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July 25, 2015


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Sir I really appreciate your this method of teaching.it's means to dig out something again and again.it will be easy for us to understand a phrase in different contexts.

I'm not one for this time of exam having the best result of the exam.

I'm not one for too much structure for doing the task 2 but I try my best to plan and to write.

I 'm not one for setting the plan when we are making the final decision about holiday in where.
I'm not one for settling for mediocrity, I am such ordinariness

I 'm not one for you whatever I do for you

please can anybody tell me why itsems to be difficult to move from 6,5 to 7 in writing

it seems


The most common reason is that to achieve a 7 in grammar, you need 'frequent error free sentences' which means around 40% to 50%. If you get feedback on your writing, notice how many of your sentences have no errors. If you are at the 6 to 6.5 level, the percentage is probably in the 10% to 20% range.

You need expert feedback to identify the errors that you are making, and then you need to eliminate them. You can learn how to structure an essay and how to write an overview in Task 1, but if you are writing with errors it is extremely unlikely you will achieve a 7.

I'm not one for celeb news. but I read the diary news

I'm not one for playing violin for long hours, but I do not mind to practicing it when I am in practical room

does anyone have idea about whether it is acceptable to conduct ielts listening test without providing headphones?

Dear Simon,

I took my exam today. Although I don't think I am able to achieve my required score, I'm happy to find myself improved a bit with more confidence. I would owe all those improvement to your guide in this blog. I have to say everything in your lesson, from advice to technique, is so useful for the exam. I chose to plan rather than prompt to write. I focused on good ideas, topic vocabulary, and logical-linking instead of staying with complicated words and expressions ... all these methods did work so well! However, I always get distracted in the listening, as I can hardly follow up to longer conversation. I'm at loss at the moment because listening are usually the part to score higher while I failed every time.

I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to some other mentors supporting this blog, sjm, Martin, Jean-Luc. Your devotion is always appreciated.

James Z.

Oh, I forgot to mention today's writing topic.

For writing task 1, you were required to give a report of "a bar chart comparing the number of magazines sold per person in five countries between 2000 and 2010, and forecasted sales for 2020".

For writing task 2, it was an 'opinion' essay which asked:
"As well as making money, businesses also have social responsibilities. Do you agree or disagree?"

I would like to express my gratitude to Simon and everyone here who helped me in my preparation for my IELTS exam. I got my results today and I'm happy that I achieved my required score except in writing. I will sit for another exam to conquer the world of IELTS writing.
Thanks once again.

Can someone make it clear what is the difference between Academic IELTS and Academic IELTS UKVI for study purposes? Does it make sense to pass IELTS UKVI under such strict conditions, under that video surveillance I mean.

As far as I understand in some cities UKVI appears more regularly and on the fixed dates, which may be more convenient for those who have tight deadlines and it might give an option to have the exam in very short period of time.

And I also wonder whether does it suit to application process for universities, in Germany for instance?

Thanks in advance

Many thanks for your recommendation ,that was something I am going to do

To James Z,

Can you provide me some supporting ideas for writing task2 which you mentioned in your current IELTS exam?("As well as making money, businesses also have social responsibilities. Do you agree or disagree?)

Because as for the topic title itself, I think it's quite diffuclt to tackle it. If I had run across this title of essay, I would be get lost.

I'm not one for fierce arguments.

I`m not one for meaning I donot like sth or I`m weak in sth
it can + ving or noun
and usually used like: I'm not not for...., but.....

I`m not one for swimming in sea, but I can swim in a pool.
I`m not one for argument

Am I right?

I'm not one for doing something or something means I do not usually do it.
For instance, I am not one for complaint = I do not usually complain. However, when you use it while talking to a native speaker, she/he will expect there will be a "but". I am not one for writing comment, but I am typing one here and I have no idea what I am talking about lol.

Your lesson is truly useful.
Thank you very much!

Dear Simon,

Is the word 'nihil' suitable to be used in academic writing? My student used it in her WT2...

Vivien from Malaysia

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