IELTS® Listening Practice 87

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(Section 3: You will hear a conversation between two students who are chatting about the courses they are taking. First, you will have some time to look at questions 22 to 25 [20 seconds]. Listen carefully and answer questions 22 to 25.)

J=Jake

T=Tanya

J: Hi Tanya! Good to see you again! How was your holiday?

T: Hi Jake. I’m fine, thanks. I had a great holiday but I’m glad to be back. I just arrived yesterday. How about you?

J: Oh, I’ve been here for a few days already. I arrived on Monday. I wanted to get here early and get organized. I’ve actually signed up for a couple of skills courses that I can complete before term starts next week.

T: Wow. Good for you.

J: What are you studying again? I can never remember. Was it Sociology?

T: No, Linguistics. I used to do Sociology but I changed courses last term. What are you doing? History, wasn’t it?

J: Yes, it’s so much work. There’s just so much reading to do.

T: Yeah. I’m finding my course hard too. The worst part is that there are 150 students on my course so I can never get an appointment with any of the tutors.  

T: Wow. That’s a lot of students. There are only 45 on my course. Have you got loads of reading to do this term? My course reading list was published on the student portal today so I had a look and it’s huge. I don’t know how I will manage to read all of those texts.

J: Oh dear. How many are there?

T: More than 60. I didn’t count them. What's your list like?

J: Well, I don’t know yet. It’s not available until Friday.

T: Oh well. You can relax until then!

(Before you hear the rest of the conversation, you have some time to look at questions 26 to 30. [20 seconds] Now listen and answer questions 26 to 30.)

J: So what is this skills course you’re doing?

T: It’s on note-taking. Apparently it’s a really important skill and we’ll need it lots this term. Actually, the tutor is really helpful. She gave us some study tips and I think they’ll really help me manage all the reading this term.

J: Oh really? Like what?

T: Well, she said if you have lots of articles and books to read, for example, you should take notes on each one so that you never have to read the whole text again.

J: Hmm. I suppose that makes sense. You don’t have to read it again, you can just read your notes, which are much shorter.

T: Exactly. She also said that you write down key words and also make a note of any useful quotations, and the page number you found them on.

J: Well, that makes a lot of sense.

T: Yes. And she also said that we should always write down the author’s name and the title of the article too because we’ll need that information for our references.

J: Ah, that’s good advice. It takes ages if you have to look up the quote again.

T: Right.

J: Anything else?

T: Umm ... yes! She said that you should use abbreviations. So use a symbol or a short form of the word instead of writing it out in full.

J: Mmm, that would also save time. Thanks for sharing those tips. I need all the help I can get this term!

T: No problem. Shall we go and get a coffee?

J: Good idea.

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