Category Archives: IELTS Writing

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.

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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.

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How to be an organised learner

  • By Anna

At IELTS Medical we understand how difficult it may be to juggle between preparation to the IELTS exam and other commitments at home or work. This article will give a few simple tips how to organise your work better.

 

ORGANISE YOUR MATERIAL AFTER EACH CLASS

Yes, yes, we know – when you get home after a long English class, probably the last thing you want to do is to look at the material again. However it is very important that you have at least a quick glance at what you have done that particular day. Gather information that was important during that lesson and underline it with a colourful pen or mark it with a fun ribbon if that helps.

 

DO NOT PUT OFF DOING YOUR HOMEWORK FOR THE LAST MINUTE

Being up-to-date with your homework is crucial to make progress in getting ready for your IELTS exam. We do understand that sometimes it gets a bit tricky to actually remember about your homework when you have other responsibilities like taking care of your family or going to work. You have to remember that doing homework and getting feedback from your tutor allows you to correct your mistakes and learn quicker.

 

USE A PLANNER

It could be in paper version, it could be an app on your phone – trust me, having a planner with you is a life-saver. You can use it to remember about your classes and homework you need to do before next class.

 

REVISE, REVISE, REVISE

That is the magic word you have probably already heard a billion times. It is a key to a successful score at your next IELTS test. Remember to always revise before your next class. It helps you remember all that you have already learnt and in the meantime you may also come up with questions to ask your tutor regarding the material.

 

I hope these tips will help you stay organised doing your course with IELTS Medical. However remember that even though these tips will definitely help you along the way, the most important thing is to stay enthusiastic and motivated to learn!

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Last IELTS Simon Workshop of 2017 – Sunday 12th November

A lot of our medics follow IELTS Simon, who produces daily IELTS lessons on his website. For over a decade, IELTS Simon has been a trusted advisor on everything you need to know about the IELTS exam in a way that’s easy to understand and, most importantly, remember.

Past attendees have been able to improve their Reading and Writing scores by a band, through implementing IELTS Simon’s Workshop tips and strategies to improve your IELTS skills.

Here at IELTS Medical, we always enjoy IELTS Simon’s London visits and his last visit of 2017 will be on Sunday 12th November. Delivering his world famous IELTS Academic Writing Workshop in the first half and an IELTS Academic Reading workshop in the second, we’re hoping to see a healthy turnout especially from Medics taking their exam with us on Saturday 25th November. As always, lunch will be served and the event is open to all professionals at approx. 6.0-6.5 level, who are taking the IELTS Academic examination soon. Only 9/14 spaces remain and tickets are available now.


IELTS Simon’s Writing and Reading Workshop




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The importance of revising the content you have learned

  • By Martina

Exams, coursework and interviews are all important steps in a person’s career. These assessments mark out stages in a person’s life and can lead to a more rewarding profession. In order to achieve good results in these assessments, revising for the exam is extremely important.

At first, ideas might be confused, topics might not be clear and information might be written down in a disorganised way. If text or speeches are left un-revised and thoughts are not clear, the outcome in assessments may not be favourable.

So what is revising and why is it important?

It’s the act of improving and adapting something over a measured period of time to make it more suitable for a particular purpose i.e. performing well in an exam. Revision should not be confused with cramming, which occurs when a student goes over topics hurriedly right before an assessment. Revising is vital. If a learner crams the night before an exam they are far less likely to be able to recall things they have studied in the long term as they have not processed all the information properly. While cramming isn’t a totally ineffective tool for passing an exam, medics are more likely to forget the material they have studied which may prove disastrous if they need that information as foundation for a subsequent exam that is coming up in the near future. As a violin player would practice his accords over time before a concert, a learner needs to elaborate and reformulate the content of the subject they have studied.

The best advice I can give you about revising is as follows:

1. Make a revision plan: By doing this your revision will be more organised and succinct, meaning you are less likely to be copying out of a textbook verbatim and your revision will be more efficient.

2. Revise regularly: IELTS topics that have not been studied or essays that have not been written recently need more time to be revised since thoughts are not fresh and material is not new. By constantly reviewing your work and revising the work you have been taught in class, you will need to do less work closer to your assessments.

3. Make revising interesting: Studies have shown we are more likely to remember topics we have revised with fun acronyms, limericks, rhymes, colourful diagrams and notes with different colour pens (to name a handful of methods). We aren’t advising you to take a huge amount of time trying to turn the information you are trying to revise into a rap rhymes eligible for a Grammy or diagrams that could rival Picasso’s finest work! However, the more interesting you make your revision, the more likely you are to remember it for an assessment.

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How to prepare for your IELTS Exam

  • By Cristina

IELTS evaluates your English level in four ways: it assesses your speaking, listening, writing and reading and determines your ability to communicate with employers, professors, any individuals or professionals in an English speaking country such as United Kingdom.

By following the three steps below you will be better prepared for your IELTS test and you will be able to receive the results that you desire.

The first step is to improve your English

It takes a lot of energy and time to learn a language and the best way to can enhance your learning is to take an English language course. Having a tutor that can guide you and help you with the different sections of the IELTS (writing, reading, listening and speaking) is essential. A teacher can provide you with the feedback that you need in order to perform better on a particular assignment. You will need to use all the resources available to improve your English. Reading books, watching movies or YouTube IELTS tutorials, practising tests, doing grammar exercises, listening to radio podcasts or songs or similar activities are proven to contribute greatly to your high IELTS score.

The second step is to familiarise yourself with the rules and the test format

Remember there are two versions of the IELTS test: IELTS Academic used for people who want to study at higher education level or work in professional organisations in an English speaking country and General Training designed for individuals who want to study at below degree level, work in an English speaking country or emigrate to countries part of the Commonwealth. Please keep in mind that the Reading and the Writing parts are different for both exams but the Listening and Speaking sections are the same. Check the British Council website for any useful information. Be aware of the IELTS test band scores and do not believe all the rumours about the test, instead get the facts.

The third step is to practise IELTS tests that are available for you to use after you pay for the exam. Apart from that you can find various IELTS materials on the British Council website or from numerous publishers.

Alternatively you may consider taking our IELTS preparation course. A preparation course can be very useful in many ways such as improving your band score by practising the tasks that are required for the test.

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The importance of feedback from tutors

  • By Cristina

Feedback is an essential part of effective learning. It helps learners understand the subject being studied and provides them with clear guidance on how to enhance their learning. According to researchers, academic feedback is more strongly linked to achievement than any other teaching behaviour. This relationship is consistent regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, or school setting. Feedback can improve a student’s confidence, self-awareness and enthusiasm for learning. Providing students engage with feedback, it should enhance assessment performance and improve learning.

Everyone can benefit from feedback. Feedback can be used to make better, more informed decisions. Feedback also allows students to build and maintain communication with their tutors.

Effective feedback, both positive and negative, is very useful. Efficient feedback can benefit the student greatly. Here are a few more reasons why feedback is important:

1. Feedback improves efficiency. When a student is provided with feedback they are less likely to make the same mistakes in future assignments. It is also likely that the performance of students will improve.

2. Feedback can motivate and can re-assure the student is moving in the right direction. It has strong links with student satisfaction and productivity.

Feedback from a tutor can motivate the student to perform better and to become more confident.

3. Feedback is a tool for continued learning. Persistent feedback can enhance the relationship between the tutor and the student; it can create different strategies for learning and developing more skills.

Here our medics receive daily and consistent feedback from our experienced IELTS tutors and examiners. It means that you learn how to navigate the IELTS exam with ease and that you can incorporate the feedback you have been given so that you can perform better in the exam. Our medics also receive feedback during their mock exams, where they rehearse the big day.

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