Hey! First of all, I want to start with
thanking all the people who watched my video on Reading. I was so impressed
and actually astonished with how many of you have actually watched it and found
this helpful! Thank you so much guys for your
appreciation. However, I noticed that many of you who commented on the video or
contacted me via Facebook thought that they have problems in Reading and that
they are not satisfied with their score. And actually they wanted further
guidance. So, here I am, talking about the first ever step in the reading module –
comprehension. So, why is this crucial? Because first when you try to cope with
the test and when you try to understand what is this about – you have to know how to comprehend it and how to relate to it beforehand. So, the following advice will
suit for the Academic model and for the General module as well. A lot of students
ask me, do they have to remember the paragraphs that they read? The answer is
– no. You don’t. Because IELTS test is not about remembering the text, it’s about
comprehending understanding and then spotting the right answers and key words
in the text. So, what about the whole comprehension? Yes, you should try to
understand as quick as possible the paragraph that you are reading, but
if you find difficulties and if you can’t get the meaning of the paragraph
at once – leave it. Try to work out the questions
and then return to find key words in the text. So my primary advice is to always
tackle the questions first and only then proceed to the text, but I know that
there are other people who think otherwise. So, I’m just sharing what’s
worked the best for me and my students. First, when you read the questions you
might want to underline the key words there. This works
best for pre-intermediate students or students who are not confident in their
retention abilities. So, you just underline the keywords or circle them in
order to remember them and try to find them in the paragraphs. You read the
question, now you proceed to the text and you skim-read the first paragraph. That
means, just trying to grasp that meaning and support the key words. It’s not
necessary to comprehend the whole paragraph and just to – you know –
understand it deeply. Just try to spot those key words. Now, on that stage, you
must understand what is the type of question you are dealing with. And
regarding the type, you must act accordingly. I will do another video on
different types of questions, but here we suppose that you understand the type. So,
when you spotted keywords, you go back to the question to refresh your memory
and to see in what context those key words are put there. So, you go back to
the paragraph in order to read that sentence that contains your keywords.
One sentence before it and one sentence after it. Basically, you just need to
really try to get deep down to the meaning of just three sentences! On
average, of course. And that will help you to tackle all types of questions on the
Reading section. Why is this so important to read the sentences around your actual
sentence with the keywords? Because context always matters. And when there
are subtle differences between different words and meanings they can actually
gain different shape in different contexts. So, please not only read that
sentence which you found your key words in, because this sounds tempting, but it
may actually be a trap. But I’m sure, you will do perfect, when
your just consciously trying to solve the problem. Thank you for watching! Many more other tips are to come soon. I will be very happy if you decide to leave a
like for me or even subscribe. And as always, I will be delighted to see you
again here! Bye!