Discussing compassion in IELTS Writing and Speaking

Sunday Morning Live is a TV programme that discusses a lot of interesting issues of the week. If you’re in the UK, you can watch it every Sunday at 10am on BBC One. IELTS candidates would benefit a lot from the ideas and language thrown out during discussions. The video below is an example. The topic is based […]

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How to construct complex sentences in IELTS Writing

It is quite tempting for a candidate, in their bid to meet the IELTS Writing word limit as well as in their attempt to create complexity in their sentences, to try to ‘fill up’ spaces on their blank pages with as many words as possible. This inevitably leads to one simple problem: confusion. Remember that your […]

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Understanding and discussing medical advancements in the IELTS

Here’s another quick one about recent developments in the world of medical technology. Scientists have now found a way to help detect signs of dementia through an app called Sea Hero Quest. Before you download it to find out what it’s all about and how to play this game, let’s do a quick IELTS exercise […]

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Common IELTS Topic: GM Food Production

If you’ve been keeping up with the news, particularly up-to-date developments in the area of science, you will have heard about the recent breakthrough in GM Food. Have a look at the video and choose the correct letter that best describes the topic. Scientists have made changes to the way plants use photosynthesis to switch their […]

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Would I lose marks in IELTS Speaking if I spoke for less than a minute?

This question was asked by one of my students who felt quite anxious about completing Part 2 of the IELTS Speaking test. The quick answer this is: yes. Understandably, many candidates are under a lot of pressure to make use of the 2 minutes to talk about the topic given to them. If you are a […]

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Are you taking “smart” pills for the IELTS?

Many candidates probably wish that there is a ‘magic’ pill somewhere that would enable them to solve all their exam problems. Apparently, here is one such pill. Easily obtainable online. Anything is possible on the internet these days. Try the activity below to check your understanding of the discussion: How many students were asked about […]

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Overviews and Conclusions in IELTS Writing Task 1

One of my students asked this question: What is the difference between writing an overview and writing a conclusion in IELTS Academic Writing Task 1? The answer is: not much. Both of them are about summarising the features of the graph or visual information. What is important, is that you need to show an overview […]

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Is my IELTS examiner even qualified?

Recently, I came across an interesting comment on a popular social platform. This remark came from a person who also happens to be an IELTS instructor with quite a number of followers. What was said was rather disturbing as this teacher had sat for the IELTS test himself and was considering appealing his Band 7.5 speaking score […]

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Using ‘it’ clauses in IELTS Writing Task 2

In IELTS essays, candidates may feel under pressure to use complex structures in a bid to attain a high band score or make a positive difference in their writing. However, accuracy is absolutely essential for this to happen and unfortunately, many IELTS students believe in the idea that the longer your sentence is, the higher your chances […]

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