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May 04, 2014


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Arrange schedule and follow it

1. Whenever do a practice test from any module after test try to figure out where did u make a mistake and what can be done in order to avoid this next time.
2. Analyse the model answers thoroughly (writing task)
3. Try to learn the collocations of word, synonyms and use them.
4. Fix one day for test and 3,4 days for finding out ur mistakes.
5. Daily do a lesson from each module , be in touch with all module .do small portions but dont delay any module to next day.

6. improve English along with ielts practice.

7. keyword table is v helpful in listening and reading as it helps in vocab improving as well as in figuring out the role of keywords.

8 paraphrasing(rephrasing) is key element of ielts and try to do it in all modules.

9. read the rubric and questions properly and make sure that you understand it.

10. after failure in practicing tests dont be sad be optimistic and say to urself that "I can do" .

hi syeede
I like your 10th point.

1. Power of habit-make a habit to practice every day.

2. Persistence- do not give up ( bite size learning, divide the work into chunks - that's your idea although you say it differently.)

3. Enjoy the learning and preparing for your test.

4. Give yourself some time to learn the English language. Do not attempting too frequently or too soon if your results are not improving.

5. Each time you spot a spelling mistake , note it down , and make a list of those words and learn them by heart.

6. When you learn a new word, do not just learn its meanings but how it is used in different contexts, and try to practice using that word in different contexts or situations.

7. Each time you spot a new word make its synonyms and make the keyword table - to help with reading and listening.

8. Do not spend too much time on writing the introductions, just quickly paraphrase them and focus more on the main body pargraphs.

9. Spend some time brainstorming the ideas and planning the essay.

10. Do not use forced or unnatural language.

11. Try to analyse the model essays thoroughly and try to copy the style and language.

12. Do not forget to write an overview for the writing task 1.

13. For the speaking part - record yourself speaking and transcript or make notes of what you speak or want to speak.

These are the points that i could instantly recall which I have learned ( on finger tips) since I joined your website, well there are still many points that I can mention but you have asked to mention 10. Will wait for your video lesson. Thanks - GOD BLESS YOU

Describe a person who makes u laugh and cry.
Does he know how to make you laugh.
Does he make other people laugh or is it just you.. questions like that.
Does he have a good sense of humor.
Things you like about him? Is there any thing that u do not like about him or feel uncomfortable with?

Dear Simon
Hi and good day

First of all let me appreciate your all useful tips and lessons in your blog.

I have heard that in IELTS if you write a sentence which is so popular and common in many essays, examiners consider that as a memorized one and they don't count the words of that sentence. So, this can lead to a situation that the number of words become less then what is required.

As in task 1 of GT there are some repetitive sentences like:
- I hope this letter finds you well.
- I look forward to receiving your response.
- I am writing with regard to ...
please let me know if these kind of sentences will consider as memorized sentences or not.

Wow Syeeda:
You looks like a teacher. Very impressive tips.


This is not true. Letters usually have several standard phrases and examiners will count the words. However they must be accurate, natural and appropriate in tone for the letter you are writing. The only time words are not counted if too many are taken from the question, usually in a row.

Very glad to know you will have this video training. I would like to propose 1 topic which is quite bother me.
For reading & listening test, we can always get my answers checked. However, how can I tell myself which level I'm on writing and speaking test? Is there any tips or useful check methods? Thanks a lot!


dear simon,

we could not watch your previous videos on line because they were censored by chinese authorities. i think all chinese students had the same experience. can you find a way to make us see those videos? for example, upload them somewhere for downloading or post them on chinese vedio websites ie. suho.com, tudou.com etc.

thanks a lot.

I'm so glad there is a such good teacher online. Thank you very much.

Yes, Razaq and hibba are right. I like your posts too! Especially the way you advised me about matching the paragraph headings, then your quiz about the " HISTORY OF ISLAM" and now these tips,especially the last one.

1. For Speaking, record yourself and then write down the recorded speech. Correct the mistakes and then retry

2. For Speaking, don't worry about the grammar in the real test. Talk naturally and fluently as if you were having a conversation with a friend. The interviewer would want to know about you as a person.

3. For Writing, GT letter - tone of the letter and task response matter

4. For Writing, Task 2 - Task response matters. Do not only focus attention on the linking phrases as the examiner is much more bothered about the content in between the linking phrases.

5. For listening, listen to online videos of native English speakers, news stream, English movies and songs e.g. ted.com

You have always given useful tips re IELTS exam. But, my main problem is time management.I cannot say I am being slow during exam.I found out that most of the time I know the answers but there is no time to write it down. Also sometimes the questions and topics are so pointless and childish that you have nothing to say even in your own native language.
For instance,I had a writing task topic
:What would happen if dinosaurs had survived ?

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