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CLOZE TEST 1 The biggest obstacle to learning is boredom. Try to become truly interested in the subject as it is easier to remember something (1)_______________ fascinates you. A good example for this is the encyclopaedic knowledge most football fans have about their sport. However, if the book is dry, you will (2)_______________ to employ extra effort. Ask challenging questions, understand what the author (3)_______________ written, find points of debate in the material (4)_______________ that it will start to become more interesting. Finding images or pictures to illustrate dull facts is (5)_______________ of the most successful ways of committing potentially boring knowledge to memory. (6)________________, taking notes and establishing key words will enable you to remember better. Work on a maximum of five key words at a time. (7)_______________ doing these, close your eyes and try to visualise what you have read or written. Some people believe (8)_______________ listening to music helps them learn better. However, there is (9)_______________ much evidence that listening to any kind of music helps your concentration, relaxes your mind or cuts out background distraction. One study of 40 law students in the USA revealed that they remembered information better (10)_______________ they were not listening to music. The First Letter System is useful for complicated titles of organisations, short lists of names or key words that have to (11)_______________ kept in the right order. Research has shown that as many (12)_______________ one third of students sitting high-level examinations use this technique.
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CLOZE TEST 2 Forty years ago, people from the north of Europe began to invade the Mediterranean. For hundreds of years, the population of Europe (1)_______________ been increasing at an enormous rate. In the fifteenth century, it stood at approximately fifty million and (2)_______________ the end of the nineteenth century, it had doubled. Before this population, people (3)_______________ to earn their living directly from the land or sea. However, the majority of this expanding population did not follow this and tried different ways (4)_______________earn money. In the first years of the twentieth century, most of them remained there. Transport was (5)_______________slow, difficult and expensive that only the wealthy (6)_______________ afford to leave the wetter, cloudier parts of Europe and go down to the sunny shores of the Mediterranean. A few towns along the coast of Italy and southern France began to build expensive hotels (7)_______________ visitors could stay but their numbers were still relatively low.
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