Why the “copy and paste” method won’t work in the IELTS test

If you are familiar with the IELTS, you will understand that the test is quite topic-based. If you are currently my student, you will understand by now, how to go about preparing for this test effectively and how not to. One no-no is blindly memorising words and phrases and using them in your own essay. The “copy and […]

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3-Step Paragraph Structure in IELTS Writing Task 2

IELTS candidates who are not familiar with essay writing styles should be aware that they will be assessed on how they organise their answers in writing. It is not enough that IELTS essays have paragraphs, but these paragraphs must make sense as well. Each of your paragraphs needs to have a theme or better yet, […]

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5 Easy Steps to Train Yourself for IELTS Speaking

Many self-prepared candidates do not really know where to start when it comes to training themselves to speak well in the IELTS Speaking test. The most common mistake is that many just end up watching video after video of example IELTS interviews and have some sort of idea of how they should be answering questions in […]

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How important is eye contact in IELTS Speaking?

Recently, one of my students asked this: “Will my IELTS band score be affected if I don’t make eye contact with the examiner? The book says that if you show a lack of confidence, you will not get a high score.” Quite often, candidates rely on information that may get lost in interpretation if this […]

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Using cohesive devices correctly in IELTS Writing

Many IELTS candidates are already familiar with the importance of using cohesive devices in IELTS Writing, as this is an area that their description and essay will be assessed on, under the Coherence and Cohesion (Organisation) criterion. However, how many of them know how to use these properly? Remember, this constitutes 25% of your assessment in […]

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Buying an IELTS Test Report

Never a good idea. First of all, it is illegal to purchase a fake certificate. If caught, you may suffer some severe consequences. Unfortunately, some unscrupulous people and shady organisations have tried to take advantage of the desperation and gullibility of a few who are unable to do the test for various reasons … if the money is […]

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What to do with an “outweigh” question in IELTS Writing Task 2

One of my students has recently asked this important question: “Do you need to include an opinion in an advantage/disadvantage essay?” To answer this question, let’s take a look at a couple of examples IELTS Writing Task 2 questions: Type 1: The development of tourism contributed to English becoming the most prominent language in the world. […]

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