Oh, what a great book. Thank you, Jessica Whitehead. Are you doing an IELTS exam or will you
be doing an IELTS exam in the future? Special shoutout to Pedro, thank you for
helping me on this, and rock your exam. You’re going to do it, boy. If you’re studying IELTS, there’s one
section in the test that is difficult. They’re all difficult, but
it’s the reading section. So, when you’re doing your test, you have to
read the passage quickly, you have to get all of the wonderful information, and
then you have to answer the questions. So, what I want to help you do is something
really cool called speed reading. When I was in grade 2, my teacher
taught me something that was amazing. Usually when you read something, you take your
little finger and you read along like this. So my teacher taught me at the young age of
eight to get a bookmark, and instead of reading each word, you’re going to read one
whole sentence with an eyescape. So, instead of reading word by word with your
little finger, you’re going to put a bookmark on the sentence and you’re going
to focus on the sentence. This allows you to read
something much faster. So, put your little finger away and
grab a bookmark or a piece of paper. So, number six is:
Use a bookmark. It helps you absorb the
information faster. Another thing that you can do or not do is
when you’re reading: “The pizza was a wide pizza with ham and pineapple. It was the most exiting
flavours, it was…” Don’t read out loud. Two reasons: One, there’re other people around
you that you’re probably disturbing, and there’s probably been a scientific study that if you
move your lips, you’re doing extra work and you’re kind of wasting time. Try and close your mouth. Don’t: “Ra-ra-ra-ra” under your
breath, don’t move your lips. Just absorb it and read it. This helps you go through it faster and ultimately get
that high score that you’ve all been looking for. Another tip is to pay attention
to important key words. So, these are going to be things like dates
and times, numbers, and proper nouns. So, please tell me you know
what a proper noun is. A proper noun is a
place or a person. It starts with a capital letter. So, one really, really good thing you can
do is you can take your little highlighter and circle the important words. When you come back to the reading section
or when you’ve read it, it sticks in your brain more. This is good for
practicing, too. Some articles and some things
have special punctuation. So, dashes. Dashes are a little line here
and a little line at the end. There’s a very, very good reason why they’ve
used dashes, and that is they’re telling you that this information
is really important. It’s giving you something extra or something
that changes the idea about the sentence. So, the information between dashes or even
between commas is put there for a reason, and it’s probably got some wealth of information,
maybe the answer to question number seven. Some readings that you have not necessarily
on IELTS, but a newspaper if you’re reading something for fun… Do people read for…? Yeah, they do read for fun, Ronnie.
Okay. Is a special font. So, if the words are bold which means they’re
bigger; or if they’re written in italics which means, like, handwriting; or if the words
are underlined – this is going to give you some really strong information that it’s
important because they made it like this. When you first begin your IELTS test in the
reading section, always read the questions first, then you’ll know what
information you’re looking for. If you just read it
willy-nilly without thinking about the questions, you’ve
wasted a lot of time. So read the questions first, then go back
and get the information that you need. And about paragraphs, this is
a tricky thing that they do. I want you to read the first sentence,
it’s called the topic sentence. The topic sentence has… We’ll say “the meat” or the
importance of the paragraph. Maybe in the middle of the paragraph they’ve
got some information and it’s useless, really, because maybe the
idea has changed. So, the best thing you can do is read the
first topic sentence, skim the rest of it, and concentrate on the last, because maybe the
idea has changed halfway through the sentence. If you’re going for
your IELTS, good luck. It’s hard, but you can do it. For more IELTS tips, stay tuned.