Time management is one of the most crucial skills that we all need to learn. Managing one’s time well not only allows us the freedom to attend to all our priorities but also leaves us feeling satiated from within.
Time management refers to the ability of balancing out all tasks that you’ve set for the day and doing each one of those properly. They make us manage our time effectively and achieve the results that we want.
IELTS needs to be completed within the time that’s allotted and managing one’s time during this test becomes a real challenge for most candidates.
All sections of the IELTS require you to manage your time properly so that you are able to ace each one of them and bring up your overall band.
Let us discuss ways in which we can manage our time prudently during each of the sections- Writing, Reading and Listening. The Speaking section is relatively easier to manage as you are able to time yourself as per the examiner’s instructions.
TIME MANAGEMENT DURING WRITING
The Writing section of the IELTS asks you to write essays that are mostly discussion based. Being aware of the pattern and structure of these essays will prevent you from spending unnecessary time on brainstorming.
Practice writing on various related topics before the main test and do not begin writing immediately after you’ve read the questions. Take some time to reflect on the topic that’s provided to you and then write a well-organized essay.
Planning the structure before both the questions will help you in writing effortlessly. Do not exceed the word limit for you will not be awarded extra points and you may also miss out on other questions.
TIME MANAGEMENT DURING READING
In the Reading section, read the title of the passage that’s provided to you. Read the entire passage once and pay close attention to lines that are laden with information.
The second and the third part of the Reading test are slightly more difficult. You will have to read them carefully and minutely.
You are given an hour but try to use only 50 minutes to complete the entire section. Those extra 10 minutes should be spent revising the entire section.
While you’re scanning the paragraphs, make sure that you are not distracted. Reading each and every line with utter care is important so that you do not have to keep re-reading the same passages all over again in search of answers.
Ample practice will come to your rescue during the main test.
TIME MANAGEMENT DURING LISTENING
Here, 40 questions come from 4 sections. The student will have to hear recordings /audio clips attentively in order to answer all those questions.
The types of questions that are asked are mainly short answers, multiple choice and sentence completions. A dialogue that occurs between two people needs to be heard as questions from the exchange that takes place are asked.
There are two dialogues and two monologues and questions based on the situations presented are asked.
If you allot 1.5 minutes to each question, you will be able to complete your test on time.
Time Management during IELTS preparation is one of the most pivotal skills that you will learn. It will allow you to appear for all sections in a stress-free manner.