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IELTS reading band 7 tips – part 1

IELTS Reading band 7 lesson

 

ieltsreadingband7lessonI am going to share my lesson which can help you get up-to 7 band in reading module. All answers basically are there in the passages but you eyes can not locate them. You need to clear your concept in order to overcome reading comprehension and how to save your time. In short time which is 60 minutes is not difficult to find 40 answers if you only focus on them not wasting your time by reading unnecessary text.

1. Skimming and Scanning
2. Keywords
3. Locating answers – topic sentence
4. Reading around keywords
5. confirming answers if they are correct

1. Skimming and Scanning

Skimming and scanning are key skills which can help you to score up to 9 band in IELTS reading module. They can not be developed by doing two to three tests, they need regular reading practice to get used to first and further practice brings improvement. Skimming is used for general information which means main ideas while scanning is done to go through details of paragraphs. Read below to find further explanation.

Skimming means to read text  thoroughly and getting main idea of a paragraph, article, passage or essay. Like when you read newspaper you just read heading , bold printed texts or see pictures to get overall idea. Once get main idea by skimming, you start reading  it in detail word to word.

Scanning is a term means to find something from details. Most of the questions in reading passages check your ability if you can follow details of paragraph, for which apart of ” heading questions” all 7 types types question are given where you need to find their answers by reading supporting information in the paragraph given in the passages. Such answers are found in specific details of paragraph not main idea.

2. Keywords

Keywords help you locate where answers in the reading passages are. Keywords are main words of questions which contains question main idea  fully or partially. To locate where exactly answers in the passages are, you need to pick words from the question which are important we term them as “key words” Once you underline keywords in the questions to to passage and locate these keywords. Once you locate, read around them and you will find the answer.

You need to practice a lot to improve concept of keywords and improve skills in identifying keywords in the questions and locating them in the paragraphs.

3. Locating answers – topic sentence

Locating answers exactly in paragraph is main issue for many IELTS candidates.You can do this by identifying topic sentence in the paragraph. Topic sentence carries main idea of the paragraph. It is normally found in the first , second or last sentence of a paragraph if you do not find them still, read the whole paragraph. Once you improve you skills of what each paragraph is about , it saves your time and energy which results in finding maximum numbers of answers in short time.

4. Reading around keywords

After developing skills of finding keywords in the passage related to questions keywords, next skill you need to develop is reading around keywords. It requires practice and patience , sometimes it is not easy to find. Candidates who are weak in reading comprehension fix key words of they passage in the answer sheet , which is not the answer. It is just hint to locate the answer, reading around keywords will further give you exact answers. So do not give up and keep practicing find where answers are.

5. confirming answers if they are correct

in IELTS reading exam, some of the candidates get worried and are curious to know about some the answers, they have chosen whether they are correct. They can be done by breaking questions into three areas of information. First break question in three areas and then check if the answer for every area is coming through. For example there is a heading “Advantages of green tea after having meal” we can break this in three parts

“Advantages”, “green tea”, “after having meal”

and  check whether the paragraph you think matches is exactly matching with three areas. Similar practice can be done with the rest of questions.

 

 IELTS reading band 7 tips – part 2

 

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  1. kelly says:

    Sir,help me with reading tips.

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