Free IELTS resources to help you maximize your score.
Don’t stop at 7. Go and get that 9!

Dear Ryan,
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

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

Hi Ryan,
Thanks for your help, I’ve scored band 8 in writing.
-Vladan Martinovic

Hi Ryan,
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

Hi Ryan,
Thank you for my 8.0 writing score. You ebook played a pivotal role in my success!
-Awais Butt

Hi Ryan,
I read your blog every day and scored 7.5 in writing!
-Vikrant Mahajan

I went from band 6.0 to 7.5 following Ryan’s coaching!
-Viacheslav Porotikov

9 MORE academic words that will help you score IELTS band 9!

Posted on February 20, 2014 by

Several people reported to me that last week’s video was helpful, so I decided to pull together another video in the same spirit. Here are 9 more words that can help increase the academic tone of your speaking and writing:

Here are the words as they appear in the video:

1. on par

  • (S) “I’m diligent and I am not afraid of hard work. My grades last semester were on par with the best students in my program, so I feel it would be accurate to say I am motivated by success.”
  • (W) “After looking at both sides of this discussion, my personal sentiments are on par with the idea that strict parental control produces a more productive member of society.”

2. volatile

  • (S) “Because of the volatile nature of my work, I find it difficult to maintain hobbies. I tend to exercise when I can, but I wouldn’t say there is a regular pattern to it.”
  • (W T1) “The figures exhibit volatility between the years 1996 and 2000; however, a reversion to stability is seen in 2002.”
  • (W T2) “For example, the volatile nature of weather in Caribbean countries can make tourism industries unpredictable and, therefore, unreliable. For these countries, providing people with greater access to the Internet would empower workers and allow them to both educate themselves and develop online businesses in the services sector. Because a varied economy promotes stability, tourist dependent countries should clearly do what they can to establish other industries.”

3. plateau

  • (S) “When I first started studying English in Australia, my skills grew rapidly. However, after I returned to my home country, my language abilities unfortunately plateaued /hit a plateau. I attribute this to the fact that I did not have anyone to practice English with.”
  • (W T1) “Following rapid growth from 60 to 180 barrels in the first month of 2002, corn oil production hit a plateau of 200 barrels between February and April. In May, however, the trend once again reverts to climbing and reaches the highest point for the year, 275 barrels.”

4. pique

  • (S) “After visiting a science and technology museum as a child, my interest in computer programming was piqued.”
  • (W T2) “Firstly, technology can pique the interest of students in a way that encourages focus and information retention. For example, modern university lecture halls make it possible for classrooms in Canada to use music, video and the Internet as a means of maintaining the attention of students during class time.”

5. contrary

  •  (S) “Contrary to my personality, my sister is very outgoing and tends to make friends easily.”
  • (W) “On the contrary, several disadvantages stem from the use of technology in the classroom.”

6. parallel

  • (S) “My university experiences paralleled those of my brother.”
  • (S) “There are clear parallels between my university experiences and those of my brother.”
  • (W TI) “Firstly, several parallels exist between Harry Potter and other fantasy series you likely have enjoyed. If you liked the setting of The Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter will not disappoint you, as it takes place in a medieval world.”

7. embrace

  • (S) “I embraced the opportunity to study abroad.”
  • (W) “Thus, it is clear that students who embrace the study of another language are positioning themselves for future academic and professional opportunities.”

8. hinder

  • (S) “Distraction has definitely been a challenge for me. Being social, I feel, is a big part of the university experience. However, being too social can hinder a student’s ability to focus, and this can directly impact academic performance.”
  • (W) “Firstly, addressing corruption around the world can bring protection to the rights of the poor, and this helps better the economic situation of those in need. For example, corruption in China has historically hindered the development of a legal system able to protect the poor against extortion. However, recent anti-corruption campaigns have shed some light on this problem, and this has led to modest improvement in the rights of those that lack wealth.”

9. retain

  • (S) “Yes, I believe I will someday. I’ve travelled quite a bit, but I’ve always retained a feeling that I’d like to live in my home country long term.”
  • (W) “Firstly, if a single language is spoken and taught the world over, this could make it difficult for people to retain their cultural identity.”

One Response to “9 MORE academic words that will help you score IELTS band 9!”

  1. sundram says:

    Thank you! Mr. Higgins
    these vocabulary are really helpful….

Leave a Reply

eBooks eBooks

eBooks
Academic Task 1: How to write at a 9 level

This eBook groups all information the student needs to know to perform well on Task 1 of their Academic exam.

Buy Now
eBooks
General Task 1: How to write at a 9 level

Learn to write the 6 letter types that appear on the General exam.

Buy Now
eBooks
Academic and General Task 2: How to write at a 9 level

An eBook describing everything necessary to compose a successful essay.

Buy Now

Ryan's Recent Posts Posts

Madawa shares details about his band 8!

Madawa and I talk about his success and about the strategies he followed that allowed him to do so well. Watch our interview here:

 

A model response to a Task 2 question that asks for causes and solutions

In this video, I demonstrate how to respond to Task 2 questions that instruct the candidate to provide causes and solutions:

Vinod scores band 7 and explains how!

Vinod and I share a terrific conversation about his success. Tune in here:

Argument and discussion essay structures explained

In this video, I talk broadly about these two essay structures and how they can be applied to your Task 2 response:

Responding when given multiple data sources in Academic Task 1

In this video, we look at a Task 1 question that presents two pie charts and a table:

Model response from video:

Screen Shot 2014-06-18 at 16.53.50

The two pie charts display the fatality rates of 6 infectious disease categories as percentages of overall infectious disease deaths in Canada in the years 1900 and 1930. The corresponding table outlines the number of deaths due to infectious diseases per 1000 people in Canada for the same years.

Deaths caused by 3 of the 6 infectious disease categories shrunk as percentages of overall infectious disease deaths between the years 1900 and 1930. Diphtheria dropped from 37% to 24%. Typhoid and scarlet fever dropped from 29% to 18% and 9% to 5%, respectively. Measles was the only disease that held a consistent proportion of overall infectious disease deaths at 12%. Whooping cough grew from 11% to 15% and other, non-pandemic diseases swelled from 2% to 26%.

However, the table adds significant context to the above values. It appears as though the overall death rates due to infectious diseases fell tremendously over the period in question. In 1900, 86 out of 1000 people died of infectious diseases in Canada. In 1930, however, this figure was only 32. Thus, because overall death rates from infectious diseases shrunk so dramatically over the 30 years in question, any trends observed between the two pie charts can be assumed less intense than they appear.

Read All Posts