Hi. Welcome back to www.engvid.com. I'm Adam.
Today's lesson is going to be for those of you who are going to take the TOEFL or IELTS test.
So just so you understand, I will be speaking at a more natural speed.
It will be a little bit faster than some of you are used to, but listen anyway, and watch, it's very good for listening practice, and it will be helpful regardless.
So today's lesson is specifically about note-taking skills.
I'm going to concentrate on the TOEFL, but it is also very useful for the people taking an IELTS test.
Now, if you've seen my time management class for IELTS, you will realize that in the listening section, it's very important to know how to take notes.
You don't want to waste time concentrating on spelling and writing full words while the recording is playing because you have time at the end to transfer your answers.
That's when you want to write correctly spelled answers and everything.
You want to just make sure during the listening section that you write enough to know what the word is.
We're going to get into that a little bit later.
What I want to concentrate on mostly, though, is the TOEFL test, okay?
Because in the TOEFL test, it is crucial that you know how to take notes.
Why? You have a listening section; you have a speaking section; you have a writing section, all of which have a listening component.
Remember, this is an integrated test, you're going to have to listen in each one of these sections, okay?
In the listening section, what many people don't realize who haven't taken a test yet: You don't see anything. Okay?
You don't see the questions as you're listening to the lectures or whatever you're listening to.
So it's very, very important that you take notes as you're listening so that when the questions do come,
you have the information in front of you, you know how to answer it, okay?
In the speaking section, you may be given a short conversation to listen to and then be given a question, and you have to speak your answer.
But if you don't remember what they spoke about, then, you can't answer the question properly.