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!
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) 🚀
My IELTS Classroom Podcast Summary: IELTS Success Story, Noor!
00:00 – 01:48 Introduction (A quick check up on our motivational challenge tasks – Nick has lost 4.5kg in 4 weeks and I am still washing my face!).
01:49 – 07:24 What habits do successful students have? We have noticed that there are some common factors linking the students who are able to achieve their IELTS target score.
The first is being able to follow or accept advice. One common problem I face when students sign up to my course is that it takes time for them to trust me. Most students have spent hours online reading conflicting advice about the “the best way” to prepare for IELTS and so for some it comes as a real shock when I tell them that 90% of what they “know” is actually wrong. However, once students realise that I am coming from a place of both expertise and care (I mean it is better for me and you if you pass the test!), then we usually see quick progress.
The other factor is simply being realistic. I think that I am a great teacher, but even I don’t have a magic wand that can take you from a 6.0 to a 7.0 in 2 weeks! I have noticed that students who understand their current strengths and weaknesses, and what they have to do to overcome them, reach their end goal far faster than those who are in a “rush to pass”. As we have said before, if you are currently B1 or low-B2 level, then you can expect to get a 5.5. or 6.0 after training. For many people, this score will be enough and their IELTS journey will end. However, if you need a higher score, then you should realise it will take around 6 months to move to a C1 level and a 7.0. Honestly, that is not a massive amount of time, but it will be much longer if you try to “hack” your way to a high score! You can listen to more about this in our Introduction to IELTS episode.
07:59 – END IELTS student success! Noor is a doctor from Pakistan. She was able to reach her target score of 7.0 in each area (with an overall score of 7.5) on her third and final attempt after joining My IELTS Classroom. Being a native speaker, Noor thought that passing IELTS would be a simple step on her path to registering as a doctor in the UK. However, despite passing reading, speaking and listening with flying colours (she got 9.0!), she was unable to get more than a 6.5 for writing. I work with many doctors who need to take IELTS for PLAB, and so many of them have a similar story to Noor. Thankfully, Noor’s story has a happy ending – want to find out exactly how she went from IELTS misery to IELTS joy? Then listen to Noor tell you in her own words – I promise it is such a great, inspiring story!
If you are a doctor considering moving to the UK to work for the NHS, then you should read about the recent changes to the Tier 3 visa. These include cheaper fee, no NHS surcharge, and a faster processing time. Find out more on this link.
If you want to be my next student success, then let me take you by the hand and lead you through IELTS writing. You can find all of our live and video courses on our main website www.myieltsclassroom.com, which is where you can also sign up for our IELTS essay correction service or book a personal lesson with Nick or I. 🚀