Tips to prepare English for competitive exams
1. Review Basic Grammar, sentence structure, parts of speech, and tenses: All of these topics can be found in Hello English's lessons. If you are looking for a specific topics, you can search for it using the search functionality on the top menu. Other important topics for competitive exams are: idioms, antonyms and synonyms, modals, etc.
2. Read daily news to improve your vocabulary:
Start with news headlines, and then move on to detailed news articles and analysis. Start with topics that interest you most, but slowly move on to all kinds of topics to ensure you get maximum exposure. Hello English has a dedicated section on latest News where you can even look up meanings of all difficult words.
It also features a section on 'articles' which are themed around history, general knowledge, and other interesting topics which can help improve your vocabulary.
3. Watch English videos:
Listen to quality English audio files, and watch high quality English videos, and try to repeat words and phrases from the same. This will help you understand how words are used in context.
4. Maintain a diary of words:
Write down new phrases, and words which are used in a particular context. When you write new words, note them down with context as that makes them easy to remember. For example: ‘Gandhiji was a teetotaler’ is easier to remember than just the meaning of ‘teetotaler’.
5. Focus on comprehension:
Reading skills, error detection, etc. come in extremely handy in competitive exams. Developing a reading habit would help you improve your comprehension skills. Reading section demands the full attention and concentration.
Read the paragraph multiple times
Highlight all important points
Read the questions carefully, and mark out the sections which you would use for each of the questions
6. Writing skills:
Form a habit of writing short paragraphs on day to day topics and get these reviewed from peers. This will help in developing your writing skills. Read News articles and then try to summarize them in your own words and seek feedback from friends on this. Writing will also help you in learning the spellings of important words. Hello English now offers a premium helpline where you can get such things reviewed from our experts as well.
7. Use a dictionary:
Use a dictionary while reading News and novels. You can also browse through the dictionary in general and learn a few words every day. Hello English features a bi - lingual dictionary with close to 10, 000 words.
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