book

How to get through a book you don’t like: 8 strategies

By Katie Azevedo, M.Ed. Sometimes we have to read books we don’t like. Such is life. This post has eight strategies for how to get through required readings that you’re just not loving. Quick little PSA: If you’re reading a book for personal enjoyment and you’re not … personally enjoying it … then for goodness’ sake stop reading it. This article is for you if you have a book you...
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IELTS Rating

Improving your IELTS Rating: Tips for Native Arabic Language Speakers

IELTS rating: You can find IELTS in almost every country around the world. Globally, it is the largest English language test. We need it for everything from immigration applications, to employment requirements, to academic acceptance. Given this wide range of uses and wide global reach, it is normal to find people of every language and every culture taking IELTS. However, if you’ve ever studied...
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phrases

Common Phrases: Do’s and Don’ts

In English, we have a variety of common phrases for every situation. From multiple ways of saying hello, goodbye, and how are you, learning the most natural way can be difficult. Click here and download our special report for free.. The English language has common everyday phrases such as: What’s up? Can’t complain! No worries. I have no idea. I agree 100%. Have a good one! Watch where...
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Spelling

IELTS Common Spelling Mistakes

Even though there are no specific spelling or vocabulary tests in IELTS, that doesn’t mean that spelling is not assessed. In the Reading, Listening and Writing tests, not only are you expected to use the correct words (e.g. nouns, adjectives, verbs), but also the correct spelling of these words. In fact, words with spelling mistakes in the Reading and Listening tests will be marked...
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phrases

Writing Task 1: Phrases and collocations for describing diagrams and maps

In our previous post on Writing Task 1, we looked at a variety of phrases and collocations that you can use on your IELTS to describe tables, graphs and charts. Click here and download our special report for free.. Today, we will be focusing on phrases and collocations for describing diagrams and maps, which are also common types of visual data in Writing Task 1 Academic. Diagram Map First,...
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English

British vs. American English

Although they are the same language, British and American English have some major differences. Click here and download our special report for free.. Even though both are acceptable on the IELTS test, it can be confusing and overwhelming when learning English. Here are some of the more common differences between British and American English.   Vocabulary British and American English have...
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college

The difference between college minor and college major.

By Katie Azevedo, M.Ed. I have organized the following guide as a series of common questions I receive from college-bound students and/or their parents. I keep my answers simple and brief because this guide is intended to offer an overview.   Click here and download our special report for free..   What is the difference between a college major and a minor? College Major: a primary...
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How to study for a test on a book

By Katie Azevedo, M.Ed. From middle school through graduate school, being tested on what we read basically is school. Read a book, and then take a test: repeat forever. Therefore, knowing how to study for a test on a book is the key to doing well in so many classes. This blog post is full of strategies for preparing for and taking tests on novels, including both fiction and non-fiction.  ...
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Are You Sleeping Through A Revolution?

Since the onset of the novel coronavirus, all sectors of our economy have been affected. Talk of education, health, industry and even religion. This is why many have referred to this era as the new normal. What this means is that, our way of live, that is the way we move, communicate, connect, educate, work and even worship are all going to be impacted by this pandemic. Indeed a great revolution...
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Online Tutoring

Why Consider Online Tutoring During COVID-19

Online tutoring is gaining popularity these days since the onset of COVID 19 (coronavirus).      With most families and tutors now entering self-isolation and many schools closed down, online tutoring has become the new norm of the day.   More students are looking for ways to improve grades, and parents are also looking for simple techniques to keep children occupied and...
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