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October 6, 2016

What, more than ANYTHING ELSE can MAKE or BREAK your band score achievement?  There is ONE very important factor, but it is often ignored or overlooked by stude

September 13, 2016

Showing Concession - Another Technique for Academic Writing.   In today's blog, I will explain the technique and leave you an exercise to do at home or to send me for correction.

The technique of showing concession is very useful in essay writing. The word “concession”...

June 17, 2016

The following sample essay is an example of an Agree/Disagree essay.   The technique I use in this essay can also be used to answer a TO WHAT EXTENT DO YOU AGREE  essay.

The technique  is to write about BOTH SIDES of a question, focusing on the GOOD points of the s...

June 14, 2016

Understanding the Question is VERY IMPORTANT for your overall band score in the IELTS.   In fact, a misunderstanding of the question can lead to a band score of 4 in Task Achievement if most of your writing is OFF TOPIC.

As an examiner, I have been surprised a...

May 10, 2016



An important Technique for Academic Essay Writing


In order to distinguish between facts and claims, or in order to show uncertainty, writers often use language such as it seems likely that... or arguably....


When writing about an opinion...

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