The perils of keyword hunting

In the Reading test of IELTS, the advice you often hear from ‘experts’ is that the easiest way to find the answer is to mark the keywords in the question...

Posted on May 6, 2019

Can you be tricked? Question -2

There are many intelligently phrased questions in the IELTS Reading test passages that can easily trick you because of the way the words are used both in the passage and...

Posted on May 5, 2019

Can you be tricked? Question -1

There are many intelligently phrased questions in the IELTS Reading test passages that can easily trick you because of the way the words are used both in the passage and...

Posted on May 4, 2019

Spirit of Adventure can’t happen in our comfort zone

These three girls from my IELTS class are ready to take the IELTS exam now after a month of arduous preparation. Their dedication and commitment to the classes were amazing....

Posted on Dec 7, 2018

Not official copying, but peer learning and peer teaching at work!

Sometimes as a faculty, you step back and allow the students to learn from one another. This is a bunch of students doing their IELTS Reading test in the class....

Posted on Dec 5, 2018

Evening batch of IELTS students

Evening batch of students writing a full-length IELTS test in the class. They get monitored under test conditions to see the errors that they make when writing a test. Then...

Posted on Dec 5, 2018

Build in redundancy on the day of test

The dictionary defines redundancy as, “the inclusion of extra components which are not strictly necessary to functioning, in case of failure in other components.” For the test, you are allowed...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

How not to jumble up the answers in your answer sheet

During a practice test, I was watching a student as she was answering the Reading test. As soon as she got the answer to the question, she was directly entering...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Looking for answers to two questions at the same time in the Listening Test

I was watching Kavya doing the Listening Test. The next question (Question 7) needed a name for an answer. The recording as is often the case was discussing three-four names...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Matching Headings Task in Reading test

I was observing how students tackle the Matching Headings task of the Reading test in IELTS. The complete reading passage had six paragraphs and there were nine headings to choose...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Expressing personal opinions in Writing test – Task 1

I was examining the Mock Test papers for the Writing Skills for the IELTS test conducted at our centre and I noticed that some of the students had used the...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Handwriting in IELTS

When I threw up the question, “Is handwriting important in IELTS test?”, there were varied responses in the class.

“Yes, it is important. Good handwriting will get you better marks”...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Word count in Writing Task

I was observing my student Malini while she was writing her Task -2 essay. Every few minutes she would go back to what she has written and run her pen...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

Don’t show off your knowledge in an essay

You are a student of environmental sciences and you are asked to write an essay on Pollution or you are a student of economics and the essay topic related to...

Posted on Oct 12, 2018

The difference between formal and informal language

I asked my student Chetan to write an essay on “The advantages and disadvantages of allowing children to access the internet without any supervision”.

Here are some extracts from his...

Posted on Sep 27, 2018