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Why overgeneralising is damaging your IELTS essay score! I sometimes think that the world that I live in is very different to the one that IELTS test-takers live in. For example, when I was a child, my sister and I played a lot of computer games. The result? A lot of happy memories and good hand-eye coordination. However, if you ask IELTS test-takers what the result of playing computer games is, the answer is always the same: blindness, lack of social skills, and maybe, a life of crime! Do you see the problem? These results are just TOO BIG! In IELTS overgeneralising is specifically mentioned in the band descriptors as a mistake that stops students getting an 8.0 for Task Response or[…]

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3 common IELTS Grammar Mistakes I know, I know, I know – not everybody likes grammar! In fact, even Nick hated it when he first started teaching. The problem, though, is that 25% of your score for writing and listening will be awarded based on your sentence structures. There are many places where students can make errors in the writing test, but day upon day, Nick and I see the same 3 common IELTS grammar mistakes again and again. What are they? Well, you will need to listen to find out!

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IELTS Line Graphs Last week, we focussed on General Training Writing Task One and the importance of having the tone in your letters. Today, we move to Academic Writing Task One, to look at how you can tackle the tasks to make sure that you have clear key features and make comparisons. How are we going to do that? We are going to focus on ONE type of chart – IELTS line graphs. I think that this is the chart that students struggle with most, but is actually the easiest one to answer once you know a few simple strategies. And, guess what? Those are what we are going to show you in today’s episode!

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Taking your IELTS Letters to the next level! Hey. Do you know the difference between a good IELTS letter and a great one? The tone! Writers who are able to engage with the question and write IELTS letters that feels AUTHENTIC are those who walk away with a 7.5 or an 8.0 for General Training Writing Task One instead of a 6.5 or 6.0. Today, Nick and I are going to focus on how you can analyse the prompt to make your formal and semi-formal letters feel as genuine as possible. And, if you are an Academic student, DON’T SWITCH OFF! There is a lot to learn here about engaging with an IELTS question that can help you with your[…]

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IELTS Success Canada, Abdelaziz! Hey! It’s my favourite type of podcast – the one where I get to sit down and talk to one of our students whose IELTS journey has come to an end. In fact, this week it was Nick who sat down with Abdelaziz to find out how he was able to pass IELTS first time with an overall score of 8.0 (including an 8.0 for writing!). 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, Abdelaziz, who is our IELTS success Canada story today!

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Five More IELTS essay topics 2020 explained Hey! Today Nick and I look at five MORE reported IELTS essay topics from 2020. Yes, after the success of our first episode doing this, which is by far our most downloaded lesson (you can listen to it here if you haven’t already), we decided to once again breakdown five questions to show you how we would approach them. Plus, this time I have chosen some really DIFFICULT ones. As always, I 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 and are edited to be as close to the real IELTS essay topics 2020 as possible. If[…]

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Unlocking IELTS True False Not Given Questions Hey! Yes, it’s finally here – our episode about IELTS True False Not Given questions! TEN students requested that we have a lesson about this when we asked for listener questions two weeks ago, so I thought we would have a separate episode to go through how you should approach these questions, what you should actually check for when you are reading and, of course, how to choose between false and not given. This is an interactive lesson – you can download the reading text and questions on this link: https://tinyurl.com/y2z3rps9 The text that we will use today is taken and adapted from the 1st edition of “Focus on IELTS”, which was written by[…]

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Secrets from inside an IELTS IDP Test Centre! Yes! Today, I enter the “enemy camp” to talk to Katerina Polianskaya, the administrator at LT Pro, my old IELTS IDP test centre here in St Petersburg, Russia, to find out what happens behind the scenes at an IELTS test centre.  Honestly, I really didn’t think that Kate would be able to answer many of the questions that I had for her because I assumed that much of the information would be “sensitive”. However, in the  end she gave me a clear answer to EVERY question, including classics like: What happens if you write T and F instead of True and False on your reading answer sheet? How are the scores for[…]

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Ask a former IELTS examiner anything! Yes! It is my favourite type of podcast episode – an IELTS question and answer session! Thank you to everybody who submitted a question on Facebook or Instagram (and if you are not following me there, you should be as I add free new material every week). If we don’t cover your query today, don’t worry – we will run another “ask an IELTS examiner anything” episode again very soon! 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[…]

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Podcast / Video: A guide to the IELTS Computer Delivered Test  If you are unsure whether or not the IELTS computer delivered test is right for you, then why not listen to our latest podcast, where Nick and I discuss the advantages and disadvantages of sitting the paper-based test versus the computer-based. Plus, this week, we got access to the official IDP PowerPoint that explains how you can control the computer during your test, so you can scroll down to watch Shelly talk you through it. Yes, another exclusive here at the My IELTS Classroom podcast! Below, you can find a summary of the episode, which includes all of the links to other useful materials from Beverley and the times of[…]