IELTS Reading Strategy 1
Don’t over romanticise, in other words, be realistic. The chances of you understanding every word you read is just as unrealistic as you running into your dream partner, them dropping to the floor and declaring their undying love for you. IELTS texts are full of wonderfully specialised vocabulary. Don’t be afraid to skip a difficult word, as long as you get the overall meaning that’s what counts. You can practice trying to guess the meaning of unknown words by looking at the overall context of the text and sentence as well as word form- e.g. is it a verb or a noun?
IELTS Reading Strategy 2
This one may come as a surprise… but I suggest you READ! Yes, read in your free time, choose a variety of different reading materials, such as the National Geographic, the New Scientist, the Economist, news online, short stories, etc… And don’t forget to invite your new friend ‘The vocabulary book’!
IELTS Reading Strategy 3
This one is important. CATEGORISE. Learning to recognise the type of text you are reading will allow you to answer the question more quickly.
There are four types of IELTS texts:
Analytic texts, which discuss the reasons why something happened, make recommendations or explain a concept.
Descriptive texts, which describe a situation, explain how something is done or categorise something.
Discursive texts, in which different opinions are expressed about an issue.
And narrative texts, which explain a chronological sequence of events.
IELTS Reading Strategy 4
Become a skim champion. Skimming is basically reading quickly, jumping over unimportant or unknown words in order to get a quick overall understanding of what the text is about. You can do this when trying to understand the general idea of a paragraph or to find the answer to a question.
IELTS Reading Strategy 5
Scan. Scanning is useful when you are looking for something specific. You can scan to find the location of answers in the texts by looking out for words, numbers, dates and words beginning with capital letters such as place names.
Become a skimming and scanning champion!
IELTS Reading Strategy 6
Focus exactly on what you are asked to do in ‘completion’ type questions.
If the question asks you to complete the note ‘in the…’ and the correct answer is ‘evening’, just use ‘evening’ as your answer; note that ‘in the evening’ would be incorrect
IELTS Reading Strategy 7
Read the IELTS Reading instructions carefully. Don’t try to save time by skipping this part. The instructions give you critical information about how many words the answer should be, what exactly you need to do and so on.
IELTS Reading Strategy 8
Learn to identify parallel phrases. These are different ways of expressing the same thing, such as, “I like to read” and “reading is enjoyable”. Many questions, e.g. YES NO NOT GIVEN questions and gap fills, test your ability to match up a similar phrase in the task with its equivalent in the text.
IELTS Reading Strategy 9
Manage your time. Each text should take you roughly 20 minutes. Try …
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