As BRZEE Academy celebrates two years of its inception from July 2017, we debunk the mystery why most of us feel ‘Reading’ is difficult in International English Language System (IELTS). We know comprehensive passages in our school days. Most of us think that these passages are boring and few of us love to do it as it involves logical thinking.
Why one feels Reading is boring? BRZEE Academy’s efficient trainers noticed that many aspirants are not interested in reading. They say it is tedious. When we contemplate about it, we understood why it is boring for them? For example, if a person say ‘X’ likes reading. But he likes to read ‘text’ based on his interests only. Mr. X can understand text of his interests because he/she has some basic idea on it which has gained with experience/skills. Now, there is another person, Mr. Y. Despite his/her interests on any particular topic, he/she loves to read any text. His perception is to gain knowledge from various topics and therefore he gives equal interest in each and every text he reads. Moreover, Mr. Y is curious to learn new things.
It is the way how we take things. In general, we prefer text that we understand or interested in. We don’t accept change so rapidly. We are confined to our surroundings and systems. To learn new things, we have to explore. Everything is there in our perception. Our perception matters a lot.
How can you know that you are a good reader or a bad reader? Do this task after reading this blog post. Take any text from newspaper or magazine. Read one paragraph and know yourself what have you understood? Now, relate your reading to the following scale:
Understood in first attempt: Reading skills are very good
Understood in second attempt: Reading skills are average
Understood in third attempt: Reading skills are poor
If you are preparing for IELTS, it is high time to do few things for your score. Your score is important. Start reading some text now. Start reading newspapers, magazines, etc. Now, the biggest question is what to read in newspapers, magazines, etc. I want you to analyse this. Your analyzing makes lot of sense.
You have to read topic-based articles in newspapers, magazines, etc. Every article adds value to your preparation but topic-based article results in quick improvement. We all have seen editorial paper and special editions in Newspapers, Magazines, etc. They carry some interesting topic-based articles. Keep on reading them. Reading doesn’t mean to read for the sake of reading. You have to analyse the text, the narrating style, author’s perspective, etc. In next coming blogs, I would like to post these things in more detail.
Start reading ‘Times of India’ Newspaper. Every day spend 30 minutes to read. Remember that change doesn’t come immediately. As you keep on reading, you will see change gradually. Never expect magical transformation in a day. A person needs discipline and patience. These two intangible qualities play a vital role in your preparation. Understanding strategies doesn’t result in good/top scores. It should be in practice. Hence, discipline and patience are vital in your preparation.
I would like to a add few more sources for reading here. You can refer any business newspaper such as Business standard, Economic times, etc. I prefer ‘India Today’ magazine which covers various topics. As IELTS needs formal English, read Times of India (TOI) newspaper, Economic Times, India Today, etc.
BRZEE Academy explains how to work with vocabulary?
When you are reading an article in Newspapers, Magazines, etc. try to understand the vocabulary. Make a note of high frequency words. However, in reading if you don’t know the meaning of any word, still you can answer the question. How is it possible? Understanding the context is important. You can guess the word by reading the context. In the IELTS reading your job in reading is just to answer specific questions. The strategies of reading are to make your reading eased out. That means, you can adopt quick reading and you can infer from the text. The contextual reading is rational. Whenever you are reading, read the mind of the author. You should know what the author is trying to say and how the author is narrating his thought. Knowing central idea in reading is really important. Without central idea, you cannot answer questions. But, when you have a central idea, you know the theme of the passage.
For few test takers, reading is tedious in starting days. When they really understand the way the passage is narrated, and the way the exam board asks the question, they never feel IELTS reading is wearisome because they are acquire interest into the content.
The high frequency words that you come across in any article are important. You should make a note and try to put it in sentences. Initial days it may take time but as you keep moving with your practice, you will pick up the speed.
BRZEE Academy as the top most IELTS training institute in Gurgaon / Gurugram catering areas near Galleria market, Vipul Square, DLF Phase 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, Golf course road, HUDA Metro Station, Cyber City, Cyber Hub, Infinity Towers, Microsoft building suggests to start reading. You will love it.