Last week I did some IELTS teacher training at Liverpool University. Afterwards, I asked the teachers what they found most useful about the session, and three things stood out:
- They liked my advice on essay planning for writing task 2. In particular, they thought that numbering the ideas in the plan was really useful. Watch this video to see an example.
- They had a clearer understanding of the differences between IELTS writing and university academic writing e.g. using the word "I".
- They liked the idea that it's easier to get faster than it is to get better. Don't worry if it takes you four hours to write a band 7 essay; the important thing is that you're achieving that score. Your only task now is to gradually speed up.
Note: These might not be the most useful tips for students, but it's interesting to see what's important for teachers.