IELTS Listening Tips

Twelve Top Tips for IELTS

 

Wow! The main part of Christmas is over but we are all still celebrating! This period between Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve is a chance to say goodbye to the old year and think about the new one. It’s a time when people start to think about New Year resolutions and how they will change things for the coming year.

 

 

Maybe your target for 2018 will be to get your IELTS exam score once and for all! I’d love to help you with that and will tell you how that can be an option for you at the end of this email.

On this fourth day of Christmas, I want to take a look at something you can do to change your IELTS Reading

This is my favourite topic to teach. I love to show my students the relationships between the questions and the text and in many ways it is a voyage of discovery trying to explore the text to find just the right fit for the answer.

Mastering the reading can take a little time and the better you are at understanding sentence structure the better you will do in this part of the test.

The key skill that will help you to improve your reading skills is to spend more time on the questions than on the text. Yes, the clue to the answers lies not so much in the text as in the questions and a careful analysis of these will help you find more accurate answers. Not only this, but it will really help you with the speed as well.

So to make sure you find accurate answers and improve your speed every time you must learn how to analyse the questions well and pick out just the right key words.

And I can help you with this too – key words are a vital skill in IELTS Reading.

So to help make your dreams come true in 2018, I want to offer you the chance to work with me and my team in January.

I am setting aside time during the start of 2018 to speak to you personally about getting the help you need to get the IELTS score you want.

To get one of these Skype appointments you need to complete this questionnaire:

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I will be giving a special IELTS Christmas gift to those who complete the questionnaire and book a Skype call.

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Twelve Top Tips for IELTS

 

There is no special name for today but after the first two days – which are public holidays – some people have to go back to work. Those who are lucky to have a longer holiday (or if it’s a weekend) will continue to visit friends and family, have or go to parties.

 

 

On this third day of Christmas, I want to give you the final thing you should do to improve your listening.

The listening test is probably the one part where you have to concentrate the most. If your mind wanders for just a few seconds (and I know this as it sometimes happens to me too when working with IELTS students) you can lose an answer or in the worst case more than one answer. It is important to keep focused and to concentrate throughout.

There is however a small technique that you can use to make sure you don’t miss anything and have something to come back to at the end of the section or when you transfer your answers.

This little trick is to make some notes. There is little time so your notes have to be very short and useful so they can help you if you miss an answer.

This is another of the techniques I teach my students to do so that they can be sure to have something to fall back on if they can’t quite get the answer – it helps you make an informed decision about these missing answers rather than a random guess when you transfer at the end of the test.

So if you want to be sure about your listening you need to make certain you practice all the techniques I’m sharing with you so that they become second nature. The very best way of doing this is to get help from a qualified and experienced IELTS teacher.

To see if I can help you to get your band 7 and 8 I’m setting up Exam Support calls at the beginning of January where you can meet me on Skype personally and look at the possibility of working with me and my team for 5 or 12 weeks to make sure you get really ready for your IELTS high band score.

To get one of these Skype appointments you need to complete this questionnaire:

 

Questionnaire 

I’m giving a special IELTS Christmas gift also – but first you have to complete the questionnaire to qualify for one of these Skype calls.

Questionnaire

Twelve Top Tips for IELTS

 

Today is called Boxing Day! A funny name and it has nothing to do with boxing! Christmas boxes are gifts of money that were (and still are sometimes) given to people who help us year round – the postman, the milkman or other tradesmen. Traditionally this was the day that they would receive these gifts.

 

 

On this second day of Christmas, I want to give you a second thing you can do to improve your listening.

Before you begin to listen, you are given some time to check the questions. Everything in the IELTS exam is done for a reason and this time is given to you because it will help you to get the answers better. Do you know how to use this time well? Do you use this time to read the questions, or do you spend your time just looking at your previous answers?

It is important to know how to use this time to make sure that you are ready when the answer comes.

Let me tell you how – you need to underline the key word in the sentence that will anticipate the answer – just one. If you underline too many words you will only get confused. Look at the answer you are being asked for and then find the one word in the question that will signal this information. That’s the word you need to listen for.

This is just one of the skills we teach on our IELTS courses. You need to get really good at using this time well so that you can make sure you don’t miss an answer.

If you are looking for a band 7 or 8 in listening you cannot afford to miss many answers and you need to use everything you can to maximise your score. By learning how to use every minute of the test well you can make sure that you don’t panic, you wait patiently for the answer to come and then calmly write it down correctly.

Wouldn’t it be great to be able to do this in every listening exercise by learning how to use this time? Well you can!

I want to help you achieve this and other skills and give you the chance to work with me and my team in January and make sure your IELTS is ready for band 7 and 8.

I am setting aside 5 days at the beginning of January to speak to you about getting the help you need to get the IELTS score you want.

To get one of these Skype appointments you need to complete this questionnaire:

Questionnaire 

I’m giving a special IELTS Christmas gift also – but first you have to complete the questionnaire to qualify for one of these Skype calls.

Questionnaire

Berni xx

Twelve Top Tips for IELTS

Today is Christmas Day! It is one of the most important and exciting days in our calendar here in the UK. Today, all across the UK, people will be exchanging presents and ‘making merry’ – eating a huge feast of turkey, vegetables and stuffings as well as Christmas pudding and traditional mince pies. It is a time for family and is especially magical for children – with Father Christmas, the glittering Christmas tree and lots of gifts. During the long, dark winter months Christmas lights up our lives and our hearts so no wonder we want to celebrate for a whole 12 days!!

On this first day of Christmas, I want to share one thing with you that can improve your listening

It’s important with listening to have wide exposure to different kinds of listening content. If you are looking for bands 7 and 8 then it is vital that you practise listening to different voices, sometimes speaking together and also a wide range of topics and vocabulary. The better your listening skills, the better the IELTS will be for you.

To improve your IELTS listening more quickly it’s a good idea to have questions to test your understanding of this listening content then you really know that you are able to pick out the details of what is being said.

You can listen to things like the BBC News, TED talks and also the Economist online – this is all good content and it will help you with IELTS. But, how will you know if you are listening to the right parts to answer questions?

Well I can help you with that. I have over 8,500 pages of practice material on my site and this is available to all my IELTS students. All the listening material is intended for native speakers so the level is high and I have created questions for everything so you can really test and develop your listening skills to be at band 7 and 8 easily.

I want to offer you the chance to work with me and my team in January so that you can have access to all this practice material and make sure your IELTS is ready for band 7 and 8.

I am setting aside some days at the beginning of January to speak to you personally about getting the IELTS score you want.

To get one of these Skype appointments you need to complete this questionnaire:

Questionnaire

I have a special Christmas gift to give everyone who books a Skype call – but you have to complete the questionnaire to qualify.

Questionnaire

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When you focus on things they improve – this is a fact and for anybody who needs an overall score of say band 7 or 7.5 or an overall score with a minimum of 7 in each part (which is commonly asked for from medical professionals) then the listening part is probably your best bet for a higher band. So here is a strategy that will get your score to a very high band such as band 8 or even band 8.5.

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So what is the problem with MCQ in the listening test? Well, the listening test itself is a real exercise in multi-tasking. Not only do you have to listen carefully but you also have to read the questions and write down the answers simultaneously. There is a lot to do. The main focus must be on listening as once this is gone then you cannot retrieve the information.

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Anyone who has ever studied a second language in a classroom and then had the experience of speaking with a native speaker in a real conversation can tell you; the real thing is so much harder to understand!  You might think that you are fluent in French until you are greeted by your waiter at Huitrerie Regis in Paris and struggle to order the oysters.  “Why does he talk so fast!?”  You may ask yourself.  “What’s up with his accent?”  You have just learned first-hand that experiencing a language in the real world outside of the classroom is a lot different than the books and the careful practice conversations.

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Step by Step Programme IELTSThere is so much information out there about taking the IELTS test and developing your language skills.  An overwhelming amount of information.  It can take months or even years to go through it all and to figure out what works for you!  What if there was a way that you could get focused training to hone in on the language skills that you need?  What if there was a way for you to have materials, advice, and tips presented to you that have been proven to really work?  What if you could complete this training and be totally prepared to conquer the IELTS in a matter of weeks-not months or years? Continue reading

listeningIELTS listening usually gets the highest marks in any test and is generally the easiest area to improve. You do need to expose yourself to as much listening material as possible, but watching movies is not necessarily the best way to do this (with movies, much of the information you get is visual).

The IELTS listening exam tests for the detail of what you hear not a general overview so improving your skills to pick out detail from a large body of speech is what you need to practice.

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