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I have no doubt that all IELTS test takers want success. Still, some fail, some take low scores. Language schools, online courses and private tutors offer preparation courses and guaranteed success. Promises will not guarantee PASS scores. Improvement is guaranteed with experienced trainers, but you can’t rely only on this. It is hard work that really matters.
From past graduates and experienced Lexis trainers I’ve put together a couple of hacks to help you learn faster and better at home:
1. If you’ve never attended a Cambridge course, you’d better take an IELTS orientation course for an evaluation test, general tips about types of papers, about strategies and a mock exam.
2. Look at the graphic below and you’ll understand that working with a teacher is not enough. Self preparation is one of the most important keys to success.
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3. Other ingredients are: sleep, healthy food and a positive attitude. Don’t be afraid to fail, but make sure you implement the “success” stimulus into your brain and think of it as often as you can. Regard yourselves as winners and try to envisage the feeling of triumph at the “finishing line” like a marathon runner.
4. Find a friend or join a study group.
5. Schedule your success into your daily agenda:
LISTENING: Just listen to BBC news everyday for about 30 minutes. If you have  course book CD’s, do the Cambridge practice tests and watch English movies without subtitles. Watching movies and listening to music also boost up your grammar and vocabulary.
SPEAKING : Speak in English everyday for 20 – 30 minutes and maintain normal fluency. Get accustomed to speaking with strangers. It’s important not to get nervous at exam. Learn how to focus attention and listen to your interlocutor to understand the questions and the message. make sure you give relevant answers. If you need a pause to think, takes short ones. Don’t forget to use fillers if you can’t find the right words and to ask the examiner to explain again if there’s something you are hesitant about. (See the list at the end of the article)
READING: The most important aspect about this paper is to manage the time. That’s why we strongly recommend you should read every day : long newspaper articles on topics related to academic and youth life, a novel, magazines. Not only do you improve your vocabulary and grammar, but you manage to skim/ scan pages for rapid comprehension.
WRITING: For many of you, the Writing Paper is the toughest. As time consuming and boring as it seems to be, writing practice is vital. Whether you take a pen and paper or computer-based test, handwriting and typing speed as well as other techniques can be trained up to perfection.
Lastly, don’t wait until the week of the exam to test yourself and always be confident of your intelligence! People who plan to improve themselves and to reach higher goals are intelligent.
Best of luck!
If you have questions, one of our trainers is ready to provide advice, resources or answer any of your questions.
 
Fillers (used only in speaking):

Hmm…        I mean…         Now, let me think…
Um…           I guess…          Do you know what I mean?
Er…             You know…    It’s hard to say…
Well…         You see…         That’s an interesting question.
Right…        Basically…      I’ve never really thought about that.
Maybe…      Actually…       In a manner of speaking…
Wow!           By the way     Tell me something
Oh, I see.    Oh, sure           Do you mean to say that…    

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