When Benjamin Franklin famously said, ‘if you fail to plan, you are planning to fail’, he probably didn’t have the IELTS reading exam in mind. His advice however is still valid, if you want to get a better score in the IELTS exam, you will need to study and to do this you’ll need a proper schedule.
You’ll probably already know what grade you need to achieve in the IELTS exam and so this is your goal but, be realistic. You’ll need to get a feel for what your IELTS level is, to do this, try completing a few sample exams. Stick to the time limit and mark yourself honestly.
If you have a teacher, ask them to mark your written exam. You’ll now know both what target you want to achieve and what level you are at. Be sensible, if you score overall band 5 then you are not going to score a 7.0 in a few months. For most people, it’s reckoned that you improve by a band every six months. Another big issue is that students want to fast track their English and achieve a high score before they know the basics. If you can’t use the tenses in English or have trouble just communicating or writing simple sentences, then forget about anything to do with IELTS, you would be much better just learning English until you have a better level.
Making a timetable
There’s no point in setting yourself a timetable that is unachievable and that you can’t keep. Be honest with yourself and don’t set a schedule that is either too easy or too difficult. Most people learn best in chunks of between twenty and thirty minutes with a few minutes break in between where you can stretch your legs or get a breath of fresh air.
Have enough practise materials
You’ll need quite a lot of material to keep you going. Thankfully there are some excellent materials to help you. You can search for these on the internet or a save money by getting books out from your local library.
Keep a study journal
Maintaining good study notes is the cornerstone to success in academic life. Keep a record of all the practise tests that you have done and what you scored in them. Have a notebook with all the important vocab and structures that you have learned and look at this regularly.
Balancing your life
Don’t spend all your time studying. Your brain can only take in a certain amount of information and so spending all day trying to remember 100 words will only make you forget them the next day. Try to enjoy what you study
Get more help by downloading Richard L King’s Book, Teach yourself IELTS reading