Top Tips for IELTS

What are your secrets to IELTS success?

This year I plan to publish much more complete guides to all the modules in IELTS, as well as a more general guide to the exam itself and how to study for it at different levels. In the meantime, do you have any particular tips you want to share? Particularly of course if you did well. I’m experienced enough a teacher to know that what works for me and my students isn’t the only answer – sometimes a tip from another learner can be much more valuable and practical.

If you do have something to share, there are two possible ways to do this.

  1. Simply leave a comment on this posting for others to read
  2. If you prefer, contact me via this form and I will publish them separately – anonymously if you like

Ideas to consider

Is there one killer tip you have that everyone should know about?

Was there any one particular problem you had with one skill? What did you do to overcome it?

Did you have a particular study routine? How long did you study a day/week? Did you study the skills separately or together? did you change the routine as the exam got closer?

How did you practise the different skills? (Speaking and writing tend to be the tough ones).

Is there any book/website/resource you really recommend and why?




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3 Responses to What are your secrets to IELTS success?

  1. jinu thomas January 6, 2012 at 4:29 am #

    hai friends , i scored 8 in reading but i lost for writing ,i need 7 in writing, any tips for writing. and for reading you have to practice minimum 3 reading passages in a day..after 15 days you will become expert,,

    • shahnaz January 6, 2012 at 8:15 pm #

      hi thomas
      you got 8 in reading ,i tried my best to get even 7 ,i need ur assistance desperately to achieve the target .colud you please tell me what are the best stratgies to solve this cruicial matter ,.thanks
      best regards

  2. setareh January 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm #

    I have got just one time experience in this exam.I remember ,when i was answering my reading test,my eyes went to exhuested and my brain as well.For the last section i couldnot concentrate at all, just answering into answersheet without reading .Now I know about my problem.My eyes needed to care more.Thesedays,i am trying to eat carrot or drink fresh carrot jouice.I think it works.I hope,you know about your problem and try to resolve it.

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