After ditching the 29th TOPIK, I finally made up my mind to take the Intermediate TOPIK next year! I am quite busy in school because I have three major subjects this semester but my Korean professor will not let me skip this exam again. Actually I was still skeptical if I will take the exam on April because we will have a field work but then I checked our academic calendar and the exam date will not be affected by the classes. 이제 도전에 응합니다!
I am currently doing some preparations for the examination. I kept on visiting more blogs of Korean language learners to know more about their TOPIK experiences. I also listed some of my study plans for the 30th TOPIK:
1. “Go for the OLD!” Review Old TOPIK Test papers.
I saved the old TOPIK test papers so I can review them. According to my friend who took the exam in Korea, it will be very helpful if I will check the old test questions so that I will have an idea about the types of questions that they are asking. I’ve also taken Intermediate TOPIK exercises during my last semester in HNU’s Korean Language Center and I am planning to review those exercises.
2. “Word bank” Add more words to my vocabulary bank.
As what I’ve observed, I am quite good in memorizing words except verbs. I find it quite hard to memorize verbs especially those that I don’t usually use. I am preparing some flashcards for the new words that I encounter. I downloaded a free flashcard app from Apple Store and whenever I hear or read an unfamiliar word, I immediately type it in my iPod. Virtual flashcards help me a lot when reviewing new words!
3. “Grammar Nazi” More grammar patterns!
Grammar, grammar, oh grammar! I still need to study a lot of intermediate grammar patterns. I also need to review the basics that I am still confused with. I am also listing the common grammar patterns in TOPIK Intermediate exams.
4. “Stop. Look. LISTEN.” Improve my listening skills.
I am quite confident with my listening skills. After studying in Korea, I think my listening skills improved a lot. I had lessons in Korean, as in the teachers are explaining everything in Korean – yes in Korean, no English. I also enjoy watching Korean shows and dramas without subtitles. I am really impatient when it comes to waiting for show subtitles so I watch raw shows and translate it for myself. Even though I am confident in this area, I still need to practice listening to Korean audio files. I still need to improve my listening comprehension without often checking the dictionary. I am currently downloading the TOPIK audio files but I haven’t tried listening to them yet. I also have a collection of TTMIK’s audio lessons and they really help me a lot!
5. “Writing right!” Improve my writing skills.
I have super bad writing skills. I tend to use repetitive words and patterns whenever I am writing in Korean. I really want to improve my writing skills so I revived my Lang-8 account. And after a long time, I’ll be putting up my first naver blog. I am planning to post short journal entries there in Korean.
Whew! While typing this post, I just realized that I still have a lot of areas to study and to have improved! I need to be more diligent because this exam is not a joke! Haha! What do you think about my study plans? Any comments or suggestions? Feel free to share them!^^