When you go on a date, it’s natural to feel more confident if you feel that you look your best. Putting on a spritz of perfume or aftershave and donning best suit or a slinky new dress are all essential parts of getting ready for meeting a new date.
It’s exactly the same with your IELTS exams.
If you’ve got the vocabulary sorted out and are feeling happy with your level of fluency then you’re set for success.
How many times do you want to take the IELTS Exam?
Remember the saying “fail to prepare, prepare to fail”? This popular dictum is particularly applicable to your IELTS exams. If you’re looking to achieve a particular band, you’ll need to make sure you do the work to give yourself the best chance of going into your exam feeling confident and ready to go.
There are plenty of IELTS preparation materials out there, so make sure that you get hold of as many different revision notes and practice papers as possible, so you can gauge your current level and identify areas for improvement. Looking at example materials will also help you to build your vocabulary, as you’re bound to pick up plenty of new words along the way. Looking through practice reading papers and doing writing exercises might not sound lazy, but it’ll seriously increase your chances of doing well in your exams, saving you last minute stress and helping you avoid the need to resit.
Speaking is one area where many candidates fall down, whether or not they’ve been lazy in the weeks and months leading up to the IELTS exams. When you have your speaking test, you’ll be expected to demonstrate a good understanding of the questions being asked and you’ll need to be able to show off your excellent vocabulary, impressive grammar skills and fabulous levels of fluency. There is no short-cut to spoken fluency. The only way to score a top band in your IELTS speaking exam is to practise, practise, practise.
Working with a coach or tutor is a really good idea, as it should help motivate you to develop a strategy and put in the necessary work well in advance of the exams. Essentially, the lazy approach to doing well in your IELTS exams is not a question of doing minimal work, it’s all about breaking the work down into small, manageable chunks.
If you do a little bit every day, dividing your time between the various components of the exam, and paying particular attention to those areas you find more difficult, you should achieve a lot without feeling like you’re always working.
Or you will be preparing again!
While this lazy approach might sound like hard work, it pays to remember that in IELTS, as in many things, slow and steady wins the race. Avoid last-minute cramming by starting your preparation early and do a little bit every day, so you can go into your exams feeling in control and ready to face those exams head on.
Who said reaching the highest bands in IELTS had to be stressful?