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.