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How to Predict Answers When Listening

IELTS Listening Tips
Today, we're diving into a key strategy for mastering the listening section – predicting answers using prepositions. These small words hold immense power in shaping your responses. Before hitting play, learn to dissect questions and anticipate answers based on 'in,' 'at,' or 'on.' This lesson provides a concise guide to leveraging prepositions effectively, ensuring you ace the IELTS listening test with confidence. Let's unlock the secrets to preposition prowess!

1) Preposition Identification: Recognize prepositions like 'in,' 'at,' and 'on' in the question and anticipate their influence on the answer.

2) Preposition "At": Understand that 'at' can imply a specific time (e.g., at 6 p.m.), part of the day (e.g., at noon), part of the week (e.g., at the weekend), or a particular place (e.g., at the station).

3) Preposition "In": Be aware that 'in' may refer to a time period (e.g., in two days), hours (e.g., in two hours), minutes (e.g., in 10 minutes), months (e.g., in February), years (e.g., in 2015), or seasons (e.g., in summer).

4) Preposition "On": Note that 'on' is associated with specific days (e.g., on Monday) or particular dates (e.g., on 15th of April).

5) No Preposition: When there's no preposition, consider various answers, such as immediate time (e.g., now, at once), future time (e.g., tomorrow, next year), or names of individuals (e.g., meet Sarah).

6) Attention to Detail: Pay attention to capitalization rules, especially for days of the week, months, and specific dates.

7) Spelling Matters: Ensure correct spelling, especially for months and other time-related terms.

8) Familiarity with Date Formats: Be aware of date format differences, particularly between American (month-day) and British (day-month) formats.

9) Continuous Practice: Regularly practice predicting answers using prepositions to enhance your skills and boost confidence.

10) Application in Real Test: Understand how to apply these predictive techniques during the actual IELTS listening test to increase accuracy and efficiency.
Ferguson, E. (2014). IELTS Listening Tips: Predicting Answers. [online] www.youtube.com. Available at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6jgygopp40 [Accessed 17 Dec. 2023].
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