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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.

Aug 27, 2019

In this episode, I highlight three areas of difficulty that students have with fluency in speaking. These areas are using pauses, hesitations, and fillers in their speech. I discuss what the issues are, why people have them and how they can improve them.

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Aug 20, 2019

One of the major issues that students often have when it comes to IELTS speaking is reducing their nervousness enough to give a confident response with effective delivery.  In this episode, I give some quick tips for reducing your nervousness for exam preparation.

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Aug 13, 2019

In this episode, I take time to interview one of my students, Indranil Saha.  Indranil took my IELTS writing and speaking video course and was able to improve his writing from a 5 band score to a 6 band score in just a few weeks.  In the episode, we discuss exactly how he did that and what his tips are for students.


Aug 8, 2019

This week I wanted to get into a topic that I see students struggling with in the essays that they send me and that is, using the passive voice in writing.  Some students generally overuse this point because they think it makes their writing more formal and academic, but the truth is it doesn't have that effect....

Aug 1, 2019

One thing that I noticed is that the IELTS speaking marking criteria doesn't really do justice to the band descriptor for pronunciation.  It only describes pronunciation as pronunciation features which can be difficult for students to understand what they are doing wrong and what they need to do to get a 7+ band score...