In this blog we’ll look at IELTS reading, listening, speaking, writing practice and IELTS vocabulary – how to build up your vocabulary so that you can score your desired bands. The blog focuses on using your smart mobile phones to prepare for the IELTS exam.
How often do you check your mobile every day? In a research found that Indians have spent nearly 2.4 hours on social media in a day or students check their mobile on an average 150 times in a day; North Americans check their social media accounts on an average 17 times in a day; youngsters in the UK spend more than 27 hours per week on their mobile phones. So let’s take a look at how these devices, which we all keep at our fingertips, provide opportunities to increase your IELTS band score.
Start by Practicing for IELTS Reading and Listening
The official IELTS Guide that the IELTS Academic Reading Test route is derived from books, magazines, journals, and newspapers and is on academic topics of general interest. All have been chosen for a non-specific audience. This implies to do well in IELTS reading, you have to familiarize yourself with this kind of content. You have to do like a lot of foundation perusing as you can.
Your smartphone provides you access to almost every prime English newspaper in the world. Mobile phones are good for reading because you can take them with you like a book. You can take to a cafe or park and spend just ten to fifteen minutes to reading an article. In this way, you are getting ready for your IELTS reading exam without realizing it. Try The Guardian, BBC News or The New York Times.
My first recommendation is that you should read those articles that interest you. For example, if you have no interest in history, you will rapidly get bored and lose concentration. So, choose two or three areas from the following topics like travel, health, and fitness, current affairs, art, and design, etc. Make a habit to read an article every day.
Perhaps, you can also practice listening to IELTS in the same way. We highly suggest BBC Radio.
Try to Work on Vocabulary
The British Council’s IELTS Word Power application is explicitly designed to assist you with building your vocabulary for the IELTS exam. It is composed of subjects (work and business, social issues, mass media, science, and technology, etc), with targeted words and practice exercises for each subject. While you’re eating or waiting for a friend or something where you can spend time learning some new words – which words may appear in IELTS reading or IELTS listening exam or prove to be useful for speaking or writing. Also, you can make new vocabulary on your own from the newspaper or articles. You have to focus on a different topic every day and try to learn five to ten words. In this way, you will be the master of new words in some days.
Get Advice from IELTS Experts
You are getting ready for an important exam. You must have read these Top 40 IELTS Blogs post. Perhaps you are working through an IELTS preparation book and it is possible that you have also consulted a teacher or IELTS website. IELTS Tips by app Clarity English will trickle feed guidance to help you to get the most ideal band score. You will get one tip per day for 30 days, in a structure that is absorbable and easy to remember. These suggestions come from British Council IELTS specialists, experienced IELTS instructors and examiners around the world. Like the Word Power app, the IELTS Tips app is also free of cost. Download it from either the Google Play Store or Apple Store.
Check Your Current IELTS Score
Unless you know the strong and weak areas, it is hard to plan your IELTS preparation. It is tempting to spend time in all the areas you enjoy and are good at – and research shows that we do just that – when you should focus on those areas that you find difficult. So the initial step in your IELTS preparation is to check your IELTS score by IELTS score calculator. The application will reveal your current level of IELTS reading and listening. You would then be able to work out what you need in writing and speaking tests to achieve an overall IELTS band score.
Now you can examine yourself that if you are good at Reading but weak at Speaking, then you can schedule more time for Speaking instead of Reading.
Improve Your Speaking & Writing Skills
When you are able to read and listen properly according to the IELTS test, now you can move to the remaining two parts i.e. speaking and writing. Improved vocabulary will help you in speaking because when you have more words in your brain you can explain anything in a much better way. Likewise, your writing skills will also improve and able to get your desired IELTS band score.
So when you use mobile spend some time on IELTS reading and try to figure out some new words.
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