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IELTS Listening Session - The Importance of Taking Notes
Posted on: 26 Sep 2019  |   Category: IELTS ,

IELTS Listening Session - The Importance of Taking Notes

The best listeners often engage with all matters that they listen be it a lecture or a conversation. Forgetting the daydreaming one has to focus on being a good listener And IELTS Listening test is included in this.

The Formation of Habits

Additionally, in the IELTS you hear a series of different recordings followed by answering questions based on what you hear. Also there is time for reading the instructions/questions, and a chance for checking your work. All recordings are played only once. The test has totally four sections and at its end you get a chance to transfer the answers to the attached sheet.

As you hear the recording for a single time and in case of missing it, it disappears forever. You can read all the way through the questions in advance and anticipate the information you are going to listen. This can easily happen if you develop skills of IELTS note-taking. 

Three Situations When We Take Notes

We take notes in life on three situations and the first is when we are in a lecture and need these notes for a later occasion to write an assignment or essay. The second is at work when the manager gives instructions for things to do on a day, or week. Finally, when we go shopping and need buying several groceries. This is this relevant even to IELTS Listening because of the similarities:

While you listening to a lecture, you are not in a position to ask for stopping or and repeating what is just said. You must catch it initially and in IELTS Listening, you hear the audio only once.

Taking notes from the managers requires utmost efficiency. Also remember that note-taking is entirely different from a dictation.

Finally in the shopping list you write down only major points and not all words.

Facts of Life

The fact is that we do not remember all that we hear. The human brain, on an average efficiency is in a position to focus on six parts of information simultaneously. The brain is not efficient since you are under the stress of a test.  Also do not think that you remember what all you hear and make all the attempts to write it down.

Practice of Making Notes

Here the first challenge is being an attentive listener for all the time. One way of practicing is to listen to various audios and watching many videos besides making good notes. Listen to major speakers and as you watch, make necessary notes on the likely questions. Also aim at having more information for having a better score and giving a good performance. Note what the points of interest of the speaker are, what is his/her stand on belief about the topic and also what exactly he/she wants to talk in the speech. There must be an overall focus on small and big characters that speak.

You can easily find the answers to questions in the initial minutes of listening. Before starting to listen, spend time to look at the questions and information.  Focus on names, topics, ideas, stands and beliefs. Also think of the words you expect to hear with a focus on assertions, beliefs and assurances.

Listen to TED Talks

The test takers can watch TED talks many times and there is an assistance of transcripts to read what is said. It is extremely good to Try and listen to all types of talks and read the transcripts. Open the transcript and follow the speaker well. Also use the transcripts for checking the spellings and also look for them in the dictionary for a better understanding and clearer perspective. Finally improve your ability by being engaged listener.  Know what the people say. Understand the meaning of what they say. Keep practicing and accept our good wishes.


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