Reading and Writing Workshop with IELTS Simon

  • By Lidia

Dear Medics,

You’ve asked – and we listened.

We are very excited to let you know we shall host a writing and reading workshop with IELTS Simon on Sunday, 24th of September, 2017.

Who is Simon?

Based in Manchester, IELTS Simon is one of the most accomplished and renowned IELTS tutors. With over 572,000 followers on Facebook and more than 50,000 subscribers on Youtube, Simon uses his extensive experience as an ex-IELTS examiner to teach students how to ace the IELTS exam.

For more information on Simon, check out his website and YouTube Channel. 

Tell me about the workshop…

We have developed our reading and writing workshop as an intensive, full day of training to further prepare our medics’ for the reading and writing part of the academic IELTS exam.

At the beginning of the day, you will learn what the examiners are looking for when marking the writing papers. Subsequently, you will study academic model essays and cover theoretical concepts on tackling Task 2 of the exam.

During lunch break, you can enjoy our delicious meal (free of charge) and have the opportunity to network and build relationships with like-minded medical professionals.

After lunch we’ll tackle reading and alternative techniques to “skimming and scanning” that will help you develop your IELTS reading abilities.

We are proud to have received excellent feedback from our previous workshops with Simon with medics pushing their 6.5 score to 7.0+ following the session.

Word of mouth on the great fun and high quality teaching made his writing and reading workshop to be in high demand.

To avoid disappointment, we recommend you booking a spot as soon as possible.

How can I book a place?

You can book your place on IELTS Simon’s writing and reading workshop either online or over the phone.

Enjoy a workshop with us… Call 02036376722!


Save the date: 5th of October

  • By Lidia

Let us start by saying a big “Well done!” to the doctors, nurses, pharmacist and lawyer who took their Academic IELTS exam on the 26th of August. Whilst the official results are yet to be released, we are confident that your dedicated preparation and hard work will pay off!

If you would like to take the IELTS Academic exam in the near future, we are happy to let you know we have scheduled the next official IELTS examination for Thursday 5th of October, 2017.

Scroll down for more information about the day…

Registration for our exams starts from 08:00 at our local hospital in a location that is easily accessible and close to major train stations (including Archway and Upper Holloway). To avoid a crowded class environment and to facilitate a seamless experience, you will joining a maximum of twenty other medics taking the exam.

The examination day will start off with the papers in Reading, Listening and Writing. More information on the band criteria you will be tested can be found on British Council website.

Have a look over our carefully written articles on improving your reading speed as well as our top listening and writing tips.

Once the three examinations are completed, we relocate to our centre (85 Hazellville Road, N19 3NB) for a complementary delicious lunch and the speaking section of the exam.

The results will be released within 13 days of taking the exam. These will be available to download from the British Council website with a test report form posted shortly afterwards.

Are you a medical professional looking to take the Academic English IELTS soon? Give us a call now to confirm your place. In the meantime, let our dedicated, specialist IELTS tutors and examiners train and prepare you to reach the 9.0.

Get prepared with us… Call 02036376722.


Three Tips to Improve Your Listening Skills

  • By Lidia

Whilst preparing for the Academic IELTS exam, it is important that you do not fail to study for the listening test.

Tell me more about the listening test…

The IELTS Listening test takes around 30 minutes, and you will have extra 10 minutes to transfer your answers to the answer sheet.  The test consists of four parts, which are to be found on four separate web pages. The test has 40 questions; and each question carries one mark.

How can I prepare?

In our previous articles, we provided you specific tips on how to improve your speaking, reading and writing skills. One recurring pattern in the methods we provide you is the deliberate effort you need to put into your English practice.

Here is how you can improve your listening:

  1. Record your classes

Use your smartphone to record important parts of your classes. Try to re-listen to each recording at least twice, paying close attention to the message and the words / expressions used to convey that message. By doing so, you will not only assimilate the information better but also identify parts of the information you might have previously omitted.

  1. Take notes

Listen to radio talks and discussions and take notes on the key themes of the show. You may wish to wear headphones to avoid distractions; and thereby capture the details covered to a great extent. Remember: your notes should be brief but accurate.

  1. Go online

If you wish to practice your listening skills, we advise you going through mock listening parts of the IELTS found on the British Council website. You may also download free English conversations from

How are your listening skills?

Get listening with us… Call 02036376722.


Let’s Talk Motivation

  • By Lidia

If given a formula, one could argue that motivation consists of performance and ability. Furthermore, studies on motivation assert one individual reaches levels of peak when a task is neither too simple nor too complicated.

This article aims to translate the science of motivation into specific steps our medics can take to keep themselves motivated whilst preparing for the IELTS exam this Saturday.

  1. Start with why

Remind yourself what made you pursue a medical career. Why you made the decision to practice medicine in the UK. Accordingly, imagine your first day on duty at a UK hospital. Think of the positive impact you can have on the healthcare sector. Link getting the required IELTS scores to the idea of making significant progress and continuing meaningful work.

  1. Develop a routine

Dedicate a specific part of the day to academic English study. Are you an early riser? Set one hour of your morning aside to tackle different parts of the IELTS exam.  Should you wish to receive feedback on your work, check out our marking service.

Remember: organised and scheduled studying will help you maintain motivation. When focused on your routine and achieving your daily learning goals, i.e. learning at least five new words daily, you are less likely to get distracted by other activities.

  1. Anticipate the times you will lose motivation

A few weeks ago, we discussed the importance of self-awareness and explained how our medics’ can use it to improve their performance. Additionally, self-awareness can be also used to anticipate times of depleted motivation. Once such times are identified and linked with their causal behaviours, think of specific strategies you can implement to address them. For instance, you might choose to study with a friend. Studies indicate that peer learning significantly improve chances of retaining information.

Get motivated with us… Call 02036376722.


Introducing IELTS Nurses

  • By Lidia

Leaving your homeland to settle in a new country is a challenging yet exciting process. Recent employment data released by the NHS indicates that nurse job vacancies have risen to unprecedented levels due to severe nursing shortages and high demands of an aging population.

For our nurses, we’ve created IELTS Nurses to help overseas qualified healthcare professionals to register with the NMC (Nursing & Midwifery Council) and thus enable them to advance their career in UK. More information on the NMC registration process can be found here.

For our nurses, the first step of the journey is achieving an overall 7.0 in the Academic IELTS exam across all four skills, namely Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening. Information on our intensive, i10 IELTS courses can be found here.

Following the IELTS, our specialist nurses work closely with students and train them to achieve high scores in the competence based CBT (Computer Based Test) and OSCE (Objective Structured Clinical Examination) required for NMC registration. It is said that the OSCE test is difficult, as only 50% of candidates pass on their first attempt. To ensure your success, you will be invited to sit a mock examination at the end of the course that will be assessed by a clinician.  This is due to the practical training and guidance from registered nurses our students benefit from.

Once your NMC registration is complete, we shall assist you gain employment within UK hospitals. Our recruitment team is dedicated to finding you jobs for NHS and private healthcare providers.

Our goal is to empower you to start in your nursing career in UK. From our IELTS tutors and examiners to our experienced nurses, our thorough preparation and coaching will help you to complete the NMC registration process.

Become a UK nurse with us… Call 02036376722.


The next IELTS Exam – what you need to know

  • By Lidia

The 26th of August marks the date of the next Academic IELTS exam. We encourage our well-prepared, confident medical professionals to book a spot to what may represent the beginning of an exciting career journey.

In the article below we provide you information on the most common questions we encounter from our medics’.

What does the Academic IELTS examination involves?

The Academic IELTS examination involves testing around four language skills, namely Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking. For more information on the band criteria you will be tested, check out the British Council website.

You shall be provided with the results within 13 days upon examination.

Tell me about the exam day…

Registration for the exam starts at 8.00 am. The first three papers in Listening, Reading and Writing will take place in the modern lecture theatre, with sound audio equipment facilities. Upon completion, we shall subsequently relocate for our centre and for lunch (provided) and the Speaking Examination.

What do I need to bring in with me?

It is important that you bring with you a pen. (Check out the story of the lucky pen.)

Where is the exam taking place?

You shall be joining a maximum of 20 other medics taking the exam at our based in Archway, North London. The location is easily accessible and close to major train / tube stations.

How can I book in a spot?

To accommodate and confirm your booking request, we encourage you to give us a call as soon as possible. Feel free to ask our friendly team for more information about the exam, our locations and future exam dates.

At IELTS Medical, we aim to provide our medics’ a seamless experience so they can relax and perform at their best.

Pass your IELTS with us… Call 02036376722.





Coffee chat with medical Doctor T

  • By Lidia

Tell me a bit about your background

I am an overseas medical doctor originally from Sudan. I have been living in the UK for the last two years. It was a keen desire to help people by easing their pain that inspired and motivated me to pursue a medical career.

What did you enjoy most about being a medical student?

There are a few things I enjoyed about medical school, ranging from studies to extracurricular activities. Highlights include surgery and volunteering. I volunteered for the Medical Student Association, where I was responsible for delivering classes to students as a way to educate them about health, tropical diseases and the environment. Looking back, I can say university was a very exciting stage of my life.

What made you come to IELTS Medical?

I was looking for an intensive Academic English course to help me prepare for the IELTS exam. IELTS Medical seemed to be the right fit.

What classes did you take?

I opted for the i10 Complete, a course which includes Advanced Academic Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking classes.

What did you find most challenging?

To implement new techniques when tackling the IELTS question. For instance, previously I used to answer the multiple answer questions by translating the words from English to Arabic. Now, I am learning to think in English rather than translate. It is a time-consuming process that requires a lot of practice.

What was the highlight of the course?

I very much enjoyed being thought by Simon. His on-going feedback helped me significantly improve my skills. I am proud my progress, especially with reading and listening.

Where do you see your career moving forward?

My goal is to specialise in nephrology and conduct research about the causes of kidney diseases in Sudan.

Get inspired with us… Call 02036376722.