CAN’T GET A BAND 7 OR 8 IN THE IELTS TEST? STILL GETTING THE SAME SCORE AGAIN AND AGAIN? SPENT A LOT OF MONEY ON LESSONS BUT NO IMPROVEMENT? WORRIED ABOUT NEVER GETTING THAT HIGH SCORE? IELTS may be difficult for many people but you CAN easily beat this challenge with the right kind of […]Read more "The IELTS Tutor"
I have been receiving a lot of new enquiries recently about my IELTS courses. Is it exam season already? 😉 Most of the questions are usually quite typical – How much do your lessons cost? How long does the course take? Can I have lessons in the evening? etc etc. I do, sometimes get queries […]Read more "Free vs Paid Lessons in IELTS Preparations"
The objective of the IELTS interview is to measure your speaking ability against a set criteria: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation. A lot of IELTS candidates seem to believe that if they have good ideas, they have the potential of receiving a high band score for the Speaking test. This […]Read more "Will I get more marks if I have a lot of good ideas in IELTS Speaking?"
If you are doing the IELTS test for the first time, apart from understanding the format of the Speaking section, you may also want to know that there are certain procedures to follow when conducting yourself in the interview. Before going into the test room. Before you are ushered into the waiting room for the test, you […]Read more "How to do your IELTS Speaking test the correct way"
Recently, I have been asked whether synonyms are allowed when answering questions in the IELTS Listening test. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to this. If you have been doing lots of practice using past IELTS test papers and going through the answers at the end, you may find that there are strict instructions where you […]Read more "An Important Tip for IELTS Listening"
A number of students have recently enquired about whether or not they can do the IELTS test with the level of English that they have. This idea of whether or not they qualify to do the test does not really make a difference. Anyone can do the IELTS because it is not a pass or fail […]Read more "Is my level of English good enough for the IELTS?"
Grammatical Range and Accuracy accounts for 25% of your total writing and speaking scores, and because of this, IELTS candidates need to be familiar with the types of sentences assessors are looking for when marking exam scripts or interviewing test takers. Basically, there are 4 types of English sentences: 1) Simple A simple sentence contains only […]Read more "4 Types of Sentences in IELTS Writing and Speaking"
When marking IELTS papers, I have often come across certain expressions that you can commonly find in model answers. For example, introductions that typically begin like these ones here: People have always argued on whether …. (Really? Who are these people?) Although there are some advantages to this, I believe that the disadvantages far outweigh the advantages. […]Read more "Can I use formulaic expressions in IELTS Writing and Speaking?"
This. And this e-mail today. Hearing kind words like these simply makes it all worthwhile. Thank you for making my week! Until next time!Read more "What my IELTS students have been saying recently …"
To all my Chinese students who are celebrating New Year tomorrow, 恭喜发财! 😀 Yes, I scripted the Chinese characters myself in the picture above: thanks to my Chinese primary school background! It’s amazing how a language stays with you after 35 years of having left primary school. And this is why I always emphasise the […]Read more "Happy Year of the Rooster 2017!"
If you’ve been keeping up with the news, you will probably have heard about the problems smartphone giants have been experiencing recently. Here is an example article that you could read about Samsung, which contains language that should help you with describing market trends in IELTS Writing Task 1. Can you locate these expressions in context […]Read more "How to describe trends in IELTS Writing Task 1"