If you’ve set yourself a goal to improve your English during Lockdown 2.0 and you’re planning to take an IELTS/PTE Test in the next few months, here are some tips to help you feel motivated and use your time efficiently.
- Identify the resources you will need – for example, you may find it helpful to get a grammar book such as English Grammar in Use (Raymond Murphy) or some Official Cambridge IELTS books with practice tests or grammar activities. You may also want to use online resources such as the ABC, BBC or TED.
- Get organised – create a weekly planner for yourself (include rewards) as this will help you know what time you have available to you each day, what to do each day and, to make sure that you are using your time as effectively as possible. For example, if you’re a morning person but like to have a walk before you start your day, then plan to walk for 30 mins and then set yourself a time to start your study in the morning. Maybe, it’s best that you do a practice listening and reading test when you’re clear-thinking in the morning. Then, you may take a short break and write some answers to common IELTS speaking questions. You may then want to do some writing task planning practice before you take a break for lunch. While preparing your lunch, it may be an idea to listen to the ABC or to TED. Then, after lunch you can write a short paragraph about what you heard or what you think about the topic. In the afternoon, you can correct your morning practice tests, review your mistakes and then complete a few chapters of your grammar book. To learn more about how to create a weekly planner, go to: https://gettingahead.com.au/english-test-preparation/study-habits-of-highly-successful-test-takers/
- Learn what you need to improve – if you’re planning to take an English Test such as IELTS or PTE and you’re not sure what you need to focus on to achieve a higher score, the best way to find out is to take a practice test. For PTE, you can take a practice score test at: https://pearsonpte.com/preparation/practice-tests/scored-practice-test/ . To receive a FREE IELTS/PTE Writing Test Assessment, go to: https://gettingahead.com.au/courses/free-resources/ . After you complete your writing practice test, we can provide feedback to help you know where to focus your effort.
- Practice everyday – it can be hard to stay motivated but, if you set yourself a plan and ask a friend/family member/professional to hold you accountable then it will be easier to achieve your goal. Make sure to schedule regular breaks and to give yourself both small and bigger rewards. Maybe, a big reward could be taking a day off to enjoy some time to do what you enjoy e.g. cook, exercise, dance, speak to friends, etc. If you want some ideas to help you do quick English language activities, look at: https://gettingahead.com.au/everyday-english/do-you-feel-stuck-with-your-english/ . Also, make sure to always get feedback on the tasks you complete so that you know you’re improving.
- Get help – if you feel that you need someone to help you and keep you on track with your learning and you don’t want to spend a lot of money, find a study buddy or, enrol in an online course. For example, if you want to practice your English Speaking, maybe there’s someone you can walk with who lives in your local area and you can talk about a different topic on each walk. If you need help with this, get in touch. To learn more about the services we offer, look at: https://gettingahead.com.au/english-test-preparation/
Good luck and get in touch if you have any questions.
Keep well and stay home.