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Welcome to Hacking IELTS, your community for tips on how to crush your upcoming IELTS exam! We'll look at some ways that you can be better prepared for the test, and get that high band you're aiming for. Look, there's no secret formula, no secret sauce, and you'll need to put in the hard work. I hope to serve you by providing advice that will give you extra strategies and confidence when preparing for your upcoming exam!
 
About the Show Learn how to get a 7+ Band Score on your IELTS writing and speaking skills! About Your Host I help students get a 7+ band score in IELTS writing and speaking skills. I've been an exam preparation instructor for 14+ years, I have a master's degree in Applied Linguistics, and worked as an official exam scorer for 7 years. I've also gone through the experience of learning a second language myself, so I'm uniquely positioned to help you through this IELTS obstacle.
 
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In Part 2, we hear again from Sultan who achieved a 7.5 in Academic IELTS, and his process for the writing tasks & the speaking test. Let's listen to how Sultan crushed his exam in this 2-part interview! Check out our IELTS courses here: 10 Hacks for the Speaking Exam 10 Hacks for the Listening Component of IELTS…
 
In this special episode, we hear from an IELTS candidate who achieved a 7.5 in Academic IELTS...BUT for the CBT (computer-based test). Let's listen to how Sultan prepared for his exam in this 2-part interview! Check out our IELTS courses here: 10 Hacks for the Speaking Exam 10 Hacks for the Listening Component of IELTS Don't forget to subscribe to …
 
Hey, did you know that connecting words are part of the marking criteria for fluency and coherence, which is 25% of your IELTS speaking Mark? Let's go over some linking expressions now, in this episode of hacking IELTS! Check out our IELTS courses here: 10 Hacks for the Speaking Exam 10 Hacks for the Listening Component of IELTS Don't forget to sub…
 
In this episode, we talk about how to optimize your time when it comes to your IELTS prep so that you can walk into the exam feeling confident and prepared on exam day. Episode Links IELTS Writing & Speaking Masterclass https://www.kristinespinar.com/live Jean Carlos Episode Stock Media Provided by Lndnsounds/Pond5 Background Language Manuals…
 
Ok, so today we are going to go behind the scenes and look at what you need to do to assess your own learning needs. If you don’t do this, you are going to miss out on maximizing your IELTS study plan because you won’t be able to target the areas to work on and you’ll slow down your process. Let’s jump in! Episode Links The IELTS Writing & Speaking…
 
I had a podcast listener reach out to me a few weeks ago. He had prepared for IELTS on his own and using my podcast and wanted to share some tips with my audience. I thought this was such a fun thing to do, so I invited him on to the podcast. Episode Links IELTS Writing & Speaking Study Plan https://www.kristinespinar.com/study-plan Stock Media Pro…
 
One trick I teach my students is to really work on support. This will help you get a 7 in both writing and speaking. To do this really well, you have to know how to talk about facts and stats. So, this week on the podcast, I give some of my favorite tips for adding support to help you inch up to a 7 band score in IELTS writing and speaking skills. …
 
Sometimes you have a conversation with a student that is GOLD and you just know you have to share it. One of my biggest strategies for helping my students get a 7+ band score is working on brainstorming. This week, as I was giving feedback on an essay to a student, we got into a discussion about how helpful brainstorming is to getting a 7 and I jus…
 
“I brainstorm but then when I’m writing, I start to have different ideas coming from different parts of my mind and then I start to mix things up. When I start to mix things up, I lose control and when I lose control, I write, write, write and then I run out of time and I haven’t said what I want to say and I don’t have time to check my essay and I…
 
It’s easy to get a 6.5 in IELTS writing, in my opinion...But it’s MUCH harder to get a 7. In order to help my students get a 7, I work on a lot of little extra tips. Little nuances to add. Better ways to introduce and sequence their arguments. One thing I do is add development and depth of thought through using these two grammar tricks. Episode Lin…
 
In this episode, I sit down with David Richards to discuss how to achieve success through mastering your mind and overcoming the obstacles that are holding you back. Episode Links The Writing & Speaking Study Plan https://www.kristinespinar.com/study-plan The Lighthouse Keeper: A Story of Mind Mastery Stock Media Provided by Lndnsounds/Pond5…
 
In this episode, I look at the questions you are asking and the questions you SHOULD be asking when it comes to your IELTS prep. The IELTS Writing & Speaking Experience https://www.kristinespinar.com/experience Stock Media Provided by Lndnsounds/Pond5By Kristin Espinar
 
I'm doing a quick bonus episode because I had SOOOO many listeners asking for some examples of how vocabulary can level up your IELTS speaking response. Episode Links The IELTS Writing & Speaking Experience https://www.kristinespinar.com/experience Stock Media Provided by Lndnsounds/Pond5By Kristin Espinar
 
Often I hear students give me a lot of reasons about why they aren’t ready to start preparing for IELTS. I actually have a lot of followers that I think, know they need to prepare for IELTS, but aren’t actually doing it yet. It’s like they are pre-preparing, but with no goal in mind. Let's dive into what's behind that today. Episode Links The IELTS…
 
This has been a crazy year. More anxiety than usual. I can only imagine how I would feel if I had to prepare for an important exam that had the potential to change my life. For this reason, I wanted to talk about what you might be feeling right now in regards to your IELTS prep. Episode Links Free IELTS Writing & Speaking Masterclass https://www.kr…
 
One of the most important things to understand about the IELTS speaking (and writing ) test, is that you are essentially being asking to give your opinion...but in an academic way. Does this mean you can lie on the IELTS exam when giving your opinion? Short answer >> yes. But, I believe there is a better way. Listen to this week’s episode to get my…
 
When it comes to getting a 7 band score in IELTS writing, most people think that just writing an essay is enough. But it’s much better if you develop it further by adding depth to your ideas. Showing relationships between ideas. Connecting ideas. One way you can do this is with cause and effect connectors. Episode Links IELTS Writing & Speaking Mas…
 
I feel that every stage in life has a word that you can attach to it. So today, since I’m your host, I’m going to tell you one of my most important words and why it has been so important to me in my life. I thought I’d share something about my life, so you know more about me. And this week, there will DEFINITELY be some surprises!!! Episode Links S…
 
What would you say is your biggest issue when it comes to writing your IELTS essay? You might say it’s something like not having the right ideas, running out of time, or you just plain don’t know. But I would argue it’s something else, and you may be surprised by what that is. Episode Links IELTS Writing & Speaking Study Plan https://www.kristinesp…
 
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