It’s easy to lose interest in your test preparations, especially if you limit your efforts to your IELTS course. Avoid this problem by adding variety to your studies.
Why You Should Add Variety to Your Study Routine
If you’ve been preparing for the IELTS UKVI exam for weeks, it’s highly likely that you’ve developed a study routine. And that’s great! Having a routine—regardless of whether it just involved attending your training course or conducting self-study sessions—ensures that your IELTS review has an established spot in your daily schedule.
The problem with having a routine, however, is that it can confine you. It can limit your review efforts to whatever activities you’ve set into your routine. Not only can this demotivate you over time, but it can also hinder the development of your communicative skills. This is where variety can help you out.
How to Add Variety to Your IELTS Review
Make your test preparation more fun and engaging. Here are some fun and effective ways to add variety to your IELTS UKVI review.
· Change your routine
Do you always review your IELTS course notes at night? Change it up and study them in the morning. Do you often review in your bedroom? Gather up your training materials and relocate to another private and study-conducive spot. Making small changes like these in your routine will make your study sessions more interesting.
· Study using various materials
Don’t confine your studies to the training materials that your IELTS course provides. Find out how a topic is tackled in different media by different people and instructors. Explore your resources. Relearn your IELTS lectures using the following materials and sources.
o Charts, graphs, and tables.
o Concept maps
o Instructional videos
o Academic articles
o Blog articles
The more media you use to relearn a topic, the better you’ll remember and understand it.
· Assign a song to a topic
If you’re the type who likes to leave the radio or music on while they study, this review hack is for you. Assign a song or soundtrack to a topic. Then, every time you study that topic listen to its corresponding track. This’ll make you subconsciously associate that particular topic to that specific song. You’ll know you applied this tactic successfully if all you have to do is sing or hum a song to recall its respective topic.
· Use unconventional learning strategies
Don’t just reread your IELTS UKVI lecture notes or answer mock exams. Be creative. Here are some fun but effective ways to hone your English communicative abilities.
o Watch English shows, movies, and newscasts.
o Listen to English songs, radio broadcasts, and podcasts.
o Read English books, magazine, journals, and newspapers.
o Relate your lessons to your own experiences.
o Keep an audio journal about your daily activities.
o Create visual representations or write poems or stories about your lessons.
o Teach your friends and family what you’ve learned.
o Breakdown big linguistic concepts using maps and diagrams.
o Compare and contrast various English language concepts.
o Create a comprehensive presentation about your IELTS lectures.
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