8 things you must do NOW to get an A* in English!

English As a Second Language.

Same goes with studying. Studying with no plan or a tactile strategy, gets you poorer results than those who study with a plan and organisation in mind.

“Study smart” approach yields more results than “Study hard but without a plan” approach. Combine both methods and you create an unstoppable, high achiever.

In this section we will be providing you with vital and simple, yet powerful study tips, tools and techniques so that you can make use of your full brain and concentration capability. An hour of quality study can be worth a 4 hour session of aimless, unplanned studying. Our goal is to guide you on how to leverage your studying habits and turn your studying time into quality studying, for more efficient results, higher grades and success inshaa’ ALLAH.

1) Never leave your work pile up till the last minute and then whine about how limitless this subject
 is. If you’re given a bunch of new vocabulary words, memorise them. If you’re given ideas about formal writing, read them. Even if you’ve a listening test, do it. If it’s urgent to postpone your work, a one-day delay is enough. Stay tuned for “My star app” exclusively for you ;)

2) Keep in mind that “The earlier you study, the more you memorise”. Because English is a language, it requires an abundance of vocabulary to raise your language grade in the writing part, and to pave the way for the understanding of the reading and listening questions. Therefore, when your teacher hands out expressions, idioms, vocabulary words, or even phrasal verbs, try to memorise as much as possible on the same day, because on the next day, you’ll have to read them again and again, until they’re stuck in your head. By that, you’ll stay away from the “writer’s block” in the exam.

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3) It’s not always a good thing to miss out unique content and focus more on weighty vocabulary. When reading a formal article rubric, for example, don’t list the words, or the complex sentences you’ll use, leave your head wander in the world of originality and brainstorm for a different idea that you could talk about. After all, a grade “10” in content states “Original”.

4) Listening isn’t as easy as it seems. It’s not a talent, neither does it
 has a secret. It’s all about practice! From day one in the session, get the listening tracks of either Cambridge or Edexcel, or even both, and start your OWN listening session. At the end of the real session, you’ll find yourself mastering the listening while others are struggling to get a C.

5) Participate! Letting the teacher hear your voice among hundreds
 of students will make you stand out, even if you’re always saying something wrong. The teacher by that will keep an eye on you, and will be always expecting a good grade from you. And so, feeling trusted will simply raise your self-confidence, which is tremendously needed in such subject.

6) It’ll always stay a two-hour exam, no matter how much we negotiate with Mr. Cambridge. To guarantee your way out ticket, you better
 set time for each exercise in the exam. For example, exercise 1 (5–7 minutes), exercise 2 (10–15 minutes), and so on. Try answering each one on its own and keeping track of the time spent on it. Then, try answering all of the four exercises together and record the time. You may find out that the extra two minutes you spend on exercise two are cancelled out with the less two minutes on exercise four. Also read about Examophobia cure!

7) Brainstorming is kind of the key secret to any piece of writing. In your free time, even on your way to class, open any topic on the internet, for example, Fashion, and start reading all of its pros and cons. Make up an introduction and conclusion, imagine any quote you could use, or try out expressions that could fit in. Who knows what might Mr. Cambridge bring us this year?

8) Most importantly, never give up! The deeper you dig in this language, the wider it gets. That shouldn’t be an excuse to keep you away from studying; instead, you should keep going after it knowing that you’ll never reach the bottom, but still trying to reach your best! Imagine the results’ day, when you are one of the super candidates who proudly got A*’s, because you believed that you can, after all, it’s a subject!

Learn English in a fun ‘TED-y’ way!

As an IG student, the English language is undeniably a big part of your journey. English is a fun language and easy-to- learn even if you sometimes face obstacles studying it! That’s why I’ll tell you how to do it in a mind-blowing fun experience. Check out this TED video translated into Arabic by one of our team members :D

Ever heard of something called TED? Well, TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks. What is breathtakingly inspiring is that the speakers are world leaders, people who deeply believe that they will change the world. To cut it short, TED talks are unbelievably language-rich, translated and subtitled in English just as like in hundreds of other languages and most importantly, life changing to millions of people.

Free 20 minutes each day for TED talks (available on mobile devices) and extract all kinds of interesting vocabulary, expressions and even grammatical structures on a piece of paper. That way, you’ll automatically learn English and at the same time learn how to be a great, world-changing person!