1. Understand The IELTS Exam
As the expression goes: “fail to plan and plan to fail” – through a more in-depth understanding of the exam, you can work on preparation for the types of question that may arise during the exam day.
2. Sufficient Time
Whilst for some with a sufficiently high level of English, they may be able to require little or even potentially no preparation to get their grade, for higher scores such as IELTS band 7 grades, it is going to be progressively harder. Therefore, try to schedule sufficient free time for your IELTS preparation.
Especially for the speaking and writing sections, it could be extremely important to hire a tutor – why? Because a skilled tutor can correct your errors and give advice. Sure, students can make some progress on their own. However, if they get to a point where they do not know if they are doing well enough or not, then clearly it is time to have additional help to correct, grade and guide.
Doing homework is very important, such as regular listening and reading exams and also speaking and writing exams with a skilled tutor to correct your errors – and try not to do all your homework in the last week – whilst this might work for some, it leaves little time for extra study and sufficient learning.
5. Identify Errors
With a skilled tutor, they can give corrections for your speaking and writing. Then you can input these errors into an Excel sheet and see which ones you are repeating. If you do not track your errors, whilst you are still likely to improve, that could take longer.
6. Identify Higher Grade Criteria
Make sure to read the criteria for higher IELTS grades. You can go through the band descriptors for IELTS speaking and writing. You can also look at model answers in professional IELTS books, etc.
7. Careful Not To Burn Out
Whilst it is great to have a determined approach to your IELTS preparation, be careful not to burn out by having too little time to sleep and relax. Perhaps for example, you could consider occasional massages to be relaxed and especially close to the exam day.
Keep focused in your study. By having a schedule for your exam, you can let your family, friends and work know about the time that you will be busy – it might be much more effort and work than you might initially imagine.
9. Careful Preparation
Make sure that you are not leaving out any areas of your preparation when you are trying to get IELTS band 7 or above – for instance, ensure that your handwriting is sufficiently clear and if possible that you are regularly scoring higher than required for each section of the IELTS exam.
10. Maximum Effort
Make sure that you keep trying hard – even if things do not seem to be going too well a short time before the exam, realise that you might do better on the day, in case you are more relaxed then/the questions are easier for you – keep trying hard till the last minute.
What next for your IELTS preparation? If you are looking for a highly experienced UK native IELTS tutor, check out IELTS tutor Philip at The Profs, who has helped many IELTS students to pass during numerous years.
Want some more free tips? Then have a look at how to fast track your IELTS preparation. Or check out the rest of his IELTS preparation blog series.