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Psychologist Beverley A’Court on IELTS stress management One thing I have learned while running My IELTS Classroom is that many students need as much emotional support from me as academic guidance. However, I sometimes feel that I do not have the skills needed to help my students who are dealing with failure and IELTS stress management. That is why today, I am so glad to be able to share this interview with the psychologist and art therapist Beverley A’court.

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Are you ready for an IELTS Essay Correction Service? One common aspect of many students’ preparation for writing is signing up for an IELTS essay correction service. However, is this always necessary? At what stage of your preparation should you consider signing up for one? And what makes a marking service good or bad? Guess what – that’s what we’ll be discussing today! Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion (so you can go directly to the part you want to listen to) 🚀 Subscribe to My IELTS Classroom podcast on Apple podcasts here  Subscribe to My IELTS Classroom on Google podcasts here My[…]

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IELTS Listening Part 1 Most students think that IELTS Listening Part 1 is the easiest part of the test, but I disagree! I have seen many high-level student lose marks here, which can be a complete disaster if you are aiming for the highest band scores, like an 8.0  for CLB9. So today, I want to show you the 4 most common reasons why students make errors in this part of the test, and explain what you can do to avoid falling for these IELTS “traps”.

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Should you apply for an IELTS EOR? If you are reading this blog post, then I expect it means that you have recently received some IELTS results that did not match your expectations, so let me start by saying how sorry I am. I know how difficult it can be to have your plans postponed by a test, especially one that has such high stakes. In today’s episode, Nick and I have one goal – to help you decide whether or not an IELTS EOR (Evaluation of Results) is a good idea or not. There are a number of factors that you should consider before deciding to pay for your test to be re-marked by a senior examiner. Trust me, the[…]

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IELTS Cue Card Feedback Hey! This week we have something different! Last week, I sent out a call on social media for our listeners to record themselves attempting three speaking part two questions. So today, Nick and I will be giving IELTS cue card feedback. This is a great opportunity for you to learn how your speaking performance will be judged by the examiner. Trust me –  it is one thing to learn about the IELTS speaking band descriptors in theory, but it is quite another to hear a test-taker speaking and then an examiner’s feedback (well, two ex-examiners in our case!). So, sit back and enjoy today’s episode (and if you want to take part in the next event[…]

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IELTS Success Story, Noor! Hey! Every week Nick and I give advice to help people get the IELTS score they need. But I think it can sometimes be hard for students to believe that their IELTS journey will ever be over. So, today, I want to share with you an interview with one of our students who went from a two-time fail to a massive PASS in just 2 months. If you are looking for inspiration, motivation, or just good advice about what you can do to reach your target score, then stop listening to me, and start listening to our lovely student, Noor, who is our IELTS success story today!

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Understanding the IELTS Speaking Band Descriptors Hey! In your speaking test, the examiner will use the IELTS speaking band descriptors to give you a score in 4 areas: Fluency and Coherence, Lexical Resource, Grammatical Range and Accuracy, and Pronunciation. But, what exactly is the examiner looking for in your speaking performance to give you a 6, 7, or 8 in each of these areas? Today, Nick and I use our experience as ex-speaking examiners to explain each of the marking criteria in detail and point out where many students “go wrong”. If you are new to IELTS and want an introduction to the test, then maybe listen to our IELTS Speaking 101 lesson first!

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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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Five IELTS 2020 essay questions explained Hey! In today’s episode Nick and I look at five recently reported essay questions from the 2020 Academic and General Training IELTS tests. Obviously, we cannot be 100% sure that the wording of these questions is totally accurate, but they are based on the information provided to me by my students (who I trust with my life). Even though it is very unlikely that you will have exactly the same questions in your test, hopefully by the end of today’s lesson you will have a much better understanding of how to analyse questions and decide how to approach them. After all, IELTS 2020 essay questions can be on almost ANY topic! Below, you can[…]

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IELTS Speaking Part 1 – Six Common Mistakes Although the first part of the IELTS speaking test should be the easiest as you are asked questions all about yourself, you still want to make sure that you get off to a strong start. So, today, Nick and I look at six common errors that students make in IELTS Speaking Part 1 and how you can avoid them. Below, you can find a summary of the episode. This includes all of the links to useful materials and the times of each part of the discussion (so you can go directly to the part you want to listen to). You can also find every episode of the podcast here 🚀 Subscribe to My IELTS Classroom podcast[…]