Band 6 – 7 in IELTS Writing | How This Student Managed it in 6 Weeks

Band 6 – 7 in IELTS Writing | How This Student Managed it in 6 Weeks

– Hello everyone, and welcome
to another success story video today we have Nadia and she’s
going to share her success with all of you guys so that you can learn from her and be successful yourself. So Nadia, can we start off
by just introduce yourself? – Sure, hello everyone. I found this information
about this course just a week before my first attempt,
so there were no time for me to do anything. But as soon as I felt my goal,
and this was in the writing section of the test, the
others were pretty much good but the writing score was low, it was six. So I knew I need to join the Academy. I joined it, I followed
the instructions strictly, so mostly it was, my struggle
was not to find how to answer the question or not many
issues in vocabulary, grammar, something else but mostly the structure. And just to keep it simple
because I was trying to find the best idea
to impress the person who will read my essay. This was the problem I was
trying to impress with an idea while it’s not the case. They just check your ability
to communicate anything in English as Chris does in the course. So I just stick to this
idea keep it simple, simple structure the first
idea that came to your mind and not the idea that you
do believe but the idea that you can support that
you have enough language enough vocabulary enough
reasons to support. This was mostly. – And that helped you go
from about six in writing to about seven in just six weeks was it? – Yes, six weeks. Yeah. – Yeah, I think it’s because
most people who we work with, they have the
ability to get the score that they need already. But they believe some things
that are just not correct. And that mindset that attitude causes them to get a low score. – Exactly. – Not because they’re English
is bad, or their writing is bad per se, but there’s
so much confusing information out there and an example
here is, you know, use really complex and impressive
ideas and that will impress the examiner, you know,
it’s not an ideas test. It’s an English test, it’s a
writing test, and that’s what they’re testing and if you focus
on the purpose of the test, and which is to clearly
communicate in English, then you’re going to do much better. And would you Would you agree with that? – Yeah, I would agree
totally and something else, when considering with whom
to get your preparation, when considering which
teacher will be best for you. It’s really important
to talk with somebody, to choose someone who is
a professional in IELTS. Because I have some
friends who teach English they are native speakers, but
they have no idea about IELTS. They are English teacher, teachers. So they were, they checked
my essays before the first attempt, and they said oh
this, it’s really impressive. It’s great, it’s good, you’ll
surely get the points you need but it was not the case because
they looked at my essays, like an article for somebody
to just catch the interest of somebody to write
about impressive ideas, using impressive language and so on. But it’s not the case within IELTS. You need to know what exactly
the examiner is looking for. This is the point so you
need to give them exactly what they are looking for. Otherwise, it may be impressive,
you can use a great idea but if it is not can conveyed
in the way they are looking for, it will not get
the mark that you need. – Yeah. So like a lot of people
email us and they say, “Can you help us with
TOEFL or OPT or PTE?” And we always say, no, we’re
not experts in that area, we know nothing. If I was to look at your
essay for one of those, I would give you terrible advice. And so going with someone
who just focuses on IELTS is it, it’s a pretty good idea. I mean sometimes people
will email me and say, “Can you help me with my dissertation or my creative writing?” And I’m like, “No, I know nothing about
that, I’m an English teacher, but that doesn’t qualify
me to to give advice on those specialisms.” And, so that can. – Yeah, and I can also add
that about 10 years ago, I also got proficiency. Cambridge proficiency so it was
totally different the assess structure the things they are looking for. It was totally different and
the essay was totally different so it was structured in another way. I thought that it would be the
same for IELTS but it’s not. So just save you time and
choose one that is professional IELTS and in IELTS only. – Yeah, so I’d like to go
back to a few other things that you talked about, because
it’ll definitely interest people who, like you may be stuck at a six or six point five and they need a seven. So you, you mentioned
structure, you mentioned keeping it simple, you mentioned
ideas, and you mentioned supporting your idea. So let’s talk about those
in a little bit more detail. And how did a structure
help you or how important is a structure to help you with writing? – I think this was the most
important thing for me because I could write something but
I would struggle to write it in a clear way. So I will jump from one
idea to another idea and go back and forth. So when I understood that
it is really important to have specific structure,
it was easier for me to write. And I knew that it will
be easier for the examiner to understand to what I’m
looking, what I’m trying to say. And now another one point that
you do not have time at all, you need to have a ready structure. So it was really important
because you have so strict time frame that you need to
write right away, you need to have read instruction, don’t
to lose your time to spend your time on thinking on the structure. This needs to be ready for
you so that you just put your ideas there, adapt
it for the essay type and start writing. – Yeah, I think one
misunderstanding about structures is that there’s one structure
that you use that will magically improve your writing
and I don’t agree with that. What it really does is it just
helps you order your thinking and organize your thinking. So that you can do your
thinking in the planning stage. And then when you start
writing, it gives you a map to use coz if you don’t have
a structure, you can start writing and you get you
get, you know, you get a little bit disorganized, and then. – Yeah, exactly. – And you can get lost and
then you run out of time and you start to panic. Whereas if you have all of
your ideas planned out already, then that helps you focus in the test. – Yeah, exactly. This was the way that it helped me. Because I had enough
time to finish my essay, I was not lost, I didn’t
need to go to the beginning and read and understand
that I’m out of the topic so I need to erase and replace themes. And another one important
information was to have enough time to reflect at the end. This was the problem because
I was always out of time, I didn’t have time to proofread. And you can’t imagine how many
small mistakes you can find. – They all add up. – Exactly and this was the problem. I think, during my first
attempt, I had no time to proofread at all. So I think this was also the
major problem because to get six, this means that vocabulary and grammar shortly are below. I don’t think that’s a task
achievement and coherence. Okay, task achievement was
bad because it was okay. But I think that the biggest
problem was proofreading for just small slips in author graphy. So not correct writing all
the words and small grammar mistakes, which in my
case, were mostly articles. – Because you’re from Ukraine. – Russian speaking, yes. (laughs) – Yeah, yeah. – Exactly. – Yeah, and you know, for
Russian speakers, it’s articles. For other languages it’s
punctuation because they don’t use the same punctuation for other. – Exactly. – Languages it’s prepositions
or tenses, some languages are similar to English,
the tenses are similar. Other languages are completely
different because they don’t use tenses in the same way. So anybody watching, you
probably are not terrible at grammar overall, you probably
just have one or two areas of grammar that you need to work on. But once you’re aware of what
those are, you can before the exam work on those,
but when you’re checking, you know, check if it’s articles,
check your articles check before each nine and what what is going on and that really does help. And also to go back to
structure and planning. That gives you the time to check
at the end because it saves you so much time during the
writing stage that you have five minutes at the end to to check everything. So that’s great advise as well. – I stick to the structure and
I had, I think seven or eight minutes for (laughs)
proofreading, so it was (laughs) totally unusual for me because
usually I run out of time, but I just speed up and during the exam. – Yeah, I think a lot of people
with time they look for time management tips or tricks and really there’s no tips or tricks. It’s just if you know what you’re doing, and you have a system and
you have, you know exactly what’s going on, you’re going
to get through everything. Whereas if you’ve no idea what’s
going on, when you’re just writing and getting lost,
then that’s where you run out of time I think, but we try
and teach, if you can do this then do this, then do this,
then do this and it just speeds you up because you become a better writer. And the process is more is more efficient. And you also talked about
something that you’ve probably heard me say hundreds of
times, keep it simple. – Yeah. – What would you say to people
who think that the secret is to make, use more complex
grammar and complex vocabulary and complex ideas and impress
the examiner by showing off how amazing your writing is,
what would you say to them? – I would say that don’t
be afraid to use the rule keep it simple and to use the rule 100%. – Yeah. – Because you can try improve
and use impressive words or impressive structure,
grammar, grammatical structures during your preparation and your practice. You need to practice a lot
to achieve better results. But when on test, keep it safe. (laughs) – Yeah. – Keep it safe because you
will, it is normal to be more stressed out when you’re
on the test conditions so you don’t want to lose marks
for not writing correct word or not using the correct
location you’re not using the correct structure. So don’t be afraid to keep it
simple, my essay was way too simple for me I was afraid
that it’s not good enough so I was not really, actually
(laughs) before getting my results I was following
lessons and the way I was preparing for the next one. (Nadia and Chris laughing) It was for me I thought I
knew I need to keep it simple and I followed this
rule but I was not sure and it was correct. – So it’s about. – Don’t be afraid to use it. – Having the courage to do it
and I think one of the things that we find most difficult
with our VIP students is giving them the courage to keep
things simple and and to follow the hundred percent rule
which is only use language you’re 100% sure about because
it goes against everything that they think about
exams and about English and about that, you know,
they heard on the internet, which is, you know, to get a
high score, use complicated complex things and show off
your grammar and your vocabulary and your ideas. We say the opposite. And often, we’ve had a few
students who they are capable of that, and they’ve
gone through the course. But on test day, they go now
let’s make it complicated again, and then they fail the
test and are like next time, please, please, please,
please just try it our way. And then they try it our
way and they get the score that they need, you know. – Yeah, exactly. I have these thoughts
also, during my exam. Maybe to use these words? It is better, it is fancier
But no, I just stick to the rule 100% to be sure. – Yeah. – And it proved to be really correct. – Excellent, Excellent. So if people just follow that advice, they’ll really improve their writing. So thank you so much, Nadia. Is there any last minute advice
that you would give people if they were struggling
with their writing? – No, mostly this one,
just be brave enough to use this your advice is, be brave
enough to just keep it simple. – Good, good, excellent, excellent advice. I don’t want to keep you
away from your little boy for much longer he, I know what
it’s like to have a two year old in the house. They’re not the most reasonable
human beings in the world. And so I’ll let you go back to him. And but thank you so much Nadia
and good luck in your future career and your future country that you’re moving to and everything. – Thank you so much. – And if you need any
advise in the future, just get in touch with us. – I know I that I only get
all the support I need. It was really, you were really supportive and all of the support that
I got from you and your team, it was amazing, it helped me a lot. – Thank you so much Nadia. – Thank you. – Bye. Hey, Chris here again. Hopefully you enjoyed
that success story video. That student was part
of our IELTS VIP course and on that course we
show students exactly where they’re going wrong
and exactly what to do to get the score that they need. And we give them all the help
and support that they need in order to get a seven,
eight or even nine in their IELTS test. Now, we only work with a
really, really small number of students. Because of the level of help
and feedback and support that we give students, we
can only work with a very, very small number of them. But we also have more success
stories than any other online or offline course in the
world, which has created a huge amount of demand for our course. So we’re the only course
in the world I believe that has a very, very,
very long waiting list. If you want to join that waiting list, all you have to do is just
click here, and you’ll be able to add your name and your email address and then when one of our
students becomes successful and leaves the course, the
next position can be for you. Hopefully see you in there. Bye bye. (upbeat music)

4 thoughts to “Band 6 – 7 in IELTS Writing | How This Student Managed it in 6 Weeks”

  1. I attended your free writing course and corrected my grammar mistakes that i have been doing… exam is on 14th dec. Should i read essays on as many subjects as possible or just focus on the format that you taught ?????

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