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Thanks to your guidance, I was able to increase my writing score from 6.5 to 7.5, and then to 8.5! I really don't believe I could have done it without you.
-Imam Mohamed

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I am so happy to inform you that I scored 7.5 in writing!
-Sunish Manalody

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I prepared just by looking at your videos and scored 7.5! Thank you!
-Rahul Paldiwal

Hi Ryan,
I would like to thank you for your very helpful lessons. I finally got 7 in all modules and can now start residency processing for New Zealand!
-Kiran Kiccha

Hi Ryan,
I obtained a writing score of 8.5. Your videos were instrumental in helping me achieving this score. Thanks, mate!
-Carlos Flores

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-Awais Butt

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Quick tips on immigrating to Australia

Posted on April 30, 2012 by - Comments are off

It was wonderful meeting you all again last night for our session with Australian immigration expert, Barry (from http://www.immistay.com).  I think you’ll agree with me when I say that Barry’s insight was invaluable.  For those of you who missed the evening, a copy of our conversation can be found here.

In this post, I want to summarize some of the helpful resources and information Barry shared:

  • -Barry stated that immigrating to Australia as a student is often easier than as a professional (unless, of course, the professional’s skill is in high demand).  For information on changes to the 457 Visa, click here.  To help calculate your score in the Skills Migration Points Test, Barry recommends this iPhone app from Acacia Immigration Australia.
  • -When I asked Barry to share something he felt all Australian immigrant hopefuls should know, he replied that those applying for immigration should remember that day-to-day life in Australia is often much more expensive than most people expect (factoring in bills, transportation fees, meals, etc.).  Barry let us know that most newly arrived students end up having to share apartments.  He also suggested all students become familiar with the various Visas available to them (information on this is available at http://www.immi.gov.au/).
  • -Students planning to study in Australia for a period of 2 years will need to provide proof that their financial situation is capable of covering the following:
  • $2000 x 24 months = $48000 AUD for you course
  • $1500 x 24 months = $36000 AUD for living expenses
  • $2000 AUD for the air fare home.
  • -Having a valid Australian driver’s licence is highly recommended.  International driver’s licences are accepted in Australia.  For more information on this, click here.  If you cannot attain a driver’s licence for whatever reason, consider reading Barry’s article on Australian public transportation by clicking here.
  • -Often students will find the qualifications they achieved in their home country are not recognized at the same level in Australia.  This situation may require them to take additional training to bridge this disparity.
  • -You can operate a business as a non resident in Australia.  Information on how to do this is available here.

Model Academic Task 1 response to a question seen in India in April 2012

Posted on April 29, 2012 by - 6 Comments

The following chart illustrates the results of a British survey taken in 2005.  Write a report summarizing the data shown.

 

The chart illustrates housing preferences among people who lived in the British cities of London, Oxford and Cambridge in the year 2005.  It appears partiality towards certain housing types is inverted between larger and smaller English cities.

58% of Londoners list ‘flats’ as their preferred living arrangement, a number much higher than its Oxford and Cambridge counterparts, at 29% and 20% respectively.  Fondness of terraced housing is roughly equal between the three cities, all of which show figures within the 16% to 19% range.  However, a stark difference is seen among the figures representing people who prefer detached houses, with London clocking in at 9%, Oxford at 25% and Cambridge at 36%.  Semi-detached housing also shows a pattern of variation that appears to be sensitive to city size.  17% of people living in London in 2005 preferred this style of housing.  Oxford and Cambridge, however, both have figures of 27%.

Video – 6 quick questions to test your General Task 1 lexical resources!

Posted on April 26, 2012 by - 8 Comments

Even if you are taking the Academic exam, give this quick test a try.  How many questions can you get right out of six?

Have you scored IELTS band 7 or higher? I want to talk to you!

Posted on April 25, 2012 by - 2 Comments

I need your help!

In an effort to produce more resources for online students, I have started performing recorded interviews with successful IELTS test takers via Skype.  These interviews are only about 20 or 30 minutes in length, but I think they will prove to be very helpful study materials for online IELTS students wishing to better their mark on the exam.

Have you successfully achieved an overall band of 7 or higher?  Would you like to help other IELTS students around the world by sharing the strategies you followed to prepare for and engage the exam?

If you answered ‘yes‘ to the above two questions, I want to work with you!  Don’t be shy!  I will send you the interview questions ahead of time to give you a chance to prepare.  You may also remain anonymous during the interview if you wish.  For more information, please do not hesitate to contact me at ryanthiggins@gmail.com.

So what will you get in return?  Well, aside from aiding other test candidates around the world, I would be happy to help you promote an endeavor of your own via the recording.  This could be a great way to let everyone know about that amazing new website or online service you’ve just started.

Let’s get started!  Please send me an email as soon as you can!

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You construct a band 9 essay by the end of this video!

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Here is the essay as it appears in the video:

Nowadays, all new town planning should include public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities. Do you agree or disagree with this statement?

Designing the layout of a new town is an extremely intricate process. The question of what should and should not be included sets the foundation of the town’s identity forever. In my opinion, the addition of public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities is essential to the incubation of community and the encouragement of healthy lifestyles. I thus agree that these items should be included when a new town is being planned, and I will share examples to prove this.

Firstly, public parks and shopping centres help new towns foster a sense of community. For example, my small Canadian town has a very nice park near its centre. At weekends, the open context of the park environment makes it possible for people to meet each other and create friendships. This sort of organic community building is seen in my hometown’s shopping mall, too. Shopping malls encourage interaction, and thus they are great forums within which people can mingle and have experiences that could evolve into friendships. Thus, the helpful role public parks and shopping malls play in the establishing of a new town is clear.

Secondly, sports facilities catalyse positive lifestyle choices among townsfolk. For instance, the central location of my small town’s football pitch is a regular reminder to people passing by that exercise is important. Children in the town are visually aware that sport is accessible to them, and thus they engage in physical activity regularly. This is a clear advantage to town designs that include sports facilities.

As the above shows, public parks, shopping malls and sports facilities are helpful in many ways to the establishment of a town. Their inclusion in the planning of new towns is thus highly recommended.

You choose the prepositions!

 

The essay as it appears in the video:

What are some alternatives to fossil fuels? Do you feel the world will ever stop using them?

Global dependence on fossil fuels continues to be a pressing problem in the modern world. Although environmentally friendly energy sources are available, market prices make these alternatives prohibitively expensive for most people. I argue that humanity will indeed stop using fossil fuels in the future, but this will only happen when the price of cleaner energy sources falls to a point of competition. This will be proved by looking specifically at current trends within solar energy and biodiesel consumption.

Firstly, the increased availability of solar water heaters has made solar energy prices competitive with fossil fuels in some parts of the world. For example, the mass production of solar water heaters in China has led to their adoption as a cheap alternative to water heated using coal. Because this trend comes as a direct result of financial incentive, it is logical to conclude that market shifts will eventually cause green energy to take the place of fossil fuels.

This phenomenon is further exemplified by alternative fuel types such as biodiesel. For instance, although still slightly more expensive than energy sources derived from fossil fuels, biodiesel’s steady decline in price over the past 20 years coincides directly with a rise in its sales in most parts of the world. As most experts argue, a massive shift to biodiesel consumption will occur when prices remain consistently below fossil fuels. Thus, worldwide dependence on fossil fuels can be expected to erode as alternatives become more economical.

As evidenced by these trends in solar energy and biodiesel consumption, humanity is gradually shifting itself from fossil fuels to more environmentally friendly energy sources, and I hope this development continues.

IELTS Academic and General Task 2 - How to write at a band 9 level

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Do the advantages trump the disadvantages in this IELTS essay?

[Note: The word ‘phenomenons’ appears in this video. This should be ‘phenomena’, as it is with reference to the scientific plural.]

More and more students are going to another country for higher education. Do the advantages of this outweigh the disadvantages?

It is very common today for students to go abroad to complete their college or university education. However, this trend presents both advantages and disadvantages to the students and the institutions involved. These items will be analysed in this essay before a position is declared.

The advantages of rising foreign student numbers are numerous. For one, this trend encourages human collaboration and the exchanging of ideas. For example, a Canadian engineering student attending a Japanese university would bring ideas and perspectives different to those of their classmates, a phenomenon that enriches the university’s program and level of discussion as a whole. In addition to this, having studied outside their home country, this student would take valuable international understanding with them, an important second benefit that promotes peace and international friendship. As this example shows, students and the world at large benefit when higher studies are engaged outside the home country.

However, many would argue the globalising of higher education does have certain disadvantages. For many young adults, foreign students may represent a threat to both professional opportunities after school and the overall workforce of their country. In the US, for example, companies scout talent on university campuses, and at select times this means offering employment to a foreign student instead of a local student. Although this scenario does occur, its impact on local graduates and their employment opportunities has been sensationalised by the media and large personalities like President Trump. Moreover, it should be remembered that attracting the world’s most talented students increases opportunities for important phenomena like scientific discoveries. Thus, the disadvantages of students going abroad for higher education are difficult to define.

As the above discussion reveals, the advantages of globalised higher education much outweigh the disadvantages, and I strongly hope countries continue to encourage the growth of their foreign student bodies.

IELTS Academic and General Task 2 - How to write at a band 9 level

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CAN YOU WRITE IN ALL CAPS ON THE IELTS?! (…and other questions!)

In this video, we use the Information for Candidates PDF to answer a few questions. Download your own copy of this document at: https://www.ielts.org/~/media/publications/information-for-candidates/ielts-information-for-candidates-2015-english-uk.ashx

(Is that link not working? Google ‘IELTS info for candidates’.)

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