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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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your IELTS Writing
Jun04

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your IELTS Writing

My students always ask me how to improve their IELTS writing scores. It’s not an easy question to answer, but fortunately there are many ways it can be done. Below, I’ll show you some areas to focus on in order to boost your writing skills. Know the Sentence Types It’s really important that you know the difference between a simple sentence and a complex sentence. You don’t need to know the terminology, but it...

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3 Mistakes You Should Avoid to Boost Your Writing Skills
Nov06

3 Mistakes You Should Avoid to Boost Your Writing Skills

We all know that writing is difficult. Even native speakers make mistakes. However, there are three common sentence errors that are easy to avoid. In this article I will show you how to recognize them and fix them. Sentence Fragment This is a big mistake, and yet it is quite common among English learners. It means that you are using a dependent (or subordinate) clause as a simple sentence. In fact, only independent clauses can...

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Adjective Clauses
Oct20

Adjective Clauses

Adjective clauses are a really important part of the English language, and mastering them can boost your IELTS writing score, improve your speaking accuracy, and even help improve your reading comprehension. What are Adjective Clauses? Adjective clauses are dependent clauses which add detail to a sentence by functioning as adjectives. Like regular adjectives, they modify nouns. They are usually placed right after the noun which they...

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Improve your Grammar for IELTS
May17

Improve your Grammar for IELTS

  The Importance of Grammar Grammar is very important in IELTS. Your grammar determines 25% of your grade. Therefore, you must explain your meaning precisely and accurately. Take a look at the following breakdown. On the left are IELTS bands, and on the right are remarks about grammar. 7 Only 3 mistakes 6 Natural mix of sentence types No errors in simple sentences 5 Complex sentences Really basic correct punctuation Simple...

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