Vera Working Mom Passes IELTS on the First Try
Vera is Russian. She is a working mother who hopes to qualify for express entry into Canada. For this, she needed a good score on the IELTS. Vera is a university graduate with a major in linguistics so she could read, write and speak English.
She had, however, graduated in 2008 and hadn’t spent much time talking English. As a result, her English had deteriorated. As she put it, it had “become rusty”.
In February she started preparations, revising her Grammar. She also found a textbook that prepared students for IELTS. She watched TED talks. She found some podcasts and she practised her vocabulary. She read as much as she could.
Vera lived in Moscow so she had little choice but to register for her exam in the city. She opted for the five lessons that she was offered on registration.
After she had completed the lessons, she was still not happy that she was ready to sit the exam. She was particularly concerned about the essays. While doing research on the Internet Vera came across testimonials from students that had used the IELTS Podcasts.
Vera, like most students, found that she went blank when asked to write essay questions. She had been taught to write essays in Russian schools where the structure was not a major issue. Here a good essay was about expressing ideas.
It is also important to have good ideas in the IELTS exam, but unless the student can effectively express those ideas they will not achieve the level that they want.
The exam isn’t just about having great ideas. It is about adequately expressing those ideas. Having finished the face to face lessons, Vera still felt that she was not ready to write. So, she tried a free online course. She hoped that it would offer her some additional insights into the structure of the exam and the essay requirements.
She was still struggling for ideas and battling to complete the 250 words required in 40 minutes. She returned her attention to the IELTS podcasts. She was impressed by the guarantee on offer, by the offer to refund the fee if not passed. She felt that this was a strong indication that the trainers had confidence in their abilities and in the methods that they used.
Vera signed up. She found that the content was uncomplicated and the trainer helpful and supportive. She felt her confidence rising. The feedback and constructive criticism that Vera received for her submitted essays were, for her, invaluable.
The evaluation of essays combined a fine balance of strict criticism with appreciative support. This is what helped her to build up confidence in her abilities. By the end of the IELTS Online course, Vera was convinced that her essay would attract top marks.
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