Given the fast-paced lifestyle of people, many test takers find attending live reviews for the IELTS or TOEFL much too troublesome. This is understandable, since many review centers operate within the 8-hour work-day and only on weekdays. An option that many students opt for is to take up online reviews. But just how effective is it?
Reviewing online has its perks: you can do it anytime and from the comforts of your own home. As long as you have a computer and an internet connection, you can study. This is particularly convenient for people who have day jobs and unable to attend regular review hours. You can view instructional videos, do their practice exams, and read up on the techniques for the exam at any time they want.
Does this really work, though? For advance students who only need a bit of knowledge to get their band score, this is a cost-effective and time-saving way of study. However, for those who need a bit of extra help, online review is not really ideal.
Live coaching has one definite advantage: you have your teacher with you. This means that you have all the opportunity to ask questions, to clarify a concept, or to merely to seek counsel regarding your readiness to take the test. Having a supportive instructor that can immediately point out your mistakes and give you suggestions for improvement is advantageous as it can hasten your improvement. You can ask your teachers to sit down with you and work with you one-on-one on specific areas that you find especially difficult. Being with your instructor in real life allows the teacher to monitor your progress closely. Online, this would be near impossible.
Being with your instructor and classmates can also help with the psychological preparation for your IELTS or TOEFL. These people can encourage you to study more, to keep your confidence, and help you reduce anxiety during and after the review stage of your preparation.
Also, remember that the IELTS Speaking subtest is a face-to-face interview. You would need the ability to not just speak, but to be an engaging speaker. Having face-to-face, live coaching will help you in this area. Your instructor can observe not just your speaking abilities but non-verbal mannerisms. He or she will then be able to suggest things you can do to improve.
Take advantage of having your teacher with you. Although scheduling is indeed a problem to many, there are IELTS or TOEFL review centers that has flexible schedule. Check those out and find a schedule that works for you.