A Beginner’s Guide to IELTS Writing Task 1
Jun23

A Beginner’s Guide to IELTS Writing Task 1

So you want to do the IELTS but you’re worried about the writing exam. Don’t be. It’s actually quite predictable, and if you study the right knowledge you can expect a high band score. This PPT lays out the basics that you need to know to do the IELTS Writing Task 1: IELTS Writing Task 1 Overview from David...

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Structuring an IELTS Task 2 Essay
Jun21

Structuring an IELTS Task 2 Essay

In this post, I will give you advice about how to structure an IELTS Writing Task 2 essay. Having a great structure will push you towards a high band score, and it’s not difficult to learn how to do it right. You can’t just memorize an essay for IELTS, but you can memorize some very good structures that can be repeated. Recently, I was tutoring some students on the topic of zoos. There was a question about whether you...

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IELTS Task 1 Practice Activity
Jun19

IELTS Task 1 Practice Activity

Here’s an activity that I recently used with a couple of students I tutor. They were having trouble with their IELTS writing skills because their punctuation wasn’t very good. In addition, they were having trouble putting their articles in the right place. What I did was give them the following sample answer and have them correct it. Why don’t you have a try, and then check your version with the real essay below?...

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How to Pass the IELTS Listening
Jun17

How to Pass the IELTS Listening

Ok, so technically the IELTS exam is not PASS/FAIL but you know what I mean… You want the best grade you can get, right? And when you don’t get it, it feels like you failed. So here’s how to succeed in the IELTS Listening Exam. Predicting the Material This is the most important thing that you can do. Good listeners are the ones who carefully predicted the material. I don’t mean they knew what exactly would be...

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Reading Strategies: Matching Headings
Jun15

Reading Strategies: Matching Headings

In the IELTS Reading exam, one really common type of question is matching a heading to a particular paragraph. The reason for this is that finding the main idea in a paragraph is one of the most important reading skills. Students need to be able to identify the main idea and match it to a suitable heading. Below, I’ll explain an important strategy for achieving this.   Skim the article You don’t have to read every...

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