To pass the IELTS test, start having fun

Do you find studying for your IELTS test boring or frustrating?

Ifso, I strongly recommend that you watch this inspiring video about theone thing that all expert language learners have in common:

Lýdia Machová: The secrets of learning a new language

What’s their secret? They all find ways to enjoy learning languages.

This idea is supported by academic research into language learning which suggests that when you experience negative emotions like boredom and frustration you learn less. Conversely, when you are relaxed and enjoying yourself, you’re able to absorb and remember more information (this theory is called The Affective Filter).

I think this is one of the biggest difficulties for people preparing for the IELTS test. The pressure to get the score you need can make the process painful rather than pleasurable.

But remember this:

1) In most cases, the only way to improve your IELTS score is to improve your English.

2) In order to improve your English, you need to use some methods that you enjoy.

Of course, you also need other things, like effective methods, a system and patience, as Lýdia Machová says in the TED talk above. But enjoyment is one of the key ingredients for success.

So, why don’t you find the English version of your favourite book and start reading it this week, or watch your favourite series in English tonight?

Do you love cooking? If so, find an English-speaking chef and start watching their videos on Youtube.

Be creative. Everybody is different, so find something that works for you, and don’t forget to have fun.

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