Are you a crammer or a planner?
Just as life is varied, so are we. Even the simple ritual of drinking a cup of coffee can reveal something of ourselves to the world. Some gulp down their espresso quickly and move on; while others take their time, slowly sipping a large latte and experiencing the taste in full.
Similarly, many English students don’t want to spend months preparing for a test, they want it over, thriving on the pressures of last-minute deadlines – the Crammers*. In comparison, the Planners take their time, gradually absorbing new language until it becomes part of their lives. Which one are you? How you prepare for the IELTS Test will depend on what kind of person you are. Of course, we rarely fit a single definition, so our tips are designed for you to pick out what works best for you.
Firstly, ensure you understand the format of the IELTS test and practise as much as possible, using a wide range of sources. For example, did you know you need to understand different accents? It will help you to find a study partner so you can support each other.
- If you’re a Crammer, you might choose the shorter IELTS practise course, to fit your overflowing schedule. If so, it will help you to concentrate on your strengths in the test, using them to increase your overall score. But be aware of the bigger picture. If you’re taking the IELTS test so you can go to university and your weakest area is listening, you’re going to need to overcome this eventually so you can follow lectures, or if it’s speaking, consider how you’re going to make friends.
- As a Planner, you’ll probably prefer a longer IELTS practise course to suit your method of learning, aiming to increase your overall understanding of English. As such, you may wish to focus on your weaknesses, creating a strong and balanced knowledge to help you deal with any situation.