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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The Importance of Synonyms in IELTS
Sep07

The Importance of Synonyms in IELTS

Every IELTS student knows that vocabulary is important when attempting to get a high band score, but do they really understand how useful it is to know lots of synonyms? In fact, learning synonyms is a great way to improve all areas of your IELTS skill. In today’s lesson, we examine the importance of synonyms in IELTS. What are Synonyms? A synonym is a word that has the same or nearly the same meaning as another word. Because...

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8 Question Types in IELTS Reading and Listening [IELTS Hints]
Aug24

8 Question Types in IELTS Reading and Listening [IELTS Hints]

In order to prepare for the IELTS exam, you need to know the types of question that you will encounter. Once you know these question types, you will be much better prepared to get a high band score. This article will look at the types of questions that appear in the IELTS reading and listening exams – including some question types that appear in both. Multiple Choice – both In both the reading and the listening exam, you...

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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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Modifiers and Intensifiers for Reading Skills
May10

Modifiers and Intensifiers for Reading Skills

Modifiers and intensifiers are important in English and you need to have a good grasp of them to read, write, speak, or listen well. But how can we learn them and what is their importance for the IELTS Reading Exam? Modifiers and intensifiers are often used with adjectives to give a slight change in meaning. This can, for example, make the statement more precise or give the author’s opinion. In the IELTS Reading Exam, this is...

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