How to Improve your Writing Skills

  • By Lidia

Expressing thoughts and ideas clearly in English is an essential skill, both for the Academic IELTS Writing Exam and your medical career. As with every skill, it takes practice and knowledge, however there are a few steps you can take to improve your writing.

  1. Develop a structure

Organise a piece of writing into paragraphs. Firstly, this will help you have a better understanding of what content and information you need to focus on. Secondly, your text will be organised and therefore easier to read by the examiner.

  1. Insert the appropriate words in the text

Use specific words according to the question you are tackling. For instance, if you are asked to describe a situation, focus on the adjectives that best convey your message and help the reader understand your ideas.

  1. Justify your arguments

When expressing opinions, bear in mind that every idea you are trying to communicate should have a rationale behind it, i.e. one or a group of statements supporting the statement itself. The arguments should be valid and relevant.

  1. Broaden your vocabulary

In our previous article(s) we explored reading. For more information, see “How I read a book a week to improve my English” and “How to improve your reading speed”. We cannot stop emphasising the importance of a vast vocabulary, and reading helps you achieve that. This vocabulary can then be applied in your writing. The more varied words you use in the text, the more you demonstrate an excellent grasp and understanding of the language.

We offer Beginner, Intermediate and Advanced Writing Classes for medical professionals. Regardless of the stage you are at, our dedicated tutors are here to provide you with specific advice on how to tackle the different writing questions encountered in the IELTS exam.

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NHS nurse job vacancies rise to unprecedented levels

  • By Lidia

Data released by the NHS in March 2017 shows a sharp increase in the number of nurse job vacancies advertised. The Guardian reports the posts available in England rose over 15.8%, with 30,613 vacancies posted in early spring.

Janet Davis, chief executive and general secretary of Royal College of Nursing, said “The true number of unfilled jobs is far higher than the number of unfilled jobs is far higher than the number of online adverts and stands at 40,000 in England alone.”

On a similar note, Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers, said: “The figures illustrate the huge efforts being made by employers to recruit talented health and care staff across the board, but they also highlight the growing demand for these staff.”

From this it follows the demand for talented nurses is likely to continue, if not rise. It is a time of great opportunity for oversees nurses to progress their careers and have a positive impact in United Kingdom’s healthcare sector.

Overseas nurses interested in pursuing a career in UK are required to be registered with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC). The IELTS requirements for nurses are 7.0 score in Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. It is imperative to have an overall score of 7.0 in order to apply to NMC.

Subsequently, for instance, nurses may decide to work the National Health Service. Some of the advantages of working for the NHS include a great career and salary progression, an annual personal development plan with training opportunities to support your career aspirations and 27 days of holiday per year, subject to increase after 10 years’ of service.

We are here to help you reach the 9.0, and ultimately support you throughout your journey in pursuing your nursing career in UK.

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[TEDMed] What your doctor won’t disclose

Just because doctors have to see every patient, doesn’t mean that patients have to see every doctor. In this TedMed talk, physician and public health advocate Leana Wen discussed a highly controversial approach to medical transparency and full disclosure.

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Requested model essay from IELTS 6 test 3 (Both views)

Some people believe that visitors to other countries should follow local customs and behaviour. Others disagree and think that the host country should welcome cultural differences.

Discuss both these views and give your own opinion.

Whether visitors should follow local traditions of a host country has always been a topic of contention. Some imbibe a popular idiom  and behave as Romans, when living in Rome. Others, on the other hand, hold the view that a melting pot of various customs, enriches a country. In this essay, I will explore both views before concluding that a balance should be sought where possible.

Firstly, if a visitor chooses not follow local rules, they may encounter hostility from the local people. Unspoken practices and customs are part of every country, and emulating the locals allows foreigners to socialise peacefully in a new land. That is why I agree with the idea of following or, at the very least, respecting local customs and behaviors in the land where the foreigner has chosen to live.

Conversely, however, we live in an increasingly globalised world, meaning that host countries should welcome cultural differences. Just because a person is in a foreign land, should not mean that they should sacrifice all of the customs they hold dear. Furthermore, by embracing such differences, local people  can gain a better understanding of alternative lifestyles, cultures and characters that could positively influence their world view. They could, if they wished, learn new behaviours or traditions that may change the way they live. For example, some countries have a siesta culture that other countries, with traditionally long work weeks, may wish to explore in order to increase employee productivity.

In conclusion, there are both benefits and drawbacks of choosing to follow a country’s local traditions, whether or not this is at the expense of one’s own. A happy medium could be for individuals to choose the positive aspects of the local customs and choose to co-exist in the land they call home.

Words: 294

Some people believe this essay would score 7.0+ in the IELTS exam; others disagree… Discuss both views with us… Call 02036376722.


The harder I work, the more luck I have…

The harder I work, the more luck I have.

The above quote is a variation of a quote attributed to US president Thomas Jefferson. It sums up our approach to the IELTS exam. Some of our medics start their courses with the impression that the IELTS exam is all about luck and that if they get the “right” questions, they’ll be just fine. However, the evidence here shows the medics who are successful with their scores were consistently “lucky” when evaluated against exam criteria.

As a reminder, the Speaking examination and Writing Task 1 and Task 2 examination criteria can be found by clicking on the links above. For Listening and Reading, the raw score target is anything above 30 correct answers. Beyond a certain level of language, there are strategies that we teach to beat the clock and when consistently employed, our medics tend to get their scores. Be that a product of luck or skill, there’s no denying that as a centre, we’re getting luckier.

This week saw five of our medics prepared to take the IELTS exam externally with our partner centres, earlier than anticipated. Each had diligently attended classes (one of whom every day Monday to Friday for four weeks straight!), consistently produced high calibre work. Feedback on the exam so far is positive, and all are expected to have achieved their goals in two weeks time.

In sum, intelligence, practice, planning, and consistent execution are all ingredients of “good luck”. So to that I say: “good luck with your preparation medics” – may you achieve the scores you’ve prepared for.

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The hottest rivalry since the cricket world cup…

Medics, the next official examination is in less than eight weeks and medics are already registering for our examination on Saturday 26th August, 2017. Some claim it’s to do with the new GMC Plab 1 dates, some say it’s the first opportunity after their holiday… However, we know that it’s really because the IELTS MEDICAL WORLD CUP is up for grabs.

The IELTS Medical World Cup competition is decided by our Medics’ IELTS scores. Entries are ranked and scores averaged. Every quarter, our healthcare professionals from all over the world compete for the golden cup which is currently held by 3-time champions Pakistan. With France separating the champions from the challengers in third place, India, the IELTS Medical World cup is the hottest competition since the Cricket World Cup!

On entry, our Medics are asked who they will be representing in the IELTS Medical World Cup. Challengers this quarter include: Algeria, France, Italy, Nigeria, Portugal, Romania and Sri Lanka… With more challengers to follow.

In case you need a reminder about how we host our exams:

The Listening; Reading and Writing will take place in a state-of-the-art lecture room. We host a maximum of 20 healthcare professionals, making it a small and “comfortable” exam. Plus, this summer will see us debut individual headphones for the Listening section of the exam. After the written papers, we’ll head back to the centre for lunch (provided) and the Speaking section. Medics who’ve taken their exams with us have said:

“Friendly environment, light lunch included, well organized, no delays!

“[I enjoyed] The welcome at IELTS MEDICAL with Nonny The lunch which was nice attentions The speaking task being at familiar rooms”

“All went smoothly , friendly environment and kind care.”

So, what are you waiting for? Fly your country’s flag, pick up your baton and defend your title OR grab it from Pakistan and run…

Go for Gold with us…. Call 02036376722.