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April 30, 2016

Do you know how many questions you need to answer correctly to raise your band score by 1.0 in the LISTENING EXAM?



Sometimes the difference between a 5.5 and a 6.5 may be ONLY 4 questions!



Many students get a lower mark than they deserve just because they are not car...

April 29, 2016

Do you know which sounds are difficult for YOU to make when you speak English?


I often asked this question to my students over the years when I was teaching in a classroom.


At first, I was surprised to hear this answer:


'No, teacher, please tell me!'


Now, I realize the...

April 28, 2016

 To get a full analysis of a writing task 1 report click here:


                            WRITING TASK 1 ANALYSIS







In the following sample, sent in by a student, I will look a...

April 27, 2016



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April 25, 2016

Students often ask me what to do when they are asked to write about 2 graphs.   This is a good question because it is important to be prepared and know what to do in case this comes up on your exam.  In fact, one of the most recent IELTS writing task 1 exams was to des...

April 25, 2016

More and more students are choosing to improve their IELTS speaking score with the use of online teachers.


So, what are the differences and advantages to skype or video lessons?




In a Skype IELTS simulation, students have the op...

April 23, 2016


  • Do you read an article a day in English?

    • Do you read articles which are similar to IELTS texts?


  • Do you learn new vocabulary daily?

    • Do you have a method for learning and remembering this vocabulary?


  • Have you practiced the ski...

April 22, 2016

Collocations are powerful tools which anyone can use to improve both their speaking and writing skills.   


IELTS examiners pay close attention to your ability to use collocations.


So, what is a collocation?


A collocation is simply two or more words that often go t...

April 16, 2016

THIS IS MY first BLOG in a series about the POWER of PARALLEL STRUCTURE


Parallel Structure is a powerful tool.   If you master the skill of using parallel structure when speaking and writing you can gain many benefits:


  • You can add more details into a sentence

  • ...

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