How to Prepare?
The way I did, I took 1 hour first thing in the morning (6–7 am) and dedicated it to prep. This was convenient for me as I have kid and before he wakes up I wanted to finish this…It can be different for you…I would spend each day on one sub topic under a major topic.
For example here is what i would do for Speaking :
- Day 1: Read Aloud
- Day 2 : Repeat Sentence
- Day 3 : Describe Image
- Day 4 : Retell lecture etc.. You get the idea
I would do this for a week. At the end of the week on a weekend, I would do a test solely on Speaking section (combining all sub-topics).
Weekends are precious…I would ramp up my prep to about 4–5 hours. I used to really finish the section i planned and any backlog for that week..Then after touching all the sections at least once, I started giving tests and constantly getting the feedback.
Meanwhile in the background I was, doing things like
- reading (blogs, newspapers, articles etc) on any topic that interests
- listening to podcasts on my commute to office
- Browse English learning websites and read about things like common grammar mistakes, tense mistakes and other grammar related things.
To sum prep guys, religiously follow the time that you commit to, it could be 1 hour a day or 2 hours a day and at whatever time of the day it may be. But be consistent with it. I believe one hour daily yields far better results when compared to lot of hours on weekends especially the probability of missing is high. (Be aware of procrastination !!!)
One other thing i noticed is mid way my preparation, i was having real fun with it. I was literally enjoying the broad spectrum of topics that would come and started paying attention to understand the essence of the topic. It made my job easier to answer questions later.