Monthly Archives November 2014

Top 4 Tips To Prepare For the IELTS Exam

The International English Language Testing System, or IELTS, is an important exam. The IELTS is also a test that causes many people stress because of the multiple sections and wide range of questions. If you prepare correctly, then the test is not difficult to pass. Several tips will help when preparing for the IELTS.

Take As Many Practice Tests as Possible

The first tip is to take as many practice test as possible. Practice tests are important because they allow you to become familiar with the overall format of the test. This is invaluable since the test format is relatively unique. You also want to get used to how the different questions are normally phrased. They might be slightly different from what you were expecting. Take the practice tests seriously and do the speaking portions out loud. It will help greatly to enroll in an IELTS course where practice tests are given on a regular basis.


Read Everything You Can

The next tip is to read everything you can in English. This could be anything from fiction and textbooks to magazines and newspapers. English is not always easy to learn. Many words have multiple meanings based on the context of a sentence. You will soon be able to learn how to detect this context after reading a good deal of English. It might even become possible to determine the meaning of a word you do not know based on the meaning of other words in a sentence or the context of a phrase.


The Speaking Portion Is About Clarity Not Content

Many people get nervous about the speaking portion of the test. Something that can make it much easier is to realize the instructor is not testing your knowledge of facts. The only thing the instructor is looking for is your ability to communicate an answer clearly. Whether the answer is correct or not in relation to the question is irrelevant. Listen to the question and formulate an answer. Be certain not to have an answer that is only a few words long. You want a well-formulated answer. Focus on communicating and not on trying to find the right answer.


Read Questions in the Listening Section First

A final tip is to read the questions in the listening section first. You are going to have a moment before you start hearing the speaker. Use this time to read the question. If you know the question, then you know what to listen for. Most of the answers are going to be something simple and factual in the recording. Knowing what to listen for will make this section easier.

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How to Warm Your Home Decor Up This Winter

It has now hit winter and baby, it’s cold outside. As the chill air and frost starts to settle, it’s time to make your home a refuge. Create a comfortable space where you can escape from the chill. Add some warmth with these simple steps.

Vary Textiles

Now is the time to bring out the blankets. Add some colorful throws to the back of your couches, foot of the beds and folded up neatly in baskets in the corner. Knits are especially in this season so the chunkier the blanket the better. Nothing tells your guests to warm up faster then a cozy blanket nearby.


Focus on the Wood

The all-natural, log cabin feel is perfect for winter. Look for rich colors of wood living room furniture and dining room tables. A nice end table with winter-themed decorations atop is a great addition to your winter look.


Plants and Foliage

Springtime plants are not around this time of year, but that doesn’t mean you have to ignore nature altogether. Use fake red and orange leaves to create a garland on your mantle or in your centerpiece. Shop around for a real evergreen wreath and decorate it with ribbon and holly berries. Some greenhouses may sell red and orange flowers to help you warm up the space.


Open Fire

Candles are perfect this time of year. Since the days are shorter, you want to get as much light as you can. Scented candles are a great way to add some light and warmth in your home. Add some on end tables, dining tables, and mantelpieces. Groups of three candlesticks make a centerpiece look complete.


Focus on the Hearth

The hearth is the heart of the home, so if you have one, flaunt it. Decorate your mantelpiece to frame the fireplace. Put real or fake logs in to give it a homey feel. Add a wreath stand or tall candles to the side of the fire. Framing your fireplace is a great way to bring in the warmth.

It may be winter, but it doesn’t have to be cold. Use one or all of these ideas to warm up your home. You can even mix and match with a candle centerpiece, wrapped with fall foliage, atop a wood side table. Use these ideas to inspire you and help you bring the warmth into your home.

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