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IELTS with Fiona

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A weekly talk-through of IELTS topics and tests to help you learn about the issues, vocabulary, tips and strategies you need to prepare for your test day. Find all my tips on my website and join the Members Academy for all the downloads, step-by-step online courses and support to geโ€ฆ read more

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Things you need to know before you buy an online IELTS Course ๐Ÿค‘

September 20th, 2021


Have you ever been ripped off, conned, scammed, tricked, duped or just misled when buying an online IELTS course?

In this blog and podcast, I've outlined the 10 'red flags' that you need to know about before you decide โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Henry Moore (TFNG Bootcamp Day 1) ๐Ÿ—ฟ

September 6th, 2021


The Members Academy Reading Bootcamp started today (you can still join - it's just $28 and includes 28 days of both live and recorded lessons). This week's focus is on True False Not Given questions, so here's a taster โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Attitudes to AI ๐Ÿค–

August 22nd, 2021


This is an Academic Passage 3 Part 3 (Book 16), so it's tough.

In this lesson we'll look at how the language that you learn for Task 2 will help you understand the Reading, and how Reading academic texts like this will โ€ฆ

How to use idioms in IELTS

August 13th, 2021


Are you using the right idiom in the right place with the right person and the right pronunciation?

To use an idiom correctly there are so many โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Stoicism ๐Ÿ›๏ธ

July 19th, 2021


This episode is a Part 4 Listening about an ancient philosophy called Stoicism (don't worry if you've never heard of it - the Listening will explain everything). It's a gapfill summary (one word only) and we also โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: ๐ŸฅBack to the future of skyscraper design.

July 4th, 2021


This passage 2 Academic IELTS Reading is a problem-solution structure.

  • The problem: air-conditioning units generate 'spectacular and largely โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: The history of coffee โ˜•๏ธ

June 25th, 2021


This is a Section 4 Listening. I chose this Listening in order to show you why hyphens are NOT important in Listening gap-fill summaries.

There are 3 main types of words in gapfill summaries:

1) Words ending with a โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: The Effects of Noise ๐Ÿ™‰

June 7th, 2021


I had a special request for this Academic Passage 3 because it's difficult, but honestly, it's a very early test (Book 7) and is just badly-written.
I โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing Feedback: improving your Task 2 essays with 40 keywords

May 16th, 2021


When you get IELTS Writing feedback from your teacher, you should be able to see why you are not achieving your desired score.

But this feedback is โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Attitudes to language

May 3rd, 2021


This is an Academic Part 1 text. The text and subject matter is difficult but the questions (YNNG) are NOT.ย 

In fact, in this episode I will show you โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: What is exploration?

April 11th, 2021


Cambridge Book 15 Test 1 Passage 3


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IELTS Listening: 'Street Play Scheme' โ›น๏ธโ€โ™‚๏ธโ›น๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿš—

March 29th, 2021


This is a really useful Part 2 IELTS Listening (Book 15) about a community that closed their road to traffic so that the children could play safely โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing: 9๏ธโƒฃ tips for a Band 9๏ธโƒฃ essay

March 14th, 2021


In this podcast lesson, I review an online Band 9 essay and discuss 9 features of this essay which could be improved.

For each of the points I โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing: Should CEOs earn such high salaries?

March 1st, 2021


In this episode, I talk you through a Band 9 Model IELTS Writing Essay covering:

- First lines

- PEEL paragraphs

- Hedging

- Common myths

- โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading TFNG: Alexander Henderson ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ

February 14th, 2021


This is a nice and easy Academic Reading Part 1 (great for GT too).

It goes in chronological order, so it's easy to find information from dates, โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: ๐Ÿฆฃ๐Ÿฆฃ๐ŸฆฃWoolly mammoths on St Paul's Island

February 1st, 2021


Today's Listening is a 6/10 for difficulty. It's a Part 3 Listening with multiple choice and matching from a list.
Useful vocabulary and synonyms:


IELTS Reading/Writing: Driverless Cars ๐Ÿš˜

January 11th, 2021


This is a really really useful passage to read because of how it can help your WRITING.

The passage itself is not difficult, but it is jam-packed โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Motivational Factors and the hospitality industry ๐Ÿ‘ฉโ€๐Ÿณ๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿณ

December 29th, 2020


This is an extremely difficult Academic Reading Passage 3.

It took me 30 minutes to find the answers even with the answer sheet in front of me.

What โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing: How to hedge in Task 2 ๐ŸŒณ๐ŸŒณ

December 20th, 2020


In this lesson you'll learn the 9 main ways of hedging - an essential feature of sophisticated academic writing.

Get the full lesson and more โ€ฆ

IELTS Advent Challenge Tasks ๐ŸŽ„1 - 12

December 12th, 2020


No time to do my Advent Challenge? This podcast (watch the video version on talks you through the past 12 days, so you'll get up and running really quickly!
It's never too late to start - โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening Part 3: Children's Literature Course ๐Ÿ“š

November 25th, 2020


Is this Listening more difficult than usual? I got a special request from Elango in my Members Academy, and yes I think it is a tricky one!

I had to โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing: โš–๏ธAdvantages and Disadvantages Essay

November 1st, 2020


This is Day 1 of the November Writing Task 2 Challenge.

Join us in the Facebook group:

And on YouTube (this is the first video)

And on my website


IELTS Reading: Why fairy tales are really scary tales ๐Ÿงšโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ป

October 24th, 2020


I had a special request from Isabella on Instagram today ๐Ÿ‘‹๐Ÿ‡ง๐Ÿ‡ท. She asked me to look at a really difficult text (yes, this one's 9/10!).

It's an โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: ๐Ÿšดโ€โ™€๏ธBike-sharing schemes around the world

October 18th, 2020


Do you have a bike-sharing scheme where you live? In London there are the so-called 'Boris bikes' (named after Boris Johnson, who launched them in 2010 after being inspired by the success of a similar scheme in Paris, โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: The hunt for sunken settlements and ancient shipwrecks ๐Ÿšขโš“๏ธโšฑ๏ธ

October 10th, 2020


This is a difficult Section 4, but if you listen to my podcast regularly, you will be very familiar with this common IELTS topic!

It's about marine โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading GT Part 2: Border crossing and Dealing with absence in the workplace

October 3rd, 2020


Both texts are gapfill summaries.

The first one gives you practice with summary Flow Charts (IELTS 28-Day Planner Day 12) and the second covers the common topic of how to deal with absence in the workplace (good โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Agricultural programme in Mozambique ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿฝโ€๐ŸŒพ๐ŸŒพ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽฃ

September 22nd, 2020


Listen out for the 5 most common gapfill types in this Part 4 gapfill on the very common topics of Agriculture and Water (28-Day Planner Week 1).


IELTS Reading: Nutmeg - a valuable spice ๐ŸŒฐ๐Ÿฅœ

September 13th, 2020


This is an Academic Reading Part 1 (so it's good for GT too).

The structure is chronological (in order of time) which helps you locate the answers โ€ฆ

Factors influencing your IELTS Score ๐ŸŽฐ - how my new IELTS Progress predictor works.

August 16th, 2020


If you've taken my IELTS Progress Predictor Test, you may be wanting to know a bit more about how it works and what it means for your IELTS Preparation.
This podcast talks you through how to make the most of your assets โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Birth order and personality ๐Ÿšผ

July 27th, 2020


IELTS Listening Part 3: How birth order affects your personality.

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IELTS GT Reading: ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•Dinosaurs and the secrets they hold ๐Ÿฆ–๐Ÿฆ•

July 19th, 2020


IELTS GT Reading Part 3 - gapfill summary, multiple choice and choosing from a list.

Find a similar reading with the vocab you need to know about โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening - Cities built by the sea ๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ™๏ธ

July 13th, 2020


This is a Section 3 (dialogue between 2 students) with lots of vocab related to the environment:
- urban planning
- coastal cities
- pollutants are โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Saving bugs to find new drugs ๐Ÿž๐Ÿ’Š

June 29th, 2020


A long and difficult but FASCINATING text with SO MUCH useful vocabulary which I list at the end.

- Matching Information with paragraphs

- Choosing โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: An unusual Academic Passage 1 - The concept of intelligence.

June 21st, 2020


This passage has an academic, theoretical structure rather than a factual, chronological one.ย 

Watch the video on YouTube to see how it looks:


IELTS GT Reading: Parts 1 and 2

June 15th, 2020


Finding a roommate, the best fitness apps, How to Delegate and Choosing the right CV Format. Find the word formation booklet here:



IELTS Listening: ๐Ÿ—บMAPS and MCQs

June 7th, 2020


This video looks at Section 2 of the IELTS Listening Test, which often includes a MAP in the second half.ย 

Watch the video on YouTube if you would โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Why companies should welcome disorder

May 29th, 2020


So sorry for the delay - I'm back now! Been working on the daily YouTube lives during Lockdown. Did you miss them? Just go to my YouTube channel (I'll add this podcast as a video if you prefer to read the text and try โ€ฆ

IELTS Experts - 10 of your most common questions about IELTS answered

April 18th, 2020


In this podcast (also on YouTube) I ask my boss Max to give us his insider tips about #IELTS (it's exactly the same as what I say but people actually listen to him!).

Watch the video here:


IELTS Writing: How to use 'despite' and 'in spite of'

April 10th, 2020


This week I've been working really hard on preparing full lessons for my free YouTube Writing Workshops, and I wanted to give you a taste of what โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing: Complex sentences made easy for Writing and Speaking ('reduced adverbials'!)

March 30th, 2020


This was the first day of my Live IELTS Writing Workshops on YouTube, so I wanted to give you a taste of what happens in the workshop.

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IELTS Reading Time Management Tips

March 24th, 2020


Need to read faster in the test? In this video and podcast, I'll take you through a Reading test and show you what you can do at each stage to answer the questions more quickly.

The text is called 'The Birdmen' and you โ€ฆ

IELTS Computer-Delivered General Training Reading Test Part 1

March 17th, 2020


This podcast is taken from my YouTube Video (watch this to see the text).

I take you through the first part of a Computer-Delivered #IELTS General Training Reading Test and look at the โ€ฆ

IELTS Writing Error Correction - The Blue Book project ๐Ÿ“˜

March 11th, 2020


Do you rely on a teacher to correct your writing mistakes for the IELTS Test? Is this the most effective way? ย ย 

In this podcast I look at some research that's been done about the best way to learn from your mistakes - โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: ๐Ÿ”†The history of weather forecasting ๐Ÿ”†

March 5th, 2020


I made this as a YouTube video so you can watch it here if you'd like to see the text at the same time:

It's a Part 4 โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Matching Headings - A visit to Oymyakon ๐Ÿฅถ

February 26th, 2020


GT IELTS Matching Headings and gapfill practice.

Watch the podcast on YouTube so that you can see the text and my explanations (and try the test for yourself).

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BONUS episode! My interview with Dr Heidi Brumbaugh, creator of the Vocab Victor app.

February 20th, 2020


This week I interview the creator of the marvellous Vocab Victor app, Dr Heidi Brumbaugh.

Dr Heidi realised that my 28-Days of IELTS Word List would โ€ฆ

Computer-delivered IELTS: An interview with Jessica from the IELTS Energy Podcast

February 16th, 2020


This week on the podcast I was very happy to invite Jessica Beck from All Ears English and the IELTS Energy Podcast to talk about the pros and cons of the Computer Delivered IELTS Test (amongst other things!).
Jess โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Kite-making kite ๐Ÿช by the Maori people of New Zealand ๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฟ

February 10th, 2020


Part 4 IELTS Listening on the topic of Civilisation (again! See my YouTube video about this). Vocab Victor is the app where you can develop your IELTS vocab with my 28 days of Vocab wordlists.

YouTube video about โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Natural Dyes ๐Ÿงถ๐Ÿงต

February 3rd, 2020


Multiple Choice and Matching in a Part 3 (student and tutor).

Watch my YouTube video about how to recognise signals in Part 3 Listening:


IELTS Reading GT Section 1: How synonyms work in Part 1 - The best suitcases ๐Ÿ’ผ๐Ÿงณand The Oxford School of Drama ๐ŸŽญ

January 27th, 2020


GT Reading is not always as easy as it looks in Part 1. Yes, the texts are shorter but you have to do 2 of them in 20 mins and you need a good level of Vocab to get the answers quickly and not fall for the tricks! Here โ€ฆ

IELTS listening: Field Trip Proposal ๐Ÿœ

January 10th, 2020


Listening Part 3 (Book 8 Test 1). Looking at signals, multiple choice and gap fill. Get more help with Part 3 here โ€ฆ

IELTS GT Writing - How to write a letter of complaint

December 29th, 2019


Today's podcast focuses on using Reported Speech and Reporting verbs in Letters of Complaint to tell the reader what you've been told (e.g. by a shop โ€ฆ

IELTS GT Writing: A job application ๐Ÿ‘จ๐Ÿฝโ€๐Ÿซ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ

December 6th, 2019


Day 15 of the GT IELTS WRITING 28-Day Course is all about different types of job applications. Get all the tips here

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We need to talk about your writing โœ๐Ÿฝ

November 29th, 2019


I spend half my life telling students to write more formally, and half my life telling students the opposite. There is a huge gulf between the two โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Venus in transit ๐Ÿ”ญ๐Ÿช

November 15th, 2019


This has been on my list of things to do for about a year! Such a tough text but so easy to guess at least half of the answers without a PhD in Astronomy!


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IELTS Reading: Biological control of pests ๐Ÿฆ—๐ŸŒ๐Ÿ›๐Ÿฆ…

November 7th, 2019


A truly awful text but totally worth it for the vocab and strategies. Learn how to answer these questions without understanding almost anything ๐Ÿ˜ฏ!


IELTS Reading: The truth about the environment ๐Ÿ—บ๐Ÿงฏ

October 28th, 2019


Passage 3 with lots of Vocab you can use in Writing Task 2.


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IELTS listening: ๐ŸŒŠMarine renewable energy (Ocean Energy)

October 21st, 2019


A fabulous Part 4 Listening with tons of Vocab and expressions useful for both Task 1 Writing โœ๐Ÿฝ (processes) and Task 2 Writing โœ๐Ÿฝ.


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IELTS Tips: What to do when you hit a plateau โ›ฐ

October 11th, 2019


Have you hit a plateau with IELTS? Are you stuck at the same band despite studying really hard? Iโ€™ve done some research and condensed it into this 40-minute episode so that you can push yourself to the next level.



IELTS GT Reading: Out of the ashes ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ๐Ÿ”ฅ

October 4th, 2019


Passage 3 about the restoration of an 18th century house which caught fire. Excellent for Vocab about Buildings (Day 8 in the Vocab Course).


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IELTS Reading: Endless Harvest ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ๐ŸŸ

September 28th, 2019


Academic Passage 2 about over-fishing, commercial fishing, sustainable fishing and environmental responsibility. T/F/NG.


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IELTS Writing Task 2: Do prisons work?

September 19th, 2019


An example of a Band 9 essay that breaks some of the essay-writing โ€˜rulesโ€™, but answers the question perfectly with plenty of expressions that you โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Rural Transport Project ๐Ÿšœ ๐Ÿด

September 12th, 2019


Ok this one is pretty tedious BUT! it covers 4 question of the WORST types (Matching Headings, YNNG, Sentence completion and Q40) so itโ€™s well worth โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: โ›”๏ธ โ›”๏ธSignposts Part 2

September 6th, 2019


Last week I outlined the 10 signals and signposts that lead you to the answer in the Listening Test (see my blog for more details and a YouTube video). This week Iโ€™m showing you an almost identical example so that you โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: โ›”๏ธ SIGNALS and SIGNPOSTS to lead you to the answer.โ›”๏ธ

August 29th, 2019


Listening Part 3 is a very carefully structured dialogue full of signals like โ€˜So!โ€™ โ€˜โ€™Well!โ€™ โ€˜โ€™Now!โ€™, emphatic structures (โ€˜What I decided to do โ€ฆ

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

August 22nd, 2019


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


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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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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!


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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!

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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


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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 (


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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 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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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


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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.


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IELTS Listening: A social history of London ๐ŸŒƒ

December 24th, 2018


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


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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.
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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


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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”


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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 Staff Benefits ๐Ÿค‘๐Ÿค’๐Ÿง–๐Ÿฝโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿพโ€๐ŸŽ“๐Ÿ‘ด๐Ÿฝ

November 21st, 2018


#ielts Cambridge Book 9 Test A Section 2 Part 2 JLP Retail: Staff Benefits plus useful vocab ๐Ÿ˜€


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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˜€


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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.


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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˜„


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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.
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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.


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IELTS Listening: BABY COTS ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿป

October 14th, 2018


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


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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.

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

July 5th, 2018


This episode looks at tricks with multiple choice questions.

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IELTS Writing Task 2: The arts ๐ŸŽญ

April 18th, 2018


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


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IELTS Writing T2: community service

February 22nd, 2018


Writing T2: compulsory community service?


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IELTS Writing Task 2 Introductions - 5 ways

February 21st, 2018


5 ways of writing Task 2 Introductions


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Phrasal verbs in GT Task 1?

February 15th, 2018


Phrasal verbs in formal writing?


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GT Informal Letter Too Formal

February 12th, 2018


General Training Informal Letter (bag)


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Matching Statements 2 (maths)

February 9th, 2018


Matching Statements 2 (maths)


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IELTS Writing Task 2: Introductions

February 5th, 2018


IELTS Writing Task 2: Introductions


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IELTS Writing Task 2: language learning

February 1st, 2018


Language Learning - Primary or Secondary school?


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IELTS Reading: Picking from a list

January 31st, 2018


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


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Matching Headings Part 1

January 29th, 2018


IELTS Reading: Matching Headings 1


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Writing Task 2: school buses

January 28th, 2018


IELTS Writing Task 2: school transport ๐ŸšŒ


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Writing Task 2: homework

January 26th, 2018


Writing Task 2: Homework


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IELTS Task 2 GT: community

January 25th, 2018


IELTS Task 2: problems/solutions


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GT Writing 1: Formal Letter

January 24th, 2018


GT Writing โœ๐Ÿฝ A formal letter


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General Training: using slang

January 23rd, 2018


General Training: using slang


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GT Task 1: An Informal Letter

January 22nd, 2018


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


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General Training: complaining

January 21st, 2018


General Training: complaining


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General Training: informal

January 19th, 2018


General Training: Informal Letters


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Multiple choice: Q11, 12, 13

January 18th, 2018


Multiple choice chronobiology Q 11, 12, 13


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Reading: Multiple choice

January 17th, 2018


๐Ÿ“– Multiple choice


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Adding adverbs

January 16th, 2018


Adding adverbs to comparisons


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Writing a clear overview

January 15th, 2018


Writing a clear overview


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Describing a Process: Linking

January 14th, 2018


Describing a Process: Linking


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Describing a Process: P

January 13th, 2018


Describing a Process: Passives


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Describing a Process: Leather

January 12th, 2018


Describing a process: Leather


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Reading: gapped texts

January 3rd, 2018


Gapped Texts - Easter Island


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Task 2: prevention vs cure

December 30th, 2017


Task 2: prevention is better than cure


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Task 2: urban/rural economy

December 27th, 2017


Task 2: urban/rural economies


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Task 1: A seasonal process ๐ŸŽ„

December 23rd, 2017


Task 1: The Christmas Present Process ๐ŸŽ


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Past Perfect

December 20th, 2017


Past Perfect for IELTS


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Online shopping

December 18th, 2017


How online shopping affects the environment and jobs


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Describing town plans

December 17th, 2017


Task 1:Describing Town Plans


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Task 1: Making predictions

December 13th, 2017


Task 1: Making predictions


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Task 1: Health club members

December 11th, 2017


Task 1: Health club members


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Task 1: Changes to a town

December 7th, 2017


Task 1: Changes to a town


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Neighbourhood ties

December 5th, 2017


Neighbourhood relationships


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Over-dependency on machines

December 4th, 2017


Over-dependency on machines


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Violent films and society

December 2nd, 2017


Do violent films cause social problems?


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A journey that went wrong

November 30th, 2017


A journey that didnโ€™t go as planned


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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


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An instrument Iโ€™d like to play

November 26th, 2017


An instrument Iโ€™d like to play


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A party I went to

November 23rd, 2017


A party I went to ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ€


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A celebrity Iโ€™d like to meet

November 22nd, 2017


A celebrity Iโ€™d like to meet


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An area that is changing

November 20th, 2017


An area that is changing


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Mobile phones pros and cons

November 19th, 2017


Mobile phones pros and cons


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Electricity from waves

November 16th, 2017


Describing a process: electricity from waves


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A country Iโ€™d like to visit

November 16th, 2017


A country Iโ€™d like to visit


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A business Iโ€™d like to start

November 14th, 2017


A business Iโ€™d like to start


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A river I visited

November 10th, 2017


A river, lake or sea I know


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How energy is produced from coal

October 28th, 2017


Learn how to describe a process in IELTS Task 1


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Pie charts and change

October 20th, 2017


IELTS Task 1 pie charts


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Urban problems

October 5th, 2017


IELTS Writing Task 2 Causes and Solutions. Urban sprawl.


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What is the role of prisons?

September 30th, 2017


IELTS Task 2 topics and ideas.


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Should TV ads be controlled?

September 24th, 2017


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


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The economy

September 19th, 2017


Vocab and ideas for IELTS topics


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Obesity - causes and solutions

September 14th, 2017


Obesity - causes and solutions


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Space Exploration

September 3rd, 2017


IELTS topic - Space Exploration


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