the sixth (seventh!*) and final step for learning for the IELTS test is: Doing
    fully timed tests.
    I recommend doing a test every single day (1-2 weeks before the exam).
    The reason for it is, is that it decreases the time for you thinking about, "what does this
    question ask me?"..If you are familiar with these tests, the format, the types of questions..you
    already know what the question is asking and you know how to answer it.
    It saves you a lot of time.
    Ok, and that's it!
    Thank you all for joining me on another episode of Everything IELTS!
    If you like this video, please like and subscribe..and..yeah, I hope to make a lot more videos.. so..also
    if you've got any questions, please leave them in the comments and I think that's it!
    All the best with your IELTS preparation..and you can do it!
    Just be confident, practice all of these things before the exam and you'll do well!
    Until next time, bye bye!
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