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Describing a Natural Process in Task 1 Writing
22:41

Process diagrams are quite frequent in Academic writing task 1 and many students find them quite overwhelming as the processes can look quite complicated and they are often scientific. These process diagrams can include anything from recycling, concrete making, solar panels, heating systems to making glass. You are NOT expected to know about any of […]

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Jun 06, 2020
IELTS Indicator test : All you need to know
31:35

Let’s start with the basics. WHAT IS THE IELTS INDICATOR TEST? It is a new test introduced by the British Council to support students who are unable to proceed with their plans to take their actual IELTS test because of Covid 19. By taking the indicator test, you will receive an indicative score for each […]

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Jun 02, 2020
Using a checklist for Academic Task 1
28:05

In this tutorial, we take a look at a comprehensive task 1 checklist that you can use in your IELTS exam, to ensure that you do not lose any unnecessary marks on your test. REMINDER: USING CHECKLISTS is a great way to check your STRATEGY has worked! It is a great idea to use a […]

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May 30, 2020
How To Plan For Academic Task 1
31:36

How to Plan your Academic IELTS Task 1 writing In this tutorial we are going to look at a Strategy for Planning your Academic IELTS Task 1 writing and the reason we’re going to talk about this is because it’s very easy with the Task 1 to jump in and start writing your answer without […]

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May 26, 2020
How to write a formal letter for IELTS general
26:13

This week we will look at how to write a formal letter for your IELTS general task 1. Take a look at the following steps to help you understand the question and write a structured letter. The example we look at in this tutorial is about writing a formal letter making a request to change […]

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May 22, 2020
Essentials to writing a successful task 2
36:26

The key to writing a good IELTS essay is to use a process or system. To write an essay that will bring you success in the exam you need to think, not just about the result, but consider the process too. An essay is the product of a process and if you leave out just […]

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May 19, 2020
How to use percentages in Academic Task 1
24:09

Task 1 writing practice In task 1 you will have to describe numbers. This lesson will help you to describe those numbers in various ways that showcase your English language skills. It is important that you know how to do this as many students who have not practiced the skill and repeat the numbers in […]

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May 15, 2020
How to Improve Your Cue Card Answers
30:58

In this tutorial we (Ben and Daphne) review three cue card answers. We look at fluency, vocabulary, pronunciation and grammar. We also share advice on how the student can overcome the errors we spotted. This is a new service we are launching to help students improve their speaking score. Eventually this will be integrated into […]

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May 13, 2020
General Task 1 Writing Tips to Help You in 2020
20:16

In this tutorial, we offer you some IELTS GENERAL WRITING TASK 1 tips so we will be looking at different aspects of letter writing. I have done quite a few tutorials about Letter writing because this is a form of writing which personally, I really enjoy and I still write a lot of letters. I […]

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May 09, 2020
Making Notes for IELTS Speaking Part 2
25:36

In this tutorial, you will learn 3 tips for making notes in Part 2 of the IELTS speaking test 3 things you need for a high band score in IELTS speaking Part 2 why some students are stuck on 6.5 This will help you in your exam because: Effective notes will improve your speaking performance […]

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May 06, 2020
Band 8.5 in the Reading for Indian student
35:55

Meet Amandeep, a very competitive Indian student currently based in Canada. Corona virus has enabled him to go for Canadian PR. Before Covid-19, the total score immigrants needed was much higher, but since lockdown no new immigrants can come in. Therefore Canada cannot meet its quota of immigrants, so it’s lowering the bar in order […]

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May 01, 2020
Guide To Improve Your IELTS Reading in 2020
23:37

The IELTS exam comprises of four main sections, the reading is the second part. In this section of the test you are given a question booklet and an answer sheet, both of which you will return at the end of the test. Your timing is an important factor for the test as you’ll be allocated […]

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Apr 29, 2020
How to get Band 9 for IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 in 2020
29:42

In this tutorial, you get  information about how to score a band 9 in your academic task 1. Ellen goes through each of the band descriptors and helps you interpret what is needed to reach the best score possible. Task achievement states that an answer must FULLY satisfy the requirements and must include a fully […]

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Apr 25, 2020
Full Guide to IELTS Speaking Part 1
46:11

In this tutorial you will learn: How to efficiently prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 1. This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: You will learn exhaustive practical tips for IELTS Speaking Part 1 preparation. You will learn how to avoid the most typical mistakes many test-takers make in Speaking Part 1. IELTS […]

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Apr 23, 2020
What to expect in your IELTS Speaking part 3 exam
25:59

In this tutorial, Ellen teaches you the details of IELTS Speaking part 3. Part three is the hardest part of the test. Why? The questions you are asked become increasingly more sophisticated in this part and more abstract with each question. The IELTS speaking test is assessed according to the following criteria: Fluency and coherence […]

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Apr 17, 2020
Best IELTS Writing General Task 1 Structure
29:00

In this tutorial you will learn: ·       How to build the structure of your IELTS General Writing Task 1 answer. This will help you in your IELTS General Writing exam because: ·       You will learn the main elements that you should build into your GT Writing Task 1 answer. […]

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Apr 14, 2020
How to Best Prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 2 with Cue Cards
31:06

How to best prepare for IELTS Speaking part 2 with Cue Cards In this tutorial you will learn: How to prepare for IELTS Speaking Part 2 – the long turn with cue cards. This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: You will learn essential tips for IELTS Speaking Part 2 preparation. You […]

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Apr 10, 2020
How to write IELTS Writing Task 1
27:31

You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud | Transcript | In this tutorial you will learn: How to write an IELTS Academic Writing Task 1 answer. This will help you in your IELTS Academic Writing exam because: You will learn the […]

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Apr 08, 2020
IELTS Success as student from Nigeria jumps from band 5.5 to band 7!
38:14

Anu, a quality engineer from Nigeria needed to improve her IELTS score in two months to immigrate to Canada, to give her kids a better future. Anu invested in our essay correction service for feedback and rapidly started improving! She loved working with our essay corrector, Daphne, and it was like Daphne was looking over […]

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Apr 04, 2020
Take a Look at Writing Task 1 General topics 2020
20:59

You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud | Transcript | In the IELTS exam, the general writing task 1 section asks candidates to respond to a letter, whereby they need to explain a situation or request information. The average time spent […]

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Apr 01, 2020
COVID-19 and Your Exam. 19 Steps for IELTS home study during lockdown.
19:35

CORONA is hitting hard. As you probably know, tests are being cancelled, countries are in lockdown, and most of us are at home adjusting to these strange times. To help you get through this we are offering the following coupons on our online courses: $50 Coupon for Jump to Band 7 or it’s Free + […]

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Mar 30, 2020
IELTS Passed after 8 tries! Now Colombian doctor can work in England!
30:22

Meet Laura, a Colombian Doctor, stuck at Band 7! While living in England she needed a 7.5 in her writing to start her new job. She got English lessons from multiple tutors but they were all useless and she still couldn’t pass! On her SEVENTH attempt, she decided to invest in a course from IELTSPodcast. […]

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Mar 28, 2020
6 IELTS Exams and 5 Years Later, Bangladeshi Student Gets to Canada
45:53

Meet Shahla from Bangladesh who is soon going to be working as a film director in Vancouver. Shahla is an aspiring film director and after a five year struggle with IELTS, she finally passed after investing in our essay correction service for valuable feedback. Her goal was to apply for the express skilled entry visa […]

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Mar 25, 2020
Understanding IELTS Speaking Band Descriptors
28:00

In this tutorial Ellen analyses the speaking band descriptors, covering all four band criteria. She explains what the characteristics of a band 9 and band 8 are and goes into depth describing bands 7, 6 and 5. She tells you what the examiner is doing during your speaking test and how no one portion of […]

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Mar 21, 2020
Review of Band 6.5 – Academic Task 1
18:11

In this tutorial, you’ll learn How an IELTS examiner would look at your Academic TASK 1 bar chart essay and what they are looking for using the key IELTS band marking descriptors. How a really good Band 6.5 Task 1 can easily be upgraded and transformed into a really great Band 7 response using a […]

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Mar 18, 2020
Band 7 Task 2 Essay and Examiner Comments
16:58

This tutorial will help you: -Choose the right information to include in your essay -How to get your paragraphs in a logical order which will help your coherence. -How to use great grammar but make it sound natural -How to use a wide range of vocabulary to talk about the same thing and not repeat […]

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Mar 14, 2020
IELTS Grammar – the Essentials for 2020 (Band 9)
38:58

In this tutorial we continue our 3 part series of IELTS Grammar – Essentials for 2020 – Band 9. This week we look at giving you examples, explanations, and show you how you can specific structures in your IELTS essay to achieve your desired band 9 score in your IELTS Writing. In case you missed […]

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Mar 11, 2020
Pretending to be the IELTS Examiner
26:55

In this podcast, our essay corrector Ellen puts YOU in the driver’s seat as you review a student’s essay with her, deciding what band score the essay should get. With the band descriptors as your guide, you will learn How the introduction makes a first impression on the examiner How mistakes and missteps can influence […]

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Mar 07, 2020
Writing Was Blocking Immigration to Canada from Mexico
36:49

Jaime’s English skills are excellent, he knew this, all his friends knew this too. Jaime even got Band 9 in the Reading. However his writing was stuck at 6.5. Jaime did a language course and got zero improvement. He wrote essay after essay after essay, sometimes writing up to 3000 words per essay! Still NO […]

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Mar 04, 2020
How to use the Official IELTS Sites
24:35

Have you ever looked at an official IELTS website and asked yourself how it can help you? Do you know how to read and analyse student essays and read examiners comments? In this podcast I’m going to have a detailed look at some key official IELTS websites – from all over the world – and […]

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Feb 29, 2020
IELTS Grammar – the Essentials for 2020 (Band 8)
42:13

In this part two of The Essentials for IELTS Grammar 2020, we will be giving you examples, explanations, and how you can use these structures in your IELTS essay. In this tutorial, we will specifically be looking at higher-level vocabulary mainly focused around band 8. We’ll look at the following: Alternative complex conditional structures Replace […]

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Feb 26, 2020
IELTS Grammar – the Essentials for 2020
47:15

In this tutorial you will learn: A list of grammar points and topics that are necessary to achieve IELTS Band score 7 and higher in Writing or Speaking exam section. This will help you in your IELTS exam because: You will find out how to structure your grammar study and revision while preparing for the […]

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Feb 23, 2020
11 Cause and effect essay topics for IELTS in 2020
24:29

In this tutorial Ellen looks at cause and effect essay questions and certain aspects of the question to be on the lookout for. In this podcast you will learn: some examples of cause & effect essays different examples of language and phrases used in the prompt how not to confuse this question type with other […]

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Feb 19, 2020
IELTS Again (x5) – then Band 7 for Portugese Pharmacist
37:45

Luzia ends her expensive IELTS frustration by jumping to Band 7! After taking the exam 5 times, and trying other essay corrections services, she decides to work with IELTSPodcast (😊). She needed to pass to continue working in the UK. Although Luzia is incredibly smart, the IELTS writing was a serious roadblock in her plans. […]

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Feb 15, 2020
How to Teach IELTS Speaking Part 1 (Volume 2)
40:23

When you have to prepare your students for the IELTS exam, you’re up for a task that is far from easy, especially when it comes to the Speaking section. In this tutorial we intend to help you navigate the daunting task of teaching your exam candidates what the Speaking exam is like and how to […]

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Feb 12, 2020
How to Teach IELTS Speaking Part 1 (Volume 1)
45:08

In this tutorial you will learn: How to approach teaching IELTS Speaking overall and Part 1, in particular. This will help you to teach about the IELTS Speaking exam because: You will learn about the main challenges and purposes of the IELTS Speaking exam. You will see real activities that you can practise with your […]

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Feb 08, 2020
How to Answer Map Questions (Vocabulary List Included)
20:16

In this tutorial, you’ll learn How an IELTS examiner would look at one of the more usual Task 1 questions – MAPS! I love map questions but many students are unfamiliar with them and so might panic in the exam! How to understand what is needed and what clues to look for before you start […]

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Feb 05, 2020
Band 7 in 14 Days and 2 Essay Corrections
42:59

Naveed from Bangladesh, was on Band 6.5 in the writing. He had taken the test a few times before already ($$$). He’d gotten his essays corrected before but was infuriated with the feedback he was sent. So he tried the IELTSPodcast essay correction service and was ECSTATIC. He had just gotten married in Bangladesh, applying […]

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Feb 01, 2020
Stuck at 6.5 in the Writing
33:27

In this tutorial we look at a 6.5 essay.    You will learn why It would get a 6.5 What its strengths are What its weaknesses are What kinds of decisions an examiner makes when looking at an essay.   You will also learn what kinds of scores on your writing will result in a 6,5. The […]

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Jan 29, 2020
Speaking Questions with Model Answers (2020)
32:13

In this tutorial, we will be looking at recent Speaking Cue Cards  seen around the internet sent in by students and  sent in by our students as well who are on the IELTS Online course and taking exams.  First, we look at a cue card and then apply a framework that will be very useful. […]

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Jan 25, 2020
How To Write Formal Letters (Part 2)
26:57

Here is the second tutorial on General IELTS Task 1 Letter writing. The aim of this tutorial is to help you: Understand the questions and the setting or context for the letter. Think about what to write – how to use the prompts that you are given in the question rubric. Understand how to start […]

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Jan 22, 2020
How to Write Formal Letters (part 1)
24:20

In this tutorial we cover: Understand the questions and context for the letter. Think about what to write – how to use the prompts that you are given in the question rubric. Work out how creative to be? Is it ok to make up lots of strange facts and information? Understand how to Start and […]

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Jan 18, 2020
10 Examples of Topic Sentences for your Essays
34:44

In this tutorial we look at 10 typical IELTS questions and suggest possible topic sentences. In the audio tutorial these sentences are further improved to avoid repetition, and rewritten to improve their effectiveness.   We also cover:  How to expand your vocabulary Eliminating redundancy in your sentences  How to start concisely start your essay How to […]

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Jan 15, 2020
How to Paraphrase Academic Task 1
23:04

Paraphrasing is an essential skill for both Academic IELTS Task 1 and 2. And, as you probably know, it’s also extremely useful for the Reading and Listening components of the test. In this tutorial you will learn:  The essentials of paraphrasing A structure for your Academic Task report A complete list of phrases and terms […]

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Jan 13, 2020
Mexican Student Passes After 15 Days
25:23

Carlos, from Mexico City, was stuck at 6.5 in the writing!  In the first test he scored 6.5 in the writing, then went to a local academy for two months, took the test again, but was still stuck at 6.5.  He did improve his speaking score though (thanks to the academy).  In this tutorial he […]

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Jan 11, 2020
Writing Band 9 Checklist
32:53

In this tutorial we focus on Band 9 essay writing, specifically “what the examiner wants to see” and how to do it. You will learn: Writing techniques essential for Band 9 (obviously useful for Band 7 and 8 too) What the examiner wants to see in your paragraphs When and how to use idiomatic expressions […]

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Jan 08, 2020
His 6.5 blocked him going to Canada
24:54

Rohan needed IELTS for Canada.  He was stuck at 6.5.  Stressed and frustrated at 6.5.  This 6.5 blocked him from immigrating to Canada.  He bought invested in a single  essay correction because he had already taken the test numerous times, and needed to pass this time.  Before he was practising with random topics and trying […]

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Jan 06, 2020
He passed IELTS in 15 days, now taking the PLAB
33:15

Sumedh is a doctor from India who needed to pass the IELTS in order to start a PLAB course in the UK.  At first he thought the essay corrections we returned to him were terrible.  He disliked them and paid no attention.  But the night before the exam he studied ALL the feedback we had […]

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Jan 04, 2020
Get Ready for IELTS
29:54

It’s 2020 and time to get ready to pass IELTS!  In this tutorial you will learn:  New successful systems, goals and habits Practical strategies for passing IELTS What to do before every study session (this improves your focus dramatically).  In this tutorial, we’ll look at some very practical strategies for your IELTS preparation. These are […]

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Jan 01, 2020
Rupert didn’t accept his 6.5 (after writing 50 essays!)
35:43

Good day IELTS Students!  What do you do when you have NO TIME to study?  You have family, work and an IELTS exam coming up very soon?  This is exactly what happened to Rupert, he is a smart Filipino working in Singapore as a chemical engineer.  Rupert had taken the exam a few times, and […]

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Dec 30, 2019
Colombian Diego jumps from 6.5 to 7, now going to Canada
40:44

Meet Diego from Columbia! Now he finally got Band 7 he’s on his way to Canada! Before he was stuck at 6.5 for the writing.  He had taken the exam 6 times in total, that’s almost 2000usd!  He had also tried a few other online course, but none of them promised the success he needed.  […]

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Dec 28, 2019
Band 9 Essay Break Down and Analysis
25:53

In this tutorial we look at a band 9 essay.  Ellen gives some general writing advice like how important it is to know the band descriptors, analyze the question thoroughly and brainstorm BEFORE you begin to write anything.   In this tutorial you will learn: How an essay  is analyzed according to the band descriptors (Task Achievement, […]

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Dec 25, 2019
Band 7 Russian IELTS student on her way to Australia!
35:22

Meet Olga!  A Russian IELTS student on her way to Australia!  Olga is aiming for PR in Australia for a better life for her two year old autistic child.  What is your MOTIVATION for passing IELTS?  Why are you putting in hour after hour in preparation?  For PR in Canada?  A better future for your […]

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Dec 23, 2019
Practical Study Strategies
30:41

Learning to Pass IELTS With Flying Colors This tutorial is all about practical IELTS study strategies. It especially for students who are preparing for the exam by themselves. Follow this tutorial and you’re headed for a Band 7 pass. In this episode you will learn: How to develop IELTS study habits and strategies for success […]

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Dec 21, 2019
IELTS Reading tips
24:26

This IELTS Reading tutorial covers lots of tips and advice to help you pass.  We cover:  The GOLDEN RULE Skimming and Scanning The “Discuss it with Yourself” Approach Follow the Plan/Algorithm Find proof in the text, Underline and Number Don’t panic if you don’t know some words. But try to deduce from context.  When in […]

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Dec 18, 2019
How to Academically Hedge Your Opinion and Statements
16:19

In this tutorial, you’ll learn How to easily and simply ‘upgrade’ your IELTS task 2 essay from Band 6.5 to Band 7 by learning a really important technique called ‘Academic Hedging’. How to improve your marks for Grammatical range and accuracy and coherence by simply changing one verb for another! About the importance of ‘distancing’ […]

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Dec 14, 2019
Follow the instructions!
25:41

Follow the instructions! In this tutorial I speak with an Ex-Examiner about the IELTS Reading exam.  Cate is now living in Canada and shares with us how she helped hundreds of adult students pass the reading exam.  In this tutorial she shares:  – the easiest way to pass and prepare for the Reading exam – […]

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Dec 11, 2019
Self Study Students Will Love this Advice
43:49

In this tutorial we cover:  How a busy self study student can make time to prepare for the IELTS Why Powerful Focus is essential (and how to get it) How to keep motivated (useful for adult learners)  How to get an INSTANT ROUTINE You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download […]

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Dec 07, 2019
How to upgrade your essay to Band 9 with collocations
18:10

In this tutorial, you’ll learn How to easily and simply ‘upgrade’ your IELTS task 2 essay to Band 9 by adding collocations or extra adjectives to your sentences. How to use a few idioms to show the examiner you are a really confident writer. How to use these adjectives to further develop your ideas which […]

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Dec 04, 2019
Henry jumps from Band 6 to 7
24:51

Meet Henry! He jumped a whole band score!  How did he do it? Getting feedback and improving his essay writing, and following the online course. Henry is a very hardworking, smart and successful IELTS student from Mongolia, he now lives in Australia.  In this interview he shares his favourite resources and podcasts. These include:  The […]

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Nov 30, 2019
Complete Guide To Matching Questions
20:42

In this tutorial, you will: learn how to tackle ‘matching’ questions more effectively become more familiar with different sections of the listening test Matching questions are common in sections two and three of the listening test. The instructions can vary so, as always, it’s very important to read them thoroughly. As with other types of […]

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Nov 27, 2019
Get Ideas for IELTS Task 2
38:33

Meet Daphne!  Some of you may recognise this name or her voice. She is one of the new essay correctors we have at IELTS Podcast. Daphne and I have a very practical conversation about IELTS Writing task 2.  In this tutorial we cover: a methodology for organising your ideas  advice for filling your mind with […]

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Nov 23, 2019
IELTS Listening: Completion Questions (and productivity tips)
21:14

In this tutorial, you will: become more familiar with section one of the listening test learn how to tackle ‘completion’ questions more effectively find out how to avoid some common pitfalls with this type of question In section one of the IELTS listening test, you will hear a conversation between two people in an everyday […]

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Nov 20, 2019
Sample Answers: Festivals and Traditions
30:33

In this tutorial we dive into special topic specific vocabulary for the IELTS Speaking part two test.  Not only do we offer sample answers and generic idiomatic expressions you can incorporate into your speaking exam, we also highlight a few phrasal verbs.  We also share how you can upgrade certain phrases and vocabulary to improve […]

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Nov 16, 2019
Academic Writing Task One – Marking and Assessment
27:24

In this tutorial, you will: become more familiar with Task One of the IELTS Academic writing test  find out how this section of the test is marked and assessed There are two tasks in the IELTS Academic writing test. You need to complete both of them, and you will have a total of 60 minutes.  […]

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Nov 09, 2019
Advanced Speaking: Using Hypotheticals, Proposing Solutions to Problems, Agreeing and Disagreeing
19:47

In this tutorial, you will learn how to: incorporate hypothetical language into your speaking  propose solutions to problems improve your ability to agree and disagree In today’s podcast, we’re going to look at ways to improve the range of language you incorporate into parts two and three of the IELTS speaking test. First, we’re going […]

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Nov 06, 2019
Using Complex Sentences in Your Speaking
18:36

In this tutorial, you will find out: what is meant by ‘a complex sentence’ the importance of incorporating complex sentences in the IELTS speaking test the importance of focussing on natural use of language The speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training and it always involves a face-to-face interview […]

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Nov 02, 2019
Part Three Tips: Giving and Supporting Opinions, Talking about Advantages and Disadvantages
34:12

In this tutorial, you will: find out what to expect in Part Three of the IELTS speaking test  learn how to give and support opinions improve your ability to talk about advantages and disadvantages The speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training and it always involves a face-to-face interview […]

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Oct 30, 2019
IELTS student from Vietnam goes to Canada with Band 7!
16:46

Tina from Vietnam is sitting her IELTS for the fifth time but she’s finally confident that she’ll get the score she wants. IELTS Podcast has been helping foreign students to get great marks on their IELTS tests for years, the first step to following their dreams abroad. One such student is Tina, a Vietnamese citizen […]

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Oct 26, 2019
Speaking Part Two: Get a ‘Band 9’ Score (+ tips)
24:51

In this tutorial, you will find out: what to expect in Part Two of the IELTS speaking test  how to get a ‘Band 9’ score in this part of the test..! The speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training and it always involves a face-to-face interview with a certified […]

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Oct 23, 2019
Overview of the Listening Test, How the Scoring Converts to IELTS Band Scores, & Differences Between the Paper-Based and Computer-Based Test
22:44

In this tutorial, you will find out: Exactly what to expect when you take the IELTS listening test  How the scoring converts to IELTS Band Scores How the computer-based and paper-based tests compare If it is a good idea to take your IELTS test on a computer? The listening test is the same for both […]

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Oct 19, 2019
Overview and Tips to Improve your Performance
21:57

In this tutorial, you will: find out what to expect in Part One of the IELTS speaking test  learn tips to help you improve your performance in Part One The speaking test is the same for both IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training and it always involves a face-to-face interview with a certified IELTS examiner […]

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Oct 16, 2019
How Does an Examiner Mark Your Speaking Test? Pronunciation Explained (part 2/4)
20:01

Pronunciation This criterion includes the following aspects: Articulation of sounds – how well you pronounce the sounds of the language and if you link the words properly. Word and sentence stress – how you single out the correct syllable in a word or the correct words in a sentence. Intonation – if your voice is […]

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Oct 12, 2019
Concession Paragraphs for Task 2
24:56

In this tutorial,  Ellen looks at To What Extent Do You Agree essays and how to answer them to get a higher score in Task Achievement. The podcast will teach you: Why use a concession paragraph How to analyse the question How to structure your position statement in the introduction How to organize your paragraphs […]

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Oct 09, 2019
How Does an Examiner Mark Your Speaking Test? Fluency and Coherence Criteria Explained (part 1/4)
34:16

In this tutorial you will learn: How to understand the way you are assessed in the IELTS Speaking exam in two criteria: Fluency and Coherence, and Pronunciation This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: You will find out how exactly to improve the quality of your speaking.  You will discover what is […]

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Oct 02, 2019
IELTS 8.5 in 7 days, and then a baby in Miami!
25:19

In this episode we chat with Irina who will soon be on her way to Canada! She was preparing with her local academy in Moscow but got frustrated with the contradictory advice, timetable requirements and general faff of class attendance.  Also, she had a little boy running around the house, and was 6 months pregnant!  […]

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Sep 28, 2019
Academic Task 1 IELTS Line Graph – Band 6.5 – Essay Review
30:25

In this tutorial we have a Band 6.5 / 7 academic task 1 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (on our team of essay correctors). This tutorial will help you:  Choose the right information  Use the right sentence structures  Decide on the perfect tense to use Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in […]

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Sep 25, 2019
Last chance to pass! (Band 9 in reading too)
21:56

In this tutorial, we’re going to talk to Maria on how she passed IELTS using our online course. She is from Brazil and took the IELTS for doing a Law Masters in England. Yes, it was a sweet ending, but did you know how many times she took IELTS? FIVE times!!! And she was stuck […]

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Sep 21, 2019
Exam Myths Debunked
28:35

This tutorial addresses some common myths that exist regarding IELTS and tries to clear away some of these misconceptions.  We focus on the test itself, its grading and also look specifically at speaking and writing. Topics covered include: – re-marks – word count – vocabulary dos and don’ts – impressing the examiner during the Speaking […]

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Sep 14, 2019
IELTS Speaking: Recent Questions with Model Answers
23:28

In this tutorial, we answer three (3) speaking questions recently seen by students in the IELTS exam. Each answer has been transcribed and useful phrases that you can use have been highlighted. The audio tutorial explains why these phrases are useful and how you can use them. Tip: Listen to the audio, write down the […]

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Sep 07, 2019
IELTS Band 6.5 – 7 – Examiner Commentary
35:47

In this tutorial we have a Band 6.5 – 7 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!).  First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 6.5 – 7.  This tutorial will help you understand:  How an essay gets a […]

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Sep 04, 2019
Using Advanced Grammatical Structures in Part 3 (conditionals)
25:53

In this tutorial you will learn: How to use conditionals for real and unreal situations This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will learn to use more complex grammar structures for part 3 of the exam. In part three of the speaking test you need to elaborate on the topic from […]

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Aug 28, 2019
Dynamic and Static Charts and the Language of Overviews
25:53

In this tutorial we explain two major categories of diagrams you will see on task one: static and dynamic.  Each type requires a different approach and, of course, different vocabulary.   We show you how to recognize the difference and understand what language you need to use for each type.   We also walk you through different […]

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Aug 24, 2019
Band 9 Pronunciation Features
25:00

In this tutorial you will learn: What it means to display a full range of pronunciation features with precision and subtlety in a Band 9 answer This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: You will learn what are pronunciation features and how to use them effectively in your answer You will see […]

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Aug 21, 2019
Process Diagram Language and Paragraphs
23:23

In this tutorial, we take a close look at process diagrams. We discuss: How to write an overview What verbs you should use When you should use passive and active voice How to write more cohesive paragraphs Which words you can use from the diagram and which not And we walk you through several different […]

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Aug 17, 2019
Essay Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions (part 2)
33:36

These may be your common issues the first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question: “I don’t know this topic!” “What should I write here???!!!” “How can I start my essay???!!!” “My mind is going blank!” “This is the first time I’ve heard about this word!” To help you with this common problem, […]

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Aug 10, 2019
Greeting the Examiner
15:22

Setting the tone for the Speaking test: Greeting IELTS examiner In this tutorial, you’ll learn How to greet the examiner How to make the best impression that you can before you commence the exam. This will help you in your IELTS because You’ll make a good first impression You’ll set the tone for a comfortable, confident […]

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Aug 07, 2019
Essay Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions (part 1)
32:32

The first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question, these may be your common thoughts: “I don’t know anything about this topic!” “What should I write???!!!” “Oh no! My mind is blank!” “What’s this all about?!” To help you overcome this problem, I decided to make a tutorial answering recent IELTS task 2 […]

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Aug 03, 2019
Band 7 IELTS Task 2 Essay Review
27:19

In this tutorial we have a Band 7 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!). First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 7. Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded […]

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Jul 31, 2019
IELTS Writing Topics with Ideas and Answers (Task 2)
20:42

IELTS Topics are extensive, and consistently finding answers for them takes practice. Below I share how I produce an essay, including thinking of ideas, building paragraphs and planning. Contents How to Get Ideas For Topics Topics and Answers Video of IELTS Topics, answers and getting Ideas Audio version and transcript Topic and Answer: Education Topic and Answer: Globalisation […]

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Jul 30, 2019
IELTS Writing: Mariana from Brazil Scored 7.5 (Computer based!)
42:24

In this tutorial, we’re going to talk to Mariana on how she passed IELTS using our online course. Mariana is from Brazil and she took IELTS five times until she finally scored 7.5 in Writing. The other four exams were taken in 6 months and she was getting 6.5 only! Since she sat the IELTS […]

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Jul 27, 2019
IELTS Speaking Band 7 – Lexical Resource
24:23

In this tutorial you will learn: How to use complex (less common, idiomatic) vocabulary and paraphrase to achieve Band 7 in Lexical Resource in the Speaking exam This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: The use of less common, idiomatic vocabulary, collocation and choosing style well for your answer will get you […]

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Jul 24, 2019
IELTS Academic Writing – 9 Point Checklist
21:40

This tutorial is a concise and valuable checklist for your Academic IELTS Task 1. 1. How to order your information To achieve good marks, you must present your information in a logical format. Not only must you ensure that all of the information is presented, but you must also make sure that the essential points […]

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Jul 20, 2019
Advanced IELTS Speaking Techniques: Inversion (part 2 of 2)
15:51

In this tutorial you will learn: The importance of inversion How to use it IELTS specific examples This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will develop a range of complex structures to use when you’re answering questions in parts 1, 2 and 3. How to Use Inversion Another structure which will […]

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Jul 17, 2019
Advanced IELTS Speaking Techniques: Emphatic Structure (part 1 of 2)
16:03

In this tutorial you will learn: The importance of emphatic structure How to use it IELTS specific examples This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will develop a range of complex structures to use when you’re answering questions in parts 1, 2 and 3. One way to raise the level of […]

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Jul 10, 2019
How to Get Essay Ideas for Task 2
26:58

Meet Sophy! She was brought up in the west, now lives in the east and everyday sees students struggling to get ideas. In this tutorial we look at: – Why it’s difficult to get ideas – the origin of the problem – Techniques to overcome it – Cockney vs. Yorkshire accents! 😉 If you are […]

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Jul 06, 2019
Band 8 IELTS Task 2 Essay Review
19:11

In this tutorial we have a Band 8 essay graded by an EX-IELTS examiner (from our team of essay correctors!). First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 8. This tutorial will help you understand: How an essay gets a Band 8 What sentence […]

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Jul 03, 2019
Language Tips from a Polyglot EX-IELTS Examiner
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In this episode I chat with Olly Richards from (I Will Teach You A Language.com). Olly has learnt 8 languages, from Spanish to Chinese. Before his current project he was an IELTS examiner. Olly shares: -His unique way of teaching languages -Why it’s very effective, and how it can be applied to learning English (faster […]

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Jun 29, 2019
Essay Topics and Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions
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IELTS Essay Ideas and Answers for Writing Task 2  Finding ideas and answers for Task 2 questions WAS difficult. Listen to this tutorial to get: – Ideas for recent Task 2 Questions – A formula for essay planning – A strategy to build cohesive paragraphs You can download or listen to the audio version here: […]

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Jun 26, 2019
University Admissions Coach Shares Tips
26:22

Meet Linda! In this episode we chat with a real professional in the field of university admissions. Linda is the owner of Accepted Admissions Consulting, and helps students get into prestigious universities in the US. I ask Linda the following questions: -What are the common challenges university applicants face? -What is the best way to […]

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Jun 22, 2019
How to use Word and Sentence Stress to Score Higher in Pronunciation on Your IELTS Exam
18:35

In this tutorial you will learn: The importance of word stress The importance of sentence stress This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You will develop a wider range of pronunciation features on your IELTS speaking exam. Getting ready for the IELTS speaking test is not easy. One of the four areas […]

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Jun 19, 2019
Lena Scores Band 8 and in September Starts University in Germany 🇩🇪
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Lena is from Moscow, and starts university in Germany in September. Lena scored 7.5 in the writing. She followed our online IELTS course, wrote essays and our team of EX-IELTS EXAMINERS, corrected her work, gave her feedback, and she quickly improved her writing skills. Lena scored for the following: 7.5 Listening 8 Reading 7.5 Writing 8 […]

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Jun 15, 2019
IELTS Speaking: Fluency and Cohesion
34:52

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use connectives and discourse markers effectively to attain Band 7 in the Fluency and Cohesion criteria. This will help you in your IELTS Speaking exam because: You will learn what are connectives and discourse markers and what is flexibility in their use You’ll see examples how they […]

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Jun 12, 2019
IELTS Speaking: Pronunciation Pro
36:24

Meet Amanda from Pronuncian.com. In this tutorial, she shares her strategy for improving a student’s speaking pronunciation skills. We cover: Why students struggle under exam conditions The fastest ways to improve your pronunciation Long term strategies to improve Common errors non-English speakers have Two of the strategies I mention are taken directly from the Speaking […]

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Jun 08, 2019
Essay Ideas and Answers for Recent Task 2 Questions
32:20

“My mind goes blank” “I can’t think of ideas” “I know nothing about this topic!” “What do I write?!” These are all common thoughts the first time you see an IELTS Writing Task 2 question. To help you solve this issue I decided to make an entire tutorial answering recent IELTS task 2 questions. I […]

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Jun 05, 2019
Dominican Republic Super IELTS Student!
30:00

Nilo is a successful IELTS student from the Dominican Republic, a beautiful area of the Caribbean. He currently studies and works at the same time, he is taking IELTS to get into Canada next year. He shares how he got Band 9 in the listening. He boosted his vocabulary by using flashcards and reading editorials […]

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Jun 01, 2019
Band 9 Speaking Cohesion and Linking Words
19:27

If an IELTS candidate wants to get Band 9 in Speaking, they are expected to do much more than merely show proof of wide-ranging vocabulary, great grammatical range and almost flawless pronunciation. So, for Band 9 a candidate should speak fluently with only some repetition or self-correction, speak coherently with fully appropriate cohesive features, develop […]

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May 29, 2019
IELTS Speaking Band Descriptors Explained
31:10

In this tutorial, Ellen deciphers the language of the public band descriptors for the Speaking test. She covers bands 6, 7 and 9 so that IELTS test takers can understand what is needed at each of these bands and prepare accordingly. You will learn: The four criteria you are scored on What it means to […]

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May 25, 2019
IELTS Speaking: Using Discourse Markers (Advanced)
8:48

We look at a few useful techniques you can start to use in your next speaking exam. They are quite easy to adopt and will make you sound more natural. In this tutorial you will learn: Discourse markers This will help you in your IELTS speaking exam because: You’ll be able to use discourse markers […]

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May 22, 2019
IELTS SUCCESS: Band 9 Student Shares Quick Tips You Can Use Today
34:08

I interviewed star student Bamidele, he got some great scores and generously shares how he did it! Look at these results: Band 9 in the reading! Hint, it’s all about the third passage! Band 8.5 in the listening! Bamidelle shares a super strategy you can try today! Hint: Listen to question 1, but look at […]

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May 18, 2019
How to Write Your Essay Conclusion
19:44

In this tutorial we look at the four golden rules for an essay conclusion. We review some sample conclusions, and look at various techniques to write an effective conclusion. You can download or listen to the audio version here: |Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud | Transcript | Click here for […]

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May 15, 2019
What to Expect on Your Speaking Exam
22:43

In this podcast, we try to relieve some of your exam day stress by detailing what will happen at your speaking test. This way you will know what to expect and won’t be taken by surprise by some of the procedures. We cover: Why the test is recorded What’s allowed in the room and what […]

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May 11, 2019
IELTS Speaking: New Questions with Sample Answers (part 2)
39:25

In this tutorial we answer MORE Speaking parts 2 and 3 questions recently seen in the IELTS exam. If you want to refer to the first part of this tutorial, you can find it here: New Questions with Sample Answers Cue Card (Part 2) Describe a place in your city that you would like to […]

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May 08, 2019
IELTS Writing: Five Band 9 Words For Your Next Essay
21:50

Five BAND 9 Words to impress the examiner (using Cambridge language proficiency C2 vocabulary) Appalling – extremely bad. Classical – in an old or traditional style. Adolescent – a young person who is transforming into an adult. Cumulative – growing incrementally. Attainable – something that is achievable Why Cambridge language proficiency C2? This course is […]

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May 01, 2019
Speak Confident English
33:08

In this delightful interview I chat with a professional tutor called Annemarie who runs SpeakConfidentEnglish.com. Here are the questions we cover: Why would a student have issues with their confidence? Assuming a student has 1 week, how could they boost their confidence? A lot of students are studying at home, by themselves, how can these […]

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Apr 27, 2019
Band 6.5 IELTS Essay with Ex-IELTS Examiner Commentary
23:53

Below we have a Band 6.5 essay graded by an ex-IELTS examiner. First you can read the essay, and after we break down why this essay scored a Band 6.5. Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded to correspond to the fours marking criteria used by the […]

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Apr 24, 2019
Band 8 First Time
20:36

In this episode Sara shares how she got these amazing scores first time: Speaking 8.5 Listening 8.5 Reading 7.5 Writing 7.5 Overall 8.0 She had taken the TOEFL three times and learnt from her mistake. This time she decided to invest in a professional online course, and she: Saved time by preparing for just one […]

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Apr 20, 2019
IELTS Essay and Vocabulary (Climate change)
15:46

To score high in IELTS Writing you first need to understand how IELTS examiners grade this part of the IELTS test. IELTS examiners do not give you one grade, they give you four grades. You never see these but they are added together to create an overall band score in IELTS Writing. The four areas […]

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Apr 17, 2019
IELTS on Computer
29:49

Advantages of taking the IELTS on Computer You get the results sooner Tests available almost every day Great for fast typers Easier to make corrections (copying and pasting is not allowed) Timer to help you manage the time Word counter in the writing part Headphones for the Listening (less distractions?) A lot of centres have […]

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Apr 13, 2019
New Questions with Sample Answers
21:11

In this tutorial we answer speaking questions recently seen in the IELTS exam. We focus on parts 2 and 3. Each answer has been transcribed. Useful phrases you can use are highlighted. The audio tutorial explains why these phrases are useful and how you can use them. Tip: Listen to the audio, write down the […]

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Apr 10, 2019
Band 9 IELTS Essay with Ex-IELTS Examiner Commentary
23:02

Below we have a Band 9 essay graded by an ex-IELTS examiner. First you can read the essay, and after we break down which sentences helped this essay score a Band 9. Each criteria has been considered and the sentence in the essay has been colour coded to correspond to the four marking criteria used […]

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Apr 03, 2019
Amit Shares his Strategy for Jumping to Band 7
20:14

Meet Amit! He is currently living in the US and aims to be in Canada very soon (hence why he’s taking IELTS). In this entertaining conversation, Amit explains how he got to Band 7 with his writing score and also why he thinks he failed his speaking exam. He said he messed up by failing […]

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Mar 30, 2019
Pronunciation
31:11

In this episode we speak with Karren from Slow American English. She shares some of her tactics and techniques to: – Boost your confidence – Perfect your pronunciation – Make your speech sound more like a native speaker. Who is Karren? Karren was born in Indiana, USA. She has a BA in English and a […]

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Mar 27, 2019
IELTS SPEAKING: Making Notes on Cue Cards
23:38

This tutorial shares: Understanding the cue card Developing your ideas Expanding the questions and answers Part 3 – Answering the ‘how/why’ question For the complete written guide, click here. You can download or listen to the audio version here: | Direct Download Here | Stitcher | iTunes | Spotify | Soundcloud |  

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Mar 20, 2019
Boost Your Confidence for IELTS
38:23

Did you ever take the IELTS test and get really upset with your result? Did you ever feel fed up, frustrated, and or felt you deserved a better score? Well this happened to Maria, a lovely girl from Russia now living in Adelaide, Australia. Maria is doing her PHD and has taken IELTS twice, the […]

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Mar 13, 2019
How to Beat Procrastination and Prepare for IELTS
17:41

This tutorial will help you get ready for IELTS. We look at the causes of your exam procrastination, them succinctly offer a range of valuable solutions. Get this tutorial if you want to: Jump start your IELTS preparation Make the most of every study session Get an effective ATTACK PLAN to ensure your next IELTS […]

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Mar 06, 2019
IELTS Advanced Speaking: Cause and Effect
11:44

In this tutorial, you will learn: the definitions of cause and effect the language phrases needed to talk about cause and effect when and how to use this language in your IELTS speaking exam IELTS Speaking: Using Cause and Effect Language in your IELTS Speaking Test (part 3). To express cause and effect in English, […]

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Feb 27, 2019
Climate Change Model Essay
15:46

How can you get a high band score in Lexical Resource in IELTS Writing Task 2? If you need a high band score in IELTS Writing, then you first need to understand how IELTS examiners grade this part of the IELTS test. IELTS examiners do not give you one grade, they give you four grades […]

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Feb 20, 2019
Making Notes on Cue Cards
23:38

What notes should I make for IELTS Speaking Part 2? This is a very important question because learning how to prepare your answer in the one-minute preparation time can help you to achieve a high band score. Many IELTS teachers simply tell their students that they need to write as much as possible in that […]

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Feb 20, 2019
Employment – Immigration
39:03

IELTS VOCABULARY: Employment – Immigration In this brand new tutorial, we dive into high scoring IELTS vocabulary, included in the tutorial is a model essay, a guide for generating ideas, and a list of collocations you can use in your next essay. Here is a summary: – First we look at the vocabulary list and definitions […]

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Feb 19, 2019
IELTS Listening Tips
20:48

Contents What happens on the test? Improving Your Core Listening Skills Five Step Method for Improving your Listening Skills For IELTS Quick IELTS Listening Tips Sample IELTS Vocab Ebook Download the Podcast about IELTS listening Tips IELTS Listening Exams can be confusing. Many students only listen for keywords and are caught out with incorrect answers. […]

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Feb 14, 2019
Problems with Task Response – with Student Essay Examples
27:49

Ellen, our experienced essay corrector, goes even more into detail regarding Task Achievement. This time, she uses examples from students covering a number of different topics and essay question styles. In this podcast you will learn: How to interpret the band descriptors for task achievement If you should give your opinion in the introduction If […]

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Feb 13, 2019
When to ask for a remark
23:32

In this interview I talk with Anna – a student who was so fed up with preparing for IELTS, that when she got her results she said “NO!”. …and she asked for a remark! Why? She did not want to spend another 2 months preparing for the exam. In her past exam she got 7.5 […]

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Feb 06, 2019
How to describe a Pie Chart IELTS Academic Writing Task 1
17:30

In this IELTS Academic Writing tutorial you’ll learn different ways to describe a Pie Chart for IELTS. We will talk about the best language to use and teach you how to structure your writing to get the best results from your IELTS Academic Writing Exam. How to Structure your Writing for IELTS Academic Task 1 […]

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Feb 01, 2019

IELTS Vocabulary and Lexical Resource IELTS Vocabulary means using a more academic style and word choice (Lexical Resource) when writing your essay. Using Topic Specific Vocabulary, collocations and words from the Academic Word List will help considerably. This vocabulary tutorial focuses on: what to learn, the importance of context, and how to learn / memorise these […]

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Feb 01, 2019