This is a guest post by Miracel Juanta of A Teacher’s Odyssey – an excellent site for learners of English generally and IELTS candidates in particular, not least for her writing makeovers where she shows you some of the things that can go wrong in essays.
Here she gives you a quick guide to success in IELTS. The tips are all good and should be carefully thought through. The comparison to Olympic athlete is a good one:
- get yourself a coach
- have a strategy
- train hard
- go for gold
Olympics fever is on! There are many lessons that IELTS candidates can learn from Olympic gold medalists such as Sir Chris Hoy, Brownlee, Lochte, Bolt and Phelps. As an IELTS candidate, how can you be as successful as them in attaining the elusive band 9? Let me count the ways.
1. Think of your dream.
The Olympian athletes trained so hard because they have a dream. They either want to rewrite history or they want to bring pride to their country. In the same way, you should have your own greater purpose for passing the IELTS. What is your bigger purpose? Is it your dream job? Is it a good future for your family? Whatever reason that might be, it will help motivate you especially when the going gets tough.
2. Go for gold.
All of the Olympians from different countries have only one goal in mind – the gold medal. Second best is not good enough for them. Losing is not an option. They strive for excellence and perfection. Similarly, you don’t just target a band 7 or 8. You go for a 9. You stretch yourself to the highest potential that you may have.
3. Don’t just train hard, train harder.
Why do China, Great Britain and the US lord over all the other countries in terms of medal tally? The reason is rigorous training. They have trained their athletes even at a young age. It takes a lot of discipline on their end. In attacking the IELTS, you should also have the same focus and determination. That means having a regular mental workout. You should also start early in practicing for reading, speaking, listening and writing.
4. Get a good coach.
Athletes don’t train alone. They needed mentors and coaches to get them where they are now. Coaches monitor the progress of their athletes. They make sure that their athletes are attaining their targets. They provide their athletes with motivation and moral support. You also need a good coach. You would need someone who can point out your grammar mistakes in speaking and writing. You need someone who can provide you feedback about your strengths and weaknesses in listening and reading.
5. Have a strategy.
What separates the winners from the losers? A good strategy. Excellent boxers have an offensive and defensive plan. Successful basketball teams have effective plays. Tak