IELTS Reading Tips (2 of 3)

Seven band jumping IELTS Reading Tips that are recently easy to implement that will definitely boost your score. Hi there. My name is Ben Worthington and in this tutorial, we’re going to look at a couple, well not a couple, in fact, seven valuable IELTS band jumping reading strategies. Alright? So, let’s get straight into it. In a written exam, time is your enemy. You have to read for a purpose, you have to read with the objective of answering questions, finding information and of course, correctly answering what’s required of you. So, best way to get around this is to try different techniques, do practice tests, find out what works for you, find the areas where you lose points and then focus on those areas specifically. Alright? Now, tip number 2 is predicting. You need to get this ability. It’s very important and it’s also valuable for the listening. So, if you see some text and you see that the headline might be Olympics, then what you need to do is start imagining, predicting, imagine basically what could be going on.

Are you going to imagine all the different nations, marching in the parade? Are you going to imagine the different the different sports that are going on, you know, the weight-lifting, the competition, that you can imagine the trophies or the medals, the gold and the silver? Are you going to think of the doping allegations and all the rest of it? But try and get into the habit of generating this vocabulary. It’s not that difficult to do. Tip number 3 I’m going to just tell you how to improve your prediction scales. What you need to do is start reading about the topics that are in the IELTS exam. So, we know that there’s going to be the topics are, we know that there’s crime, transport, education, politics, environment and a couple of others. I can’t remember at the moment but what we can do is start reading text about that information and highlighting, pulling up the vocabulary we need or even better, get those headlines, environment, pollution, start writing down vocabulary that we think is associated to that and then compare with the article. This is like the case — it is like going to the gym.

The more you do it or practicing a sport, the more you do it, the better you get at it. Try and introduce it to your daily routine. Now then. Tip number 4: this is shifting from passive reading to active reading. Now, generally, it’s considered that reading is a passive skill, like listening. So, what we need to do is basically change that idea and learn how to actively read. So what do we do when reading actively? Well, we’re getting more involved in the text. We are highlighting, we’re underlining, we’re circling, we’re making notes in the margin so like with a star.

We’re also, let’s see, mostly going through trying to predict that the text likely don’t be far, but basically, underlining the key points and instead of sort of like just looking at the words and interpreting it, we’re sort of like fully comprehending and understanding it and taking it all onboard and looking for the key points and important names and dates and things like that. So, it’s a very important skill to have. Now, tip number 5 is that we should just — there are two types of questions. There’s the general ones and the specific ones. We should read the general ones first. These are like matching paragraphs, matching cause and effect, summarizing and the specific ones are the multiple choice, identifying the writer’s view point, sentence completion and short-answer questions.

Now, do the general ones first then the specific ones, the specific questions next. Read the questions again and again and again till you get like an overall summary about what the article is about. Now, by doing the general questions first, you’re going to accidentally find the answers to the specific questions. It’ll be easier to answer the specific questions because you’re already got like a general overview of the passage. So, this are just my recommendations, by the way. Adopt them, try them and then give me feedback. Alright, tip number 6. Now, this tip is more for the IELTS teachers watching this.

But if you want to really take your reading and these skills to the next level, I’d strongly recommend you actively read a book called, ‘How to Read a Book’ by Adler Mortimer. This is a really interesting book and it takes the skill of reading and analyzes it and gives this really good information and strategies to use so that you can really take your reading to the next level. It talks about the different types of reading, scanning and skimming. Not just that but how reading advanced text is like really stretching for information and the different types of reading, reading for information, reading for evaluation and comparing different text but if you are going for band 9, I’d strongly recommend this. If you are a tutor, also read it because there are lots of skills that you can pass on to your students.

The final bonus tip is really experiment. Find out what works for you. Get into a positive feedback loop. That means measuring, monitoring which strategy works best and then implementing it. You do a practice test, you get the results back, find out where you’re losing points, you focus on that area and then you do another test or you try one strategy in one test. Try a different strategy in the next test, measure, balance which ones work best. If this strategy works better, then go with that and start perfecting it, but unless you take in like an active approach, and measuring it and monitoring and getting in what I said a million times before, positive feedback loop, unless you’re doing that, it’s difficult to improve or it’s almost impossible to improve. So, please do that. That’s the bonus.

Now, if you do want more help, and if you’re still having problems, then come to my website, sign up and you’ll get lots of free advice. You’ll get special offers and it’ll just make the whole process a lot easier. Alright? Thanks for watching and good luck in your exam. All the best..

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