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January 04, 2016


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Excellent advice, very effective. Thanks a lot

Great, thank you

You're always right. :-)

thank you so much...

Dear Simon,

I have already used the keyword techniques for about one month, but I still have problems to finish the reading part on time and usually can get about 34 answers right, mainly because I cannot locate quickly the answer in passages. And I also follow your method - read questions first and then passages.

Could you can help me to improve my ability to locate answers in passages?

Dear Simon,

Continue with the above problem.
When I review the passages I did weeks ago. I find reading questions are really easy, and I can see quite clearly that they were just rephrased from some sentences in passages. When I come to the new passages, it's different.

Hope you can give me some hints to help me overcome the problem. Thanks in advance.

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Thank you for your useful advices

Thanks a lot 4 giving me a advise bcoz my exam is coming fast

I completely agree that the more practice you've done, the more correct answers you will be able to get. Stay patient with it and over time you'll instinctively know where the answers might be located.

Reading practice has other benefits which equally worth attention:
Firstly, it's a great source of learning how native speakers make paraphrase in a natural, accurate way. For this, making a keyword table will greatly help.
Secondly, the language used in passages and gap-fill questions of a process diagram can be helpful for writing task 1. Attention should be paid to characteristics like the use of passives, use of 'sequencing' language and transformations between nouns and verbs.
Finally, note down the words that repeatedly appear. These words seem to be particularly favoured by IELTS.

Thank you Simon.
Thank you James Z.

my reading score increased from 6.5 to 7. I was stuck in 6.5 for 3 ielts tests.
but my reading score increased to 7 after watching these videos.

they are videos for increasing your overall reading skills.
they are very beneficial to get rid of the bad habits ESL students usually do.
they are 4 videos please watch them all.
good luck for all
wish me a good luck please

hello simon.
I have my IELTS exam GT on 9th January.i have one confussion regarding reading task. i,e
there are some reading sections in which we have to choose 4 or 5 letters for particular line numbers..what if we choose that 4 or 5 letters and write them
randomly on particular lines?
please reply soon .

Hi Simon,

I am self-studying IELTS 10. I found there is a mistake between section 2 Test 2 and section 2 Test 3. Also, it seems that listening tasks in Ielts 10 are difficult than those in Ielts 9, 8...

Tomorrow I will sit in an exam, I will be so sad if my listening score is under band 6, huhuhu

Thanks a lot
It's so helpful

Hi simon,
I am facing problem about finding the key words.sometimes it works sometimes does not.most of the time I am picking wrong keywords or too many key words.I am practicing for about 6 months.what should I do??

Dear Simon,
Thanks for the great advice, especially the part about saving new vocabularies in a notebook. I think it is also vital to save examples about the vocabulary being learnt and spending enough time understanding the vocabulary usage. It is not enough to just match a new vocabulary with another one in our native language. A vocabulary -especially in English- can have several meanings depending on the context. Moreover, it is very important to link vocabularies to topics where some vocabularies are naturally used.

This site: http://myvocabularybook.com has really helped me organizing all my vocabularies and practicing them. I recommend it for everybody here.

Good luck for all.

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