How to Improve your IELTS Writing
Dec24

How to Improve your IELTS Writing

One of the most common questions I’m asked as an IELTS tutor is, “How can I improve my IELTS writing?” It’s obviously something that many students are worried about, and it seems like the most difficult part of the exam to prepare for. Students often feel that they can progressively improve their listening and reading skills with practice, yet writing seems to defy this logic – you can keep writing and...

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Describing a Map of Garlsdon [IELTS Writing Task 1]
Dec04

Describing a Map of Garlsdon [IELTS Writing Task 1]

Describing a map can be a difficult task, even for a native speaker. What should you include, and what shouldn’t you include? Then there’s the question of language for describing maps… It can be so tough to do. Below, I’m going to offer a sample essay describing a map of Garlsdon that once appeared in the IELTS writing exam. You can see another sample map description here. The Map The map below is of the town...

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How to Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1 [IELTS Writing]
Oct11

How to Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1 [IELTS Writing]

Getting a high band score in the IELTS writing exam seems impossible to some students, but it’s not. In fact, there are a few things you need to do to boost your chances: learn to structure your writing, increase your vocabulary, and understand the question. Another way is to use more advanced vocabulary for task 1. Why Use More Advanced Vocabulary for Task 1? In the IELTS writing exam, you need to prove to the examiner that you...

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3 Ways to Prepare for Process Diagrams
Jul25

3 Ways to Prepare for Process Diagrams

This is just a short post today because I’m on holiday. 🙂 I’m currently in Antwerp, in Belgium, on a brief tour of Europe. Let me know in the comment section what you are doing for the summer! * Today’s lesson is about describing processes. It’s something many IELTS students really hate doing because it’s different from the other IELTS Writing Task 1 questions. You can’t just use the same vocabulary you would to describe a graph or...

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Model Essay: Bar Chart
Jul18

Model Essay: Bar Chart

Question You should spend about 20 minutes on this task. The graph below shows female unemployment rates in each country of the United Kingdom in 2013 and 2014. Summarise the information by selecting and reporting the main features, and make comparisons where relevant. Write at least 150 words. Answer The bar chart shows the unemployment rates for women in four countries during a two-year period. In three of the countries, the...

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