How are you today? Thanks for your question, I am doing pretty good.
- What level of English, in particular grammar, are you at?
- The higher the level, around a 7 on IELTS, the less time it will take.
- The lower the level, a 5 or below on IELTS, the more time it will take.
- Usually for people with a seven they can spend a few months preparing, but people with a 5 need 6 months to a year to prepare.
- How much time do you have to practice and prepare?
- People who have several hours in a day to prepare progress much faster than people who can only practice for half an hour a week.
- Daily practice in all skills for half an hour a day is recommended, but this is simply not feasible for many people balancing work, school, family and self.
- CELBANPrep has been created to be very flexible, for this reason.
- How much support do you have?
- The more support you have at home, the more you will progress in a short amount of time. Having people who are supportive and compassionate, who will help you with house work and chores, really makes a difference. Having people close by for you to practice role plays is also a bonus. Furthermore, being surrounded by people who speak English rather than your native tongue is also important.
- People who have less support, single mothers, mothers of young children, and women who do not get support from their husbands require more time.
- How motivated are you to study?
- People who are highly motivated are good at time management and setting boundaries.
- People who are not motivated procrastinate. Instead of practicing they simply read lessons. This is not a productive way of preparing for an exam.
- Lacking motivation? Read encouragement.