Working with a Study Buddy
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Working with a Study Buddy

It can get lonely studying on your own. It's so easy to lose your motivation when the only person cheering you on is your reflection in the mirror. You might find yourself wondering 'Does it really matter if I do this Listening task today?' Does this sound like you? If it does, then you might benefit from working with someone. Having someone else who is relying on you to turn up at a certain time and do the work that you’ve committed to can be a real game-changer. You’re no longer only answering to yourself; you have a responsibility to not let your study partner down. Today I’m going to give you 4 activities that you could do with another person face-to-face (if possible) or online using something like Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or any other video calling software. The important thing is having someone to work with.  1. Do some practice Speaking tests Arrange a time and date for a call and plan on being the Examiner and the candidate. The person taking the role of the Examiner has to be in charge of timing the different sections of the test. If you have the option of recording the call, then you can watch it back to see how well you performed. Give each other feedback.  Even if you’re not feeling confident giving feedback to each other, doing this activity will help you get used to the timings of the IELTS Speaking test and should help you overcome some of your nerves.  2. Write together Do you plan your answers before you write them? Many learners don't plan their writing. It’s a habit that you should really try to get into as it ALWAYS improves your writing.  Make a date to meet up (in person or online) and find 4 practise questions to use (you can find them in the IELTS 15 book for example). Talk about how you would answer each of the questions, discuss your ideas and opinions, make some notes and then make an outline plan.   Arrange to meet up again and promise to write 2 of the 4 essays you have planned. The next time you meet, exchange your essays and read through, highlighting any errors along the way. As it’s often hard to see your own mistakes, a fresh pair of eyes is a really useful resource. The more you do this, the more confident you will feel in your writing.  3.  Be the teacher  When you teach someone something, you learn it really well yourself as well.  You won't improve your IELTS score by just doing IELTS questions. You need to get your English level up too. This means reviewing grammar and developing a really wide vocabulary. Make a list of things you both want to review/learn.  Your list may include things like: Using articles Present perfect or past simple Comparative adjectives Vocabulary for describing graphs Linking words Take a topic each and prepare to teach your study buddy all about it on an agreed date. As you prepare to teach your friend you’ll be reviewing much more carefully than you would if it was just for yourself. As a bonus, you also get the benefit of learning another topic from them too. 4.   Listen to each other It’s important that we have people to talk to who understand what we’re experiencing. IELTS is a high stakes test, you may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed with your preparation. Having someone to talk to who is going through the same things as you can make you feel a lot better.  Make sure you leave time for chatting about things other than IELTS. Find out what you have in common. If you come from different cultures take this opportunity to learn about another way of life.  If you do have questions about IELTS, don't be afraid to ask the experts too. You can contact your local test centre or contact us here at We Love IELTS via Facebook or Instagram. We’re all here to help you on your IELTS journey.  Good luck with all your IELTS preparation.  Emma 

Emma Cosgrave

1 September, 2020

Working with a Study Buddy

Working with a Study Buddy

It can get lonely studying on your own. It's so easy to lose your motivation when the only person cheering you on is your reflection in the mirror. You might find yourself wondering 'Does it really matter if I do this Listening task today?' Does this sound like you? If it does, then you might benefit from working with someone.

Having someone else who is relying on you to turn up at a certain time and do the work that you’ve committed to can be a real game-changer. You’re no longer only answering to yourself; you have a responsibility to not let your study partner down.

Today I’m going to give you 4 activities that you could do with another person face-to-face (if possible) or online using something like Zoom, WhatsApp, Skype or any other video calling software. The important thing is having someone to work with. 

1. Do some practice Speaking tests

Arrange a time and date for a call and plan on being the Examiner and the candidate. The person taking the role of the Examiner has to be in charge of timing the different sections of the test. If you have the option of recording the call, then you can watch it back to see how well you performed. Give each other feedback. 

Even if you’re not feeling confident giving feedback to each other, doing this activity will help you get used to the timings of the IELTS Speaking test and should help you overcome some of your nerves. 

2. Write together

Do you plan your answers before you write them? Many learners don't plan their writing. It’s a habit that you should really try to get into as it ALWAYS improves your writing. 

Make a date to meet up (in person or online) and find 4 practise questions to use (you can find them in the IELTS 15 book for example). Talk about how you would answer each of the questions, discuss your ideas and opinions, make some notes and then make an outline plan.  

Arrange to meet up again and promise to write 2 of the 4 essays you have planned. The next time you meet, exchange your essays and read through, highlighting any errors along the way. As it’s often hard to see your own mistakes, a fresh pair of eyes is a really useful resource. The more you do this, the more confident you will feel in your writing. 

3.  Be the teacher 

When you teach someone something, you learn it really well yourself as well. 

You won't improve your IELTS score by just doing IELTS questions. You need to get your English level up too. This means reviewing grammar and developing a really wide vocabulary. Make a list of things you both want to review/learn. 

Your list may include things like:

  • Using articles
  • Present perfect or past simple
  • Comparative adjectives
  • Vocabulary for describing graphs
  • Linking words

Take a topic each and prepare to teach your study buddy all about it on an agreed date. As you prepare to teach your friend you’ll be reviewing much more carefully than you would if it was just for yourself. As a bonus, you also get the benefit of learning another topic from them too.

4.   Listen to each other

It’s important that we have people to talk to who understand what we’re experiencing. IELTS is a high stakes test, you may be feeling stressed or overwhelmed with your preparation. Having someone to talk to who is going through the same things as you can make you feel a lot better. 

Make sure you leave time for chatting about things other than IELTS. Find out what you have in common. If you come from different cultures take this opportunity to learn about another way of life. 

If you do have questions about IELTS, don't be afraid to ask the experts too. You can contact your local test centre or contact us here at We Love IELTS via Facebook or Instagram. We’re all here to help you on your IELTS journey. 

Good luck with all your IELTS preparation. 

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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