3 Mistakes To Avoid When Preparing For Your IELTS Exams

Yemi Alabi| ​May 3, 20​20 | 5 mins read

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In order for you to achieve a high score in the IELTS reading test, it’s really beneficial
to practice your reading comprehension skills by avoiding the 3 mistakes below:

Mistake No 1: Spending too much time on the passage first

Have a quick look at the whole thing to find out what it’s about and then your mind will start predicting information: read the heading, then the topic or first sentence of each paragraph and quickly speed read through the whole thing.

This will help you with ‘global’ IELTS questions, such as assessing the attitude or the author of the passage or in choosing the best title or heading for the whole passage.

Mistake No 2: Not Summarizing each paragraph as you read

Get into the habit of looking up after each paragraph you have read and then summarize the main idea/points in the paragraph in your own words in just 1-2 sentences.

Not only will this really exercise your brain, it will greatly improve your reading speed and comprehension skills.

Mistake No 3 : Not Keeping  a record of new vocabulary

After reading an article, note down any new words you have discovered and their meaning on an Excel spread sheet or in a notebook.

Then read this sheet/list everyday whenever you can: before work, during your lunch break, after work, on the move, before bed etc.

I hope this helps.

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