- Answer IELTS listening questions in the order they appear on the question paper, looking only at the question that relate to the part being played. Remember that the questions normally follow the order of the information played in the recording.
- Make sure you use the time in between sections to familiarise yourself with the questions so you can try and predict the information you will be listening out for, e.g. a time / date / place. If you are familiar with the questions you should be able to recognise if you have missed an answer so you can move on and listen for the next piece of information.
- At the end of the recording you have time to transfer your answers to the answer sheet. Be sure to check your grammar and spelling because you will lose marks if you are inaccurate.
- In IELTS academic reading you do not have long to read three texts so don’t try to understand every word precisely. You may not be tested on that part of the text anyway.
- Have a brief look at the questions before you read the text. It’s always advisable to read with a purpose! For example, if one of the questions asks you to match paragraphs with headings, you can write a few words about what the paragraph deals with as you read to help you identify the correct heading.
- The IELTS instructions might give you a word limit, e.g, ‘use no more than 3 words.’ Keep to this by avoiding unnecessary words in your answer. Articles, i.e. the/a/an, count as one word so if they are not needed for the sentence to make sense then leave them out.
- In IELTS academic writing you must always keep to the topic of the question and answer it specifically. Don’t try to prepare sections of an essay before the exam as this will be obvious to the examiner.
- The best way to prepare for IELTS writing (task 2) is to read widely about current affairs and then practise writing sample IELTS questions. Read newspapers and magazines whenever you get the chance. This will help you to form ideas for your essays.
- If you write less than 150 words for task 1 and 250 words for task 2 you will lose marks. There is no strict word limit for either task but try to stick to the suggested timing so hopefully you will have an opportunity to check you work for spelling and grammar.
- In the IELTS speaking exam, don’t prepare speeches on topics. You need to make sure you answer the specific question you are asked. Remember, you are not being tested on your general knowledge but on your ability to communicate well. Slow down and try to organise your ideas in a logical way.
- When the examiner asks you a question try to give as much detail as possible. Explain at least one point and remember to give your opinion. The examiner wants to hear you talk so give him plenty of opportunity!
12 tips for IELTS success
Published: December 19, 2011 Written by Alex for Tutor House
May 31, 2013
Technology and Education: A Match Made in Heaven?
The education industry has not yet caught up with the daily and continuous changes in technology. Technology has changed and continues to change the way we socialise, work, research, interact and learn.
Classroom based learning on the other hand, still incorporates note taking from white boards, reading through bulky textbooks and filling-in-the-gaps in hand out after hand out.
Surely this has to change?
In a great number of schools and colleges (from my experience, and from what other tutors and teachers tell me), the education system takes time to evolve and changing the way children learn takes even longer.
I forget how many times I had to leave the classroom to photocopy something, to fetch a students’ homework or to acquire another board pen, ultimately wasting precious teaching time. I do, interesting, also remember during our ten-minute breaks, students would dive into their pockets to get their mobile phones and start Tweeting, ‘Facebooking’ and searching the web.
That is the nature of students now.
We should use this to our advantage in the classroom, in schools, during after school tuition time. We should provide a ‘service’ that is interactive, fun and exiting to use. Reducing the amount of paper-based material and having everything on portable tablets sounds great. Yes this would take time, but in theory once the material is uploaded, it can be accessed and updated in real time, over and over again.
Just think, a webpage or a database entry only has to be updated once to appear on a student’s screen – whereas a textbook would have to be reissued or at best photocopied again.
Education and technology should go hand-in-hand; they should live happily ever after. It’s the only real way that teaching can adapt and grow. But if there is to be a ‘Shrek and Fiona’ marriage, then surely we need to embrace this change right away?
We’re taking an awfully long time to adjust. There is a growing number of education Apps out there now (link to other article here) but there is no unity. All of them are different. I’m not saying they’re poorly structured, some of them are very useful indeed, but there should be a coherent syllabus to follow.
Tablets for schools are a new, interesting venture. Google has just launched Google Play for education, a program that organises apps, books, notes and other educational content. It looks great. Teachers can visit age specific areas and access subject-specific material via app searches in the program.
Cost is an issue, and by the time you’ve set up an entire classroom or student base and bought tablets for all the children, costs rise, sharply.
In short this would be expensive.
YouTube isn’t though, nor are other e-learning platforms; they are simple and easy to use, and now very interactive.
Cost is an issue in education, the majority of our clients ask for a package deal or a discount. Some ask for cost-effective Skype lessons, to reduce costs. Take Public (Private) school fees, they start at £17,000 per year, whilst private tuition starts at £40 per hour.
So why not introduce free or ‘pay to view’ online learning?
It makes sense. Almost everyone has access to a computer, a tablet, an iPad, a smart phone, so why not provide a medium for everybody to use? It can be classroom based or ‘out of school hours’ but following a curriculum.
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July 25, 2015
Why study English Literature?
You may perhaps be fond of the idea of doing English at A- Level or at an institute of higher education: reading and appreciating great books and learning about language and the way in which language functions. You might still wonder the purpose and benefits of studying literature at a higher level as an academic—what can studies of English Literature offer us, and where can the skills we acquire along the way take us?
The study of English Literature at a higher level not only enables the student to appreciate vernacular literature, become independent critical thinkers and develop their confidence in analysing and drawing conclusions on critical writings, but it equips them with the skills and competencies that will complement any career path which they may decide to embark on and will highly impress an employer.
While a degree in English Literature may seem to consist of endless reading lists with an ensuing 4000 word essay, there are plenty of skills to be acquired along the way. During the course of your studies, you will find that you will naturally evolve into a literary and linguistic critique and, without realising, you will analyse and appreciate written texts a lot more intensively than before. Students will explore and debate a variety of texts, focusing deeply on how they were written and to what effect. Students will acquire knowledge of literary movements, periods and critical theory that have shaped the way that literature is read and appreciated today. If you decide to take on this degree and field of study, you will develop all aspects of your communicational skills across all areas and become adept at developing an argument, framing a narrative and analysing various levels of meaning.
Perhaps you enjoy English Literature but are deeply apprehensive regarding your future and career once you have graduated with a degree in the creative arts and feel that a degree with a clearer route to employment would be more desirable in this day and age? A degree in English Literature will open more career paths than you have been made to think so. Employment that English graduates find themselves in range from and include the obvious editor and journalist, to lawyer, human resources specialist, or a role in advertising, marketing, PR, teaching, the public sector, management, finance and a plenitude of other rewarding and prestigious sectors- there is something for everyone!
Studying English Literature at A- Level or University can open many doors and prepare you for a professional career without you even realising it. Efficient, effective and clear communication is an essential competency which is required for a role in any sector and by any employer in the current era of globalisation. If you had never considered taking English as an A- Level or studying it at degree level before, or have absolutely no idea about which degree to apply for at this crucial time for UCAS applications, then perhaps this is a path worth considering?
January 5, 2018
New Year’s educational trend: Online tuition
Fast, effective and fun education at the click of a button
With exams of all nature upcoming, parents are looking for new, reliable and instant ways to expand their children’s learning and potential. For this, there is one solution that’s fast becoming the hottest trend in education; online tuition.
Online tuition provides instant access to education anywhere in the world; whether you’re grabbing some winter sun in LA or skiing in France, holidays don’t have to be an excuse to fall behind. Online tuition stops parents worrying about their children’s education or revision schedule and ensures they are on top of things whilst also having fun. No more do holidays need to be booked whilst considering the student’s exam schedule, you can practice past papers whilst away and have them marked that same day by a trusted tutor.
For many, online tuition is considerably more affordable with tutor’s travel time and costs cut, meaning that lessons always start on time and don’t need the added extras spent on time and travel.
Online tuition is the future; not only for students out to prepare for exams but for adults that want a fun, interactive and engaging way of learning. Want to practice French? Online tuition can connect you to a bilingual speaker in Paris with the click of a button. And this is the same with any other language, where you can learn with a cultured, professional and native speaker to improve inflection and accent.
The features of online tuition can also be deployed for younger students during primary education. These include group online tuition sessions where instead of watching TV, students can plug in to online lessons where they explore varied and interesting vocabulary, using interactive games and shout-outs.
If you’re considering starting online tuition in 2018, then visit https://tutorhouse.co.uk/tuition/online-tuition/ for more information, including subjects we offer and how online tuition can help you learn.