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Simple ways to study for IELTS at home

Maybe your IELTS classes have had to stop or perhaps you have decided that you are going to prepare for IELTS by yourself, whatever your reason for studying at home the team at  We Love IELTS is here to help! This article has a list of simple things that you can do from home to get ready for your IELTS test. 1. Take some time to learn all about the IELTS test Download the Official Guide for Candidates and make sure you read through carefully. Find out more about each skills: Reading Writing Listening Speaking 2. Test yourself with practice questions Alternate between doing timed practices and allowing yourself as long as you need to really understand the questions and texts. If you have any of the IELTS Authentic Practice Tests, there are model answers and examiner comments to help you analyse your own work. If you don’t have access to the Cambridge IELTS practice tests series don’t worry, you can find official IELTS sample test questions on the IELTS website. 3. Record yourself doing an IELTS Speaking test If you have a friend who can practise with you, either at home or online, why not take turns being the examiner and the candidate. Listen back and evaluate your own performance. You could also try to note down everything you said, like a transcript, this will help you to identify any mistakes that you made. If you want to understand the IELTS Speaking test do read my blog post . You can find lots of help and advice on the IELTS Speaking test in the Speaking section of the website https://weloveielts.cambridge.org/PrepareForIELTS/speaking. There are blog posts, podcasts, videos and worksheets all giving help and advice about the Speaking test. 4. Do some online IELTS training Even if you have no intention of taking a IELTS on computer  there are some really helpful practice materials available on the internet. The test is the same whether you take it on a computer or on paper so these activities will be useful to you. Perhaps you will decide that you would actually prefer to take your IELTS test on a computer. Testbank-i is our official online practice test for IELTS, it's the perfect preparation for computer-delivered IELTS. Try in ‘Practice Mode’ multiple times with tips, feedback and answers. Then try in ‘Test Mode’ to see how you perform in exam-like conditions. Use code “PROMOIELTS” for 30% discount. ACADEMIC | GENERAL TRAINING 5. Check your bookshelf Have a look on your bookshelves and see what old textbooks you have. Now might be the perfect time to finally work through that grammar book you got when you were 16 and didn’t ever complete! If you have test preparation materials then why not do the questions. You can often find a lot of unfinished activities that you can complete. You can even look back and assess your own answers for previously completed tasks. Rewrite answers making improvements, listen to recordings again and use them as a source of vocabulary and grammar examples. Look for reading texts to revisit. Even if you’ve already completed the reading comprehension task, the text itself is a really valuable resource which will be full of vocabulary that you can learn. 6. Join in as much as you can online Write comments, answer and ask questions, do tasks and get feedback or just feel like part of a wider community of learners. You may even find some new friends along the way.  Follow We Love IELTS on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel. There are daily posts with tips and activities that you can join in with. Share your answers to quizzes and activities, have a go at test style activities  and ask us questions.  7. Keep your general English level up Do some fun stuff and don’t just focus on IELTS.  If you want some ideas of what you could be doing, check out my blog post about ways to work on your general English at home. 8. The Academic Wordlist Do you want to learn the vocabulary that comes up most often in academic texts? THen you need to know about the academic word list.  The academic word list was developed by Averil Coxhead at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. It contains 570 word families which were selected because they appear with great frequency in a broad range of academic texts.  Here is a great free resource that you can use to learn these important words quickly and effectively. 9. Sign up to our newsletter We’re working hard to make great content for you and the best way to find out about what we’re doing is to sign up for our newsletter. Keep checking this website for new blog posts and other materials. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page as well as our Instagram and YouTube channels so that you don’t miss any updates. 10. Stay positive Last but not least, stay strong and stay positive. Pete has some great ideas to stay motivated here https://weloveielts.cambridge.org/blog/how-to-stay-motivated and Sophie teaches you how to make a motivational goals board here: https://weloveielts.cambridge.org/blog/creating-a-motivational-goals-board. Watch my Facebook Live on how to maintain or even improve your English: {"preview_thumbnail":"/sites/default/files/styles/video_embed_wysiwyg_preview/public/video_thumbnails/PLjYwRjd1QKGBtLKgpXDxfbqsXenWyVkBy.jpg?itok=cLgBf3ea","video_url":"https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RybbyBuQ4CU&list=PLjYwRjd1QKGBtLKgpXDxfbqsXenWyVkBy","settings":{"responsive":1,"width":"854","height":"480","autoplay":1},"settings_summary":["Embedded Video (Responsive, autoplaying)."]}   Bye for now, Emma

Emma Cosgrave

14 December, 2021

Simple ways to study for IELTS at home

Studying at home

Maybe your IELTS classes have had to stop or perhaps you have decided that you are going to prepare for IELTS by yourself, whatever your reason for studying at home the team at We Love IELTS is here to help!

This article has a list of simple things that you can do from home to get ready for your IELTS test.

1. Take some time to learn all about the IELTS test

Download the Official Guide for Candidates and make sure you read through carefully.

Find out more about each skills:

2. Test yourself with practice questions

Alternate between doing timed practices and allowing yourself as long as you need to really understand the questions and texts. If you have any of the IELTS Authentic Practice Tests, there are model answers and examiner comments to help you analyse your own work.

If you don’t have access to the Cambridge IELTS practice tests series don’t worry, you can find official IELTS sample test questions on the IELTS website.

3. Record yourself doing an IELTS Speaking test

If you have a friend who can practise with you, either at home or online, why not take turns being the examiner and the candidate. Listen back and evaluate your own performance. You could also try to note down everything you said, like a transcript, this will help you to identify any mistakes that you made. If you want to understand the IELTS Speaking test do read my blog post . You can find lots of help and advice on the IELTS Speaking test in the Speaking section of the website https://weloveielts.cambridge.org/PrepareForIELTS/speaking. There are blog posts, podcasts, videos and worksheets all giving help and advice about the Speaking test.

4. Do some online IELTS training

Even if you have no intention of taking a IELTS on computer there are some really helpful practice materials available on the internet. The test is the same whether you take it on a computer or on paper so these activities will be useful to you. Perhaps you will decide that you would actually prefer to take your IELTS test on a computer.

Testbank-i is our official online practice test for IELTS, it's the perfect preparation for computer-delivered IELTS. Try in ‘Practice Mode’ multiple times with tips, feedback and answers. Then try in ‘Test Mode’ to see how you perform in exam-like conditions. Use code “PROMOIELTS” for 30% discount.

ACADEMIC | GENERAL TRAINING

5. Check your bookshelf

Have a look on your bookshelves and see what old textbooks you have. Now might be the perfect time to finally work through that grammar book you got when you were 16 and didn’t ever complete! If you have test preparation materials then why not do the questions. You can often find a lot of unfinished activities that you can complete. You can even look back and assess your own answers for previously completed tasks. Rewrite answers making improvements, listen to recordings again and use them as a source of vocabulary and grammar examples. Look for reading texts to revisit. Even if you’ve already completed the reading comprehension task, the text itself is a really valuable resource which will be full of vocabulary that you can learn.

6. Join in as much as you can online

Write comments, answer and ask questions, do tasks and get feedback or just feel like part of a wider community of learners. You may even find some new friends along the way. Follow We Love IELTS on Facebook and Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel. There are daily posts with tips and activities that you can join in with. Share your answers to quizzes and activities, have a go at test style activities and ask us questions.

7. Keep your general English level up

Do some fun stuff and don’t just focus on IELTS.

If you want some ideas of what you could be doing, check out my blog post about ways to work on your general English at home.

8. The Academic Wordlist

Do you want to learn the vocabulary that comes up most often in academic texts? THen you need to know about the academic word list.
The academic word list was developed by Averil Coxhead at the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies at Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. It contains 570 word families which were selected because they appear with great frequency in a broad range of academic texts.

Here is a great free resource that you can use to learn these important words quickly and effectively.

9. Sign up to our newsletter

We’re working hard to make great content for you and the best way to find out about what we’re doing is to sign up for our newsletter. Keep checking this website for new blog posts and other materials. Don’t forget to like our Facebook page as well as our Instagram and YouTube channels so that you don’t miss any updates.

10. Stay positive

Last but not least, stay strong and stay positive. Pete has some great ideas to stay motivated here https://weloveielts.cambridge.org/blog/how-to-stay-motivated and Sophie teaches you how to make a motivational goals board here: https://weloveielts.cambridge.org/blog/creating-a-motivational-goals-board.

Watch my Facebook Live on how to maintain or even improve your English:

 

Bye for now,

Emma

Emma Cosgrave

Emma has been teaching IELTS for 20 years. She enjoys helping people to develop both their language skills and confidence.

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