Importance of Positive Self Talk to Clear the IELTS Exam

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Most of us dream either for better education, better job or better life. This impels us to try and make efforts to do all those things which will help us in achieving our dreams. One such thing is clearing the IELTS exam. We all should be aware that IELTS tells us our present status vis a vis our ability in all the four skills ie Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking.

All the test takers face various psychological issues which act as an impediment in clearing the exam.

1. Fear of Failure

Most of us fear that we will fail and in this fear either do not prepare for the exam properly or during the exam, freeze and perform poorly.

2. Judgement

Many a times, we judge ourselves and during self-talk, tell ourselves that we shall fail to clear the exam; no matter, how much we may study. This is the worst thing we can do to ourselves.

Remember, our objective is to score the requisite band. We need to continually strive to improve all the skills. Stop not till the goal is achieved.

3. Prejudice and Bias

Many repeaters instead of accepting the fact that they need to work harder, blame the testing agencies of purposely failing the candidates.

Kindly note, that the testing agency does not know the qualification criterion for each individual.

There are some ways by which one can overcome your fear.

1. Be consistent

The day an individual decides to take the IELTS exam, begin studying from that moment onwards. Speak only in English as much as you can. Many people prefer to self-study while others may want help and guidance from a tutor or institute. Test your English before you begin preparation. If one is weak in English, then they need to first improve their English and later, begin preparing for IELTS. Many a times, people prepare for IELTS and then wonder why they failed to clear the exam.

2. Practice

Practice makes a man perfect and there is no substitute to practice. Therefore, PRACTICE, PRACTICE AND PRACTICE.  

3. Be mindful

Be careful of what you are listening, reading, writing and speaking. Be aware of what you are doing. Once you have learnt something new, remember it and put it to use. Keep building and adding new learning to the old ones.

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