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Books to help develop IELTS essay writing skills

In this article I will outline a few ideas about essay writing and refer to some textbooks which...

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So You Need To Pass IELTS?

Until you need an IELTS score, you've probably never heard of it. And it seems to have a...

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IELTS is not just an English exam!

I know it is difficult for students from other countries to see the IELTS test as anything other...

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High IELTS score or ability to cope at university?

What is most important? A high IELTS score or the ability to cope with an academic...

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  • High IELTS score or ability to cope at university? Editor's Pick

    Heather T IELTS Tutor (Bristol) Picture What is most important? A high IELTS score or the ability to cope with an academic workload? Having taught IELTS to quite a lot of international students in recent years, one question continually arises.  Are they taking (and sometimes retaking) IELTS in order to simply get the score they need...
  • How to study for IELTS with confidence

    Carol Collingwood IELTS Tutor (Birmingham) Picture So, you have decided to take the IELTS exam or perhaps you need to take it, and achieve good grades, to follow your career path. This was the case for one student I recently tutored. She is training to be a nurse in the UK and it is now a prerequisite that student nurses, whose first language...
  • English as a Foreign Language / IELTS Life Skills

    Mo Tim IELTS Tutor (South East London) Picture The reason why most EFL students cannot learn English well is that they are not immersed in the English speaking environment. Most students use their first language to communicate with each other. They don't like reading or writing anything in their second language. This problem could mean lack...


  • Words of Advice Editor's Pick

    Karon Rickatson IELTS Tutor (York) Picture So, you have to get a 6.5 in the IELTS exam?  A 7.5! An 8.0! You want to make sure your registration fee for the CAE exam is not a waste of money? The Proficiency exam is your next challenge? Everyone deciding to invest money in private tuition will have their own personal objective, but how...
  • IELTS Writing Stratagies

    IELTS Tutor (East London) Picture IELTS Writing Strategies The IELTS writing exam is, in my opinion, the most difficult of the four areas in which to get a high mark. This is because the reading and the listening is a fairly binary test. You have to answer 40 questions, usually with one, two or three words or a number and so...
  • Academic Writing for IELTS

    Tim Goodwin IELTS Tutor (South West London) Picture In my experience, students who are preparing for the IELTS Task 2 Writing Exam need specific training in developing an academic style. It is essential for students to learn how to present a wide range of points in their writing that are clearly supported or exemplified. Students also need...