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5 Ways to Prep for the IELTS While Traveling

Worried about the IELTS test even if you are traveling? Actually, you can still enjoy your trip by making effective study plans and using fun materials. Here are 5 ways to prep for the IELTS while traveling!

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#1 Read

Don’t read the passages in the IELTS practice tests on the road because concentrating on them is hard. Just read your favorite magazines, novels, and newspapers as extensive reading is one of the great ways to prepare for the reading section. Underline important information such as useful words, phrases and points of view. Also, review your notes after your trip. Check out our useful IELTS reading materials to find interesting resources!

#2 Listen

Listening to a short academic podcast every day can train your ears. Listen to it as many times as you need to fully understand. It won’t take you much time, but it helps you to develop listening skills. Check out the Scientific American 60-second podcasts!

Besides, you can practice the IELTS with movies and TV programs on the trip. They are entertaining so you can easily get involved. Download several movies or TV series and watch them on the plane, in the car or before going to sleep.

#3 Use Prep Apps

Another way to prep for the IELTS is to use apps. Different from books and computers, smartphones are light and take little space. Most travelers carry smartphones with them to chat, take pictures and search information. Make the best use of your smartphones by downloading useful IELTS prep apps! You can learn a list of new words on Magoosh IELTS Vocabulary Flashcards, listen to a short grammar course or watch a 5-minute video when you are on the road or in the hotels.

#4 Talk to People

If you travel to an English speaking country, it will be a great opportunity to talk with native speakers and people from all over the world! Making small talks about interesting topics such as traveling experience with people you meet helps you to be confident and get familiar with different accents. Don’t hesitate. Don’t be afraid of making mistakes. Just talk as much as you can!


#5 Write Travel Diary

I am sure that you don’t want to write essays during the journey. Therefore, I recommend a fun way to practice writing—write a travel diary! First, describe the top moments in your trip to a friend or yourself and then write them down. Remember to vary your words and sentence structures. You may also make your diary more interesting by including maps, routes, and pictures. It will be a wonderful memoir for yourself!

Though it is not easy to keep up your studies when exploring the wold, IELTS study and travel can go together if you plan well and use interesting materials!


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