This is a question I so often get asked not just by my readers and followers, but my students as well. Asking this question does not only show some curiosity in understanding in trying to pinpoint which areas the candidate need to work on to perform better, but it also shows a genuine interest and […]Read more "The most important question you’ll ever ask “How can I do better?” (Part 1)"
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 […]Read more "Why the “copy and paste” method won’t work in the IELTS test"
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"
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?"
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"
“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"
Before you start recording your voice for IELTS Speaking practice, it would be a good idea to gather some interesting and useful expressions to talk about various topics. A good way to do this is to divide the pages in your note books into themes. Here are some themes or topics that you may want to consider […]Read more "6 Common Topics in IELTS Speaking Part 2"
Recently, one of my IELTS students asked if it is a good idea to engage himself in a speaking marathon. This is how it works: Talk about a topic for 5 minutes Speak again about the same topic for 4 minutes Repeat the talk for 3 minutes And then try again for two. For candidates looking to improve […]Read more "How to Train Yourself to Speak in the IELTS interview"