When I was younger, I used to have a recurring dream: I would show up for an exam and fail terribly because I had studied geography but instead it was a history exam. It was extremely stressful.
27 October, 2020
One of my former students has become a good friend of mine. Many years ago, he hired me as a private tutor to work with him towards the General Training version of the IELTS test. He needed the test to apply for a visa to Australia in order to start a job as a carpenter.
9 October, 2020
IELTS is a test. This means that certain answers are considered 'right' and others are considered 'wrong'. In the Listening and Reading test, it's easy to see how this works. However, in the Writing and Speaking test it's more difficult to see what the examiner 'wants' and what is 'right' or 'wrong' as there are so many possible options.
30 September, 2020
In previous blogs, we've seen that while some types of reading questions require careful preparation, others should only be read once you've completed individual paragraphs to save time and avoid confusion. When it comes to multiple-choice questions, you'll need to combine both techniques.
16 September, 2020
As you may know, in addition to writing this blog, I also teach English at University. I recently had an interesting conversation with a student after class, and it went like this: Student: ‘I’m so boring.’
28 August, 2020