Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn how to use your commute for IELTS practice, to maximize your time.

Do you commute to work or school?

It doesn’t matter if your actively driving or passively sitting on the subway, you can utilize this time in intelligent ways!

Driving Commutes

  1. Listen to native speaker podcasts
  2. Listen to a book on tape
  3. Talk to yourself about something that is bothering you, and how you will take care of the problem
  4. Talk to yourself about a goal you have in life, and how you’ll accomplish it
  5. After learning a Writing Task 2 template, talk through it out loud, adding your own ideas for an IELTS Task 2 essay question
  6. Listen to a vocabulary podcast, like 6 Minute Vocabulary from the BBC. After you listen, use the new words in sentences, speaking them out loud.
  7. Listen to one my lectures, if you’re a 3 Keys student.


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Riding Commutes

  1. Any of the ‘listen’ activities above!
  2. Read a newspaper article, and then write a summary of it.
  3. Learn new vocabulary on an app, such as All Ears English.
  4. Read a chapter in a novel, and then write about one character’s experience in the story.
  5. Post in English on social media about an interesting experience you had recently, or something you’re looking forward to. Write at least one paragraph.
  6. Write a journal entry about what your ideal day would look like.
  7. Read a travel article about a city you’d like to visit, and then write an imaginary journal entry about a day you’d enjoy in that city.
  8. Review your vocabulary notebook, and write a paragraph with at least 3 of the words.

For at least three days this week, try to include at least one of these activities during your commute!

Are you wondering how to use your time effectively to prepare for the IELTS Exam? The answer is The 3 Keys IELTS Success System!

Tell us about your own IELTS journey in the comments section below!


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