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May 11, 2014


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great. Thank you so much Simon

its not working as youtube is block here.plz upload on vimeo too .

I really interested regarding this mater

Thank you very much))) These tips are brilliant:D

Thank you Simon- very thoughtful tips!

Thank you so much, that's perfect ^^

I love all your tips. They are amazing and very useful for my learning English for the Ielts test. Thank you very much!!

hi simon, i'm worrying about my writing, how can i correct my mistake in writing by myself? i found it so hard to correct the mistake because i can't even find the mistake.

Many thanks for these tips. All of them are really useful, and the most important tip is the last one "work instead of worry" amazing..

Thankyou so much for these tips .

really impressive and helpful
thank you so much Simon, you are the best IELTS teacher!

Really useful thanks Simon

Hi Simon,

Those are very useful tips and I believe some of them are even helpful in our lives. Personally, I think that IELTS is not just testing how well a person can use English but it also teaches us skills to be able to work and live in a particular English-speaking country.

These are best ten tips

Hi everybody!
I couldn't get the meaning of the eighth tip. Would anyone explain it a little more? Thanks so much

Thank you Simon. The most impoortant tip is ""STOP WORRING & START WORKING HARD"""

Simon, thank you so much.

Hi Dear Simon,
I had exam on 10th May and now I am very happy no matter how much I will get the point is I feel VERY HAPPY because I followed your tips and instead of practice listening tests, I improved my listening by BBC radio and in real IELTS test I could understand every word and I couldn't believe that,my problem was spelling so I had a lot of practice and when I checked all of my answers after exam I had only one misspelling in listening (towels, towles). For writing I had 5 minutes plan, wrote 2 quick and short introduction and conclusion and just focus on 2 main paragraphs and used your wonderful ebook (ideas), everything was great now I feel satisfied and happy because I learnt many things from you that, IELTS just is an exam and everybody can pass it and get higher score no matter how much English s/he knows the only point is IELTS- SIMON tips and lessons. I hope I could get 7 for all bands but no problem if I couldn't I try again and I never give up. Many many thanks, you are the most knowledgeable, experienced and wonderful teacher ever.

Thats absolutely what we need .

Hi, Mahtash,
I take exam on 10th May too. But I didn't do well in listening test. I can't follow the words in section 3. Can you give me some advice? And where can I find some BBC radio?

Hi Simon,

I got a a question which has been confusing me for a long time:

If the topic is "discuss both sides and give your own view ", then can I write 'ADMITTEDLY' in the beginning of the second paragraph??

I attended the test on 12/04, and task 2 was this type of question. I felt very good about writing, but still got a 6.5.

I guessed it's because I used 'admittedly' to start the second paragraph and I wrote 'I agree with the former view', which made my essay looked like an argument rather than a discussion.

If this reasoning was right, I would lose marks for task response, then 6.5 would be reasonable.

If 'admittedly' and 'agree with' was totally fine for a discussion essay, then there might be some other problems in my writing.

Please tell me can I use 'admittedly' and 'agree' in a discussion essay?

Many thanks!

Please upload on vimeo too. Thank you very much.


The word 'admittedly' is used to introduce an idea that you don't really agree with, but you feel it is quite important. If you agree more with the paragraph that you began with 'admittedly' then that would confuse the reader a bit.

Don't worry about the difference between a 'discussion' essay and an 'argument' essay. They both need an opinion that needs to be supported by your reasons. The only difference is that a 'discuss both sides' forces you to examine both sides of an issue, while an 'argument' allows you to just look at one side, if you wish. Otherwise, from an examiner's point of view, the essays are the same.

It's impossible to say without seeing your writing, but, like the majority of candidates, you may have made too many errors for a 7 in the grammar box, or your opinion was not clearly expressed enough.

Hello Simon.

I want to ask u a question about speaking test part 2.
My friend have been asked in IELTS exam on 12nd of April: "which drug do u use everyday?"
-which drug is it?
-why u use it?
-how it affects?

if i'd have been asked this question, i couldn't answer. And i'd like to answer that: "i don't use any drug everyday.. blah-blah". i'm afraid i would not get a satisfied score.
Can u answer this question? Or, do u have any related question that u answered, can u share?
Thanks in advance, Simon.

Though mere words are not enough to show our grattitude....Thanks a lot sir.

Open a book, pick up your pen and do some works That all we need to achieve our goal I think. Thank you very much Sir.

Hi, Hench
I installed BBC world service app on my cellphone and my laptop, I listened every night till morning for 4 months, really I could understand each word

Hi Simon.I can't watch these videos in this website.Could you please provide another ways like text or stick the website adress?Thank U!

Hi dear Simon
Thank you very much indeed. It was so precise.

Thank you so much, Simon.

Hi Simon, thanks a lot. You are a light of us.

Simon you're a genius. The way you simplify things is the hallmark of a genius.

Salman Jr

I have never seen this topic before and IELTS would not produce one about a 'drug you use everyday'. I have seen one about medication that you have used before.

If you get a topic that you can't answer then talk generally about the topic. Say why you can't speak about it, say what you have heard about it etc. Remember, you are not marked on content, you are marked on your communicative ability.

Thanks guys. I'm glad you like the lesson! It is also on Vimeo now.


Thanks for your advises. These are really helpful! All of we (IELTS takers) need is the practical experiences in studying from an experienced teacher, that way we do know the correct direction and don't waste time wandering around.

Thank you Simon... you're really an angel sent from heaven... I think I dont need to spend lots of money for my ielts review... In just following your detailed instructions will make me confident to take the exam... May God Bless You more and continue to share your talents...

hello Simon
thank you so much for posting such useful videos. I would like to request you if you could make some more videos on reading section just because I am very nervous in reading section and want to gain some knowledge and confident from your videos your videos are so clear and interesting I just love it :)

Dear sir
I want to ask about the combination of ielts score to get overall 7.5 with at least 7 in each section

thank you so much simon..

anyone mind to post the ten tips in here? I can't see this video cos the Chinese government has blocked this video off, same as youtube... So help! really appreciate if anyone can do this.

Thank you for you great tips.

Can I have a typed of 10 study tips for IELTS, can't I ? Because I want to check my listen. Thanks a lot. My email: [email protected]

1- You need a method:
Do you have a technique or method for every aspect to the IELTS tests? For example, have you practised a particular way of writing introduction or an approach for paragraph heading questions in the reading test, or technique for giving longer answers in speaking part three. If you have methods for everything, you will feel much more confident going into the test.

2- Small improvements:
You will not find the special technique that will lead to a dramatic improvement in your scores. Improvements happen slowly when you work on small things like adding one or two good items of vocabulary to an essay or understanding one particular grammar mistake that you often make.

3- Less testing, more preparing:
If only do testing yourself, your scores won’t improve. Just test yourself maybe once a week and spend the rest of your time preparing. This could mean working on vocabularies for IELTS topics or working slowly through reading tests using in dictionary or writing a model Answer for speaking questions.

4- Understanding is not the same as using:
Many students think that they know a word when they understand what it means. In my view, you only know a word when you can use it correctly in a full sentence.

5- Learn from your mistake:
This is probably the best way to improve in term of both grammar and exam techniques. If you make a grammar mistake, you need to understand what you did wrong. If you’ve got the wrong answer for reading, listening questions, analyse your mistakes and then correct them carefully.

6- Forget about “difficult” words and “complex” grammar:
Too many students are upset with the idea of using difficult language. My experience, they usually get low scores because their sentences seem forced and unnatural. So what’s the answer to this problem.

7- Answer the questions:
Instead of worrying about the difficult language, just focus on answering the questions in a natural way as you would do in your own language.

8- Topic vocabulary, not “any essay” phrases:
You’re not benefit from learning a list of phrases that can be used in any essays. Examiners are not impressed by the phrases. The only vocabulary that really impresses the examiners is the topic vocabulary. This means words or phrases that are specific to the question topic.

9- There isn’t a secret:
As I said earlier, there is no specific technique that will lead to a certain dramatic improvement in your score. Just keep practicing, keep learning.

10- Hard work instead of worry:
Instead of spending your time worrying about scoring you need. open your books, pick up your pens and do some works. If you know you work hard and prepare well, you will feel much more confident going into the exam.

Great there's no secret,don't seat worrying work hard great post.

Hlo I also want to get good band plz tell that how I can improve my writing

thanks, Saigonchic.

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