21 Ways to Get More Out of Your TOEIC Class

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    !rite the ronunciation down.Try to write down the phonemic script of

    any vocabulary that you learnt in class, then check in your dictionary that you

    have used the right symbols.

    &earn the answers #y heart. If you have done a difficult (istening art %ne

    or Two question in class, it can help your e$am preparation "and your abilityto speak fluently too# if you learn the whole sentence of the correct answer.

    /ou can then test yourself by looking again at the picture from art %ne or the

    question on the tapescript of art Two and see if you can say e$actly the same

    sentence as was used in the practice e$am.

    'ake a good "oca# list.The basic rule of learning vocabulary is that the

    more time you spend on it, the easier it is to learn and the quicker you will be

    able to understand it when you read or hear a word in the test. &opying the

    words from your lesson notes or te$tbook onto a separate vocabulary list or

    notebook is a good start. In order to be able to understand the vocabulary

    quickly in the test without translation, try to write the meaning, pronunciationand grammatical information about the word in !nglish rather than your own

    language, e.g. by writing a gapped sentence with the word you are learning

    taken out and trying to remember what word it is before you check your

    answers in the other column or other page in your notebook. It is then vital

    that you go through the list at least 0 times over the ne$t few days to make

    sure you remember the new vocabulary.

    (ead the taescrits carefully at home and check that you know the

    meaning of and how to ronounce all the words and hrases in it. If your

    teacher doesn't usually give out tapescripts, ask them at the end of the class if

    you can have it ne$t week.

    Take another class.In order to learn quickly and get an all round good level

    of !nglish, you will need to study at least twice a week. If you can make those

    classes a mi$ of a one to one "private# class and a group class, and maybe a

    mi$ of General !nglish, 1usiness !nglish and T%!I& e$am preparation, that

    would be perfect.

    )lan your homework and re"ision.If you only have a class once a week,

    you will need to do some study in midweek to make sure you don't forget the

    language from the last lesson and are fully prepared for the ne$t class. 2or

    e$ample, if your class is on a onday, do your homework on Thursday or

    2riday and certainly not on onday evening or 3unday evening4

    Do electronic dictionary re"ision.If you have an electronic dictionary, you

    should be able to look at a list of the most recent words you have looked up,

    e.g. ones you asked about in class. )ecide which of these words are most

    useful to learn and copy them down into your vocabulary list or notebook.

    *eak.3ome students are not happy about speaking in a T%!I& class because

    they don't need to speak during the test. 5hile no more than 67 or 68 minutes

    of an hour T%!I& lesson should be speaking, there are lots of useful things

    you can do in that time. racticing the pronunciation of new vocabulary and

    using it in conversations will make sure that you learn it properly and that youwill understand it when you hear it in a listening te$t. Talking about tactics for

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    taking the e$am will help you decide your own best way of, for e$ample,

    reading quickly. *nd a 8 minute speaking activity at the beginning of the class

    will wake you up and make your brain switch into !nglish mode so that you

    will remember what you studied in class once the lesson has finished.

    !rite a study lan. To make the most of your classroom time, you will needto study between two and 67 times as much outside the class as you spend in

    class, i.e. one hour of class time means two to ten hours of self study. In order

    to make sure that you really do spend that much time and that the time is used

    well, it is best to write down your weekly study timetable and then tick off

    each part when you have finished it.

    %ring one +uestion to e"ery class.2or most people, their !nglish teacher is

    the only person they can ask questions about the tactics and language for the

    e$am, so any class where you just do e$ercises you could do at home and don't

    ask a question is probably wasted time. 9eep a mental note that you should

    ask one question during the ne$t lesson, and write down the most importantquestion you have before you go into class. Try to decide if it is a question that

    everyone will be interested in hearing the answer to, in which case you should

    ask the teacher during class time. If not, please ask the teacher before or after

    class or when all the other students are busy doing something else. !ven if

    there are some classes when your teacher doesn't have time to answer your

    question, you might find writing it down and thinking about it makes you find

    the answer yourself.

    (ead out loud.*t home, try to read the tapescripts of a listening test out loud

    with natural speed and rhythm. /ou can also try recording your voice.

    (e,do old homework or class work e-ercises.If possible, write the answers

    to all homework e$ercises on a separate piece of paper, or write them in pencil

    so you can erase the answers. /ou can then go back and do e$actly the same

    homework e$ercise and see if your score has improved and if you remember

    the things you learnt at that time.

    )rioritie your "oca#ulary learning.If you are an Intermediate level student

    or below, you will probably find that there are more than 677 words in each

    T%!I& practice test that you don't know. :owever, many of these words are

    not important to learn. *part from listening to your teacher when they tell you

    which words you should learn, the easiest way of deciding which words are

    important is to look in a good !nglish!nglish dictionary that marks the most

    important 6777 words 8777 words etc. in !nglish with special symbols. If you

    have already learnt these words, the test will also give you some hints on

    which words are important to learn and which can wait until later. /ou should

    not learn a word if it starts with a capital letter or if it is in a part of the te$t

    that is not important to answer the test questions, e.g. at the beginning or end

    of an email. )o learn the word if it is in the e$am question or the same word

    is used two or more times in tests you do.

    !rite the tis and tactics down.If your teacher tells you a good tip on how

    to read a te$t quicker or guess an answer, when you get home write the tip

    down "in !nglish if possible#, so you can read it the day before the e$am to

    remind yourself what to do.

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    Come to class ready to study.To make the most of the time and money you

    are putting into studying in a T%!I& class, make sure that you are mentally

    and physically ready to really learn in the class. ake sure you have the right

    equipment "sharpened pencil, eraser, notebook, and dictionary#, that you feel

    healthy and awake, and that your concentration won't be affected by needing

    to eat, drink, go to the toilet or remember something you have to do outsideclass.