Skip to 0 minutes and 5 secondsHello, my name is Tom. I'm one of the mentors from Cambridge Assessment English. I hope you're all enjoying the first week of Inside IELTS. I just wanted to record a short message to round up the first week. First of all, I've been so happy to see how many people from so many different countries have joined the course. We've got students from all over the world from every continent. The country in the world that has the most learners on Inside IELTS is India. So if you're one of the many people from India on the course, a very warm welcome to you.

Skip to 0 minutes and 42 secondsAnd there are people from, as I say, almost every country in the world here, right through to some countries, for example, Burkina Faso and Guyana, where there is one student from each Of those countries on Inside IELTS. So if you're watching from Burkina Faso or from Guyana, please tell your friends about the course. But wherever you're watching from, a very warm welcome and I really hope you're finding the course enjoyable and useful. So this week we've been talking about writing. And there's way too much to say to summarise it in one video, but there have been some fantastic discussions on many steps.

Skip to 1 minute and 21 secondsOne thing that caught my eye I was in step 1.4, I was really impressed to see there were some discussions with lots of people posting comments and also replying to each other. Many of you had read other people's comments and replied and made quite long chains of discussion, which is fantastic to see. I was so happy to see that. For example, there were some really useful discussions about managing your time in the writing test. And also, some really useful discussion about when you can find texts where you can find things to read with a good academic style to practise for IELTS. So if you haven't already done so, please head over to step 1.4.

Skip to 2 minutes and 2 secondsAnd of course, to many other steps in this week, and add your voice, add your opinion, add your comments to those discussions. Just one more thing I'd like to say is about the study groups. You may have already seen that on Inside IELTS, you can join the study group. And that's a great way to get to know other people in the course and learn together because there are many thousands of people doing this course. But if you join a study group, then you will be together with a smaller group of people. And as you go through the five weeks, you can follow the same people, get to know them, and discuss things with them in your group.

Skip to 2 minutes and 38 secondsSo if you haven't already done so, please go ahead and click the study groups icon at the top of the screen and join a study group. A few people have asked questions about study groups, so I'll try not to clarify a couple of things now. One thing is if you leave a study group, then you can't re-join the same one. So think carefully before you leave a study group. If you leave a study group, you can re-join another study group, but you probably won't be put into the same one as you you're in before. And the other thing to say is, a few students said that they join a study group and it was empty. There was nobody else there.

Skip to 3 minutes and 15 secondsIf that happens to you, don't just leave, wait a minute. Wait a few hours and more people will join. That's just the way the study groups work. People just randomly get put into a group. And if it's empty, just wait a while and more people will join. Better still, put a message in a study group saying hi, introduce yourself, and let people respond. Just wait a little while and it will happen. So next week we'll be talking about the speaking test and how you can work on practicing your speaking for the IELTS test and beyond. So in the meantime, have a great weekend, and I'll look forward to seeing you in the discussions with next week.

Round-up of Week 1

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