The IELTS test is critically important for most people. It can make the difference between studying overseas and staying at home; between having your immigration status confirmed or denied — perhaps for ever.
So, with your IELTS test coming up, you should study non-stop to get the result you need, right? The evidence suggests that this is not the case. You need to study, yes, but you need to study strategically.
How do I study strategically?
First, think about your study habits:
- Do you listen to music while you study?
- Do you always study in the same place?
- Do you take exercise?
- Do you eat while you study? If so, what?
When you’ve answered these questions, click into this blog post from the State University of New York. it’s called Scientifically, the best way to prepare for final exams. A couple of notes before you start:
- The blog post is about Finals, or final university exams, but is equally applicable to other important tests like IELTS.
- The author uses the word ‘cramming’ a lot. This means intensive, last-minute study.
- Reading this article also provides real-life practice for the IELTS Reading test.
When you’ve finished…
Do you agree with what the author says? Do you have any strategies she doesn’t mention? Leave your comments below to help your fellow candidates!