Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Did you know you can increase all of your IELTS scores using only 1 news article?

In today’s video, you’ll learn how!

This strategy shows you that you don’t need to be buried in resources to make your study effective.

  • buried in: idiom for having a lot of something

Avoid reading hundreds of articles and getting very little value from them.

Instead, use these tips to enhance your study with each news article.

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#1: Overall comprehension

First, read the news article for overall comprehension.

Read for the gist, or the main idea.

Don’t stop to look up vocabulary.

Don’t worry about words you don’t know, and look for overall meaning.

#2: Summarize

Write a short summary of the article in your own words.

Don’t look back at the article!

This will help you determine how much you understood.

A few sentences will suffice.

You are writing the main ideas.

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#3: New vocabulary

Go back to the article and choose 4 new vocabulary words or phrases.

Write them in your vocabulary notebook.

Include English definitions and your own example sentences.

The more these are personalized, the better you’ll be able to remember and use the new words.

Focus on words that you will be able to use on the IELTS exam.

#4: Paraphrase

Rewrite your summary.

Paraphrase sentences using parallel expressions.

Add details and use the new vocabulary.

This is great practice for paraphrasing Task 2 topics.

It is a skill you need in order to write high-scoring essays!

#5: Read out loud

Read half of the article out loud.

This improves your fluency and pronunciation.

Vary your intonation, adding emotion and expression.

Avoid sounding like a student!

#6: Speak out loud

Speak out loud to yourself.

Summarize the article and talk about your opinions on the information you read.

Use the new vocabulary!

Come up with questions you could ask someone about the article.

Then answer them as practice for Speaking Part 3!


There are many ways to sharpen your IELTS skills with one news article.

Today’s 6 activities sharpen skills for every section of the IELTS exam.

When it comes to IELTS study, you want to work smarter!

You could spend hours reading news articles and understand very little.

This would not help you prepare for IELTS!

Instead, complete today’s exercises for each news article you read.

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Do you have questions about today’s topic?

Let us know in the comments below!

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