IELTS Made Easier

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A weekly talk-through of IELTS topics to help you learn about the issues, vocabulary, tips and strategies you need to know for the test. Follow me on and get all the downloads, tests, advice and tips on my website Join the Members Academy for step-by-step โ€ฆ read more

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IELTS GT Reading: Sustainable Architecture - ๐Ÿœ lessons from the ant ๐Ÿœ

August 22nd, 2019


GT Reading about a building in Zimbabwe whose โ€˜air-conditioning systemโ€™ was based on termite mounds. Fascinating!

IELTS Grammar: a simple way of remembering the difference between โ€˜ingโ€™ and infinitives ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿฝ

August 15th, 2019


If you struggle to work out when to use โ€˜ingโ€™ the solution is here! Find the whole blog on my website and 10-minute tutorial on YouTube. โ€ฆ

IELTS Vocab and Reading: The true cost of food ๐Ÿšœ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ

August 2nd, 2019


I chose this one JUST because of the vocab! Itโ€™s fabulous to review the topic of intensive industrial agriculture and its impact on the environment.

IELTS Writing: Complex sentences ๐Ÿคฉ

July 27th, 2019


10 simple ways to make your sentences more complex for #ielts writing and speaking. If youโ€™re short on time, watch my video on YouTube - find this and all the examples on my blog: โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Climate change and the Inuit โ„๏ธ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒŽ

July 18th, 2019


A problem-solution structure with matching headings and gap-fill.

IELTS Writing: A gap year ๐Ÿคนโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŽ“

July 11th, 2019


Looking at 2 model essays from the General Training test (slightly less formal then the Academic Test). Focusing on developing your points using my 'PEGS' method. Finish with a quick TFNG on the same topic ๐Ÿ˜Š

IELTS Reading: Bring back the big cats ๐Ÿ…๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿพ

July 4th, 2019


If you listen to just one podcast this week, make sure it's this one! A fascinating text bursting with IELTS vocabulary.

Can I prepare for IELTS in one month?

June 27th, 2019


This episodes encourages you to dust off your 28-Day Planner and use it more effectively. Find all the tips and links on my blog

IELTS Writing Task 1: How to make predictions ๐Ÿค–

June 19th, 2019


Comparing Bands 5 to 7 in terms of grammatical complexity when making predictions!

IELTS Reading part 1: The history of cinema ๐ŸŽฌ๐ŸŽŸ

June 11th, 2019


Academic passage 1 (good for GT too) all about how cinema developed. Good to learn about this topic (there's a listening about it here!

IELTS Writing Task 1: โ›ฒ๏ธChanges to a park ๐Ÿฅ€

May 31st, 2019


This episode gives you 5 clear steps towards a better description of changes (to a town, building, map etc). See the map and the magic in my YouTube video ๐Ÿง™๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ

IELTS Listening: Neolithic Ireland โ˜˜๏ธ

May 21st, 2019


This episode focuses on the grammar of Modals of Deduction in IELTS Listening. Find a full explanation with practice on my website. โ€ฆ

28 ways to improve your IELTS Vocabulary.๐Ÿ“•

May 9th, 2019


Check out my website for all of the 28 tips with links

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IELTS Process Writing: Converting waste ๐Ÿ’ฉto fuel ๐Ÿ”ฅ

May 2nd, 2019


A recent #ielts process (see diagram on my social media accounts or check the website where I found it (

IELTS Reading: The history of tortoises ๐Ÿข

April 25th, 2019


A very difficult Passage 3 where a Degree in Zoology might help. Here is the text on the website โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing: Task 1: The lifecycle of a butterfly ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ‹

April 25th, 2019


How to use YouTube clips to help you describe processes and cycles in #ielts Academic Writing Task 1.

IELTS Reading: Reducing the effects of climate change ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ›ถ๐ŸŒž๐ŸŒ‡

April 17th, 2019


Academic Passage 3 Book 11 Test 1 - a really useful text for vocabulary. Also good practice for completing a table and matching researchers. โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Glow-worms ๐Ÿ›

April 15th, 2019


A fantastic reading for vocab. Matching information and T/F/NG questions.

IELTS Reading: Hearing problems ๐Ÿ‘‚๐Ÿพ

April 11th, 2019


Speed-reading strategies for texts with 3 or more sets of questions. Book 9 Test 2 Passage 1.

IELTS Reading: This Marvellous Invention ๐Ÿ—ฃ

April 4th, 2019


A VERY difficult Academic Reading Part 3 (sorry!). Book 11 Test 4. See also 'How did writing begin?' on my website.

IELTS Reading: Stepwells ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ

March 28th, 2019


This is a REALLY interesting Passage 1 Academic (good for GT too). Great for vocab topics (Water and Buildings) and speed-reading practice (just find the dates and names - ignore the rest). Please check on my website โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Business Cultures ๐Ÿค

March 21st, 2019


Section 4 made up entirely of gap fill! Have a look at all the signals that can help you keep your place โ€ฆ

IELTS General Training Part 1: Passports and Airports ๐Ÿ›‚๐Ÿ›„

March 14th, 2019


A quick look at TFNG and a less common type of Matching Headings. Get the full text here โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Nanotechnology ๐Ÿค–

March 7th, 2019


Find out how my mindmaps can help you get over 70% of these answers correct! This #ielts listening Part 4 (Book 10 Test 4) will help you with โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Is there anybody out there? ๐Ÿ‘ฝ Matching Headings

February 28th, 2019


How to match headings quickly using only first lines. See the video on YouTube and get the full text on my website ๐Ÿ‘ฝ โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: how to use comparisons in TFNG

February 21st, 2019


To celebrate #motherlanguageday, this difficult Academic Passage 3 gives you some easy ways of filling gaps and recognising 'Not Given'. Find the โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing Band 9 and the 'native speaker' myth โ™ฅ๏ธ

February 14th, 2019


In this episode I talk about my Band 9 writing models and why Band 9 exists.

IELTS Listening: Study Skills Tutorial ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ“š

February 7th, 2019


Test Book 9 Test 3 Section 3: Listen to a tutor giving advice to a student about her dissertation and practice listening for signals and Gap fill.

How to learn the vocab you need for IELTS ๐Ÿ“•๐Ÿฆ”๐Ÿฆ‡๐Ÿฆ‰

February 2nd, 2019


This episode helps you through the vocab you need to learn for the #ielts test. It is based on the hedgehog reading from 2 days ago but shows you how the same topics apply in all parts of the exam.

IELTS Reading and vocab: Hedgehogs ๐Ÿฆ”

January 31st, 2019


A difficult Part 3, which I made specially for #hedgehogday on February 2nd to raise awareness of the dramatic decline in the hedgehog population.

IELTS Listening: Thor Heyerdahl ๐Ÿ›ถ

January 24th, 2019


Test Book 10 Test 2 Section 3. The life and theories of Thor Heyerdahl.

IELTS Reading: Museums of Fine Art ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽจ Part 2

January 20th, 2019


A difficult Passage 3 - Multiple Choice and Yes No Not Given. Also a rant about where NOT to get your #ielts practice materials.

IELTS Reading: Museums of fine art Part 1 ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽจ

January 17th, 2019


A complex and sophisticated Academic Reading Part 3, so I'm breaking this podcast up into more manageable parts. Please come back for the next bit ๐Ÿ˜Š

IELTS Reading: The Story of Silk ๐Ÿ‘˜

December 30th, 2018


Book 11 Academic Test 3 Section 1 - a chronological structure with gap fill and True False Not Given.

IELTS Listening: A social history of London ๐ŸŒƒ

December 24th, 2018


Listening Part 4. Book 6 Test 1. ๐ŸŽ„๐ŸŽ…๐Ÿฝ

IELTS Reading: Autumn Leaves ๐Ÿ

December 18th, 2018


A tough Passage 2 from #ielts Book 10 Test 3, with matching statements, True/False/Not Given and Gapfill. Get the full Reading on my website โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Beyond the blue horizon ๐Ÿ›ถ

December 14th, 2018


Academic Reading Passage 3.
Multiple choice, gap-fill and Yes/Not/Not Given.
Full Reading now on my website โ€ฆ

Listening Section 2: An open-air swimming ๐ŸŠ๐Ÿพโ€โ™€๏ธ pool

December 5th, 2018


Multiple choice tricks and synonyms. Key vocab and frequent words. Skip the LAST 5 minutes if you want! ๐Ÿ˜ฌ

IELTS Listening: 3 types of distractors you need to know about

November 28th, 2018


This Section 3 has examples of 3 different types of distractors that you need to listen for: โ€˜should have, could have, would haveโ€™ ๐Ÿค”

IELTS GT Reading: The Iron Bridge ๐Ÿ›ค

November 25th, 2018


A special request from the Speaking Challenge WhatsApp group! Use the structure of a descriptive/factual/chronological text to help you find the โ€ฆ

IELTS GT Reading: Dress Codes ๐Ÿ‘”๐Ÿ‘–๐Ÿงข๐Ÿ’๐Ÿ‘‘

November 21st, 2018


#ielts Cambridge Tests Book 9 Test A Section 2. Get the full reading on my website ๐Ÿ˜€

IELTS Reading: How did writing begin? ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ๐Ÿบ

November 14th, 2018


On a scale of 1 - 10 in terms of difficulty, this is a 10 sorry ๐Ÿ˜!! So if youโ€™re aiming for a 7/8 itโ€™s worth a listen, but please donโ€™t feel โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing Task 2: How to get ๐Ÿ’ก ideas quickly

November 12th, 2018


Using the topic of advertising, we look at how to get ideas and how to organise a paragraph for #ielts Writing Task 2.

IELTS Reading: Crows and tools ๐Ÿงฐ

November 7th, 2018


Quick tips to help you with the Speaking Challenge followed by a Reading Passage 2 about the tool-making abilities of crows (and what we have in โ€ฆ

IELTS November Speaking Challenge and Reading about a pay rise

November 4th, 2018


It's the first week of the November Speaking Challenge and in this podcast I explain the benefits of taking part, speaking every day, recording yourself and joining the Facebook group! โ€ฆ

IELTS ๐ŸŽƒ Speaking Challenge

October 31st, 2018


An explanation about the โ€˜pinkyโ€™ story, the importance of contractions and an introduction to the November 1 minute Speaking Challenge! #ielts1min ๐Ÿ˜„

IELTS Reading: Snake oil ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ

October 28th, 2018


This is a long one and a tough one but really worth spending time on. Matching Headings and True False Not Given. Full test coming soon on โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Tidal Power ๐ŸŒŠ๐ŸŒŠ

October 23rd, 2018


This reading gives you practice with matching statements, and it recycles key IELTS vocabulary related to renewable energy.
Find the full test and โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening Part 2: A theatre ๐ŸŽญ

October 18th, 2018


Learn how to avoid the traps of multiple choice. Get the floor plan on my website.

IELTS Listening: BABY COTS ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป

October 14th, 2018


Listening Section 2 about cots, with a little bit of pronunciation thrown in!

IELTS Listening: Changes to a town (Barford) Day 2 ๐Ÿก๐Ÿ˜

July 6th, 2018


Latest episode of IELTS Made Easier looks at matching from a list.

IELTS Listening: Changes to a town (Barford) Day 1 ๐Ÿก

July 5th, 2018


This episode looks at tricks with multiple choice questions.

IELTS Writing Task 2: The arts ๐ŸŽญ

April 18th, 2018


How to deal with โ€˜philosophicalโ€™ questions in Task 2 โœ๐Ÿฝ

IELTS Writing T2: community service

February 22nd, 2018


Writing T2: compulsory community service?

GT Informal Letter Too Formal

February 12th, 2018


General Training Informal Letter (bag)

IELTS Writing Task 2: language learning

February 1st, 2018


Language Learning - Primary or Secondary school?

IELTS Reading: Picking from a list

January 31st, 2018


Picking from a list 1 โ€ข Picking from a list 2

Matching Headings Part 1

January 29th, 2018


IELTS Reading: Matching Headings 1

Writing Task 2: school buses

January 28th, 2018


IELTS Writing Task 2: school transport ๐ŸšŒ

IELTS Task 2 GT: community

January 25th, 2018


IELTS Task 2: problems/solutions

GT Writing 1: Formal Letter

January 24th, 2018


GT Writing โœ๐Ÿฝ A formal letter

GT Task 1: An Informal Letter

January 22nd, 2018


GT Task 1: An Informal Letter ๐Ÿก๐Ÿˆ๐Ÿฉ๐Ÿ•

General Training: informal

January 19th, 2018


General Training: Informal Letters

Multiple choice: Q11, 12, 13

January 18th, 2018


Multiple choice chronobiology Q 11, 12, 13

Adding adverbs

January 16th, 2018


Adding adverbs to comparisons

Describing a Process: P

January 13th, 2018


Describing a Process: Passives

Reading: gapped texts

January 3rd, 2018


Gapped Texts - Easter Island

Task 2: prevention vs cure

December 30th, 2017


Task 2: prevention is better than cure

Task 1: A seasonal process ๐ŸŽ„

December 23rd, 2017


Task 1: The Christmas Present Process ๐ŸŽ

Online shopping

December 18th, 2017


How online shopping affects the environment and jobs

Neighbourhood ties

December 5th, 2017


Neighbourhood relationships

Violent films and society

December 2nd, 2017


Do violent films cause social problems?

A journey that went wrong

November 30th, 2017


A journey that didnโ€™t go as planned

Pronunciation: 5 Quick Fixes

November 29th, 2017


Based on a blog I wrote this week, here are some ways to ensure you get the highest possible score in the Speaking Test

A party I went to

November 23rd, 2017


A party I went to ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ€

Electricity from waves

November 16th, 2017


Describing a process: electricity from waves

A river I visited

November 10th, 2017


A river, lake or sea I know

How energy is produced from coal

October 28th, 2017


Learn how to describe a process in IELTS Task 1

Urban problems

October 5th, 2017


IELTS Writing Task 2 Causes and Solutions. Urban sprawl.

Should TV ads be controlled?

September 24th, 2017


Task 2 in 2 minutes! The effects of TV adverts on children.

The economy

September 19th, 2017


Vocab and ideas for IELTS topics

Space Exploration

September 3rd, 2017


IELTS topic - Space Exploration

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