Aubrey Carter
"3 Keys IELTS Certified Coach"
Jessica Beck
"Director of IELTS Training"

Today you’ll meet Mariana, a 3 Keys student and chemist from Brazil.

She won this month’s Writing Wizard contest.

This contest motivates students to practice Task 2 essays.

The 3 Keys student who writes the best essay gets a free class with Jessica and an appearance on the podcast.

You’ll find out what scientific skills make her writing better.

She’ll also share tips that made her writing so great!

What English writing does Mariana currently do?

She has a lot of experience writing scientific reports.

When it comes to IELTS writing, she doesn’t have a lot of experience.

However, she reads and writes a lot of reports with numbers.

Often, she has to compare results and numbers.

This has helped prepare her for Academic Task 1.

What skills did she still need to master?

She needed strategies to write organized essays.

She needed to organize her ideas and use specific examples.

She also needed to be able to use linking words between every sentence.

Feeling overwhelmed and lost, she knew she needed a study system!

This taught her brainstorming techniques.

It also helped her organize her ideas and examples in a logical way.

Writing Wizard contest

This month’s Writing Wizard contest topic was:

An increasing number of 18-year-olds are moving out of their parents’ homes after high school so they can leave on their own.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of this?

She was not nervous about this topic.

After learning 3 Keys strategies, she felt confident and prepared.

Strengths in Mariana’s Task 2 essay

The introduction was clear, simple and straightforward.

She introduced the topic immediately and clearly.

However, she used very high level vocabulary.

She was able to do this because she has been creating a Vocabulary notebook.

Tip #1: Create and use a Vocabulary notebook

For an article or book chapter, choose just 2 words.

Don’t overwhelm yourself!

Review these words often and use them in your study.

Then use this new vocabulary often!

Practice answering IELTS questions using the Vocabulary.

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Tip #2: Follow a study plan

It is impossible to achieve huge goals if you are not organized.

You have to invest an amount of time.

What you need to do in your time must be clearly scheduled.

You must find time to fit everything into your schedule.

It must all be part of your journey every day.

Mariana used the 3 Keys study plan so she had a very organized agenda and prioritized following it.

This made sure that she studied for every part of the exam.

Sign up for 3 Keys IELTS to get our study plan!

#3: Practice strategies

Learn strategies that work, like those we teach in 3 Keys IELTS.

Then practice them!

It is a process- it can’t happen overnight.

Even if you don’t like it, you just have to do it!

Her main tip is to follow the 3 Keys system, because it works!


Mariana approached IELTS like a scientist.

She was very systematic and strategic about her process.

She is a great example that you have to find a method that works for you!

You have to fit IELTS study into your life and maximize your personality strengths.

Additionally, it is vital to have strategies and a daily study plan.

You can find both in our 3 Keys IELTS Success System.

Sign up today!

What questions do you have from today’s episode?

Please leave a comment below.

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