Jim Lacosta
August 24, 2014

Students Study Guide for IELTS

Many of the students for the past years have demonstrated an impressive level of readiness months before the exam. However, there were also those who have not really came  close to being ready. I found this fantastic article and I hoped to share it with you. I thought this would be helpful to those who need more guidance in preparing for the test.

Webinar: Prepare your Foundation-level students for IELTS success | Oxford University Press

http://oupeltglobalblog.com/2014/02/07/webinar-prepare-your-foundation-level-students-for-ielts-success/Nick Thorner explores the challenges of preparing Foundation-level students for IELTS from his webinars on 21 February and 7 March entitled ‘Prepare your Foundation-level students for IELTS success’. Watch a recording here.

In my experience, what really worries students about the IELTS exam isn’t their grammar or their vocabulary – it’s having nothing to say. They worry about tricky Speaking Part 3 questions such as: ‘What can governments do to promote international cooperation?’ or Writing Part 2 topics with a word they haven’t studied before, such as ‘obesity’ or ‘rehabilitation’.

Often students have never thought of such questions and topics, and even if they have, they’ve never tried to discuss them in English. And of course their IELTS score suffers as a result: I find that when students are less confident or don’t have great ideas their pronunciation becomes flat and they start hesitating or repeating ideas. Via oupeltglobalblog.com

Part of the preparation for the IELTS is to know how to study with or without the presence of teachers or other people. Check this out:

Break the Multitasking Habit with These Study Tips > Virtual Learning Connections | A Virtual School Blog by Connections Academy

http://www.connectionsacademy.com/blog/posts/2014-10-08/Break-the-Multitasking-Habit-with-These-Study-Tips.aspxIt’s easy to get lost in thought when you shower, brush your teeth, or do your hair. But have you ever gotten so distracted in the shower that you wash your hair twice—or forget to wash it at all? If you’ve ever done something like this, then you have fallen into the trap of multitasking!

Virtual students are especially prone to multitasking because they’re surrounded by digital distractions. When students try to multitask while studying, they often fail without realizing it. Psychology professor David Meyer says, “Under most conditions, the brain simply cannot do two complex tasks at the same time. It can happen only when the two tasks are both very simple and when they don’t compete with each other for the same mental resources. […] But listening to a lecture while texting, or doing homework and being on Facebook—each of these tasks is very demanding, and each of them uses the same area of the brain, the prefrontal cortex.” When these types of tasks compete for mental resources, one wins a student’s attention and the other loses. Students may think they’re multitasking, but they’re actually just task-switching. Via connectionsacademy.com

Building proper study habits is one of the most important things that students and immigrants can do to prepare for test. If you have a unique and effective study habit, I’d be glad to know it. I’m expecting your email message.

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Jim Lacosta

Jim Lacosta has a raging passion for art and spends most of his time painting and sketching landscape and portraits. Aside from feeding his soul through art, he is also adept in teaching English.

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