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Monday, July 22, 2013


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hello simon ...NICE TIPS .infact these are the crux for getting good score in reading ..thanks alot

,my AC speaking test is on 24 july..

no doubt your blog is outstanding i am following your site from the previous week ..my question is

in speaking if we do not understand a question can we say words like pardon me ,,etc to repeat the question?and will it effect our score ,, what will you suggest ,,,thanks alot once again for the valuable advises .,

Great as always!

Dear Simon,
Thank you so so much for great advices.
I wish you have a enjoyable summer.
It's been few days very hot here in Oslo.
I think it's hot summer in Europe in this year.

Most of the time I struggling with searching a question on paragraph, therefore ı waste a large amount of time by doing so:(
I will follow your advise. I hope it will work on 27 july.

It's helpful for me
There are many differences from my teacher advices.
He wants me to read though all the paragraphs and write down the main ideas for each paragraphs at the first to map it But I always confuse and take a too much time to find the main ideas.
I always don't have enough time to do it and my reading mark very low. Dissapointed.
Thanks for your advices again.

Thank you simon. I bought your ebook also which I
Found very useful. I am really worry about my reading
I read your website everyday. Thank you again god bless
you. I hope to get more useful tips from you. I am going
to take my test in October. I have attempted twice.i need 7 band in
each. Hope I will get. Thanks again for your website.

Hi Simon,
This is sukrutha.I Am writing my IELTS on 3rd August, 2013 in UK. I want 7 score in all the four bands which is very difficult for me, but at any cost i need it in my professional life.please help me simon. Your Ebook is really superb and the contribution of work your are doing in this site is amazing thank you so much simon.

I want clear my query in speaking introduction part-1.
If examiner asks the question like Describe yourself?

Can I answer in this way & can I use these type of idioms in any part of IELTS exam to show my vocabulary.

My answer will be like:

My name is sukrutha kaukuntla, completed by BSC nursing back in my home country and pursued MBA Healthcare management in coventry university.
From the get go I Am a simple gal who is desperate to learn new things and believes in hope for the best & be prepared for the best in a practical life.
Since from my childhood I Am always pre occupied in service of the people who are in need which became my passion in later stages of my life & professionally as well. I want to sit prettily in my life . I Am a kind of person who likes to go home put my feet up and have a ball with my family members because I will be out for the count and dead on my feet after working all the day from a job
To put in a nutshell I don’t count chicks before they hatch. I dont like to cool ones heel that’s why I plan my schedule perfectly instead of hitting home.

Please tell me whether my grammar is good or not? let me know any mistakes & suggestions from your side.thank you SIMON.

This is the second time iam posting. Simon please help me..Anybody of my friends in this site are also welcome for their suggestions.

Dear Simon

You mentioned that "Go straight to the first question. Don't waste time reading the full passage or the first sentence of each paragraph". So what's your advice to find the paragraph and exact place of the answer of the first question for example?

Another question is: Which type of question is better to begin with? I mean to answer that question. For example we have multiple choice True False and summary completion.

I got stuck in 5.5 in Reading skill for 3 different IELTS test, and it made me feel frustrated!


Legend Simon
mmmmmmmmany thanks and cheers for your fabulous work, it's really useful and glamorous.I wish if I could attend your courses.

don't be lured by this lines, I am just IELTS chaser.


Hi Simon,

Thank you for your advice. Can we use a Highlighter in reading exam?

Hai Everybody,
here is an interesting passage about how machines are getting smarter.
The brain performs its canonical task — learning — by tweaking its myriad connections according to a secret set of rules. To unlock these secrets, scientists 30 years ago began developing computer models that try to replicate the learning process. Now, a growing number of experiments are revealing that these models behave strikingly similar to actual brains when performing certain tasks. Researchers say the similarities suggest a basic correspondence between the brains’ and computers’ underlying learning algorithms.

The algorithm used by a computer model called the Boltzmann machine, invented by Geoffrey Hinton and Terry Sejnowski in 1983, appears particularly promising as a simple theoretical explanation of a number of brain processes, including development, memory formation, object and sound recognition, and the sleep-wake cycle.

“It’s the best possibility we really have for understanding the brain at present,” said Sue Becker, a professor of psychology, neuroscience, and behavior at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario. “I don’t know of a model that explains a wider range of phenomena in terms of learning and the structure of the brain.”

Hinton, a pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence, has always wanted to understand the rules governing when the brain beefs a connection up and when it whittles one down — in short, the algorithm for how we learn. “It seemed to me if you want to understand something, you need to be able to build one,” he said. Following the reductionist approach of physics, his plan was to construct simple computer models of the brain that employed a variety of learning algorithms and “see which ones work,” said Hinton, who splits his time between the University of Toronto, where he is a professor of computer science, and Google.

During the 1980s and 1990s, Hinton — the great-great-grandson of the 19th-century logician George Boole, whose work is the foundation of modern computer science — invented or co-invented a collection of machine learning algorithms. The algorithms, which tell computers how to learn from data, are used in computer models called artificial neural networks — webs of interconnected virtual neurons that transmit signals to their neighbors by switching on and off, or “firing.” When data are fed into the network, setting off a cascade of firing activity, the algorithm determines based on the firing patterns whether to increase or decrease the weight of the connection, or synapse, between each pair of neurons.

Hi Simon, how are you? I hope everything's well. Can I ask you a question that's been bugging me for some time? It's question 16 of Yes/No/Not Given on page 67 of Cambridge IELTS 3. The statement in the question reads: The reason for the simplicity of the Indian way of life is that Amazonia has always been unable to support a more complex society.
I know the answer is "NO", but I don't really know why! I think the answer location is part of the text that says: The apparent simplicity of Indian ways of life has been judged an evolutionary adaptation to forest ecology, living proof that Amazonia could not - and cannot - sustain a more complex society.
I believe because the text says the reason for the simplicity of the Indian ways of life is adaptation to forest ecology and the question says the reason is the fact that Amazonia has always been unable to support a more complex society and these two are not the same, the answer must be "NO". Is that right? But what about the part that says: living proof that Amazonia could not - and cannot - sustain a more complex society?

Hai, Soroush
The text in question- unable to support a more complex society, while the text in paragraph-living proof that Amazonia could not and can not sustain a more complex society are not similar words. To sustain some thing and unable to support are antonyms.

if somebody want to practise of ielts speaking then he /she may contact to me on skype ... jaswinder singh from ludhiana india

Thank you for the advice, Simon. I often found myself already exhausted after completing the assignments for the first two passages. For that reason, I always have hard time for the third passage. Your tips can definitely help me spare energy to better tackle the third passage during my exam.

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