Happy New Year 2018!!

Twelve Top Tips for IELTS

Ring out the old ring in the new J I wish you all a prosperous and successful 2018. I really hope that I might be able to support you in that success. I am certain that you will be away celebrating today and may not read this until tomorrow or the day after. Enjoy your celebrations, have fun and relax – forget about IELTS for a few days and re-charge your batteries.


On this New Year’s Day, the eighth day of Christmas, I want to share something that you really should do for your writing in order to be sure you can get a high band score.

When it comes to IELTS writing students can be very neglectful. This is the one area that is almost impossible to improve alone. In fact trying to do this alone can be not only counter-productive but also dangerous to your score.

If you don’t know what mistakes you are making and if you don’t know exactly how to write a band 7 or 8 task and yet continue to practise alone you can actually learn mistakes that will become so ingrained in your writing that they will be very hard to eliminate. I see this, on a daily basis in students’ writing and I know that it is going to take a long time to unravel the errors.

If you use a teacher for nothing else use them to correct your writing. And, a native speaker who is not a trained teacher may not be able to help you with this either as although they will certainly know where your mistakes are they won’t necessarily be able to help you prevent them in future writing. Even general English language teachers only have limited skill when it comes to IELTS writing and many of them cannot show you exactly what you need to do to improve.

This is one area of IELTS that I feel really strongly about – I would say that the majority of my students are struggling to get their band in writing. Sometimes the other scores can be band 7.5 and 8 and even 9 yet the writing is still coming out at band 6 and 6.5.

The good news is that I can help you with this – ‘the last hurdle’ as one of my students put it.

To find out how I can help you I am inviting you to have a Skype call with me in January. In this call we can look at your IELTS and see what support you need to get the band that you want.

To get one of these Skype appointments you need to complete this questionnaire:


I also have a special Christmas gift to offer – but you have to complete the questionnaire and book for one of these Skype calls.



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