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It’s an unsettling time and even the happiest and most positive people among us can’t help but feel down occasionally – especially after reading the news.

Those of you who have invested some energy in perusing on the web realize that it is so critical to do perusing on the web or perusing paper articles to improve your English. 

  1. Stop constantly reading the news.

Now your top priority is to keep calm and stay positive. To do that you need to limit your exposure to the news. I believe you already have the words “Coronavirus” and “COVID-19” in your vocabulary, and at the moment there isn’t much content out there about other things. Most people who panic do so because they see and hear others panic – stay away from that mood, stay withdrawn, unplug your mind from the news. You can’t control the infection, yet you CAN control how you feel and respond to the circumstance. Your emotional well-being is similarly as significant as your physical wellbeing. I’m sure you are already protecting your physical health – so it’s time that you start taking better care of your mental health.

So, from today, promise yourself to read the news no more than once a day – allow your thoughts to spend time away from the hysteria, to recover. That includes news in your first language, too!

  1. Instead of consuming, create.

Perusing the news is so natural, since it’s on your telephone, it’s on your PC, it’s simply so available. At the point when you read the news, you latently devour content that upsets you. We have to change that, to make you active and doing things that are GOOD for you. In this way, whatever gadget you are utilizing, put IELTS materials there, and make it your ‘go-to action’ on that gadget. 

  • Instead of perusing the news, read an IELTS Reading section and answer its inquiries. 
  • Instead of Googling tales about Coronavirus on the web, research thoughts for an IELTS article and afterward compose that paper. 
  • Instead of viewing a news video on the web, do a Listening test – that is in any event thirty minutes spent not contemplating the infection. 
  1. Take a break from reality.

Some people escape stress by reading a book, others like to watch a movie, whichever works for you – do it, just make sure the book or the movie is in English. Reading a book in English will help you learn new sentence structures, linking words, vocabulary, spelling, increase your reading speed, all at the same time as transporting you into another reality. Watching a movie can improve your Listening skills, Pronunciation, Speaking in general, you can learn some new idioms and expressions, and of course it’s a really fun way to spend an hour!

  1. Remember your goal.

To keep your sanity and motivation, keep your eyes on the prize – the reason WHY you are taking IELTS. Because even if you don’t feel this way now, as soon as the situation is contained in your country (and hopefully in the world too), that goal will become even more important to you. Look at Hong Kong, for example – the IELTS exams were suspended there at first, but resumed as soon as the virus was contained. Other countries will follow the same pattern, and you want to be ready.

Remember that you are strong, and you will overcome this hardship. Then start proving it to yourself by preparing to ace your IELTS test!

  1. Visualize your success.

You most likely heard this one preceding, that visualizing things helps you achieve them. But what does it actually mean ‘to visualize’? Surprisingly, not many people know. It means imagining things in detail, in a POSITIVE way. If you want to take IELTS and pass, don’t imagine going to the test centre, sitting down to do the Listening test and missing half the answers. Don’t imagine yourself failing. Imagine how you calmly sit down, put your headphones on, concentrate and tune out all the distractions, and how one by one you hear the answers and write them down in their spaces. You are focused and confident; you know what you’re doing. This is visualizing and it prepares you for success.

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