Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

It is easier to study when you are enjoying it!

If you’re dreading the IELTS exam, you might find yourself spending less time than you need to on studying.

Forget that you’re a student!

Forget that you’re “learning!”

Finding ways to learn that you enjoy is the best way to really improve.

Today on the podcast Ex-IELTS Examiner Jessica Beck and 3 Keys Certified Coach Aubrey Carter will discuss ways to boost your motivation so you can enjoy studying for IELTS!

Focus on what you enjoy

This will increase your motivation!

The 3 Keys IELTS study plan does everything for you!

  • It prepares you for the exam with strategies
  • It gives you a variety of activities to immerse yourself in English

Don’t just read the newspaper!

Find books and magazines you enjoy!

If you’re reading something that really interests you, it will be easier to stay motivated.

Extrinsic motivation

  • ex as a prefix means “outside”

There is something out there motivating you.

It is a big, official goal you are working toward.

Maybe you want to move to Canada with your family or get a degree at Stanford.

It is difficult and stressful to have this lofty goal at the forefront of your mind at all times.

Intrinsic motivation

  • in as in “inside”

This is motivation that comes from within you.

Things that are fun and interesting to you create intrinsic motivation!

Regardless of why you’re taking the exam, you must actively develop your intrinsic motivation.

Strategies Created by a Former IELTS Examiner

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Today’s goal: make IELTS improvement a fun challenge!

Take the pressure off yourself!

Reduce the IELTS anxiety.

Don’t just take practice tests.

Focus on improving your overall listening and reading in ways that you find fun and enjoyable.

Tip #1: Watch movies you enjoy

There are so many good movies in English!

You can watch new movies in the theater, or go to movies that have been out a few weeks at discount theaters!

Then take it a step further!

You can listen to the Pop Culture Happy Hour to see if they’re discussing the movies you see in the theater.

Read reviews, and write your own review!

Go down a rabbit hole!

  • going down a rabbit hole: this idiom means to get “lost” in something
  • In this case, you can get lost in interesting details, as you keep looking up more and more information

Immerse yourself in motivating, fun English in a variety of communities and platforms.

Your intrinsic motivation and curiosity will propel you to improve your language skills!

Tip #2: Find a book you enjoy!

If you don’t like the newspaper, choose specific sections you like more.

Read other things as well!

Graphic novels are fascinating!

They have amazing literary features and the plot will pull you in so that you are enjoying what you read!

Tip #3: Read Instagram posts

You want to switch it up and keep things interesting.

Follow the All Ears English team on Instagram!

Also, follow other Instagram accounts and read the posts and comments.

Any reading is useful as it is providing overall immersion into the English language.

This type of reading will help you be more natural in English.

The more natively you speak, the higher your Speaking exam score will be.


If you can make it fun to study for IELTS, you will have much more success.

Listen to and read things you enjoy!

This creates intrinsic motivation and boosts your overall language learning.

However, reading and listening to English is only half the battle!

You need strategies in order to score well on the IELTS exam.

There are 3 different options of how you can study with us.

Check them out and join the 3 Keys Success System today!

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Please leave a comment below.

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