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How You Can Improve Your Writing Skills

Developing or enhancing certain skills can be both challenging and almost impossible for some people. However, nowadays, things have become easier to learn. You can search online and improve your knowledge and skills pretty much about anything. If you are trying to build strong writing skills, I have here two informational posts that can help you achieve your goals. I personally believe anything can be learned, and you can be what you want yourself to be if you work hard and believe in your abilities. Writing has been something that I was never good in years ago. However, when I decided to make some positive changes in my life and improve my skills in writing, I was able to achieve my goals. Now, take a look at these posts and discover how exactly you can improve your writing skills.

16 Ways to Improve Your Writing Skills | Wordstream

Nothing strikes fear into the heart of a marketer quite like being asked to write a blog post. Some marketers would rather wrestle with pivot tables (or grizzly bears) for days on end than write a blog post – but why?

Writing doesn’t have to be this painful.

Writing is intimidating to a lot of people, particularly those who don’t write for a living or blog on a regular basis. The good news is that writing doesn’t have to be agonizing, and almost anybody can hone their writing skills with a little discipline and a willingness to learn. In today’s post, I’m going to share 16 ways you can start improving your writing skills right now. Via wordstream.com

This post here below features some free online resources that can significantly help you improve your writing skills. I hope you find this helpful too.

10 Free Online Resources to Improve Your Writing | Interesting Literature

In this guest blog post, Sharon Crosby shares 10 great websites that can help you improve your writing skills. It often seems that there are not enough online resources for writers. There are many good books on the subject, but they cost a lot of money because the writing community is a relatively small niche. Here are 10 resources you can use whether you are a professional writer or a young content manager to improve your writing, to make your content more interesting or to get published. All the websites have something different to offer writers.

Get your hands on lots of writing and research advice. The homepage is a little too crammed with links for most people’s liking, but once you get used to how the website works you can find plenty of tips and lots of pieces of advice on writing. The great thing is that there are many different types of help available on the website. Via interestingliterature.com

Writing is something that can be learned painlessly. Those who deem it impossible to improve their writing abilities should give it a try, work hard and bring out their potentials. There are many materials and resources available online that are extremely helpful to individuals who want to improve their writing skills.

Vocabulary Learning Apps For IELTS Test Takers

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Improving one’s vocabulary skills is essential, especially for individuals who are preparing for an English proficiency test such as IELTS. I have here two fantastic posts about apps for vocabulary learning. I have always loved learning new words. Today, learning new words has been a lot easier unlike before. There are many tools such as apps available that are designed to help people improve their vocabulary knowledge and skills.  I came across some articles yesterday about vocabulary apps, and I am going to share with you what I have learned.

Vocabulary apps provide interactive learning, and they are very helpful to individuals who get easily bored when studying. One of the best things about these apps is that they provide a variety of engaging activities, such as brain quizzes, games, fun-to-use flashcards and many others. These apps are very helpful tools to learn and expand one’s vocabulary in an enjoyable way. There are apps that over more than 800 flashcards that cover some difficult but very useful vocabulary words. There even come with definitions, synonyms, and sample sentences. Another good news is that many of these apps can be accessed and used free of charge.

For individuals with Windows phones, there are also vocabulary apps available for them. Many app developers have become interested in providing tools for this particular platform. You also have two choices, one is free and the other is paid. These apps can significantly help you improve your vocabulary mainly because every word comes with a meaning or definition, origin, and pronunciation. You can even share the word you just learned as a text or image. I can pretty much say that nowadays, it gets a lot easier to expand one’s vocabulary. There are even fun activities such s word games and puzzles that come with varying categories such as health pack, drink packs, geography pack, history pack, and language pack.

Vocabulary apps are scattered online, and you don’t even have to spend anything to take advantage of the knowledge they can offer. All you need to do is search online, and find the apps that can offer you a type of vocabulary learning you need. I still using some apps in my phones, because I actually believe in the power of words. There are many more words to learn, and I can’t bear settling only with what I know today. What makes it even more exciting is that they come in different forms, so there is less chance that you’ll find yourself bored while learning.

Apps are just one of the best ways to build a strong vocabulary. You can also take advantage of other learning tools available online. Don’t forget to come back here for more updates about IELTS!

Bad Study Habits to Avoid for IELTS Preparation

Test preparation doesn’t just require you to know and practice the right study techniques but also avoid the habits that can potentially sink your exam grades. I have two articles here that talks about the bad study habits to avoid, and I think these can be truly helpful to individuals who are preparing for the IELTS test. The first one here talks about the several aspects of studying and the factors such as stress that usually lead test takers to wander and become out of focus. I personally believe that these posts can be very useful to test takers, please have a look:

Bad study habits can sink your exam grades Et Cetera

http://eastfieldnews.com/2014/12/03/tutors-professors-warn-of-bad-exam-study-habits/As finals approach, students are scrambling to find the best ways to study.

An increasingly popular trend is to stay up all night studying the night before a test – an “all-nighter.” Teachers advise against that.

“Don’t cram,” said Cindy He of the Math Spot. “I’ve seen students that start studying the night before. Don’t do that. Then the next day everything will be jumbled up and you won’t understand all that much.

“The best thing to do is study in increments. The week before, start studying daily and review your notes.”

Others believe in making sure that you not worry too much about tests.

“Don’t try and learn a semester’s worth of information in a night,” said Shayn Davenport, tutor for The Link. “Along with that, understand that this is one grade in one class in your college life.”

There are many aspects of studying. Stress is a big factor when studying for tests, Davenport said. eastfieldnews.com

This articles here talks about the bad study habits that you may have probably been following and how you can avoid them. I think that this post, like the article above, is not only for students but is also applicable to IELTS test takers. Please check this out:

Mars n Moon 5 Bad Study Habits You’ve Probably Been Following

http://marsnmoon.com/5-bad-study-habits-youve-probably-been-following/You hear a lot of platitudes when it comes to studying: “Make studying a priority. Review your notes early and often.” “Read all the textbook chapters and do your homework.” “Practice makes perfect. So practice as much as you can.”

First off, all the students who have ever been in a classroom just collectively rolled their eyes. Second, most of this stuff we hear, though well intentioned (maybe), is just plain wrong. A lot of bad study habits are spread in the guise of helpful advice.

Here are 5 of the most common bad study habits that parents, teachers, and advisors teach, and why they’re actually hurting your GPA: 1. Read the chapter before lecture

Here’s something we’ve all heard teachers say at the end of class: “Read chapter 12 on the Law of Cosines before class tomorrow so that we can jump right in.”

And you probably wanted to say, “Wait a sec… isn’t that your job?” marsnmoon.com

One of the secrets in doing well during the IELTS test is to know the basic as well as the do’s and don’ts in studying. I personally believe that test takers should know how to study properly as it an significantly influence their learning progress.

Healthy Foods for the Brain

Today, I decided to feature an article that talks about training your brain to prefer healthy foods. It is not a secret that healthy foods are very therapeutic and they do not just improve physical health but also boost brain health and performance. However, eating healthy foods can be really challenging for many people mainly because the unhealthy ones are usually more delicious and easily available. This is why it is important to train the brain to choose healthy foods. This article provides details about a new research from Jean MayerUSDA human Nutrition Research Center on Aging. Check this out:

Training Your Brain to Prefer Healthy Foods | Tufts Now

http://now.tufts.edu/news-releases/training-your-brain-prefer-healthy-foodsBOSTON (September 1, 2014, 10:20 AM EDT) — It may be possible to train the brain to prefer healthy low-calorie foods over unhealthy higher-calorie foods, according to new research by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts University and at Massachusetts General Hospital. Published online today in the journal Nutrition & Diabetes, a brain scan study in adult men and women suggests that it is possible to reverse the addictive power of unhealthy food while also increasing preference for healthy foods.

“We don’t start out in life loving French fries and hating, for example, whole wheat pasta,” said senior and co-corresponding author Susan B. Roberts, Ph.D., director of the Energy Metabolism Laboratory at the USDA HNRCA, who is also a professor at the Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy at Tufts University and an adjunct professor of psychiatry at Tufts University School of Medicine. “This conditioning happens over time in response to eating – repeatedly! – what is out there in the toxic food environment.” Via now.tufts.edu

If you have already decided to eat healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables then I suggest you choose organic produce. Organic products are healthier and less damaging mainly because they do not have chemicals or residues from fertilizers. You have 5 of the best places to shop organic produce in Singapore, please have a look:

The 5 Best Organic Grocery Stores in Singapore | TheBestSingapore.com

http://www.thebestsingapore.com/best-shopping/the-5-best-organic-food-stores-in-singapore/Getting into organic world is one of the ways to live healthily. When you treat yourself with organic food daily, you are protected from pesticides and other harmful chemicals. There are approximately 40 organic stores in Singapore, including both brick and mortar and online ones. Offering organic products at competitive prices, these stores inspire more people to embrace an organic lifestyle.

In this article, we introduce the five best organic stores that gain customer’s trust over the years. They supply all the necessities to live a healthy life. Each store has its own highlight and they complement each other well to provide a comprehensive range of organic products for health mindful customers. Via thebestsingapore.com

Eating healthy can provide many health benefits. For individuals who are preparing for an exam such as IELTS, it is imperative that they choose food items that are known to improve memory as well as brain power and performance. Eating healthy while working hard to study for the test can significantly improve one’s performance during the exam.

Grammar Mistakes to Avoid

Grammar is one of the most important lessons that IELTS test takers should study on. Learning the English language requires grammatically correct sentences, whether it is written or verbal. I decided to feature here two articles about grammar mistakes or grammatical errors to avoid. Test takers need to be very familiar with the grammatical errors that should be avoided, in addition to knowing what is grammatically correct. Please check this post out:

Content Writing Services | 5 More Grammar Mistakes

http://www.pcgdigitalmarketing.com/20141216-5-more-grammar-mistakes/There are two types of people: the people who give a crap about grammar and the people who don’t give a crap about grammar. If you’re creating content on behalf of your company, chances are there is at least one person in your audience who gives a crap.

Businesses are publishing content all the time— even if it’s just a few words. They’re posting on Facebook, Tweeting, blogging, and so on. Just as quickly as a message can be posted online, it can just as easily be seen by just one user who will be more than happy to point out how you used the wrong form of “than.”

A while back I discussed five common grammar mistakes that even the best writers make.

The good news is that you don’t really have to worry about this one when it comes to speaking. Writing, on the other hand, opens you up to some judgement if you mess up! Read more…

Here is another fantastic article about grammatical errors. Test takers can make an impressive essay by just avoiding the common errors that people normally fall into. Please have a look:

Common Grammar Errors And How to Avoid Them On Your Blog

http://www.business2community.com/blogging/common-grammar-errors-avoid-blog-01040670Grammar errors can make your blog look unprofessional and sloppy. However, not every blogger is an English major. Plus, people are human and make mistakes. In fact, errors can be easily found in the books of many New York Times Bestselling authors.

It is inevitable that there will be error here or there. The mind knows exactly what it wants the written word to say. Unfortunately, that doesn’t always translate onto the computer screen. Even during edits, the mind still sees the words as it wants to see them and may not catch the error.

Fortunately, there are some things you can do that will reduce mistakes.

There are some common grammar errors that you can learn in a matter of a few minutes (or bookmark this page and check back here for them when needed). Understanding that these are common errors will help you spot them more easily and fix them in your own writing.
Read more…

I have been collecting a wide variety of articles that cover topics about IELTS. I will be posting some of them here in the coming days so I hope you will visit my website again for updates!

IELTS Facts and Tips

I personally believe that individuals who are preparing for the IELTS test should first known more about it. There are myths and facts about IELTS that are too dangerous to ignore, and this is something that students or test takers should understand. I’ve been browsing around a couple of hours ago when I came across these two helpful articles here. The first one talks about the facts around IELTS and the other is about some tips. I have made my students aware of all these facts because I have always believed in their importance. Indeed knowing these facts is as important as studying, so please check this article out:

Facts around IELTS | DIVII – English Video Dictionary

http://blog.divii.org/myths-and-facts-around-ielts/If you are an IELTS test taker, you must be aware of certain facts and myths surrounding the test. This will help you avoid pitfalls and score high marks. Remember, it is very important to follow instructions thoroughly. Most importantly, you mustn’t ignore the importance of the test itself. Given below is a list of facts that you must know about the test:

Remember these facts about the IELTS test and you can score big! Use DIVII:English Video Dictionary to prepare for the test.

Remember, it is very important to follow instructions thoroughly.

Most importantly, you mustn’t ignore the importance of the test itself.

Given below is a list of facts that you must know about the test: Do not try to write in more words than you are asked to. Via blog.divii.org

I have always loved providing reading materials that contain tips and techniques for IELTS, and this one below is one of them. It contains information about registration and the process that test takers usually go through. I hope you’ll find this post helpful:

IELTS Exam Top Tips | ILAC English Tips

http://www.ilac.com/blog/ielts-exam-top-tips/We have prepared an amazing infographic on some useful tips that will help you to take the right actions in the way to IELTS success. Check it out!

All registration must be done on the official IELTS Test Centre website: www.ielts.org or www.ieltscanada.ca in Canada. The best locations fill up quite fast, so book your test in advance to avoid missing deadlines or traveling to another location. The early bird catches the worm!

IELTS exam includes several parts, which are quite complicated and require a proper preparation. It’s not a matter of one night to prepare for this exam. Cramming the night before the exam will not work. So start preparing months ahead of time and sleep well before the exam.

You must have the same photo ID that you provided when applying for the exam. If you don’t have the required document, you will not be allowed to take the test. Make sure you spell your name exactly as it’s written on the English version of your ID. Via ilac.com

If you happen to be looking for more posts that can be helpful for your IELTS test preparation, you may visit this website again in the coming days or weeks. I will be providing more articles here so please do keep yourself updated for my posts.

Effective Study Skills for Exam Preparation

As you may have already known, a study technique that works quite well for you may not be applicable to someone else. What I am trying to say is that there are many ways to study and you only need to find the techniques that are suitable for you. The internet has made a wide variety of information available, and students or test takers won’t even have difficulties finding some study tips. One reading material that I think would be helpful to students is this article below. It talks about the effective study skills, which I believe can help IELTS test takers prepare for the exam. I hope you will find this helpful:

EFFECTIVE STUDY SKILLS | John Parankimalil

https://johnparankimalil.wordpress.com/2014/12/09/effective-study-skills/No two people study the same way, and there is little doubt that what works for one person may not work for another. However, there are some general techniques that seem to produce good results. This article is written to help you develop effective study skills.

Besides giving ten study skills, I have included a widely accepted method of study called the SQ3R Method.

1. Believe in Yourself: Your brain is the most complex piece of bioengineering in the known universe. Every brain has genius capacity – even yours. It takes time, effort, and guided study to get access to this potential, but it is possible for anyone to do if he or she wants to badly enough.

2. Preparation: Remember the Scout Motto, “Be Prepared”. Preparing your study environment, your attitude, and your focus will have an amazingly positive impact on the effectiveness of your learning activity. See more…

It is indeed very important for students and examinees to establish and practice good study habits. Their success can depend on their hardwork and the study methods that they use to pass the exam. Attending an IELTS test preparation course is also a must, in order to pass all the four sections of the test. I have more reading materials to post here so don’t forget to keep yourself updated.

Private Tutor Versus Tutoring center

Are you caught in between choosing a private tutor or a tutoring center for IELTS preparation? Well, if you want to make a well-informed decision, then you are on the right page. This article here provides some interesting reasons why hiring a private tutor is a lot better than attending a tutoring center. Hiring a private tutor has become easier this days, but finding the right one will require you to determine the kind of teacher you are looking for. This post can be helpful to individuals who are planning to take the IELTS test. Anyway, I hope you’ll find this post helpful!

3 Reasons to Hire a Private Tutor vs Using a Tutoring Center | Hiring a Tutor

https://hiringatutor.wordpress.com/2014/07/07/3-reasons-to-hire-a-private-tutor-vs-using-a-tutoring-company/So you have decided to hire a tutor.  Problem is finding a private tutor online is not as easy as you would think, since tutoring companies and centers have taken over search engines, as they have the resources to pay SEO (search engine optimization) professionals.  However, private freelance tutors do have websites out there, you just may have to do a little digging.  Here are 3 benefits to hiring a private tutor over using a tutoring company:

Private tutors are most likely able to come to your home or meet your student at a location of your choosing.  On the other hand, in tutoring centers, you need to drop your student off at the tutoring center location, and then pick them up once the session is over.  This could be inconvenient if you do not live nearby.

Hiring a private tutor can add flexibility to your schedule.  You can choose your sessions on the days and times that you want.  A tutoring company, however, is generally limited to general business hours and many do not open on weekends. hiringatutor.wordpress.com

I would love to provide you with more relevant information and posts about taking the IELTS test and choosing the right tutor. I have more reading materials to share here so please don’t forget to visit this website again in the coming days.

Preventing the IELTS Test Common Mistakes

There are many mistakes in taking the IELTS test that examinees should learn about and avoid. Knowing and avoiding these mistakes can help them increase their chance in doing great during the exam. I have here an article, which I found yesterday while I was browsing the internet, that talks about guarding yourself against the common mistakes in taking the exam. I have warned my students about many of the mistakes mentioned in this post to help them improve their performance. They were very grateful since they had no idea what these mistakes were. I love sharing some IELTS tips and this one here is my favorite. I’ve always believed that examinees should learn about some preventable mistakes that they need to avoid. Please check out this post:

Guard against making these common mistakes | IELTS tips

http://www.ieltspractice.com/ielts-tips/2014/11/11/guard-against-making-these-common-mistakes/The IELTS Reading, Listening and Writing tests are held on a separate day to an IELTS Speaking test. I found the Speaking test so confused and difficult, so I am delighted to know that it was on a different day to the other tests. The extra time I had to study allowed me to practise more for the Speaking test. I was more confident and, in the end, very happily with my final result.

Stop here if you haven’t looked at the paragraph above! Have a look at the paragraph below for the answers.

The IELTS Reading, Listening and Writing tests are held on a separate day to the IELTS Speaking test. I found the Speaking test so confusing and difficult, so I was delighted to know that it was on a different day to the other tests. . Via ieltspractice.com

I want to provide in this website a database of information about the IELTS test. I actually am still doing my extensive research and eventually I’ll be able to have my IELTS library completed. I have collected many information and tips for the exam and later on I will be sharing them here. I hope you take time in checking this website once in a while especially if you are looking for more reading materials and resources about the test.

Fun Apps That Are Helpful for IELTS Examinees

English proficiency tests such as the IELTS can be very challenging to pass, and this is true to many test takers. However, as a teacher for many years I know that nothing is impossible with those who persevere and work hard. There are actually many fun things that examinees can do to pass and one is to use some apps. I believe that apps are generally useful and they are tools that many students especially the younger ones find very interesting. I have this interesting article here about some apps that are believed to be helpful for test takers in passing the test. I decided to share it here because I really do find it interesting and helpful. I hope this helps, check it out:

 

Top 10 Useful Android Apps that Can Help You to Pass the IELTS and TOEFL Examination | Frivmaz.com

http://teslcanadaconference.com/4-practical-tips-on-passing-your-international-english-language-testing-system-exam/Have you ever wonder how can you pass IELTS or TOEFL examination? Are you thinking about this problem? Don’t worry! Today frivmaz.com will introduce to you top 10 useful Android apps that can help you to pass the IELTS and TOEFL examination. Let take a look at them.

It contains 200 essays on different topics that will help you to improve your English vocabulary. It also helps you understand what kind and style of language you are supposed to use in the writing section of the exam.

It is an app that would prove to be useful whilst studying for the IELTS. It has important words that you need to remember how to spell correctly, a way for you to calculate your scores, advice from IELTS test takers as well as top 10 tips for listening, reading, writing and speaking. Via frivmaz.com

Many of my students are actually using some of these apps. I’ve tried some too and I had fun using them. I like the idea that these apps both fun and helpful to use. Anyway, I’ll be posting more in the coming days especially about IELTS preparation classes. For now, you may check out my post about the best IELTS books.