Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

How are you going to meet your IELTS goals in the new year?

Your IELTS study plan can improve significantly this year, with these specific resolutions.


  • Find someone to talk to! There are many places to find a speaking partner to increase your fluency and practice answering IELTS Speaking questions. Both of which you must to do improve your IELTS practice! Try local universities or websites like italki.
  • Get inspired! Listen to the success stories of other students, such as Cheryll, who was able to increase her IELTS Speaking score from a 5.5 to a 7!


  • Don’t be afraid of challenging yourself with difficult material. After all, if you don’t try to comprehend material that is above your level, you will never improve your IELTS skills. Try these activities to improve your listening comprehension.
  • Find material that engages and entertains you, and incorporate that into your life and your IELTS practice. With TV shows and movies, you can actually enjoy improving your IELTS Listening skills!


  • With Reading especially, even more so than with Listening, you MUST learn the strategies for answering all 40 questions in the 60 minutes allowed on test day. Find an IELTS course that can teach you these strategies and also provide  you with test-like practice.
  • Of course, you don’t only need Reading strategies, you need to understand what you read in English! Again, find material that engages and entertains you, anything from novels to comic books, to improve your Reading fluency.


  • Here as well, you cannot improve your Writing scores unless you have a trusted IELTS professional to teach you and give you feedback. Make sure you know what the examiner wants, on Writing Task 1 and Task 2, and find a way to improve those IELTS-specific skills!
  • Improve your IELTS Writing Task 1 vocabulary by reading the business or finance sections in newspapers. This is the best source for interesting, high-level vocabulary to secure that 7 or higher for Writing Task 1.

It’s your choice.

You can choose to continue preparing as you have been, which may be helping you, or it may actually be hurting your score. Or, you can dedicate yourself to improving your IELTS practice, and your future IELTS scores, by following the above advice.

For more information about the only online course that comes with a guaranteed score increase, try our course, the 3 Keys IELTS Success System.

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