In this fast paced life where globalization has become an essential element in each sphere of peoples’ lives, each individual aspires to attain his or her target in the shortest duration, putting in the least amount of time or energy, and wishes for maximum result from it. But unfortunately there is no short cut for success. A person just needs to understand what are the key areas that he or she needs to focus on to achieve the desired outcome.
Preparing for IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is no different. A candidate (whether a student or a working professional), need not put in 7 to 8 hours of study time for the respective modules (Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking). They just have to understand the key aspects that are essential for improving upon their scores. They should allot equal time for each module in a way which does not put a lot of stress on them.
They should schedule a time when they would be retrieving information from different resources like TV, Internet, Newspapers, Magazines and other sources by which they can enhance their thoughts with respect to different fields apart from their own. It is vital to know that the subject or the topics presented in all the four modules are abstract and the test taker needs to have a certain amount of know-how of them.
On the other hand, the test in itself is well structured. The candidate needs to access, analyze and then respond to the varied questions posed in the respective modules. Thus, along with forming content knowledge from outside, it is very important to understand how the particular module works. The overall requirement of the Module, what is the time alloted, the question types and how should they be tackled within the time frame and structure prescribed.
I believe that, though an individual may be really good at his or her language skills, but would still need professional help when it comes to the usage of the learnt language in the right direction as per requirement. The trainer can give the essential strategies, key pointers associated to the module, as well as teach the student how to manage his or her time wisely.
Practice is key. The person need not practice all the modules each day. They can alternate the same according to their comfort. I recommend to take up a tough module to be practiced in the morning (since our brains are more active during the respective time period and analyzing difficult questions becomes a bit easier) and an easy module for the evening (integrated with watching an informative documentary or gaining information from any one of the sources already mentioned).
Again, there is no one way to meet the set goal. Each individual can modify the method in which they desire to complete the tasks at hand. Remember, change the route towards the goal, not the goal!!
To sum up, keeping the mind directed towards the end result for which the person has taken up IELTS (improving academic or professional circumstances) is a must.