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September 09, 2013


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Hi Simon,

This is absolutely a great way to practise reading skill and also learning how to paraphrase, which is very useful for writing and speaking. The problem is that students sometimes study very "inactively", they just want to do tests and get high scores without putting effort into more basic skills like, for example, making keyword tables as you suggested. Perhaps you can "force" students to practise this skill more with your reading exercises.

I just want to thank you once more for the great great effort you made with this website! Two years ago your lessons helped me to get 7.5 in IELTS, now I'm a PhD student in Sweden and so far haven't got any substantial problems with English. For me writing scientific articles is actually fun and not difficult at all! :)

Wishing you all the best!

Thank you Simon for very useful advices.

thank you Simon for performing everything about IELTS .I always learning from your site and my teacher asked me to do so. I had my test last saturday, however I feel that I didnt good enough for the test. I hope I got good score in order to fulfil my master degree.

Yenny E

I agree with you Thang Trinh!

Thanks for the positive feedback guys.

Hi Simon and everybody

Vocabulary.com is the website. I am not sure that it is useful. Can you give me your suggestion. Please

Simon can u give more suggestion about reading.
I can uderstand well the passage everytime but
still unable to get a good score. I do not know where the problem is?

Hi Simon,

Thanks for your effort! I've just got used to learning IELTS for couple months. I find out that taking note as your suggestion is absolutely necessary


I have found interesting parts in test 1, passage 2 in Cambridge IELTS 7 (Page 24, Paragrapf G). This seems useful for Writing Task 1 in accordance with basic theory.

In 1965, for instance, Japan used approximately 13 million gallons of water to produce $s million of commercial output; by 1989 this had dropped to 3.5 milion gallons (even accounting for inflation) - almost a quadrupling of water productivity. In the USA, water withdrawals have fallen by more than 20% from their peak in 1980. On the other hand, dams, aqueducts and other kinds of infrastructure will still have to be built, particularly in developing countries where basic human needs have not been met.

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