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"
One of my students has recently been struggling with how to answer an essay question appropriately in IELTS Writing Task 2. He was not sure whether he needed to give his own opinion on a topic or to give both sides of an issue. The answer is simple: it depends on the task type. Let’s take a […]Read more "How to correctly approach an IELTS essay"
When approaching a detailed graph in IELTS Writing Task 1 or planning your essay in Task 2, it would be a good idea to select your information carefully. Content plays a very important role in how your answers are assessed. Let’s take an example with IELTS Academic Writing Task 1: DoD Inspector General via Compfight […]Read more "Why you should always focus on quality in the IELTS test"
“I have no idea of what to write about or what to say on certain topics.” This is something I occasionally hear from students who experience a “mental block” when it comes to writing an answer to an IELTS essay topic or respond to an IELTS interview. One mistake students quite often make is relying on the teacher to […]Read more "How to create ideas for the IELTS Test"
While training one of my students to use complex vocabulary in IELTS Speaking, I have noticed that she was relying quite heavily on using an electronic dictionary/translator to come up with various sentences. Unfortunately, much of what she was saying was rather confusing, as she had translated without considering whether or not the expressions used were appropriate to the […]Read more "Why IELTS students should avoid electronic dictionaries or translators"
When answering questions or talking about various topics in the IELTS Speaking test, it is important for candidates to be self-aware of the grammar they are using, including the position of words in sentences. I have frequently heard examples of speech such as: Really he was a wonderful person. Always he was trying to be the best student. […]Read more "Word order in IELTS Speaking"
Part 3 is particularly challenging for many candidates in the IELTS Speaking module. Quite often, I have seen students find themselves at a loss on how to expand their answers appropriately. One method you could try to help you develop your responses is the OREO method. What does this mean? O = Opinion R = Reason […]Read more "How to develop your answers in IELTS Speaking Part 3"
This was a question posed by one of my students in a recent IELTS Speaking practice lesson. She was quite worried about whether or not she will be penalised if she mixes her tenses in her response to questions/topics in the interview. The answer is, it depends. Let’s consider this IELTS Speaking Part 2 topic: Describe […]Read more "Should I mix my tenses in IELTS Speaking?"
IELTS Writing Paper (Academic Module) Task 1 Summary: 20 minutes only Write at least 150 words Usually describing a chart but could be a graph or (rarely) a process Analysing data The strategy is the same for graphs and charts: Identify overall trends Group similarities and highlight differences Look for examples that support the trends […]Read more "IELTS Writing Academic Task 1"
Some IELTS candidates are finding it difficult to move past their current band score and are struggling to reach that higher band required for entry to uni or immigrating to other countries. It can be especially frustrating for those who have done the test 9 or 10 times, know the test inside out and yet, […]Read more "5 Reasons IELTS Candidates Keep Getting The Same Low Band Score"
Commas appear to be a common area of struggle for a lot of candidates, especially when it come to IELTS Writing Task 2. As a result, essays can contain sentences which may appear ridiculously long and end up being one-sentence paragraphs. Here is an example: We are becoming increasingly dependent on computers. They are used […]Read more "Punctuation in IELTS Writing Task 2"