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How to succeed on IELTS Reading


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Hello. My name is Emma, and in today's lesson, I am going to teach you some very good tips

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on how to succeed on the reading module of the IELTS. So this video is for anyone who

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is taking the IELTS. This video will really help you learn about some of the question

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types and how to do well on them. So let's get started.

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My very first tip is very important. When you're practicing doing the IELTS, when you're

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preparing for the IELTS, one way to prepare is to start learning synonyms. Now, what's

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a "synonym"? A "synonym" is a copy of another word where the meanings are the same, but

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the words are different. So an example: "intelligent" and "smart". These are synonyms. They have

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the same meaning, but they're different words.

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Now, why should you learn different synonyms for the IELTS? Well, one very good reason

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is oftentimes, on the IELTS you will have a text or a reading passage, and then, after

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that you will have a bunch of questions. Now, sometimes, in the questions, you need to look

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for certain information in the reading passage. So you read a question, and you need to find

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the answer in the reading passage. Now, one way to do this is looking at keywords. You

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might see a keyword in the question. And you're looking for that same word in the reading

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passage. But they often don't use the same words in the question and the reading passage.

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Oftentimes, they will use synonyms. So for example, maybe in the question the keyword

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is "intelligent". In the reading passage, the word that you'll actually need to find

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is "smart". So by knowing synonyms, you'll be able to do the questions a lot faster,

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and you'll be able to find information faster. And on the IELTS, time is very important,

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so you want to be able to do things very quickly.

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My second point has to do with a lot of the question types, especially the "not given"

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question types. There's a question type called "True, False, or Not Given". There's also

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one called "Yes, No, Not Given". This point is for those.

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Oftentimes, you need to pay close attention to negative words on the IELTS. So for example

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"never", "rarely", "hardly", "seldom". Depending on what the question is, sometimes, if it's

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a true or false question, it's very important to look for these words. This is one of the

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tricks you might find on the IELTS -- well, it's not exactly a trick, but sometimes, you

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might put down "true", but the answer is actually false because of these negative words. So

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key point: Notice and pay attention to these types of words in both the "True, False, and

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Not Given", and the "Yes, No, Not Given".

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Point No. 3: Similar to point No. 2, it's very important to pay attention to frequency

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words, especially in the same part, and the "True, False, Not Given". You might see "always",

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"often", "sometimes", "never". Why is this important? Well, if you see something that

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says, "Sometimes the Pharaoh of Egypt -- or the Pharaohs of Egypt were buried in tombs",

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but the actual answer is true or false, and it says, "Pharaohs were always buried in tombs",

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