Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Sometimes, when there is such a big task in front of us, such as preparing for IELTS, it can be difficult to even get started.

Then, when we actually jump on that road, start working through our study plans one task at a time, we hit a wall.

We feel like we are investing so much time and energy that we lose our motivation to keep moving ahead.

So, today, we are going to look at 5 motivational quotes, and connect them directly to our IELTS practice.

Choose your favorite one and hang it on your wall!

Take positive steps toward achieving your dream, and feel better about yourself and your practice

#1) “What you do today can improve all your tomorrows.”

Ralph Marston

Can watching a movie today really help you improve your IELTS score in the future?

Yes! Of course!

Find a way to enjoy your English practice and still directly connect it to the exam.

For example, after watching a movie, write a 4-paragraph essay about it.

You describe two sides in the body- one paragraph which talks about why the movie was fantastic, and one paragraph which talks about why the movie was terrible.

This would mirror the Argument essay you may have to write in the exam.

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2) Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.”  -W. Clement Stone

Even if all you need is a 6 or a 6.5 in IELTS, aim higher!

Learn what the examiner is looking for in order to get a band score 8, for example.

Then, you will move your practice to a higher level, and challenge yourself.

Even if you don’t end up getting an 8, perhaps you’ll at least get a 7!

3) “Don’t watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going.”  -Sam Levenson

This is good motivation and a good guide for your Speaking exam practice.

Remember that in the Speaking exam, the examiner will control the time for you.

You don’t have to worry about that.

Just remember that the examiner wants to hear you speak English, so never, ever, give one word or one sentence answers.

Keep going!

4) “It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.”   -Confucius

Remember this motivational advice when preparing for the Writing exam.

In the months leading up to the exam, do not worry about timing.

You should go slowly, taking all the time you need to plan, write and check your essays, following the advice and strategies of your teacher.

Then, when the exam gets closer, you can start timing yourself and worrying about speed.

Try to only start timing your writing two weeks before the exam.

5) “In order to succeed, we must first believe that we can.”  -Nikos Kazantzkis

This is so true!

If you don’t believe you can hit that 7+, you won’t be able to.

Analyze your strengths and weaknesses, and be honest with yourself about the work it will take to improve.

But always, always believe you can!

Which of these quotes is the most inspiring to you?

What part of IELTS are you struggling with the most?

Let us know in the comments below.

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