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Student Success Story: How Richard scored 8 in IELTS!

Get ready for some serious motivation and inspiration! Our IELTS student, Richard, scored an 8 in IELTS using E2. Richard signed up for a Bronze IELTS package and is ready to pursue his career in teaching English as a second language. His goal is to help other students achieve their own success in IELTS.

What did we say? Inspirational. Over to you, Richard.

Where are you from? 

Middlesbrough, UK. Currently living in Singapore and for the past 9 years.

What did you study the IELTS for? 

Part of my plan in progress for a career reset. I studied IELTS and will continue to do so.

My objectives include to teach English as a second language and to help students optimise their scores for IELTS.

I passed the CELTA end of Jun, so just finding my way at present.

What language/s do you speak? 

English L1 and Thai novice.  French as a novice previously, probably wouldn’t take too long to brush up.

What made you choose E2 Test Prep? 

I looked around on IE, reviewed the information on your E2 website and signed up.

What was the most difficult part of your study and how did you approach it? 

Reading:  Getting comfortable with and applying the skim, scan and careful reading techniques, efficiently and effectively.

Writing:  My lowest score was for the writing section, but I put this down to my limited knowledge and struggle to develop ideas on the task 2 subject.

What did you like most about E2 Test Prep?

I enjoyed being part of a larger community, but primarily, I liked engaging with the very professional and friendly Tutors the most. Excellent. 

How long did it take you to prepare before taking the test?

Four weeks. Approximately 5-6 x 1-hour sessions per week attending the E2 Test Prep group sessions, plus a couple of hours of self prep per week.

What did you do in your free time to unwind and destress?

Jog, walk, practice and play golf.

What would be your top tip for other students who are about to begin their test-prep journey? 

To take steps to maximise their language grade and vocab range, to target understanding all of the language being used during the E2 lessons.

I like the idea of a vocab file the L2 students can develop, using excel for example.  I sensed a lot of the E2 students were doing this, a great approach.

To add, repetition was a key aspect, for me anyway.  This helped me to improve over the 4 weeks, refine techniques and optimise the time available to answer all of the questions more accurately.

Congratulations Richard!

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