A 10-Point Checklist for IELTS Writing Success
Oct29

A 10-Point Checklist for IELTS Writing Success

For the IELTS Writing Task 2 you need to write 250 words in a recommended time of just 40 minutes. It is perfectly natural to make some mistakes, but how can you limit the number of mistakes you actually make? Well, practice is important, but what should you take into consideration? In this lesson, I am giving you a free checklist to use for your IELTS writing task 2 essays. Obviously, you can’t take this list into the exam, but you...

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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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A Complete Guide to the Past Tenses
Sep29

A Complete Guide to the Past Tenses

Introduction In this previous article we briefly looked at what tenses are and then explored the present tenses of the English language. In this chapter we will look into the past tenses. As with the present, there are four aspects to the past tense in English, and each can be divided into positive, negative, and question forms. They look like this: Tense Positive Negative Question Past simple: I walked I didn’t walk. Did I walk? Past...

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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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