You may be confident when using English in everyday situations, but the English you need for studying is rather different. It is what is known as 'academic English', and is the type of language needed for reading and understanding study materials, and writing about a subject.
So if you are studying or planning to study in an English-speaking educational establishment, or preparing to take one of the main academic English exams, here are some resources that will help you.
Academic English Online — Paid courses from Macmillan English (some have IELTS or TOEFL practice).
Academic English Online — Self-study materials to develop writing, reading, speaking and grammar skills.
Academic Writing — These OWL resources will help you with the types of writing you may encounter while in college.
EASE (Essential Academic Skills in English) — Two self-access courses: Listening to Lectures and Seminar Discussions.
English at University — BBC Learning English series that brings you the English words and phrases you need to help you through your first year of study abroad.
IELTS — The official IELTS website.
IELTS Essentials — Free sample practice tests.
IELTS Skills — Macmillan app with practice exercises and interactive tasks to help you develop the four skills you need to master for your IELTS Academic exam.
IELTS Test Prepcast — Podcast giving free lessons to IELTS Test candidates.
Road to IELTS — The free version has 10 hours' worth of practice materials.
Take IELTS with British Council — 30 hours of free test materials.
4Tests — Two free TOEFL practice tests.
How to Prepare for the TOEFL Test the Right Way (FluentU)
Prepare for the TOEFL iBT Test — Official test prep materials from ETS.
TOEFL Go Anywhere — Tips, sample questions and quizzes from ETS.