Student Blog: Tips for studying for your English language test

This week Joy’s B1 Class at English Language Centre York share their top study tips for preparing for your end-of-course English language test:

First we need to make some notes from the material that you are using, because if you are revising from a book which has 624 pages you will not be able to remember all the words that you have read in the same order. So, it is better if you make notes with the most important words that you need to remember, with new words that you have found and then go on to the next step.

Next, we advise you to watch some videos related to the subject that you are studying to emphasise your knowledge for example: videos from YouTube which are very useful.

In addition, write a summary goal for yourself because it will show you understand the subject. So you need to write up a summary of your revision on the day before a test. Finally you should visit some websites about what you have studied for practice to make sure you are ready for any tests.

Lucy from Angola and Asim from Saudi Arabia

First of all I think that for studying is the most important thing is to revise, when I go home or am in the library I have the time to study hard and in a quiet place. I am therefore convinced that studying includes spelling of words and writing. Secondly, I believe that to improve your language you have to discuss your revision with someone else especially with your teacher. My third idea about how you may revise is watching a video that shows main points about grammar.

Giorgia from Italy

Here is some good advice for your revision. First, keep studying daily! Every day you should learn new vocabulary, new grammar, new things! If you don’t study every day, you’ll forget what you have learned. Many study websites announce new materials every day so you can remember a lot. It’s a really good point and important for your memory of English, don’t be lazy!

Second, practise more and more, not only should you check vocabulary and grammar but also practice understanding them more deeply. You can also find lots of practice for exams, reading and grammar on the internet and you can practice listening on the BBC website, YouTube etc. Just practice a lot!

The most important thing is to continuously study. If you stop studying or if you study rarely, you will confuse your learning and also lots of tasks will be waiting for you…

Sangyyeong from Korea

At the beginning, I think spelling is the most important thing, so you have to practice your spelling because one letter can change the whole word!
After that, I would say that studying is the most important thing, because if you have an exam you have to revise what you learn in the last few weeks to good a good score in your exam.

Then, you have to check quickly every day to see if you have forgotten anything you’ve studied before and need to restudy if you can’t remember.
In the end, you are allowed to discuss with someone who can help you with his/her opinions or any suggestions, you can also give him or her anything they need and make suggestions and give ideas to them too!

Mohammed from Kuwait

First of all, you must practice (write, listen, read and speak) every day because it is important to improve your English skills. Second, you should always write notes of all vocabulary and grammar because you need it to check you understand. The third thing you have to do is watch lots of videos that relate to your studies to improve your listening and knowledge because it will prepare you for your exams. The last thing and the most important thing of all is continuous study, which means you have to study at home every day because if you stop studying you will forget your English so you have to repeat daily learning!

Reem from Saudi Arabia


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