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Thanks for your advice ! It is great to take note especially for speaking and writing.

Dear Simon, I need your help about writing task 2 as usual...What do you think about how I can improve my writing task 2, especially in terms of ideas as I have difficulties about lack of ideas... At the same time some people say that I must do practice most... Whenever I began to write any essay I meet lack of ideas and then I leave writing... Currently, I try to read many essays from different resources... is it enough for me ?

Dear Simon
Could you help to explain how to use subjunctive expression correctly? I have difficulties with the tense of verb

Dear Simon!
WHAT ABOUT FROM 5.5 TO 7?

Hi Simon,

This is what I have been struggling about. I recently did IELTS 4 times so far. Although my reading and listening are stable, the results of Writing and Speaking are fluctuated and hardly improved:

1. w6.5 s7
2. w6 s5.5
3. w6.5 s6.5
4. w6 s6.5

I am having my IELTS exam on 8th March and I really need a 7 for all sections. I having been studying and living in a English environment and I really cant think of the reason of this.

I look forward your reply.
Peter

Hi, everyone,

I must say thank you guys.
I've received following results in Academic recently.
L 8.5 R 8 W 6.5 S 7.5 O 7.5

Unfortunately, I made a big mistake in writing that writing probably over 300 words in part 1 and as a result, ran out of time for the part 2, but I'm satisfied with this result for now.
It was my third attempt. I might haven't got such score, if I hadn't found this site. So I strongly recommend that you all carefully check advice in this site, and just apply them in the real exam.

Although I achieved my current target scores, I will have to take the exam for years later again, so I'll keep it up with this site to maintain, and even improve my scores for the future.

P.S.
Two of you gave me useful tips in speaking exam. They worked a lot!!
My speaking score improved from 6 to 7.5. I really appreciate your help!!

Thanks for all again!!

Congrulations Tatsu...good luck in your life.. please share your writing and speaking experience with me... What writing resources did you benefit from ?

Anyone who want to practice my email ID is sidhusehaj7 @gmail.com

Dear Simon and everyone else,

I'd like to recommend a great website I had just found. It includes lecture videos/podcasts, extra lecture materials and transcripts. Here it is http://www.gresham.ac.uk/ I think it's one of great listening sources, especially for practising Listening Section 4.

Here are other similar websites:

1) Boyer Lectures from the ABC (Australian English): http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/boyerlectures/

(Others: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/transcripts/program/)

2) Reith lecture from the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/reith

Transcripts: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00729d9/episodes/player

I hope you guys found them useful.

Hi Simon,

Well , How do you get a general reading 8 from 6.5 , this is tricky now , right from 32 one needs to move to 37 , i think its too ambitious to actually set 37 correct answers equivalent to 8 bands.

It seeks perfection nearly.

I need a reading Band 7 , upto now I have given 2 attempts , both I have got 6.5 and this is one section , which is pushing me back , desperate help needed

Tried Keywords technique , but doesn't help me improve much , with occasional 7 or 7.5 in non test conditions.

Pls guide

Dear Simon,
I have been getting 6.5 in one of the bands for 2 years now and I don't know why. I have had a band 9 in speaking before and my last result was L8,R8.5,W6.5,S8,O8.I have made 7 attempts so far and I have had a band 7 and above in the same writing four times. I am really discouraged because I need a band 7 across all the bands and I have spent sleepless nights preparing. I have come across many doctors in similar situations and it is happening here in the UK.

Hi Ron.. please share your writing and speaking experience with me... What writing resources did you benefit from ?

hi Ron
we are in the same boat I need 4{7) as well and I did the exam 7 time the last one was 15/2 . my problem always writing .I did the exam at Aston university.

Dear Tatsu and Ron, please share with us your techniques
to achieve such great results.

Dear Thom, thank you for useful websites.

Hi Ron & Hibba!
I'd love to be in touch with you guys! My aim is to achieve 8 in all the modules. I've done so far for the other three but writing is a problem area for me too. I haven't been able to get more than 7.5. It would be great if we could start practicing and sharing ideas!
If interested, please email me at hhuma1978@gmail.com
Regards

Hi guys,
I used target band 7,colllins English for exams,(reading,writing,listening and speaking),this website,cambridge ielts past papers with answers, how to be a super reader by Ron Cole. The Collins for exams has the four books on the four aspects and was very helpful. I have put in so much for this exam but I don't know why I always have a 6.5 in one aspect. Well giving up is not an option so I ll keep trying.

hi Zara and Ron
Zara I will be in touch soon.
Ron I used Sam maccarter books for reading and writing . regarding the reading it was really helpful but for writing I don't think so as I told you im stuck in 6.5 . im thinking about getting essay correction from one of simon's friends .

Can anyone help me for the reading techniques ? Its getting increasingly difficult to get a band 8 in reading ?
How is that speed is improved without compromising the quality and level of understanding which help sharpens to spot right answers or implied meanings ... !!

Hi Simon,

Thank you for another brilliant topic/lesson.

I hope all students , who are having the opportunity to study by using your blog will follow your advice carefully (including myself).

Hi Thom, thanks for sharing these websites. I checked them earlier, and they are really useful for those who want to improve their listening skills.

Hey Ron, Congratulations!! Your results are absolutely superb! I'm sure you are proud of yourself! don't worry about your writing too much, as Simon has stated above,You are half way through (Be PROUD OF YOURSELF!!Have you ever thought of getting an ielts examiner /private teacher to give you feedback on your writing?

Guys, There are so many materials regarding to Ielts that maybe we would spend our entire life studying them all. I have so many ebooks, past exams, etc, but Simon's blog is the best resource I've found so far. He shows exactly everything we need to know from an ex-Ielts Instructor point of view. And it is absolutely FREE! So, we should all buy his ebook and help him to keep posting future lessons for all of us.
We need to be careful regards to what we study if we want to achieve our desired score. Ielts , itself is an exam, as such , we need to prepare ourselves for it.

Best of luck everyone,

Sorry for the long post.

Hello orhan,
Sorry for the late.
Thanks for your lovely comment. From my experience of messing up my writing, I recommend that you organise your ideas before starting to write. (Simon recommends it from time to time) I wish I'd followed it. Of course, it's better to practice this before the real exam.

About speaking. The most useful tip in this website for me is that "to try to speak naturally" What I mean is that I was too obsessive about using "sophisticated words and expressions" and might have sounded unnatural and made much hesitation. However, I decided to speak without thinking about scores too much, just tried to enjoy telling my opinion to the examiner. Besides this, some kind visitor of this site and Simon's colleague advised me that "expressing in detail" is a key of success in the exam. It was true, trying to keep depicting details makes your story more vivid.

I do hope you'll get your target score!!


Hi Nica,
Since I mentioned speaking and writing, I'll write about my study method in reading and listening.

Firstly, reading. I found it's really helpful that making a key word table (http://ielts-simon.com/ielts-help-and-english-pr/2014/01/ielts-reading-another-keyword-table.html) Through this work, you'll get a habit that finding keywords even unintentionally. In addition, I improved my reading speed by memorising a lot of new words. If you don't have many unfamiliar words in articles, 60 minutes is not too short to deal with the tasks.

Secondly, listening. Listen to "real stuff" I often find that Listening materials in this site is more difficult than those of the real exams, because they are not designed for a exam. (Having said that I suppose that Simon might avoid really difficult ones) When you get used to these real stuff, you might feel IELTS listening materials are easy. Maybe it takes time, but definitely you'll improve.

Hopefully, it will help you guys' study. Cheers.

it's a very good advice.

Hi Simon
I have recently arrived in the UK and taken IELTS exam in Sunderland in January. I need to get every skill at least 7.But, unfortunately I couldn't. ( Listening : 6.5 Reading : 6 Writing : 5.5 speaking : 7.5). I was wondering if you could kindly advise me how I can improve my skills particularly in writing and reading.
Best regards
Nazanin Karimaghaei

Hello orhan,

Thank you for your lovely comment!!

I put a reply comment several hours ago,but It seems to be disappeared.. Hopefully It'll happen again.

About writing. From my mistake, I recommend that you make writing plan in advance.(Simon mentioned in the site from time to time) I didn't follow it in the real exam, because I was too pressured by the time limit. This decision made me unorganised in the task. If I were you, I'd practice a lot to make a writing plan. It definitely helps you.

In speaking exam, I found "explaining in a simple way" really important. In my case, it worked better than using uncommon words and expressions. I assume that if stick to "difficult" grammar structures or words, you'll lose fluency and hesitation will come up. Besides this, it's good idea to focus on details of your story. Some visitor of this site, and Simon's colleague advised me that IELTS examiners value our abilities to explain things in detail. It was right, after adopting this, my score improved from 6 to 7.5.

I do hope you'll achieve your target scores in the near future!!

Hi Nica,

Sure!! As I mentioned writing and speaking, I'll write about listening and reading here.

Firstly, Listening. I personally believe that listening to real stuff (Radio, films, Youtube etc) is helpful, because they are normally more difficult to understand than ILETS materials. If you get used to them, you'll feel IELTS listening task is easy. Simon often puts listening materials here from TED or something that are not designed for an English exam. I swear that working with them enhances your skills.

Secondly, reading. The most useful technique I learnt from this site is making a keyword table. (I think you saw this in the site. Writing key words in questions and similar words in the passage) This is wonderful method, because it gives you a skill that you can find similar words in questions and passage even unintentionally. In addition to this, memorising as many words as possible successfully reduce time I need to work with reading task. I suppose it might help some people as well.


All the good for you guys' study.

Thom....
Thanks much my friend...
This would the best way for us the catch what being said in Radio and conversation

Thom....
Thanks much My friend...
This would be the best way for Us to catch what being said in Radio and the conversations.

Thanks Braulio,
I wish I could be proud of myself but hell no. I see myself as a failure. My colleagues tell me other doctors have been coming to UK and passing their exams and my partner tells me I am not consistent hence my result. Today it's 6.5 in reading,tomorrow it is 6.5 in listening and the next day,it is 6.5 in writing.I have suffered so much because of this exam. I just pray this time luck smiles at me. Thank you for saying something positive. I really do appreciate.

Tatsu, thanks for your valuable responce... good luck to you....

Hi Ron,

What score are you aiming to achieve?

Hello Everyone.
I am very bad in writing got 5 listening 7.5 reading and speaking 6 band each . Please help me ? I need to get min 7.5 in each section.How can i improve my writing ?
I really do appreciate

Ravi

Hi friends
Could u provide me some tips for reading?
Thanks

Hi Braulio,
I need a 7 in all the sections.

Hi Ron,

I'm sure you will get your desired score sooner than you think.

Best of luck!!

Tatsu ,thank you for your advice! It is true that we heard about the opinion of organising ideas before writing. But I often doubt this habit will waste my precious time during the exam.

According to your gorgous performance ,I decide to practice this skill.

Thanks again!

Sherwin, I'll also practice it for the next attempt.
You're welcome!!

Thanks dear.

God bless u Simon nd Braulio. I just got my desired score. Thanks so so much.

Congratulations Ron!

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