A famous quote says that – “Procrastination leads to creativity”. If your preparation time for the IELTS has been cut down for some reason, its time for you to get creative to score well.
Apart from locking yourself in a room with a 10-day food and water supply, here are 10 secret tips to help you get creative and get going to achieve an acceptable band. And yes it has been done before
It is easy to sit around and get lost in the dream of enjoying a foreign nation. But to get there you need a good score. Take a mock test, do a toe-dip test and analyze your weakness to identify the sections you need to work on.
Before you start studying it is important that you find reliable sources. There are multiple websites that will claim to have helped candidates score a dream band 9 in 15 days but can you really understand what they are saying?
If the answer is no, we suggest you move on instead of trying to figure out what is being said. Each person has a way of absorbing information, dedicate your precious time to finding that for yourself rather than struggling for the next 8 days.
Also, this would be a good time to recognize if you need professional help or not. 10 days is not enough to go from a Band 6 to Band 9.
The next 4 days should be dedicated to each section. Deciphering the structure and understanding the question pattern for each section being a crucial part of this.
For the reading section particularly, do the following:
The listening section includes listening to 4 audio clips and answering questions on the go. For this section particularly, practice the following:
This section will have 2 tasks requiring you to write 400 words in total, in 40 minutes. Keeping the following in mind should help you score better
This section requires you to answer the examiners for 10 to 15 minutes. There will be 3 different types of questions and here is what you could practice:
Dedicate this day to analyzing mistakes that you make repeatedly. You will be able to identify your weaknesses better. Go through all the tests that you have taken so far and find things you need to immediately work on.
You will realize after day 7 the areas that you lack in. Whether it is on building a decent vocabulary or your writing skills. You could also spend this day taking professional help and asking an expert to review your progress and suggest quick ways to improve. Dedicate this day to uplifting your weaker points and fine-tuning your strategy for the IELTS.
Once you work out a strategy for taking the exams, it is best to test it. Use this day to take as many full-length tests as possible and working on identifying the sections that you have made progress in. This step is very important to build confidence and to enter the correct mind space before entering the exam hall.
Now that your 10-day journey has come to end, dedicate this day to reviewing and reiterating the lessons that you have learned so far.
This day should include making sure you are fully aware of where you stand, having a fully developed exam strategy. This will give you the confidence to walk into the exam hall fully loaded.
Since you have very little time in 10 days, here’s how you could manage the all too common wandering minds
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