Here I want to share with you some useful information about ways to engage youself in reading and get high score in Reading Section.
- Read, Read, Read – Read something you enjoy reading; the more enjoy it, the more you will read and the more you read, the more vocabulary you will learn. It doesn’t matter if you are reading a signpost on the street or Harry Potter – you can learn English anywhere and everywhere.
- Review, Review, Review – If you don’t review, you will forget. It is often boring to review but it is absolutely essential to retain and consolidate vocabulary learnt. There is no point in learning new words; in fact, it would be a waste of time if you can’t even remember the words you have learnt previously.
- Use an English – English Dictionary – It may be difficult at first but it will have far-reaching effects as every time you learn a new word you will be reviewing old vocabulary. These days learner dictionaries only use around 2000 of the most common words found in the English language, which represent arountt 83% of the English language. Such a vocabulary base should already be developed by the state a student gets to high school. A translator may have short-time benefits but will only slow you down in the long run.
- Use it or Lose it –Alwasy try to use new words in conversaton or writing as this is the best way to remember a word. The more you use it, the easier it will be to recall next time you wish to use it.
- Practise time management – If given 3 hours to do the reading, most students would perform really well; however this is not reality. Many students end up failing to finish all the reading because they lose track of time and, as a result, they get a less than desirable IELTS score. Both the GT Module and AM have 40 questoins that you need to answer in 60 minutes which works out to be 90 seconds per question. Regularly keep an eye on the time to ensure you can answer all the questions. Remember the questions do not get more difficult; question 1 may be just as easy as question 40 or just as hard. So if you spend too much time on one section you may miss the opportunity to answer some of the easier questions that come later.
- Practise guessing words from the context –As mentioned before you may come across a word that is unknown to you. If it is important in answering the question, then firstly decide what part of speech it is (noun, verb, adjective, etc). Secondly, work out how it relates to the words around it. E.g. if it is an adjective, what noun is it describing? Thirdly, read the sentences around it to give you clues in guessing the meaning of the word. Always do this before looking up an exact definition in an English-English dictionary.
- Learn the word form – When learning new vocabulary, also make note of the other word forms as this is important for guessing the meaning of words and sometimes you may need to change the word form in order to answer a question correctly.
- Learn prefixes and suffixes – These can also help you guess the meaning of words that you may not understand so they are very worthwhile learnining.
- Keep a topic based vocabulary book – That book should be especially on topics that you are unfamiliar with. This is useful for all parts of the test; moreover, categorising often helps students when memorising vocabulary.
- Learn from referencing –Referencing is very commonly used by native speakers and although it looks simple, this can be one of the most confusing aspects of grammar for students. Every time you come across a word like this, that, so, such, etc. try and work out what it is referring to.
Taken from the book MASTER IELTS 6 – IELTS PRECISE READING BAND 9