Exam skills: 5 tips about choosing resources
Getting what's important for you
When you're studying and revising for exams, using some good learning resources is important – these are the dictionaries, coursebooks and websites you'll need to find out information about your subjects. But which ones should you choose?
Watch this video to find out five top tips to help you choose the best resources for your studies - then afterwards test your understanding in our quiz on our website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningenglish/english/course/english-you-need/unit-3/session-1
When you're studying and revising for exams, using some good learning resources is important – these are the dictionaries, course books and websites you'll need to find out information about your subjects. But which ones should you choose? Here are some things to think about when you are buying some new English learning material in a shop or online.
What skills do you want to practise? If you want to practise your communicative skills, for example, make sure you don't buy a book which concentrates on reading and writing. If the course books you are considering are graded, make sure you have assessed your ability accurately.
Can you borrow DVDs and books from anywhere? Can you share a login to access a useful paid-for website? Sharing cuts costs!
And, does the course you intend to study have lots of extras which you pay for but aren't going to use?
What resources does this student use?
"I never use my coursebook - I always ask my teacher. This irritates her a bit, but what else is she there for?" Well, your teacher is probably the best resource you have. Make the most of him or her.
A final tip is to use another book in addition to the one the teacher recommends. This will give you a feeling that you have control over your learning.
Good luck with your studies. Getting the right resources will make studying and revising a whole lot easier.
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