Twelve Top Tips for IELTS


There is no special name for today but after the first two days – which are public holidays – some people have to go back to work. Those who are lucky to have a longer holiday (or if it’s a weekend) will continue to visit friends and family, have or go to parties.



On this third day of Christmas, I want to give you the final thing you should do to improve your listening.

The listening test is probably the one part where you have to concentrate the most. If your mind wanders for just a few seconds (and I know this as it sometimes happens to me too when working with IELTS students) you can lose an answer or in the worst case more than one answer. It is important to keep focused and to concentrate throughout.

There is however a small technique that you can use to make sure you don’t miss anything and have something to come back to at the end of the section or when you transfer your answers.

This little trick is to make some notes. There is little time so your notes have to be very short and useful so they can help you if you miss an answer.

This is another of the techniques I teach my students to do so that they can be sure to have something to fall back on if they can’t quite get the answer – it helps you make an informed decision about these missing answers rather than a random guess when you transfer at the end of the test.

So if you want to be sure about your listening you need to make certain you practice all the techniques I’m sharing with you so that they become second nature. The very best way of doing this is to get help from a qualified and experienced IELTS teacher.

To see if I can help you to get your band 7 and 8 I’m setting up Exam Support calls at the beginning of January where you can meet me on Skype personally and look at the possibility of working with me and my team for 5 or 12 weeks to make sure you get really ready for your IELTS high band score.

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



I’m giving a special IELTS Christmas gift also – but first you have to complete the questionnaire to qualify for one of these Skype calls.


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