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?"
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?"
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!"
In test preparation, there are barriers that only an outside perspective can help you overcome. Spending a little bit of money on IELTS training could be what you need to take your IELTS studies to the next level. The money spent could increase your chances of getting your target band score tenfold if what you learn is […]Read more "5 Signs an IELTS Teacher or Trainer is a Waste of Money"
Here’s wishing everyone, especially all IELTS students, a happy, productive year ahead and may you have much success in your academic endeavours!Read more "Happy 2017!"
The answer is simple. Because I run my lessons like a boot camp. Which is why my classes aren’t for everybody. Which explains the incredible success rate of many of my students who do their IELTS training with me. Because I don’t take no for an answer nor have patience with negative thinking, self-talk or in any excuses […]Read more "Why my IELTS students hate me"
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 […]Read more "Would I lose marks in IELTS Speaking if I spoke for less than a minute?"
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 […]Read more "Is my IELTS examiner even qualified?"
“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"