Each of the sites you find here are excellent “little but often” sites. By this I mean they are sites you can come back to regularly and find new learning material.
BBC Learning English
The whole site is excellent, but my favourite IELTS resource is:
This is a wonderful reading and listening resource for IELTS. You get 3 new articles each week which you can read and/or listen to. An added bonus is that the key vocabulary is highlighted for you. There is also an archive of over 1000 stories since 1999.
Build your academic vocabulary
The academic word list is a selection of the most used general English words used in academic texts. For me the best place to access it on the internet is the University of Nottingham site. Their site gives you interactive exercises to practise the word lists:
This is my brief video tutorial on using this site:
You can also try my own Daily Word exercises.
Build your general vocabulary
This exam English site is updated 5 times a week. I highly recommend the word bank exercises for collocation and word formation. Done regularly this is the quickest way to improve your vocabulary – by looking at words you already know and learning them better. There are 3 levels:
FCE – around level 6 IELTs
CAE – around level 7 IELTS
CPE – around level 8 IELTS
Verbalearn allows you to build your own vocabulary list and test yourself daily.
Improve your grammar
This site allows you to check your grammar and specific reading skills. All you have to do is find a text you have read and then you can create your own grammar exercise to check whatever piece of grammar you wish. Here is my brief video tutorial:
Read the news in a focussed way – using RSS feeds
Newspapers are an excellent resource for IELTS. But what is much more efficient is if you focus your reading on the key topics. This post allows you to do just that by using RSS feeds
A little but often – RSS feeds
Practising your speed reading skills
One skill you need to master for IELTS is reading a text quickly to get its general meaning – skimming. One great tool to do this is Cueprompter. Here is my brief video tutorial:
Improve your spoken idiom
Splendid speaking is another extremely professional exam site updated 5 times a week. This site gives you spoken expressions that can be used in the speaking exam. One excellent aspect of this site is that it gives you 3 different exercises for each piece of language – this way you are much more likely to really learn the language.
Practise your charts and graphs
Charts and graphs can be hard to track down. The Economist website publishes one every day and they are ideal for IELTS preparation. Here’s the link
You may also want to check this brief video tutorial out.