Furthermore, your IELTS study schedule should enable you to achieve a high score, thus improving your chances of getting admitted to the school of your choice. You will most definitely need a good score because IELTS is the world's most popular English test for higher education and global migration. Over 2.5 million tests are taken each year.
Your study schedule should also allow you to take the test well in advance of the application deadline of the selected university.
In this video lesson, Lee Fritze, who has been teaching English and helping students for more than 12 years, gives some advice about creating a study schedule for the IELTS exam. The gist of his lesson is this: when you prepare for the exam, make sure you practise each skill every week.
Practise each skill regularly
Fritze emphasises that prospective test takers should not practise just one skill each month. If the exam is scheduled for May, don’t focus on speaking in January, listening in February, reading in March and writing in April. If you do that, you’ll have long forgotten the speaking preparation you did in January by the time you do the exam in May.
Review, review, review
The IELTS coach puts a premium on the regular review of earlier preparation. According to him, you should divide up your lessons to make sure you spend some time – e.g. 15-20 minutes every day – reviewing what you learned the previous week.
And remember, the time you dedicate to studying will be much more effective if you draw up a schedule beforehand. There are no hard-and-fast rules for creating an IELTS study schedule; you are free to shape it however you like. The important thing is not to go more than a week without looking at each skill.