October 12, 2020

Best ways to study for the IELTS

Preparing for IELTS depends a lot on your situation, as each situation and form of learning is unique. There are people who may want to study on their own or with a private teacher, or even take a group course.


The first study option is to prepare for the test on your own. If you choose this option the first step is to find an IELTS test source, either online or in a textbook.

Repeatedly practicing and correcting sections is the best way to prepare for the exam. Time limits should also be taken into account when practicing.

The advantages are:

Flexibility: You can choose a schedule that works for you personally, although you must be consistent and strict with your practice.

Custom: It’s not just the time that suits the student, it’s also the content. It is possible to spend more time practicing the areas that you need to improve the most.

Cheap: With a limited investment, of mostly your time.

The disadvantages are:

No advice: Probably the biggest disadvantage is that you will lack help. There won’t be an expert to help you improve, or advice on preparation.

Limited Productive Skills: It’s hard to correct your own writings, and also find an opportunity to practice speech.

Group classes

Another option is to sign up for a classic preparation course. Most English academies have these courses, which are usually done with about 10 students per teacher.

The advantages are:

Support: On the part of both the teacher and the other students, there is much more support and the students go through the preparation with help.

Interaction: In classes there is constant interaction to practice all skills. In addition, your level of English is improved faster thanks to immersion.

The disadvantages are:

No personal attention: In a class the pace is the same for all students, as well as all learning activities.

Fixed hours: Schedules are usually kept fixed, and if you are unable to attend a class, you will most likely not be able to make it up.

Private lessons

The last option is to take private classes. In this case there will be a single teacher for you, who will design the classes specifically for you.

The advantages are:

Personalized: The best advantage is that the teacher will be focused on only one student and will design the activities specifically for you.

Intensive: Classes are often more effective and intense precisely because everything is aimed at one person.

Quicker: Because the class is focused on you and the areas you need to improve you will often progress quicker and have to take fewer classes.

The disadvantages are:

Expensive: Classes are noticeably more expensive than group class classes.

Increased pressure: Some students may be intimidated to be alone with a teacher.

How to find a good teacher

Although your personal learning style influences whether you like a teacher or not, there are some general criteria for determining whether someone is a suitable teacher. These include:

Knowledge as a teacher: Having a high level, or being a native speaker, does not make one a good teacher. Ask what qualifications and experience they have.

Method: All teachers have different methods. Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher or academy about how they teach, and think about whether it suits the way you learn.

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About the author 

Jaimi Saunders

J’aimi has worked in the education industry for over 20 years, gaining experience in teaching, mentoring, and coaching. As a seasoned educator he is passionate about advancing teaching excellence and student motivation. In addition to working in the education industry, he is also involved in continuing his personal education and improvement. Outside of the office, J’aimi enjoys, antique vehicles, motorcycles, and travelling to new destinations.

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