Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll learn 8+ idiom phrases about improvement for your next IELTS Speaking Exam.

In order to score highly in vocabulary on your IELTS Speaking Exam, you have to show idiomatic capability in English.

Using even a couple idioms can impress the examiner, and put him/her in the frame of mind to award you a 7+ for vocabulary!

There are many questions on the Speaking exam in which you can use today’s phrases, all about improving, in the past, present and future.

Watch the video and take notes on how I use these idioms.



8+ Idioms for Improvement

  • Stepping up one’s game– To improve
    • I’m really stepping up my game in my English studies, as I’ve started doing all my homework and practicing every day.
  • New and improved– describing a new version of something that is better than the old one
    • The new and improved dictionary features slang and idioms that were not present in older editions.


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  • On the up and up– improving
    • Although I was going through a rough patch recently, my life is on the up and up. I’ve started exercising and eating healthier, and I’m much more stable than I used to be.
  • There’s a light at the end of the tunnel– things are difficult now, but you know at a definite time in the future that the difficulties will end
    • I have massive amounts of work to do for my Master’s program, but at least there’s a light at the end of the tunnel. At this time next year, I’ll be graduating!

In today’s video, I use these idioms in my answers for very common IELTS Speaking questions:

  • Tell me about your studies.
  • Tell me about your hometown.

Now, practice answering these questions on your own, and use the new phrases.

How would you use these idioms?

Share your example sentences in the comments section below!

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