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30 Day IELTS Motivation Challenge Hey! Are you tired of preparing for IELTS? Do you have good intentions but never seem to get the work needed done? Well, you are not alone! Almost all of my students tell me that they would like to be more motivated to study. That’s why today, Nick and I will start the podcast by going through 5 great motivational tricks that will help you start studying again. Then, we will encourage you to take the first steps to positive change by asking you to join us in our 30 day IELTS motivation challenge. Are you ready? Let’s do this!!!

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What makes a good IELTS teacher? Hey! Over the last couple of years, I have noticed that many teachers have taken my ideas and introduced them into their own classes. Usually, I do not mind this. In fact, I encourage it. As far as I am concerned, the more people who are teaching high-quality IELTS classes the better – it will make my job easier when students come to me needing specialist help as I won’t have to “un-teach” them so much bad information. However, this week, I discovered that somebody had taken “borrowing” from me a step too far. This made me realise that I really need to teach my students how to know the difference between a good[…]

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What your previous IELTS results tell me Hey! Every week I get emails from students asking me to help them prepare for IELTS. The first question that I always ask them is “Have you taken the exam before?” Why? Do I care about their knowledge of the test or how many attempts they have already made? Not really. What I want to know is their previous IELTS results so that I can get an instant insight into their current level of English and understanding of academic skills.

IELTS Indicator – the new online IELTS test This week the new IELTS Indicator test went live. However, is this new online test from IELTS suitable for every test-taker? Definitely not! Today, Nick and I explain exactly what you should consider before you apply for the test (and there is a lot!). If you haven’t already read my introduction post to IELTS Indicator, I strongly recommend that you do so now. I wrote it before we knew many of the specific details that we discuss in today’s episode, but it will give you a great introduction to the test. Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times[…]

IELTS Truth or Myth? One of the most difficult things for IELTS test-takers is knowing which information about the exam to trust. While online learning platforms are fantastic because they allow people to prepare at home, sites like Facebook and YouTube are also full of “facts” that are just not true. So, in today’s episode, Nick and I play a game of IELTS Truth or Myth! Yes, we will answer 15 questions from our viewers that start with the expression “Is it true that…” so you can start to feel confident about which IELTS rumours are true and which are pure invention!

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What is the new IELTS Indicator test? Hey! Almost every IELTS test centre in the world is closed at the moment, so this week IELTS announced the launch of a new online test that will launch on the 22nd of April 2020: the IELTS Indicator Test. However, the official website does not contain very much information about what the test is and who it is suitable for. So, today, I want to explain what the test is and who should consider sitting it. 

IELTS Preparation: What type of IELTS learner are you? Hey! Did you know that there are two totally different groups of students studying for IELTS? Two groups who have totally different needs and, therefore, face completely different challenges. If you are just starting your IELTS journey, then your first job should be to understand which group you belong to and how it will affect your IELTS preparation. Trust me, not every IELTS student faces the same challenge!

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I failed the IELTS test, so what do I do now? Every student who sits the IELTS test hopes to pass. Unfortunately, the sad truth is that not everybody does (at least not first time). So, what do you do when you don’t get the band scores you need? Well, there is no magic answer, but hopefully this short survival guide can offer some help and support to anybody in this position. Here are my 5 Steps To Recovery if you have failed the IELTS test.

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Lost motivation for IELTS? OK. Let me start by saying, IELTS is hard. For some students, it is not a journey that takes weeks, but months or even years. So, it is totally normal to feel sometimes that you want to quit, or at least return to a life that doesn’t involve spending all your free time studying. But, like anything hard in life, it’s in these dark moments that you need to dig deep and find some extra motivation 💥That’s what today’s blog post is all about. Think of me as the hand on your back pushing you forward ✋. Or the supporter standing by your side cheering you on 🗣️. Yes, IELTS is hard, but you are strong and[…]

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IELTS Computer-Based Test vs Paper Test The introduction of the new IELTS computer-based test has given students a new option in terms of the way that they sit the test. However, it has also raised the question, which test is right for YOU? Many articles have appeared that outline simple differences between the tests (“it is quicker to type” and “good for people with bad handwriting” are the most common comments!) But today I want to take deeper look from a pedagogical perspective into which is the best format for test-takers. First though, let’s get some basic facts about the CB test out of the way: