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  • IELTS reading skills you can practice every day.

  • A lot of students focus too much

  • on specific IELTS tasks and become very stressed

  • with only being concerned about the exam. You can practice and improve your

  • IELTS reading skills every day by doing non-IELTS

  • specific reading.

  • All of the IELTS reading skills I will talk about can be practiced improved while doing

  • any type of reading. Try doing these things

  • when you read novel, newspaper article

  • blog post or any kind reading.

  • Skimming and scanning. These two skills are vital

  • in the IELTS reading exam. Skimming

  • means reading a text quickly for only one

  • or two minutes to get a general idea of what the text

  • or paragraph is about. The idea is to notice headings,

  • topic sentences and keywords so you can figure out

  • the topic and context on the reading passage.

  • Scanning means looking for specific

  • words in a text. For example it is usually quite easy to scan

  • for dates, names, numbers and places.

  • If we know the answer to a question is a person's name

  • we don't need to read the entire text in detail we just need to scan for

  • names with capital letters and

  • make sure the name matches the question. Next time you read an article or blog

  • post

  • spend two minutes reading from start to finish

  • just to get a general idea. Then spend a few minutes

  • scanning for any names and numbers

  • mentioned in the text. What do those names and numbers

  • represent. Being able to do this quickly

  • and often will really help your IELTS reading skills

  • when it comes to the exam. Improving your reading speed.

  • Every time you read you have an opportunity

  • to practice increasing the speed at which you read.

  • This is one at the IELTS reading skills that students think

  • is difficult but is actually quite easy to improve. Get into the habit of timing

  • yourself when you read.

  • Set a time limit

  • when you read and then read the text as many times as possible

  • in that time limit. The idea

  • is to skim the text as many times as possible

  • in the time limit. Don't read information once,

  • read it three or four times if you can.

  • In my classes I start by giving students five minutes

  • to read a text and five minutes to answer some questions

  • about the text. Each lesson I reduce the time

  • by thirty seconds by the time students

  • only have two minutes to read and two minutes to answer

  • the questions the accuracy is still the same as

  • when they had 10 minutes to read and answer. This activity trains you to read faster

  • and focus on what is important

  • in the text. Overtime your brain gets faster

  • at reading. This then gives you more time

  • in the IELTS exam to go back and spend time

  • on the difficult questions. Summarizing

  • a text. In my classes I have seen so many students

  • spend five to 10 minutes reading a text

  • but when I ask them what it is about they can't respond very well

  • without looking at the text again. You should be able to remember

  • some what you read and then summarize

  • that information. You can start by just reading

  • one-paragraph and summarizing that information.

  • Can you express the information in one sentence?

  • what was the topic of the paragraph. Were

  • any people mentioned. A good summary of an IELTS

  • text only needs to be 3

  • or 4 sentences. You don't need to repeat

  • the entire article or include

  • every detail you should practice

  • summarizing both verbally and in writing.

  • Read an article then tell your friend about it.

  • Read an IELTS text then spend a few minutes

  • writing a four sentence summary.

  • As always don't forget to check your spelling

  • and grammar when you write. Summarizing

  • is one of the more important IELTS reading skills

  • because summary completion is one of the activities

  • in the IELTS reading exam.

  • Having your own summary when reading a text

  • will make it easier for you to complete the summaries

  • presented in the exam.

IELTS reading skills you can practice every day.

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    thomas posted on 2014/11/01
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