• Mai Duc Nguyen

IELTS Tips of the Week – How to Create an Effective Revision Plan

An important step towards achieving your target IELTS score is to create an effective revision plan. This article will describe several tips to devise such a plan.

1, Identify your objectives:

The first step is to identify your objectives, i.e. your target score. If you wish to study at a foreign university, it is best to check the IELTS requirements on its website. Please note that some universities will require an overall IELTS band score, e.g. 7, with a minimum score for the Writing section, e.g. 6.5, because of the writing-focused nature of their degree programs. On the other hand, in case you want to apply for a job abroad, it is recommended that you do online research to find out what the desirable IELTS score is. You may want to take into account English proficiency requirements set by the country’s immigration authorities.

2, Work out when and where you would like to take the exam:

Next, decide when and where you would like to sit the exam. This action has several benefits. First, it allows you to understand how much time you have for your revision and, thus, to create a suitable revision plan. Second, it gives you motivation to follow your plan, because failure to do so means you will be unprepared on the important day!

To answer the When question, consider the deadline to apply for your wish degree and for Visa application procedures. In several cases, you may want to retake the IELTS exam to achieve a higher score. Therefore, allow at least 6 months from the time you start your revision to the time you officially start your study or work. Furthermore, as for the Where question, you should choose a test location that you find most convenient and comfortable, e.g. in a city where you live.

3, Plan your revision on a daily and weekly basis:

Once you are clear about what you want to achieve, when and where to take the IELTS exam, the next step is to plan how you will achieve that score. Here are some useful tips:

· Plan your revision on a daily and weekly basis, e.g. “I will write one Writing Task 1 essay on Monday and practice Speaking Part 2 questions on Tuesday”. Be clear about what you expect to complete by the end of a day.

  • Focus on all sections of the exam, i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking, and on all English proficiency areas, i.e. vocabulary, grammar and pronunciation.

  • Draw a table with those details and stick the plan to somewhere visible, e.g. your bedroom wall.

  • When revising, you should stay away from potential distractions, for example, your mobile phones and pets. Have strong determination to follow your plan.

  • You may consider studying as a group with learn from others’ inputs and strengths.

4, Don’t just “study” IELTS!

In addition to trying practice IELTS questions and exam papers, consider other revision tactics that may improve your overall English language ability. For example, frequently speaking to native English speakers can reinforce your ability to use language naturally. Additionally, watching an English movie every evening helps you understand conversations in which people speak fast.

5, Spend time on hobbies and relaxation:

Finally, make sure you relax and obtain a healthy work-life balance. In your free time, stay away from IELTS revision to free your mind from all those practice tests. Spend time on hobbies, physical exercise and outdoor activities. These will certainly help you regain energy, strengthen your memory and help you be physically and mentally prepared for your next revision day!

Do you have other IELTS revision tips? Or would you like to share your revision plan (step 3) with us and our readers? Please do not hesitate to leave a comment below.

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