Hey there! The other day I talked to you about the most important thing for your preparation which is beyond any kind of tips and strategies and you can read this post here. Today, however, I will focus on Reading Tips. All the things you can do to help you along with your preparation and language learning: The Top 10 tips you will ever need to improve yourself in the reading section! If you follow them consistently, you will definitely see your score raised. So, are you ready? Here we go!
1.) Time yourself
Time management is the most difficult thing in Reading because it is not enough. So, you have to get used to doing everything quickly and correct at the same time. Do practice tests and time yourself. In this way, you will know where you stand and where you need to get better. Don’t start timing yourself from the very first practice test; give yourself some time to get used to the exam format. Yet, do it as soon as possible! Don’t get used to having all the time in the world to complete the Reading section! ‘Cause, clearly, you won’t.
2.) Read a lot in English
In this way, you will get used to reading quickly in another language rather than your own and you will get better without even realizing it. You should start off by reading articles online related to subjects you love and find interesting. It could be anything! Football, make-up, politics, economy, health, fitness, you name it! Just read in English.
3.) Familiarise yourself with the tasks
Try to understand the logic and what you need to do in each separate task of Reading. In this way, you will be familiar with everything and you will not waste time during your actual practice.
4.) Do not read everything
There’s no way you are going to be able to read everything in each reading passage! You will waste valuable time. Train yourself to distinguish the gist of each paragraph along with important specific information.
Learn how to skim effectively in order to recognise key-words instantly. Underline the first two lines of each paragraph before you move on to the questions. You can learn how to skim the right way here.
After your reading of the questions and your underlining of key-words, learn how to scan the right way so as to locate the answers in the text without reading everything! You can learn how to scan effectively here.
7.) Always read the instructions carefully
You will most probably have a WORD LIMIT that you will need to follow, so never forget to read your instructions! Even in multiple choice tasks, sometimes you are asked to choose TWO correct answers instead of only one.
8.) Underline key-words
Underline key-words in the questions that will help you to locate the answers in the text easily. With underlining, you will also be able to focus on what the questions really ask you and not what you think they ask.
9.) Be careful of paraphrasing!
This is where most mistakes take place! Sometimes, they are going to use the same words in both the questions and the text in order to confuse you. Learn to focus on same meanings and not only on the same words. Train yourself so as to recognize same meanings that use different phrasing, different words that is. You can familiarise yourself with paraphrasing here.
10) Enjoy yourself!
This may sound weird, but your attitude towards English and the exam really helps. Moaning and groaning is not going to get you very far. It really helps if you see reading like a game! It is a quest you have to complete in specific time limits without losing a life–just like a video game. If you can’t avoid it, why don’t you at least enjoy it?
Tell me what has helped with your reading preparation the most in the comments below!