- Develop the habit of listening to native speakers. You can do this by watching more and more English movies or TV series. This will clear your understanding about native English accents and slangs, which is the first challenge to overcome for the listening module.
- Be an empathetic listener. Whenever you communicate with someone, pay full attention to him. Understand his point of view rather than being judgmental.
- Stop self-chit-chat. Admit that you are not a multitasker. Being a human, you can do one thing at a time. So, while listening to someone, don’t let your thoughts override the voice of the speaker. Don’t think about your plans of watching a movie in the evening while listening to someone.
- Develop your comprehending skills. When you read something, don’t just recite the words in your mind. Try to understand the meaning of the text. For instance, a lot of people know the poem ‘twinkle – twinkle little star’, but how many of them actually have tried to understand what the poem actually means?
- Try to comprehend texts with complex words without using a dictionary. In other words, understand contextual meaning of words rather than exact meaning. You can do this by developing the habit of reading newspapers, especially the editorials. This will help you in the reading module to at least know the tone of the text. For example, let us consider a word ‘ostentatious’. In general, one may not know the meaning of this word. However, if we read it in a sentence, we can derive the meaning. Like ‘Elena thinks her black dress is appropriate for the office party, but it is actually too ostentatious for this simple event.’
- Learn new words and develop your vocabulary. Make this a hobby rather than a habit. This will definitely boost your score in writing module. Remember that this is an International Test of English Language and as a test taker you are not a junior school student. Simple words can be used by them as well. Moreover, imagine yourself flaunting your word knowledge in front of your friends and colleagues.
- One important thing is your handwriting. A lot of people lose score in the writing module because their handwriting is illegible. Develop the habit of improving your handwriting. It may sound odd but you can practice using some handwriting books.
- Involve with those who speak English frequently. A very common problem people face is that they are unable to improve their speaking habits as they have no one to speak in English.
9. Develop your thought process for the speaking module as well. Try to be creative in generating ideas for topics. Make a habit of thinking about various perspectives on things that you see in your day to day life. Take any topic and discuss about the 7 W’s, related to the topic. Who, What, Which, When, Where, How, Why.
- Finally, understand the importance of hard work. Regular practice is very important along with conscious effort to improve your overall English skills. Just knowing how to improve will not help unless applied. All this will take time but will definitely work. Don’t lose patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day.