Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll learn how some lists gave false confidence in your language studies, and IELTS preparation!

Firstly, lists can work! If you make them yourself in intelligent ways.

Recently, in a Facebook Live event, a student asked where he could find a website that provided lists with ideas for various IELTS questions.

Bad idea! These aren’t your ideas. They don’t mean anything to you; thus, you won’t be able to support them well.

This list is skipping the most vital, but challenging step: learning how to brainstorm yourself!

There is no list that takes the place of learning!

Plus, you don’t know exactly what the topics will be on exam day, so memorizing pages of other people’s ideas is a waste of valuable time.

Yet another type of long list to avoid are vocabulary lists!


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There are books and PDF’s featuring thousands of words, like the AWL. There’s no context. You can’t memorize them and then use them in your Speaking and Writing.

In contrast, on our YouTube channel, we have videos with short lists of words. However, you get the context of them, learn how to pronounce them and use them in IELTS answers.

The last type of list to be careful of is the table of academic linking words.

They are helpful to a point, yes. Nevertheless, you still need to couple the transition phrases with contexts.

Specifically to IELTS, you need to learn where to put these in your essays and which ones are used inside specific grammar structures.

What lists do you use? Do they work?

Share your experiences in the comments section below!


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