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Review of the week

David, lead educator, looks back over some of the highlights and discussions of the week, and shares some additional advice. You can find a video transcript at the bottom of this step.

David starts by saying how great it is to see people from (almost!) every continent in the world on the course. He suggests looking at the tips on step 1.3 to help you use the course, especially if this is your first time studying online.

He recommends checking out this week’s Facebook live video if you haven’t done so already and urges anyone with their test coming up soon to go to step 1.7 for help before your test.

David gives some excellent practical advice on dealing with numbers and spelling. You might find these extra resources helpful if this is a problem area for you:

He talks about advice from Catarina on the importance of understanding the question as well as tips on IELTS dos and don’ts from Naomi and Rouba. Please add your own advice on step 1.19.

David rounds up with a mention of what you’ll find in week 2. We hope you’ve found this first week useful and we’re looking forward to seeing you here next week!

Coming up in Week 2

Next week we’ll look at how widening your range can really improve your listening skills. We’ll talk about different task types and the language you need for success in these. We’ll also discuss how to stay focused during the test and you’ll have a chance to practise a part of the IELTS Listening test.

If you want to get started straight away, go to the To do list for Week 2.

Remember, you can always use the To do icon at the top of the page to see what’s coming up or go back to previous weeks and catch up.

If you need help with the Writing, Speaking or Reading sections of the IELTS test you can sign up for our Understanding IELTS program. This program of four courses explains each section of the test, what is being tested and what you have to do to demonstrate your language proficiency to the examiner.

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IELTS support during the COVID-19 situation

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Understanding IELTS: Listening

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