Advice to students before starting ielts
The purpose of this article is to help students to learn common practices which will be useful to get higher bands in IELTS. There are some bits of vocabulary advice for students before starting IELTS practice.
Obtain a Dictionary
Before attempting to IELTS practice, you will need to obtain a good English-English dictionary, such as the Easier English Dictionary for Students (ISBN: 978 07475 6624 3) published by A&C Black Publishers Ltd, which this workbook has been based on.
Vocabulary is very important in the English Language. If you have a good command of vocabulary, then you have a good chance of getting a higher score. Our First advice for students is to Improve vocabulary before starting IELTS.
Keep Your Own Notes
Whenever you find out what a new word means, write it into your vocabulary notebook, which you can organize in alphabetical order like a dictionary. With any new word, you should copy either the sentence from the internet or the example from the dictionary. This will help you to learn the word.
Words With Many Meanings
When you do look in your dictionary, you may find that one word has many meanings. If you compare these, however, you will often find that they are not so different from each other, so try to look for one central meaning.
Word That Go Together
Remember also to write down any other words which are often found together with your new word. For example, notice in your dictionary that we normally use the word to after the word similar (a ‘dependent preposition’) and that it is usually policies, plans or programs and so on which are formulated (examples of ‘collocations’). This information will help you to use the new words correctly.
Sum Up Things
To sum up:
- decide if the word in the example sentence is a verb, a noun or an adjective
- read the other words to help you guess the meaning of the new word
- then if necessary use your dictionary to select a suitable answer
- if possible, choose one central meaning for the word from the dictionary entry
- write down your new word with an example sentence to help you remember its meaning
- note down any dependent prepositions or collocations to help you use the word correctly
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