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Get a 7+ Band Score: Be Determined

Welcome to Activate Your IELTS: Be Determined.  This podcast is focused on helping get a 7+ band score on your IELTS writing and speaking skills so that you can get working on your real dreams.

Apr 30, 2019

In this episode, I answer a listener question.  This question focuses on the time that it takes to prepare and the truth is, that this is a super common situation and question.  Due to this, I decided to formulate a detailed response.  Listen to the full episode.

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Apr 23, 2019

In this week's episode, I respond to a student question that I received on Quora. This student asked, " How do I use "access to" in IELTS writing?"

This made me think a little bit. Firstly, I love this word. "Access to" is such a great academic word that you can use on almost any topic for the IELTS essay or for...

Apr 16, 2019

Are you thinking about how you write your essays?  This is the question that I want you to think about.  Are you stepping back from your writing and considering how exactly you are approaching the writing task?  Or are you the type of person who just jumps into your writing without thinking and then finds yourself a bit...

Apr 9, 2019

In this episode, I answer a response to a student question: “if someone speaks a bit off topic in the speaking section, will he/she be penalised? The reason I ask this is that there are no marking criteria like 'task response' in speaking section for marking compared to the writing section.”   Answering this...

Apr 2, 2019

Did you know that students often don’t give themselves enough time to prepare for the IELTS exam and they end up having to take it more than once?

This situation is more common than you think, so don’t let it happen to you.  As an ESL instructor with many years of exam preparation experience, this is a situation I...