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Saturday, October 31, 2015

34 Practical Tips to Score At Least Band 7 in All IELTS Components

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How to Achieve Band 7 in IELTS?

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Most of the students who are going to take their IELTS test wish to score at least band 7 which is quite difficult but obviously it is something that is not impossible. If you are fluent in English Language Level and preparing for IELTS in the right way, there is nothing that can stop you from getting your desired band. In case you have been trying to get IELTS band 7 for a long time but end up getting a 6 or 6.5 band in the end, then you will surely find this post high valued because this article will let you know what you actually need to do to achieve your target.

Does Repeating IELTS Test Work?

There are many students who have taken IELTS tests several times but couldn’t find any improvements because repetition is not the solution unless weaknesses are overcome. If you have also taken exams numerous times but every time you get the same results, you must bring great changes in your style of preparation.

What You Actually Need to Do?

Once you have acquired band 6, you will obviously try to move higher to 7 and 8 but it won’t be that easy because now it is all about acquiring more advanced skills and it will not be easier for you to reach that higher level. Therefore, you must know what exactly you need to do in progressing to higher bands of IELTS. Let’s have a look at some of the most important parts of the exams:

IELTS Listening Session:

1. Details: For listening session, you must prepare yourself to be able to listen and catch even the minor details.
2. Notes: Listen and immediately make notes as this will enable you to keep the record of everything you have listened to.
3. Grammar: You might have to make grammatical changes in answers which requires you to be well aware of the rules.
4. Questions: While listening, pay full attention so you don’t have to miss actual questions.
5. Instructions: Go through all the instructions carefully even if you already went through them in previous tests/sessions.
6. Time Limit: If you don’t have the answer of a question, don’t waste your time in attempting it, instead you better move to the next question.
7. Word Limit: Make sure to follow word limit and if you are required to answer in 2-3 words or sentences, don’t make it unnecessarily long.
8. If you have enough time, attempt every question because you are not going to suffer penalty for wrong answers.

IELTS Reading Session:

9. Vocabulary: You must build up your vocabulary because this will help you check out complex words which sometimes might be quite confusing if you don’t know the meaning.
10. Dig Out info: First find most accurate and relevant information and then organize the answer according to accurate grammatical rules.
11. Linguistic devices: You should understand how variety of linguistic devices are treated in English because when you know them, you can accurately match text and questions.
12. Work faster: Try to work as fast as possible as this will enable you to finish every task with great ease and in time.
13. Reading Purpose: Remember you have a purpose and reading each and every word is not necessary.
14. Keywords: Carefully use certain keywords to locate right place inside text.
15. Time Limit: Make sure to follow time limit and don’t spend lots of time on a single paragraph.
16. Spelling: Check out your spelling and make sure you are using correct singular and plural forms.
17. Text: Take your words from the text instead of changing or rephrasing it.

IELTS Writing Session:

18. Writing Plan: Make sure that your writing plan is effective and quick or else you will find it difficult to finish every task in time.
19. Grammar & Vocab: Have a strong command over grammar and build your vocabulary. Bring flexibility in your formal writing.
20. Academic Style: Have enough knowledge of writing academic style.
21. Task Analysis: Carefully analyze every task and properly make notes
22. Time Distribution: It is quite important to divide your time into two tasks. You should not spend more than twenty minutes on task 1 as task 2 is more important and spending rest forty minutes on it would be great.
23. Word Count: As far as word count is concerned, you need to produce at least 150 and 250 words for task 1 and 2 respectively.
24. Paragraphs: Create each paragraph carefully and every para should be based on a single idea. Never make the mistake of repeating your ideas just to increase word count.
25. Copying: If you copy an entire sentence from question sheet, you will get zero marks in return.
26. Main topic: Stay within the topic and subject and never include unnecessary and irrelevant information.
27. Grammar & spelling: Pay full focus to grammar and spelling and avoid using informal language.
28. Rechecking answers: At the end, check out every answer carefully.

IELTS Speaking Session:

29. Speak fluently: When it comes to speaking, you must be able to speak fluently about different topics.
30. Skills & knowledge: In your speaking skills, demonstrate flexibility along with exhibiting your knowledge.
31. Compete with examiner: If you are able to speak much more than your examiner then that would be great.
32. Wide range of features: Don’t limit your speaking only to common features but try to use variety of modal verbs, tenses and other grammatical features to express your opinion.
33. Formulate answers: When listening, quickly start formulating your answer. Be confident and relax and enjoy your speaking skills.
34. Get clarification: In case you find difficulty in understanding a question or opinion, don’t hesitate to get clarification.

How to Achieve Band 7 in IELTS

Final Words

If you are a non-native English Speaker, you might have already read and studied about all the above mentioned concepts but to get a 7 band in IELTS, it is now your moment to apply these in your next IELTS exam.

Amelie Millie is the owner of an academic writing company full assignment help that provides its expertise in composing academic papers of different subjects and topics. Other than her professional responsibilities, she loves writing for different blogs and websites.


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Monday, October 26, 2015

Last Minute SPM 2017 Tips: Bahasa Melayu (BM)

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SPM Bahasa Malaysia is a rather difficult subject to score an A+. In fact, less than 10 students from my school managed to secure an A+ for this subject every year. As Bahasa Malaysia is our national language, the minimum marks to secure an A+ is rather high (usually 85 to 90), depending on the baseline every year.

A. General guidelines
  • To do well in this subject, you will have to constantly improve your language skills. Try reading articles from Malay newspaper and magazines ( I recommend Dewan Siswa by DBP).
  • I recommend you to attend tuition if possible because most tuition teachers will provide extra tips and notes which will come in handy during your exams.
  • Before your exam, you are advised to focus more on karangan and KOMSAS.
B. Tips for karangan
  • You should try reading sample essays whenever you are free. This will help you to have more ideas when writing your karangan.
  • Memorize some "ungkapan indah" and "peribahasa". They will be useful when you are writing the introduction of your essays
  • If your entire essay has no ungkapan indahs at all, your essay might be 1 grade lower than the original grade.
  • Use a variety of sentence structure. This helps to make your essay more interesting.
  • Avoid grammatical errors.
C. Tips for rumusan
  • Rumusan is my favourite part of the entire BM paper because it's the EASIEST to SCORE. If you are well prepared, you might be able to score full marks in this section!
  • In this section you will be asked to summarize on 2 topics. One of them is isi tersurat while the other is isi tersirat.Underline the relevant Isi tersurat in the passage. You should answer in 4 paragraphs, each containing Pendahuluan, Isi Tersurat, Isi Tersirat and Penutup.
  • Count the total number of words and make sure that your answer is not longer than 120 words, otherwise the remaining part of your answer will not be marked, and marks may be deducted. State the exact number of words below your essay.
  • Nama khas, penanda wacana, peribahasa and kata ganda are counted as one word only. If your answer is longer than 120 words, try cancelling off the unnecessary words in your answer and replacing longer phrase with shorter phrase of the same meaning. If it still exceeds 120 words, cancel off some of the extra Isi Tersurat or Isi Tersirat you wrote.
  • For all parts of Rumusan, you must answer in continuous writing form and not point form, otherwise marks can be deducted. You should also write the answer in complete sentences. Make sure that the grammar is correct.
D. Tips for Pemahaman Petikan Umum
  • When answering question on meaning of phrases, replace every word in the phrase with another word that has the same meaning if possible. If that is not possible, you should explain the phrase in your own sentence.
  • When answering questions based on the passage given, you must look for the answers from the passage/extract. You need not use your own words and you can copy directly, but sometimes you may have to make some changes to suit your answer
  • When answering questions on your own opinion (KBKK), you should give your own ideas and do not look for the answers from the passage/extract given.Ideas given must be logical and relevant.
E. Tips for Pemahaman KOMSAS
  • Answers must be in complete sentences and not point form.
  • Make sure there is no grammatical error
  • Make sure that the grammar is correct. If the question does not state the number of answers you need to write, then the number of answers needed depends on the marks allocated. Basically, one answer gives one mark,
  • You are advised to give extra answers
  • Marks will only be given for correct answers. No mark will be deducted for wrong answers.
F. Tips for tatabahasa section
  • There are 5 parts in this section. When answering, you are advised to read the questions carefully.
  • For the first part, you are required to construct a sentence based on the word given. The sentence constructed must be able to show that you really understand the meaning of that word given.
  • For the third and forth part, you will need to identify errors in the sentence given and correct those errors. To score well in this section, you will have to do a lot of practices.
  •     For the fifth section, you will be tested on peribahasa. If the question asks you to explain the meaning of Peribahasa, your answer should be clear and detailed. If the question asks you to make a sentence using Peribahasa, your sentence must be able to show that you really understand the meaning of the Peribahasa. The sentence do not have to be very long. If the question asks you to fill in the blanks using Peribahasa or state a Peribahasa based on the situation, give the most suitable Peribahasa according to the question.
  • You are advised to read through all the peribahasa that are listed in your Form 1 to Form 5 textbook
  • For this section, you cannot give extra answers. If you do so, marks will be deducted if any of your extra answers is wrong.
G: Tips for novel
  • Answers should be in continuous form and not point form
  • Avoid grammatical errors
  • Read your novel in the beginning of the year and not weeks before SPM


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Monday, October 12, 2015

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Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Thursday, October 01, 2015

Stop Studying, and Make Your University Life Amazing

Stop Studying, and Make Your University Life Amazing

by Maisarah [Writing Contest 2014 ★ Winner ★]

Stop Studying and Make Your University Life Amazing

“The most wonderful years in your life will be your university and studying years.”

So do we want to spend those years drowned in books, getting sky-high CGPAs and miss out on the fun?

Heck no, of course we don’t.

So can we compromise a great CGPA for just a good one? Of course we can.

Don’t get me wrong, I have nothing against books – or learning.

I love books. I love learning. When I was in kindergarten, I was reading at the pace of forty books per week and was my own brand of Matilda. That passion to read has not left me since, but it did die down reasonably when I stepped into university. I studied my hardest for high school because I knew getting into university depended on your grades, but once I was in, I said goodbye to books for a good four years and a half until I graduated.

Why?

I can’t remember which wise sage said it to me first, but I learned that once you’re in university, you’re pretty much safe. Keep your grades good, and as long as you know how to go through a great interview and have an interesting resume, insyaAllah you should have no problem landing a job. Companies no longer look for these book-smart kids who score so high. They look for another kind of quality. They go for street-smart. And as someone who is now in the workforce, I can certainly vouch for that.

Which is why I think it’s so important to say, again and again: Put down your books and go out there.

“Yeah, I know, I heard about it too. Companies can accept lower CGPAs for soft skills… but my grades –“

NOPE. STOP RIGHT THERE. NO BUTS.

University life only happens once. Second degrees, masters and PhD aside, it only comes once. You’re at that prime age only once. You don’t want to look back, fifty years or twenty years or even ONE year down the line and think “I wish I had done more than just study”.

You don’t want that. Trust me.

Go out there. See the world. And no, I don’t mean taking a round-trip across Malaysia or overseas (though if you can land that opportunity, go for it). I’m talking about experiences. Things that maybe you want to do just once in your life because it’s fun or because you haven’t done it before. And because it’s cheap and priceless.

Like going out with friends to the hot springs and coming back late once – only once – and getting penalized for discipline. Like staying up late with a friend and missing sleep, crying over sad scenes in Battlestar Galactica even though you have an 8.30am class to attend the next day. Like signing up for martial arts without any friends only to discover you love it. Like running a 2.4km route twice to see whether you can make it into ROTU – both Navy and Ground – even though you’re not really going to sign yourself up as a reserve soldier. Like buying blue cheese with your best friend to eat with bread and apples, only to discover that you both can’t stand the taste and will never touch that stuff again. Like staying up late working on stuff to bring to an awareness campaign the next day, dressed as kids while handing out helium balloons in the middle of the day at the streets of KL for your NGO.

Can you catch my drift here? Or do we need more examples?

Like organizing events for your club and faculty and getting things wrong, so wrong, making a disaster out of the whole thing. Like playing the PSP under the table during class because you really hate the subject. Like delaying studying for weeks, and not sleeping the night before the exam because you finally have no more excuses NOT to study for what’s to come. Like making bets with your friends on who can get out of the exam hall first, regardless of how well you’re trying to answer your exam questions.

What? Still don’t get what I’m getting at here?

Like volunteering yourself as an emcee during a Japanese festival even though your Japanese sucks – and then being forced into a yukata for nine hours, not being able to sit down properly with your back so straight. Like making a legendary music video with Michael Jackson’s song for an assignment with the intent of making your lecturer spill his coffee when he sees it. Like sitting at the library until 3am to help your juniors, in denial that you need to help yourself.

Yeah. Things like that.

Those weird experiences… those are all mine, when I was in university. Now it’s time to make your own precious memories.

What I did during my university years weren’t really big things. Sure, my class went to Langkawi right before our last semester, and my scholarship friends and I went to a Tony Buzan seminar filled with only old and boring business people needing to be taught how to be creative. Those were, I guess, among the big things. But it’s not those moments that really stick with you. It’s the little things. The foolish things. The things you did and swore never to do again because it was embarrassing, or weird, or plain traumatizing. The things that you just can’t do again, even if you want to, because those years are over now. Those are the things that will matter when you reflect back to your university years.

Do you know why those things are important? Those memories?

Really, do you know why? (Apart from the fact that this is probably going to be some lame excuse to have the best time of your life).

It’s because these experiences shape who you are. They influence your thinking, and they expose you to the world. Not the whole world, mind you. I’ve yet to see the Everest, or the Grand Canyon, or the pink lakes in Australia, or the wonders of New Zealand. But I’m exposed to the little things like getting fined by the police, eating blue cheese, trying my hand at martial arts and walking along the streets of KL dressed as kids and handing out free helium balloons. I am exposed to all that. And when I answer my exam questions, and when I go for job interviews or write cover letters for my resume… I’m different. So I stand out. A bit.

And you will be, too. Because you’ll be unique.

You’ll have gone through things that others won’t have, and that will reflect in your exam questions, your interviews. It’ll reflect through your personality and confidence level, your ability to talk and relate to people. It’ll reflect all that is wonderful and unique about yourself because you’ll have invested in getting to know yourself, at a deep level. And that is something no university can teach you, even though university is the best platform to discover it.

So go ahead. Trade a great CGPA for a good one, if it means getting so much more in return.

It’ll be the best years of your life.

Maisarah AK
Maisarah, 23, is a weird child in an adult’s body who loves to read and meet new people… oh, and she likes to expose herself to weird situations to get experience, too. She graduated in 2013 from UiTM Shah Alam and won the 2013 Vice-Chancellor Gold Medal (Pingat Emas Naib Canselor) award and the silver Pingat Tunku award. She now works at PETRONAS Leadership Centre.


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