How long will it take me to get my score?

  • By Anna

As an IELTS Medical Administrator, I have to admit that it is one of the most frequent questions and at the same time – one of the most difficult ones to answer directly. This is due to the fact that the answer itself depends on many various factors.

  1. Your previous IELTS score and the score you are aiming at.

It will more likely take more time for a Nurse A to score 7.0 if her last IELTS score was 5.5 than Nurse B whose last score was 6.5. On average, it takes around 5 weeks (while you attend classes twice a week) to go up 0.5 band. However, we have had medics who scored up higher and much quicker, so it is definitely not a rule.

  1. Your determination.

It could be that Nurse A, even though her last score was much lower than Nurse B’s, will get 7.0 quicker. Why is that? Because she is motivated to learn and improve, she never misses her classes, she always does her homework and is not afraid to ask questions when she does not understand something. Remember that the tutor will never do all the work for you; they are here to guide you and help you learn. It is up to you to get the 7.0 or 7.5 score.

  1. Give yourself time.

Please do not leave preparing for the IELTS exam for the last minute. Learning a foreign language is a process that has to take some time and it won’t happen overnight. Additionally, remember that discipline is a key to IELTS. You have to be in touch with the language every day, ideally all the time, in order to significantly improve. Besides attending classes, it would be a good idea to have a British radio in the background, watch British TV and speak to people in English.

To sum up – how long will it take you to get your score? The answer is: it depends on you. We can guide you in the right direction and assist you along the way, but it will still depend on you how quick you will get there.

Get your score with us… Call 02036376722!

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Easy ways to expand your vocabulary

  • By Anna

Expanding your vocabulary is crucial while preparing for the IELTS test. It will definitely make it easier as you go through each skill on the exam. Having a broad vocabulary will also help you in your everyday life as words are one of the key predictors of someone’s profession, education level or social status.

The question now is – how to actually expand your vocabulary? The easiest and fastest way is to read. And not only books. If you are reading this at the moment, I would say you are on the right track. Read everything you possibly can: books, newspapers, road signs, and ingredients’ list on your shampoo bottle.  You will not only learn new words, but you can also improve your grammar and after some time, you may find it much easier to form complex sentences.

 

Look the words up. Whenever you see a word you don’t understand, look it up. Google and a dictionary are your friends. However, please do yourself a favour and do not search for equivalents of said word in your native language. Instead, look up the English definition of the word and check the examples, how it should be used in a sentence. This way, you have more chance to actually remember the word and use it in the future.

 

Search for synonyms of words you use the most often. It can especially help you while writing a paper. Don’t get too crazy, though and remember that sometimes, even though certain words can be synonymous, they cannot be used in the same type of paper.  It is all about the register!

 

Play word games. Who said learning new words cannot be fun? If a boring train ride is part of your commute, why not make it more interesting by doing some crosswords? If you prefer staring at the screen of your phone, there are also educational games you could install (e.g. the word game I am playing now is called Word Cookies).

As you probably already know, the key to learning new words or expressions is always your motivation and persistence. Appreciate the beauty of the language, dive into it, research the etymology of the words you learn – you will be surprised how interesting it can be.

Increase your vocab with us… Call 02036376722!

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Nurse E needed IELTS 7.0, but preferred the 8.0

  • By Emma

One of our most hardworking and determined nurses, has now passed the IELTS exam with a phenomenal score of 8.0. Nurse E only spent 3 weeks with us here at IELTS Medical; where she dominated i10 Advanced writing.

Nurse E first came to IELTS Medical, with the intention to go 0.5 up a band as she had a score of 6.5 in writing. As we all know – to register with the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC), a nurse needs an overall score of 7.0. Nurse E put a lot of time and effort in and made sure she was available for all of the Skype classes we scheduled for her, as a way of gaining all the knowledge and skills in prep for her exam. She had completed her training through online via Skype as she was based in Norwich (118 Miles away from London!) This just shows how effective our materials and tutors are.

By week 3, Nurse E had completed lengthy multiple pieces of homework given by our tutors, she had written many essays and was sent a lot of materials to help her complete it. In the end, we found that she surpassed her target with great perseverance and with the help of our best and experienced tutors (whom she had 1 to 1 tuition with). She obtained the amazing score of 8.0 overall.

Here at IELTS Medical, we would like to praise her for her hard work, resilience and consistency. We wish Nurse E the best of luck with her career and we hope that this motivates all of you, our awe-inspiring, future UK healthcare professionals.

Get your career started with us… Call 02036376722!

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Winter Wonderland Merry-ness

  • By Anna

We are slowly bracing ourselves for the Christmas season at IELTS Medical. Soon the festive decorations will go up and Christmas music will fill in the office and we have a quite exciting announcement for our employees and students. This year’s Winter Party will take place at Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland!

Get your festive mood and ice-skating skills ready before the day comes. Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland has been spreading the Christmas joy for over 10 years now, so it has become a landmark event for the Londoners. It offers various shows, rollercoaster rides, circus, festive bars and food stalls – and it just humbly started as a small, open-air Christmas market. Now you can find there over 100 attractions which is why thousands of visitors return to Winter Wonderland every year.

One of the most popular attractions is Ice Skating, which is also what we have booked for our Winter Party. Winter Wonderland is home to the largest open-air ice rink in the United Kingdom and this is where we will be practicing our ice skating skills. Surrounded by festive lights, magical atmosphere and live music from a bandstand, the ice rink will be the first stop for us.

After an hour of skating, we will move to Zippo’s Circus for a spectacular show that will take us through an array of the world’s finest circus acts. It lasts around 45 minutes so it is also a perfect length for the little ones. It will take place in The Circus Megadome which is the largest tented structure in the UK. It has comfortable theatre-like seating where you can snuggle up and enjoy the show.

Save the date – 17th of December, starting at 17:00, however we will start gathering around half an hour before. Please feel free to bring your family, because the more, the merrier!

Get merry with us… Call 02036376722!

 

 

 

 

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OET Class – every week

  • By Anna

The Occupational English (or OET) is an alternative to the IELTS exam for nurses wishing to register for the NMC. It still tests Listening, Reading, Speaking and Writing, but it does so within a healthcare context.

Earlier this week, IELTS Medical welcomed medical doctor Dr Michael Laurino on board to help our nurses prepare for their OET exam.

Dr Michael has a medical degree from Kings College London and a Master’s degree in Psychology from Middlesex University. He has been working as a Medical General Practitioner in the NHS for 25 years. As a doctor, he was also involved in the teaching of medical students and trainee general practitioners as well as mentoring nurse practitioners and other senior medical personnel.

Even though Dr Michael has just joined our IELTS Medical family, he already has a lot of experience as an English tutor. He has over 2500 hours of teaching adults students of all nationalities and abilities. Although at IELTS Medical he will be helping with OET preparation, he has also taught Business English and IELTS in the past.

We hold the OET classes during the week in the evenings from 6:30 pm up till 9:15 pm and during the weekends from 11:00 am until 2:15 pm. Our nurses have the ability to practice all of the four skills as we provide official OET materials to practice before the exam day comes.

Learn OET with us, call 02036376722!

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MAKE USE OF THE GLOOMY, AUTUMNAL WEATHER

  • By Anna

Our next IELTS exam is getting closer and closer (25th of November, 2017), so it is a good time to start revising what you have already learnt.

I do realise this time of year is not really that motivating when it comes to sitting down and opening your IELTS textbook. However, with a right mind-set, even the rainy, windy evening can become a perfect opportunity to have a date with your English notes.

Google a cosy café nearby and bring your notes with you there. It has actually been proven that some café background noise helps you focus. If you do not feel like leaving your house, this is a website which allows you to actually turn on different kinds of background noise to help you study.

If staring at your notes bores you to death, we have a solution for that too. What better way to train your listening skills than listen to an interesting podcast whilst you, e.g. have a relaxing bath? Check out the BBC podcasts website to get some ideas.

Are you free on Sunday 12th of November? Well, guess what – we have a perfect opportunity for you! IELTS Simon is coming to visit us to give a Reading and Writing skills workshop. If you are level 6.0-6.5, you should definitely book your ticket now. The workshop will take approximately 6 hours and it has a cosy, friendly atmosphere and lunch included.

Get cosy with us… call on 0203 637 6722.

 

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2-Day OET (Listening; Reading; Speaking and Writing) Workshop for Nurses led by with Author and Director Gurleen Khaira.

We’re excited to announce a 2-Day OET Workshop for Nurses led by with Author and Director Gurleen Khaira.

As seen on NBC, Ms. Khaira is an internationally acclaimed OET trainer, entrepreneur, and career counsellor. She has a post-graduate qualification in TESOL and has received four National awards for her work in the education sector and has been featured in national publications on numerous occasions. Her company, Khaira Education, is listed on the official OET Website as a Premium training provider. She has been involved with soft-skills and English language training since 2013 following her return to India from Australia, where she attended the University of Melbourne. She is currently working on her second book, which will be devoted to Reading and Listening Modules of the OET.

Ms. Khaira will be here at our Archway branch to deliver a 2-day workshop on the 9th and 10th January 2018. The workshop will bring to life the OET Listening; Reading; Speaking and Writing skills and will be especially helpful for nurses taking the exam at the beginning of 2018. Previous attendees at Ms. Khaira’s workshops have achieved A or B grades at the OET and we hope to help our nurses do the same… First time.

To book, contact the IELTS Medical team on 02036376722.

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