High school is one of the most exciting and confusing periods in a young person’s life. Often, a person’s first exposure to concepts of hard work, serious consequences, and personal responsibility begin here. Much of early education is focused on simply grasping and incorporating the basics of learning, but 9th grade and beyond is often the beginning of stringent testing and class tracking. Through personal development, parental involvement, and advice from guidance counselors, it is essential that students learn the basics of time management and personal motivation during this period.
Unlike college, high school is likely the only time a student will face rigorous study and examination in a number of different subjects, including advanced mathematics, chemistry, physics, history, and literature. These varied course loads expose young minds to new concepts, perhaps sparking a love for a field of study they never previously considered. Many scientists found their field of interest while in high school. Similarly, many primary educators became inspired to teach by their high school instructors. While it may not be immediately apparent to some, at some point we all do use the things we learned during this crucial time. Continue reading
In order for International Students to study degrees in Britain, they need to take and pass at approximately Band 6 the International English Language Testing System, or IELTS. A test devised at Cambridge University in 1986 and backed by the British Council, it covers speaking, listening, reading and writing, offered at both general and academic levels, with the latter essential for university admittance in Britain and in many countries that teach undergraduate or post-graduate courses in English. It is accepted as proof of language competence by 9000 educational organisations, including professional bodies. Performance is rated on a scale of 0-9, with Band 0 for those who fail to attempt the test, that is, do not turn up or walk out without submitting any responses to paper; Band 4, for example, specifies a limited user of English, while Band 6 achievers are classified as a competent. Band 9 qualifies them as an Expert user.
The Reading and Writing sections are difficult even for native speakers. The first requires that a student read three academic texts, taken from journals, textbooks or magazines, selected for undergraduate and postgraduate students. They are graded in difficulty, with the third article the hardest. The test lasts an hour. The student is required to answer 40 questions spread over all the articles. Continue reading
For many students, it is hard enough simply getting the spelling for words correct on any test. It is harder still trying to pronounce words. However, when it comes to test-taking and the IELTS or even Trinity testing, student’s struggles seem universal. Did you know that many students struggle with when to use “a” or “an” and when to leave a sentence without an article? For many students, this isn’t the only pitfall that stands between them and receiving a better test result on the IELTS.
What other areas are struggles for students taking the IELTS? Students may make the mistake of fully reading each question. However, for many test takers, this poses a danger of running out of time and not completing the test. This may ring true, even if students know the answers to the questions being asked.
Failing to plan ahead can be detrimental
While students may not know which essay questions they may have to answer, they can still be determined to do well on the IELTS. With many questions on the IELTS, some test-takers try to read every question and simply run out of time to provide the answers they want. However, by spacing out their time, they can complete the entire test in the allotted time. Students can ensure a high test result by allocating a certain number of minutes per question rather than leaving part of the test questions blank. Continue reading