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How to prepare for an English exam

If you’re looking for information about how to prepare for an English exam, this post is going to be really useful.
I want to share with you a course that’s going to make the difference if you’re about to take an English test any time soon.

The course I’m going to talk about is a Mooc.

 
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What A Mooc Is In 5 Sentences?

The word “Mooc” stands for Massive Open Online Course.
Moocs are offered by prestigious universities and organizations.
You can take them online.
They’re free.
There’re thousands of students from around the world in every Mooc.

Now that you know what a Mooc is, let me introduce you to the course…

 

Understanding The Ielts Exam

The Mooc I’m talking about is offered by the British Council:
Understanding IELTS: Techniques For English Language Test

I’ve been checking it and I do recommend it to you. It’s indeed one of the best resources you can use if you’re looking for How to prepare for an English exam.

Through this MOOC you are going to:
Know exactly what to expect in the IELTS exam.
Practice the same exercises as the ones in the exam.
Improve your Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills.

 

Why I Do Recommend This Mooc?

I think that this Mooc is useful far beyond the IELTS exam preparation because:

If you’re taking an IELTS exam anytime soon:
It’s the perfect tailor-made training for you.

If you’re taking another English exam instead of the IELTS:
It’s still a very valuable resource for you because almost all the English test have a very similar structure.

Even if you won’t take any English exam at all:
This MOOC still offers you a lot of useful resources. It’s a valuable tool to improve your Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing skills with.

 
Check this Mooc out!
Are you going to enroll?
This Mooc helps to know How to prepare for an English exam?
All your comments are very welcome!!!

 

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How to learn phrasal verbs easily – Part 2

After 10 days in a row writing a very short story using 5 new phrasal verbs every day, I share with you an extensive summary of my work.

I’m writing this post to motivate you and I also want you to know how to learn phrasal verbs easily.

You can learn more about this strategy in my former post… How you can learn phrasal verbs easily.

As you may already know, instead of memorizing endless lists of phrasal verbs, I have (and you also have) to use phrasal verbs on a daily basis because our aim is to internalize them by using them in a natural way.

 
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Let’s see my work day after day in detail…
 

Day 1

– Phrasal verbs I used: Get along, Fall apart, Look forward to, Carry on, Hold on.

I got along very well with my friend John.
We used to meet almost every day and enjoy nice walks together until one day our friendship fell apart because of a stupid fight
Nowadays I’m looking forward to meeting him again because I want to apologize.
The problem is that I don’t know where he lives anymore.
I‘ll carry on looking for John until I’ll find him.
Next time I’ll have to hold on and think twice before starting quarreling for unimportant things.

 

Day 2

– Phrasal verbs I used: Do over, Come down, Hang up, Come back, Call off.

At my job I’m currently working on a very difficult task of a big project. I I’ll do over this task until I reach the solution to an important issue we are dealing with.
The problem is that I came down with a strong cold and I’m now at home for some days.
My workmates are calling me every now and then but I have to hang up even if I don’t want because I’m feeling exhausted. I’m really looking forward to coming back to work again soon. Until then I’ll have to call off all my meetings.

 

Day 3

– Phrasal verbs I used: Name after, Try on, Keep away, Clean up, Put away.

My brother and I were named after our grandparents whose names were Paul and Raul.
But he’s angry with me because he doesn’t want me to try on his clothes or touch any of his stuff.
I try to keep away from him as much as possible but it’s not an easy task because our parents want us to clean up the house together as a team.
I’m putting away money to buy him a present for his birthday.

 

Day 4

– Phrasal verbs I used: Calm down, Think over, Turn down, Go on, Find out.

It’s not easy to calm down after a stressful day at work
In my job I work hard until I reach my objectives.
When some strategy doesn’t work I just think over for a different approach to the problem I have to solve.
I always turn down every offer of help because I like to solve problems by myself.
And I always go on, no matter what, until I find out a solution.

 

Day 5

– Phrasal verbs I used: Turn on, Fill up, Pick up, Pass out, Ache for.

The first thing I do in the morning is to turn on the radio.
Then I fill up a big bowl with milk and pick up whatever I can find in the kitchen’s cupboards to eat.
I always have breakfast because If I don’t eat before going to work I’m afraid to pass out right in my desk. I have to say that I always ache for chocolate cookies but I try to eat healthy.

 

Day 6

– Phrasal verbs I used: Cheer up, Head out, Fill out, Figure out, Look for.

Yesterday, to cheer up after a really bad week, after having breakfast I headed out to my university campus where I filled out a form to get a visa that allows me to live abroad for a whole year!
Now, the only problem is to figure out how I’m going to pay for my daily expenses. I just need to start looking for a job.

 

Day 7

– Phrasal verbs I used: Get up, Sit down, Look after, Run after, Watch out.

At home, we usually get up from bed very early.
I then bath and dress my children them and don’t sit down until we are all ready to have breakfast.
I always look after my children in the mornings because my wife is already at work.
Because I don’t like to run after the bus, we walk to school and I always tell my children to watch out because we have to cross many streets and there’s always a lot of traffic.

 

Day 8

– Phrasal verbs I used: Ask out, Eat out, Move in, Get through, Break up.

I asked out a friend of mine that I liked very much.
We ate out together many times until we decided to move in together.
We got through a lot of problems like all other couples. But we didn’t break up because we always talk in order to solve our differences.

 

Day 9

– Phrasal verbs I used: Hang out, Deal with, Run away, Go out, Give up.

We don’t want our son to hang out with bad companies. The problem is that’s very difficult to deal with young people. He doesn’t want to listen to our advice.
He always runs away whenever we ask him to go out for a walk and chat a little.
We’re not going to give up because we care for him very much.

 

Day 10

– Phrasal verbs I used: Wash up, Make up, Throw away, Run out, Pay back.

I don’t like to wash up the dishes and I always make up an excuse to avoid it. We threw away our old dishwasher because it stopped working. We run out of money and our parents lent us some to buy a new one. Nowadays we have money and we are paying them back.

 

Now that you know how to learn phrasal verbs, it’s time to go ahead!!!
It’s you turn to start learning phrasal verbs right now!!!

 
– Are you going to work your phrasal verbs like me?
– Do you use a different strategy?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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The key to your learning English success

I bet that you often work your English without any direction or prior thinking.

Ask yourself the next questions…

  • The work you are currently doing is really helping to improve your English?
  • Are there better strategies to reach your English goals faster?
  • Are you checking if your English skills levels are improving?

In the past I used to work my English without any direction. As a result I worked a lot and get very little results in return.

Let’s look at an easy strategy to increase your learning English success

 

Your Learning English Success In 4 Basic Steps

How to assure your learning English success

I’m going to show you 4 basics steps that you can follow in order to make the most of your work.
Your main goal is to improve as much as possible your English with less work from your part.

Let’s take a look at the 4 steps…

  1. Define your Goal
    Before starting to work you need to clearly know what do you want to achieve.
    As an example, a specific and clear goal would be:
    I want to improve my English vocabulary in the field where I work.”
    Avoid too generic goals like “I want to read in English”
  2. Plan a strategy
    When you know your goal, before starting to work, it’s time to plan a specific strategy in order to reach it.
    As an example, If you work on marketing and want to improve your vocabulary on this field you are going to read articles or podcasts about marketing.
  3. Work Towards your goal
    While studying never forget your goal in order to work in the most efficient direction.
  4. Check your progression
    When the work you planned is done or whenever you feel it, you have to check if what you are doing is helping you.
    If you reach your goal or feel that you are improving…You are in the right direction!
    If you are not improving, go back to step 2 and reconsider your strategy.
    Never give up because when you make a mistake you are just a step closer to your goal. You only fail when you do nothing at all.

 

A Personal Example Of How I Use This Strategy

Step 1: I define my goal
I want to improve my English speaking skill which is by far my weakest level.
I have to concentrate on reducing my accent and improving my pronunciation of lots of words that I don’t even know how to pronounce.

Step 2: I plan my strategy
I’m going to concentrate on two main focuses in order to reach my goal:

  1. I need to know how I can reduce my accent while talking in English. I also want to learn some basic pronunciation rules. I’m going to look for materials that can help me.
  2. If I want to improve my speaking I do have to speak in English on a regular basis. Then I’m going to talk almost daily with my English friends in order to practice what I’m learning about accent reduction and pronunciation.

Step 3 : I work
I’m currently working on what I planned.
I’m listening and watching accent reduction and English pronunciation materials.
I’m speaking in English on a regular basis.

Step 4: I check my progression
I’m checking my work every now and then to make sure that I’m on the right path.
Of course my English accent and pronunciation is not going to improve overnight.
But I think it’s wise to check for new materials whenever I fell I’m not improving anymore.

 

And Remember…

I share with you an infographic that is going to help you to visualize the whole process in order to assure your learning English success!

 
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– Do you think twice before deciding how are you going to work your English?
– Are you going to use this strategy?
– Do you know others strategies?
…All your comments are very welcome!!!

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