Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?
Oct17

Are Athletes Really Getting Faster, Better, Stronger?

Sports is a really important IELTS topics that can pop up in the speaking, reading, writing, and listening parts of the IELTS exam. It is particularly common in the speaking exam, where you may have to describe a sportsperson you admire, for example. In this TED Talk, the author David Epstein discusses whether or not athletes are really getting better every year as it appears they are. This findings are quite surprising. Vocabulary...

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How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions [IELTS Listening Tips]
Oct09

How to Answer Multiple Choice Questions [IELTS Listening Tips]

In the IELTS listening exam you will be given four passages with ten questions each. One of the most common question types is multiple choice, which means choosing from a list of possible answers. But many students wonder how to answer multiple choice questions in the IELTS listening test. Fortunately, there are several important tips you can follow. Don’t Answer Too Quickly It can be tempting to choose an answer because you...

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How to Prepare for the IELTS Exam
Sep26

How to Prepare for the IELTS Exam

I’ve been teaching IELTS for nearly ten years and every student I encounter has the same question. They all want to know how to prepare for the IELTS exam. Of course, there is no one simple answer to that question. The exam is a test of your English and you must bring up your overall language ability in order to do well. However, it does help to look at the different parts of the exam and think about some things that you can do to...

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Family and Friends [IELTS Topic]
Sep25

Family and Friends [IELTS Topic]

The topic of family and friends is a common one in the IELTS exam. It can arise in any section, although it’s probably most common in the speaking test. Being able to talk fluently about your family and friends is therefore important. In today’s article I will show you how to boost your IELTS score by mastering this topic. Family and Friends Vocabulary There are certain words I’m going to assume that all my readers already know:...

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Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you
Aug29

Catherine Crump: The small and surprisingly dangerous detail the police track about you

A very unsexy-sounding piece of technology could mean that the police know where you go, with whom, and when: the automatic license plate reader. These cameras are innocuously placed all across small-town America to catch known criminals, but as lawyer and TED Fellow Catherine Crump shows, the data they collect in aggregate could have disastrous consequences for everyone the world over. Listening Watch the TED talk, listen carefully...

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