Category Archives: Tips & Help

Concision: the key to IELTS 7 (1 of 8) // The Value of Concision

    The Value of Concision (1 of 8) My IELTS Writing Task One book has Tip 6. My IELTS Writing Task Two book has Tip 10. They both have the same name: CUT THE FLUFF! This has helped the average IELTS Writing Score in Taiwan to rise. After my books were published, and with all my teaching, the message finally got out – but there are still many bad books out there, with many bad teachers playing the ‘memorisation game’, and there are large numbers of students who fall for this. Hence, the average writing score is only 5.5. It isn’t even 6, or higher. Not yet. …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (10 of 10)

  Logic (10 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (9 of 10)

  Logic (9 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (8 of 10)

  Logic (8 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (7 of 10)

    Logic (7 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone. …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (6 of 10)

Logic (6 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   Try to work out the logical problems with the following sentences. The answers will be given and explained in the next post. …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (5 of 10)

  Logic (5 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (4 of 10)

  Logic (4 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking everyone.   …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (3 of 10)

Logic (3 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking about this everyone.   Try to work out the logical problems with the following sentences. The answers will be given and explained in the next post. …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (2 of 10)

Logic (2 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing needs to be detailed and accurate, and you have to hit the target, dead centre, to get a high IELTS mark (hence the picture). So, let’s start thinking about this everyone. The previous post introduced this issue; now it’s time to practice.   Try to work out the logical problems with the following sentences. The answers will be given and explained in the next post. …

Logical Writing in IELTS Writing [again] (1 of 10)

  Logic (1 of 10) One of the biggest problems in IELTS essays is a lack of logic. IELTS writing requires detail and coherence. You must hit the target exactly (hence the picture). The writing must make sense! At this point, I have to mention the dangers of memorisation. Students often memorise phrases and sentences, and put these pieces together pieces. These are usually from the ‘magic IELTS books’ [See ‘The Magic Easy Answer Everything Book’ series], meaning that the authors themselves are corrupt and dishonest, and usually not good writers. The end result can be a complete lack of logic. Entire essays make no sense! …

Another IELTS Course Ends (III) // Remember, it all starts again in late October // Just ‘line’ us for information

  Okay, the picture you see is the last class I taught before it all stops for my holiday. The picture is the IELTS Reading & Speaking (Weekend night class), and I taught the last class of this course last night. Now, it’s Monday, and I’m … freeeee…. well, free for a little while. Yes, I’m taking a holiday, and AIS will be closed for 6 weeks, but I actually really enjoy teaching, so I look forward for Term 8, which begins on Monday 30th October. Click on Timetable for AIS Term 8 IELTS Preparation Courses (2017) to see the dates for this set of courses. Be warned: the Weekend Integrated IELTS Course is almost full, so don’t wait too long. Remember, even though I’m on holiday, you can ‘line’ us for information, and my wife will explain in detail about the courses available, and the best option for you. …