What Are the Common Mistakes when Taking IELTS?
Feb05

What Are the Common Mistakes when Taking IELTS?

Even though IELTS is a test which determines your English proficiency, it also checks how well you know the test itself. Common Mistakes to Avoid when Taking IELTS Students can be really good at English and still fail IELTS. Even native English speakers find it hard to pass the test with flying colors. So, it is important not to rely on your fluent language skills and actually familiarize yourself with the test and its typical...

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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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Should you use the Passive Voice for IELTS?
Dec14

Should you use the Passive Voice for IELTS?

Students often ask me about the passive voice and whether or not they should use the passive voice for IELTS. Sometimes people will tell you not to use the passive as it can sound awkward, which is definitely true. However, the passive does have some practical uses. Therefore, the answer to “Should you use the passive voice for IELTS?” is… well, sometimes. What is the Passive Voice First, let’s take a moment to...

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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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Essential IELTS Grammar: Sentence Types
Nov25

Essential IELTS Grammar: Sentence Types

There are four types of sentence in English: simple, compound, complex, and compound-complex. In this chapter, we will learn how to form each of them. First, however, we must look at clauses. There are essentially two kinds of clause: independent and dependent. Independent Clauses An independent clause must have three elements: A subject A verb A complete thought It is relatively easy to understand those first two, but how do you know...

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