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January 08, 2017


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Did you mean IELTS is a puzzle?

how i get your daily lessons?

Well, I see it's patience.

Hello simon, I would like to ask you question about this question inTask 2 "it's ofton thought that the increase in juvenile crime can be attributed to violence in the media.
what do you think is the reason for a growth in the rate of juvenile crime?
what solutions can you offer to deal with this situation?" Shall I write my opinion here? If it is written " .... is the reason for ...." does this mean shall I write one reason?

Hi Simon,

Thanks for sharing the article. I must say it is very motivating and has presented the comparisons between Rubrik cube and life interestingly.

Hi Simon,

I found this topic which is relevance to real life as well as IELTS. The learning from this is

-if we want to gain something new we have to struggle a lot.
-if we want to learn something in depth, it takes time to finish and need patience to reach the final goal.


I just feel linking this article to IELTS test is embodying the fact that IELTS test has become an impassable for whatever reason probably because it is purely a subjective test in many aspects or it depends on supply and demand.

Thanks for that post. It allows me to develop my background


Here are a few ways in which the Rubik's cube seemed a bit like IELTS to me:

- Don't expect to be good at it straight away.
- You need a method. Otherwise you'll waste a lot of time.
- Find an expert who can teach you his/her methods / strategies.
- You WILL improve if you keep working at it.
- Learn to do it well before you do it quickly.
- Be patient and enjoy the challenge!

I'm sure I could keep adding to this list, but you get the idea :)

Hello Simon
Thank you for your support without your invaluable pieces of advice we would have been lost .I do appreciate your time and effort.

1.Aimless moves will make the cube random.The randomness might take you to the solution or it might not.
Aimless preparation may improve your English but it might not increase your ielts score.

2. It doesn't matter how "messed up" the cube gets, you can still solve the cube with the same algorithms, you just need to know when and how to apply them.
It doesn't matter how "new topics " the test introduces , you can still answer the questions with the same methods , you just need to figure out what are the methods for each section and how to apply them .

3.Some people are ambitious and want to figure out the cube by themselves. This can take months, even years.But some people just want the satisfaction of finishing the cube -- studying someone else's strategy would be the best route and it can drastically shorten the learning curve.

If you aim to get a band 7 then do all the excercise on this website and choose a strategy which suits you .There is no need to search for more resources and and get confused like me :( Follow Simons advice and don't afraid to ask for help when u have a problem . Save your money , time and energy .

Less is more .

Thx Simon for this brilliant idea of comparing cubing to Ielts . A good teacher knows what makes a student tick :)

Thank you so much for your encouragement. You are definitely a great teacher. I mean it, Simon.

Great points Lala, thanks for sharing them!


No problem Kevin and mayadahaidar.

This is interesting.

But life is not limited to a Rubik's Cube.

You do not have to struggle to achieve something.

A seemingly disordered cube is equally beautiful as a well-arranged one. All of them are the infinite possibilities of life.

Think outside the "cube".

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