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IELTS Listening: Victor Hugo

July 22nd, 2023


This Listening Part 4 about a writer called Victor Hugo is taken from the new Practice Book 18.

In the podcast you'll learn

  • why this particular โ€ฆ

Get some coffee before you do this Reading test ๐Ÿ—ฝ

June 27th, 2023


This is a Passage 3 review about a book about The Birth and Growth of Manhattan's Skyscrapers.

Seriously, I don't expect anyone to listen to this for more than 5 minutes.

If you've got the text in front of you, it might โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Urban farming

June 12th, 2023


Farming and agriculture is my Number 1 Vocabulary topic for IELTS, and I noticed that most of the readings in this new Cambridge Practice Test Book โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Stadiums

June 1st, 2023


This is a pretty straighforward Academic Part 2 about Stadiums.

In this podcast we'll go through 3 question types (Matching Statements, Gapfill Summary and Choosing from a list.)

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IELTS Reading: The development of the London underground railway

May 19th, 2023


I guarantee that you can do this in under 10 minutes if you follow my system.

Find the Reading online and do it yourself before you listen.

Learn โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening Part 2: Matthews Island Holidays

April 20th, 2023


Get the full blog with audio on my website:

In this lesson, I examine the MACRO and โ€ฆ

๐Ÿ“ Which is the best (free) online IELTS writing checker?

March 23rd, 2023


There are many free online IELTS Writing checkers available, and they can be useful when youโ€™re starting your IELTS preparation.

Online writing โ€ฆ

How many IELTS Reading question types are there? (Tips on how to tackle different questions in the IELTS Reading test)

March 10th, 2023


[Skip the 5-minute introduction if you want to just get to the question types!]

Different websites have different ways of categorising IELTS Reading Question types.

See my latest blog for all the details:


How to prepare for IELTS in 10 days

February 20th, 2023


The best thing about the IELTS Test is that you cannot fail it. The test simply takes a โ€˜snapshotโ€™ of your current level of English.

So if youโ€™ve suddenly realised that you need to take the test in 10 days donโ€™t panic โ€ฆ

Pronunciation for IELTS Listening - how to understand fast speech

February 11th, 2023


There are 7 key features of fast speech and pronunciation that you need to develop a better understanding of in order to increase your Listening โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Hotel Staff Turnover

January 26th, 2023


In this Listening Section 2 we look at:

- Multiple choice questions
- distractors - matching from a list
- the word 'staff' and how it's repeated 32 โ€ฆ

IELTS New Year Resolutions 2023

January 13th, 2023


What will you do differently in 2023? Here are my 7 resolutions to help you get the IELTS test over and done with once and for all. Get all the tips โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: To catch a king ๐Ÿคด๐Ÿ‘‘

December 16th, 2022


In this episode, I'll take you through one of my Guided Readings - it's an Academic Passage 3 from Book 17 and, unusually, it's a book review.

Follow โ€ฆ

IELTS Mindset: ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ How to deal with 'too much information' (feeling overwhelmed)

November 13th, 2022


Question: "How do I cope with so much information when I'm preparing for the IELTS test?"
Answer: "Just do as much as you need to do for the Band score that you want."
In all aspects of life, there are different levels of โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ธ The impact of digital technology on the Icelandic language

November 4th, 2022


Can you guess the answers to the gapfill before you listen? In this episode I talk you through a Passage 4 where I think about 60% of the answers are guessable!

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IELTS Reading: Feathers as decoration in European History

October 25th, 2022


A tricky GT Part 3 Reading with Matching Headings, Multiple Choice, and Matching Sentence Endings.


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IELTS Listening Part 3: Veterinary science students

September 26th, 2022


In this podcast, you'll practice listening for the tricks in Multiple Choice Questions.

This is yet another Listening based on the topic of farming, โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Reducing injuries on the farm

September 9th, 2022


This Reading will also help your Task 2 Writing.

Watch this quick video to see why:

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IELTS Writing Task 2: How to write a Band 9 essay [Introductions]

September 5th, 2022


In today's September Challenge, we're reviewing Task 2 essays, starting with how to write a good Introduction.

Check out the blog I refer to here (with a model essay):


IELTS Writing Task 1: ๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ—Consumption of meat and fish.

September 4th, 2022


Day 3 of the September IELTS Planner Challenge is all about describing changes in Writing Task 1.

See the graph and video here.

Or โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening Part 1: ๐Ÿ„โ€โ™€๏ธ Learning to surf

September 2nd, 2022


Day 2 of the September 2022 Challenge.

This is a Part 1 but full of TRICKS!

Get the full video version in the Members Academy.

Join the challenge on โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading GT: ๐ŸฅพThe best hiking boots

September 1st, 2022


This is Day 1 of my free IELTS September Challenge 2022.

Follow the challenge every day on my website (What's new - daily tips):


IELTS Listening: ๐Ÿฆ‹ Buckworth Conservation Group

August 26th, 2022


This is a slightly unusual Listening Part 1 from the latest Cambridge Test Book 17.
Get more in the Members Academy:
and on my website


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IELTS Reading GT โšฝ๏ธ: History of women's football in Britain

August 18th, 2022


This is a fascinating Section 3 General Training Reading text about the origins of women's football and why it disappeared for 50 years.

Practice โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening ๐Ÿ Maple Syrup ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

July 27th, 2022


In this lesson we cover more words from The List (my 100 Most Common Listening Gap Fill Answers).
Pay special attention to the second half, where the โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: ๐Ÿ… Domesticating the tomato

July 18th, 2022


This is an Academic Test Passage 2 Reading from Book 17 and the podcast covers 3 types of questions: matching information, matching people, and gapfill.
In the podcast I discuss how you can understand more of the text if โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: Labyrinths

July 9th, 2022


Book 17 Test 1 Part 4
I chose this Listening just because it's from the most recent Cambridge Practice Test book, and I was pleased to see that all of the gapfill answers conformed to my theories about common IELTS โ€ฆ

IELTS Listening: ๐Ÿงผ Early History of Keeping Clean

June 25th, 2022


This is a Section 4 IELTS Listening Test Gapfill Summary based on a lecture about the history of keeping clean.
Get more listening practice on my โ€ฆ

โญ๏ธIELTS with Fiona daily tips from February 2022โญ๏ธ

May 9th, 2022


Here's my roundup of daily tips from February. Watch the video version on YouTube with this link:

In the podcast we'll โ€ฆ

โญ๏ธ IELTS tips โญ๏ธ Jan 19th - 31st (also on YouTube)

April 17th, 2022


Here's my round-up of the weekly tips that you can find on my website (ย 

This podcast is also on YouTube/fionawattam:ย 

In this โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿฝ Could urban engineers learn from dance?

April 6th, 2022


This is a particularly challenging Reading Passage 1, which follows the structure of a Passage 3 'discursive' argument rather than the usual Passage โ€ฆ

โญ๏ธ IELTS tips โญ๏ธ podcast Jan 1st - Jan 17th 2022 with YouTube video

March 19th, 2022


This podcast talks you through a fortnight of daily tips, with an accompanying YouTube video.
Get the daily tips here on my website.
In this episode โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading:๐ŸงดPlastic is no longer fantastic

March 3rd, 2022


In this IELTS GT Part 3 Reading lesson we'll practise Matching Headings, Multiple Choice and Gapfill summary on the topic of plastic.


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IELTS โญ๏ธDaily tipsโญ๏ธfrom Fiona Dec 9th - 24th 2021

February 3rd, 2022


In today's podcast you'll review my daily tips from my annual advent challenge which you can find on my website under "What's New" and โ€ฆ

IELTS โญ๏ธDaily Tipsโญ๏ธfrom Fiona Nov 20 - Dec 8

January 26th, 2022


In this episode I catch up with the daily tips that you can find on my website under "What's new".

This episode covers:

  • Pronunciation of phrasal โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Marine ecosystems ๐Ÿก

January 4th, 2022


This is a nice GT Part 3 Reading to get 2022 off to a great start. It practises Matching Headings, Multiple Choice AND gapfill, and it's absolutely โ€ฆ

IELTS Reading: Having a laugh

December 5th, 2021


This is an academic Passage 3 about the importance of laughter.


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โญ๏ธIELTS tipsโญ๏ธ Nov 9th - 20th

November 27th, 2021


In this episode I go through a week of tips about:

"is pissed" vs "ears pierced",
PEEL paragraphs,
Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand accents ("bed" vs "bid"),
Bruce Willis, The Sixth Sense and modals of deduction ("He must โ€ฆ

โญ๏ธIELTS tipsโญ๏ธ Oct 27th - Nov 8th 2021

November 24th, 2021


This is my weekly round-up of tips from the "What's New" tab on my free website:

In this episode we look at

  • Pronunciation mazes by โ€ฆ

๐Ÿ†What's the best online IELTS course?๐Ÿ†

November 15th, 2021


That's a tough question. It's so hard for anyone to measure the quality and effectiveness of an IELTS course objectively unless they've taken all of the IELTS courses available!

So here's a quick checklist of things to โ€ฆ

โญ๏ธIELTS tipsโญ๏ธ Oct 17th - 27th

November 5th, 2021


Here's the latest round-up of all my IELTS Daily Tips blog that you can find on my website.
In this blog we go through and revise:

Have or get something done
How to pronounce 'ative'
How to pronounce 'able'
Thinking โ€ฆ

โญ๏ธIELTS tipsโญ๏ธ: a weekly summary

October 17th, 2021


I'm trying out a new way of sharing my tips and advice for IELTS.

If you go to the 'What's new' tab on my website, you'll find a daily tip:

You can leave a comment there and โ€ฆ

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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 Reading: Picking from a list

January 31st, 2018


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


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Writing Task 2: school buses

January 28th, 2018


IELTS Writing Task 2: school transport ๐ŸšŒ


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GT Writing 1: Formal Letter

January 24th, 2018


GT Writing โœ๐Ÿฝ A formal letter


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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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Multiple choice: Q11, 12, 13

January 18th, 2018


Multiple choice chronobiology Q 11, 12, 13


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Online shopping

December 18th, 2017


How online shopping affects the environment and jobs


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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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A party I went to

November 23rd, 2017


A party I went to ๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽŠ๐ŸŽ€


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Electricity from waves

November 16th, 2017


Describing a process: electricity from waves


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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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Urban problems

October 5th, 2017


IELTS Writing Task 2 Causes and Solutions. Urban sprawl.


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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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