Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Critical Reading Strategies to Help You Ace the IELTS Reading Exam

Critical reading is the careful examination of the claims and supporting details presented in an article. In critically reading a text, consider asking these questions: How did the author develop the argument? How were the supporting details or pieces of evidence presented and used? Were they sufficient or lacking? What were the author’s biases?

Friday, March 10, 2017

Are Mobile Phones Good or Bad for English Language Learning?

What is the most important thing that you cannot leave behind? Probably, you are one of the people who will say that mobile phones are their most valuable companion. Without them, life is dull.

According to the Time Mobility Poll, 84% of people worldwide cannot function effectively without their phones. This survey is conducted in eight countries (U.S., UK, China, India, South Korea, South Africa, Indonesia and Brazil), with nearly 5,000 participants from all age groups and income levels. Meanwhile, a study by SecurEnvoy reveals that almost 66% of people are affected by nomophobia or the “fear of being without their phones.”

Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Student’s Diet: Five Beverages You Should Drink to Activate Your Mind

Whether it is a month-long vacation or simply a five-minute nap, many people find it difficult to get their mindset back into “study mode” after a period of relaxation. 

For IELTS test takers, this may be one of the most daunting pre-study challenges they would have to face—right next to “finding an excellent IELTS review center to enroll in and “how can I fit my English courses into my busy schedule” dilemmas. Browsing the given study materials before taking your classes can put your mind back into the “study zone.” Most training centers, such as the IELTS review center in Makati, provide modules before the coursework begins.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Time Management Tips for the IELTS Writing Exam

The IELTS Writing test is more than just an English composition assessment. It is essentially a time management exam. Test takers must wisely use the given one hour to accomplish two tasks, which vary depending on their chosen format.

The IELTS Academic test requires examinees to interpret and summarize a chart, graph, table, or diagram and to compose an essay explaining their viewpoints about a general topic. The first task requires at least 150 words in 20 minutes while the second item requires at least 250 words in 40 minutes.

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Tips to Answer the Speaking and Writing Components of the IELTS Exam

According to a recent survey conducted by an IELTS review center in Makati, the Speaking and Writing sections of the IELTS test have shown a high level of difficulty among students. Respondents of the said survey find it difficult to express their ideas both in oral and written formats. With this problem slowly arising, changes in IELTS review course have been made to address the problem.