Why do an IELTS preparation course?

MAH00398(16)Hi. I am Kate. I have been an IELTS trainer for many years, at the leading training centres in the world (The British Council, International House Executive Centre and top universities and colleges). Please see more details about me on the first page of my site.  I have seen students miss out on getting the grade they needed because they simply were not prepared for the exam. Obviously your level of English is vitally important, but once you know what to expect, what to look out for, how to do the tasks involved, the language and grammar to use and have practised, it can substantially alter things. Being well prepared really does make all the difference!. See IELTS tips video and testimonials of some of my former students or people who did my online course at bottom of page. Also come and see my Facebook page for more FREE tips and help (click on links in posts)!


The exam

IELTS has 4 different parts- reading, listening, writing and speaking. There is a General Training version and an Academic one. IELTS UKVI is for immigration purposes.

Try my 5 star online IELTS Writing course

Are you ready for the writing part of IELTS? Make sure you know how to do all the different tasks, which is not as straightforward as you may think!. Learn to the tasks correctly and fully, using appropriate vocabulary and grammar and above all ensure you are not making unnecessary, but common mistakes. I have made an easy to follow online writing course, which covers all aspects of the writing exam, with downloadable materials and you can also ask questions here or on my Facebook page “IELTS with Kate”. The course is on UDEMY, which is a highly respected, international training site. I have received 5 star reviews from those who have done it (see some reviews at bottom of page- authenticity guaranteed as checked by UDEMY). Please also see video below for more details.

In addition, as a special offer at the moment, here is a really special discount on it! Follow this link:


How to prepare

1. You can do private lessons in person or online via Skype

2. Do my online writing course (with special discount at moment-use this code)

https://www.udemy.com/ielts-writing- get-the- best-results/?couponCode=IELTSKATE2017

Private course:

The course mainly focuses on writing and speaking, but also reading or listening wherever required. We will concentrate on what you need most help with, so the course will be tailored to address those areas specifically. You can and will improve! However hard it may seem, never think you can’t do it!

Writing exam

Part 1 Academic

This looks at:

  1. General advice – what to do/what not to do
  2. Language to use
  3. Different tasks and how to do them
  4. Examples of all tasks: Line graphs/bar graphs/pie charts/tables/mixed charts/diagrams/maps

Part 1 General Training

This looks at:

  1. General Advice – what to do/what not to do
  2. Style
  3. E-mails
  4. Language to use
  5. How to structure your answer correctly:
    – Openings/Main bodies/Endings

Part 2 (Academic and General Training)

This looks at:

  1. General Advice – what to do/what not to do
  2. Language to use
  3. Tenses to use
  4. Paragraphing and linking words
  5. Different kinds of essays:
    – Discuss essays/Opinion essays/To what extent essays/Multiple question essays/Problem and solution essays/Cause and effect essays

Speaking exam

This looks at:

  1. What to do/not to do
  2. Language to use
  3. Tenses to use
  4. Typical topics
  5. Answering personal questions
  6. Preparing your 2 minute presentation
  7. Discussing general quesions

Reading and Listening exam

This looks at:

  1. General advice
  2. Reading and listening techniques- skimming/scanning/reading in detail
  3. How to look for clues
  4. How to approach different tasks


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    Testimonials for private lessons and online course

    (All these and more also on Udemy under my online course- authenticity guaranteed. Follow link to online course to see)


    “I came in the UK to work as a doctor and I needed 7.5 on IELTS in order to get my licence. I had failed the exam 3 times before I met her and my confidence was quite low! Kate was incredibly professional, positive and energetic. She knows precisely how the exam is organized and what should be done to get this score! Last but not least she gave me back the confidence I was missing to pass it. I definitely recommend her!”. Mavi Venditte

    “A very well structured online course any student should miss out! It looks like being in a proper class with a real teacher in front of you. It explains everything in detail in a logical order without being boring or too theoretical. I found particularly helpful the examples and the tables of useful vocabulary. The revisions on tenses are just brilliant for non-English native speakers who always struggle with verbs. I truly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a clear outlook on the IELTS writing task.” Maria Luce

    “Very useful! The course definitely provides guidelines on how to succede in IELTS writing exam. All the different types of tasks that may be faced are evaluated and for each one a clear strategy is provided. Also, very helpful in developing a proper vocabulary and set of standard sentences to be used both in the exam and in real life. Finally, the section about the applicable grammar is really valuable and well arranged.” Marco Brocchi

    “Excellent ! Thank you Kate for helping in writing on IELTS successfully!” Laura Bertha

    “I am Anupama, I would definitely recommend Kate True for IELTS tutoring. I was straggling to pass my exam for two years, before Kate’s help. When I went to her she immediately recognised my weaknesses (grammar and spelling) and paid attention on that specific areas. She is very professional and friendly, most of all she always keeps her word. Thank you Kate.” Anupama

    “Wow! This course is so useful! I really enjoy the way she teaches, she is very clear! I feel that I have already learnt and I want to keep learning from her! Passing the IELTS exam with Kate and her course is going to be easier and fun, I’ve loved it!” Laura Valentini

    “It is an excellent course to help you to obtain the desired mark in the IELTS exam. It contains a complete explanation of the writing part with several examples to understand how to do the different tasks. It also includes a huge variety of good advises to approach the test and to rectify your most common mistakes. It was very useful to me and I recommend it to anyone who wants to be successful in IELTS.” Remei Calabuig

    “This course is useful for everyone wanting to achieve their best IELTs results, no matter what level of English. With the clear explanations and examples, everything is easy to understand. And there are some very helpful tips or the exam!” Kathrin Hesbacher

    “I’m Thai student. Writing part is the most difficult for me.I have been studying this course.It is very useful and easy to understand. Jajar Honestly, A very well organised on-line course, it is just what I needed it. The contents are clear, understandable and helpfull. Great oportunity to learn on-line.” Fatima Molina Prados

    “This course is fantastic the examples are very usefull and the method of explanation is clear and understandable.” Susana Terrones