EXPERT IELTS 7.5 Module 1A

1a Successful learning

Reading (Note and table completion)

Before you read

Questions 5–9 Complete the table below. Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS AND/OR A NUMBER from the passage for each answer.

Brain boosting

ADVICE

BENEFITS • reduces 6

Exercise • 5

not

necessary • run up steps or on spot

; improves mood

1 Read the title and introduction to the article. Then follow the steps below. 1 Predict what the passage will say and make notes. 2 Read the passage quickly. Were your predictions mentioned? Predict language; Scan for information 2 a Look at question 1 in the test task below. Read around the gap and answer these questions. 1 What class of word are you looking for? (verb, noun, adjective, adverb?) 2 What will the meaning be of the missing word? What word would collocate with highest ? b Scan the passage to find the part which will give you the answer. Do not read every word. 1 Use the title and the highlighted key words to find the correct place in the passage. Test practice 3 Read the strategies and complete the test task. hh TEST STRATEGIES page 170 Questions 1–4 Complete the notes below. Choose NO MORE THAN TWO WORDS from the passage for each answer. 2 Look for a word in the passage that will fit grammatically and has the correct meaning.

Food • have breakfast rich in 7 ; • stop eating when 8 full

• makes you calmer and more alert • you achieve

more when a bit hungry • prevents attention wandering; allows more freedom of 9

• remove

Study/ Work area

unnecessary mess from your workspace

Task analysis 4 a Discuss these questions about the test strategies. Give reasons for your answers. 1 How helpful was it to predict the kind of word(s) you were looking for before reading the passage? 2 Which strategies helped you to scan the passage quickly rather than read every word? 3 How did you identify the word(s) you needed to write? Did you get distracted by any other words you thought were possible?

b In which ways could you improve your performance in these tasks next time?

Discussion 5

Discuss these questions in groups. 1 How effectively do you study? Give examples of the ways in which you could improve. 2 At what time of day do you study best/worst? Give reasons. 3 To what extent do you agree with the writer’s comments on food, exercise and workspace? Why? 4 What do you do when you take breaks? In what way does this help you?

Using your time effectively • keep times of highest 1

for most

important work • do not send an email that requires a non-urgent 2 until main work done • a drop in 3 affects mental power – avoid early/post-lunch hours • 4 is a good way of ‘switching off’

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Student’s Resource Book > Reading pages 6–7 MyEnglishLab > 1a Reading A and B

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