Make your own IELTS study plan.

ielts general task 1Setting up your own personalised IELTS study schedule.

If you are serious about getting a Band 7+ in IELTS, then you need to get very organised and focused. Consider making your own IELTS study plan.  There is a YouTube video here about this and 5 steps to take below that video.

Everyone has different weaknesses in IELTS, so it is really your responsibility to make a study schedule. Motivation is crucial here too, if you can find a study partner, then that will help you a lot with motivation. The best option is to have a teacher who can check your writing and evaluate your speaking giving feedback along the way.

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Are you worried about time management?

ielts time managementTiming and preparation in IELTS Writing

One of the biggest concerns for people doing the IELTS exam, particularly the writing section, is timing.

Many candidates who do the exam get to the writing section and start stressing out because their time management becomes an issue. You only have around 40 minutes to write a 250 word essay, so straight away this tends to create anxiety, and then there is writing task 1 which should only take 20 minutes.  That’s 1 hour in total.

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Why can’t I get a Band 7?

IELTS adviceI have heard this question so many times.

Why can’t I get a Band 7?

I get so many people who email me asking me why they can’t hit Band 7 or Band 8 or whatever score they need and are stuck at Band 5 or 6. They all seem puzzled as to why they cannot raise their score. Usually it is to do with their writing as this tends to be the hardest part of the test.

Here are 9 reasons why you may not be getting the score you need.

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