Coaching has become a modern buzzword and is vital in many professional and personal sectors; from IT to health and relationships, it seems that there’s a coach for everything these days. So where does coaching come in if you’re looking for success in your IELTS examinations?
To hit the higher bands in your IELTS writing and speaking exams, you need to fulfil certain criteria, including showing the capacity to understand and respond effectively to oral and written questions, using a range of complex constructions, and demonstrating a varied vocabulary.
Of course, much of the speaking exam depends on your ability to speak fluently and without hesitation. That’s a lot to remember. Of course, you can’t just turn up on the day and expect to be able to hold a fluent conversation that meets all the requirements to achieve the higher bands in the IELTS exam, or write an accurate well-structured piece of English prose that’ll impress the examiners.
Your IELTS skills need developing and honing
Working with a coach can help you to hone your written and spoken production skills, focusing on the specific areas which are being tested in the IELTS exams. Whatever your personal strengths and weaknesses, a good coach will help you to address any problems you have with your English, from language-related difficulties such as grammar and vocabulary to more general issues such as pronunciation or presentation.
Although you can practise by yourself or with friends, a one-to-one coach or teaching in small groups will help to flag up grammar points which are causing you trouble, allowing you to iron out these problems before your speaking and writing exams.
A coach will also be able to identify gaps in your vocabulary and offer advice on how to build your base of knowledge in preparation for the examination. Beyond this, coaching on an individual basis or in small groups will give you plenty of opportunity to practise your speaking skills in the presence of a qualified person who knows and understands the requirements of the IELTS examination – this will be essential to achieving the higher bands.
As well as having experience in supporting candidates during their IELTS preparation, a coach will be able to offer a more objective view of your skills and should not be afraid to be honest if they are concerned about your progress. While it’s important to receive support and encouragement, friends and family can sometimes be overly kind or excessively critical, while a coach will offer you constructive criticism to help you improve your writing and speaking skills.
Effective coaches will help you reach your goals
Whatever band you wish to achieve in your IELTS examinations, an effective coach will work with you to identify what you need to do to reach your goal. With plenty of guided practice and support to overcome any particular problems in your written and spoken production, you should be able to maximise your chances of success in the IELTS examination, as well as developing the skills necessary to use English effectively in your future academic and professional life.
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