Know all about IELTS ( Reading Listening Writing & Speaking) Free English lessons

Hello! My name is emmelda and today I will

be talking about one of the most comprehensive and competitive examination for English Tests.

Any guesses? Yes! We will be talking about IELTS.What is IELTS? IELTS IS International English LanguageTesting System. It is meant for those people, who speak English as a second language, however,

aspire to go to different countries either to pursue higher education or to migrate,

to work there and live there permanently. But in those countries English is spoken as

a first and official language. So that is what IELTS is all about. Let us know few facts about IELTS before we discuss this topic at length. First thing,

a lot of people have this misconception that if you go United States or any country where Queen’s English is not spoken, you don’t require IELTS. Wrong! The United

States of America do accept IELTS score. There are various educational and professional bodies

who accept IELTS score. Second thing, it’s not very easy to book a test date for IELTS.

Wrong again! Firstly, you have two ways and they are very convenient. First, either you

go online and get your test dates booked. Only thing you may to notice that it will

some time before the test material or the practice material is delivered to your home

address. So when you are booking a date be conscious of the time frame. The second option

for booking a test date is you go directly to may be British council and book the date.

There they will give you the practice material in your hand and from there you can start

a date start practicing. So let’s see what IELTS actually tests you on. IELTS test four

skills of yours. First one is Listening skills, then we have reading skills, writing skills

and speaking skills. There are basically those skills that you would require to survive in

those countries and especially if you are going for higher education; how will you communicate

with others and how will you articulate your thoughts and bring it into writing. So let’s

see the listening. The listening test will take no more than 30 minutes. You will be

given a pair of headsets which, most probably, will be cordless. You will have audio clips

and booklet in your hand. You will be given some time to go through these questions. They

are approximately 40 questions that you can expect for your IELTS listening test. As you

get the booklet, you will be given a minute or two to read though the questions; to know

exactly what are the key words you would be looking for. Are you looking for time, place

or a person or anything else. So that you listening. You will have two sets of conversations.

One set will be a monologue and conversation. One set will be of conversation between two

people and other one would be in a group of three to four people. So that what you can

expect in IELTS Listening. Moving on to general reading. Now you’d notice, I have written

general reading and academic reading. It is actually meant for those people who have different

purpose in mind when they are entering a country. For example, are you entering a country so

that you can pursue higher education or you want to migrate so that you can work there

and live there and start a new life. If you are going for higher education or any profession

such as educators or nurse where you have to interact with people a lot and plus you

need a lot intellectual interaction, then you would go for academic reading. If not,

you are going to pursue secondary education or live a normal basic life work as probably

as an IT engineer or any other person may be a HR manager, you don’t require academic

section of IELTS. You may want to go general section. So that’s the basic difference

between academic and general section of IELTS testing. Again this section will have two

components, first is the reading, second is the writing. Both these tests will last for

60 minutes approximately each test. That means you will give 60 minutes on reading and 60

minutes on writing. In general and academic reading you will three sets of passages. The

only difference between general and academic is this is based on more day to day life,

for example the extracts will be taken from newspapers, magazines, notices, flyers where

you have to read about them and give your opinion or conclusion or explanation. However,

academic reading will be a little more tougher as they are actually checking out your academic

skills. So the major sources of extracts here are journals and both of these will have again

40 question. And what you have to note is since general section is little easier than

academic, you have to score higher in general to increase your score bandwidth, so that’s

general reading vs academic reading. Now let’s move on to general writing vs academic writing.

In this writing exam, you are given two tasks, one is for general you will have a letter

and the other one will be an essay. However, for academic you have to for a description

and an essay. Letter and description are 150 words each. However essay is 250 words. Here

you will be talking about general conversation, general description vs someone who has academically

more intellectual conversation or description. Letter, you will be expected to explain or

requesting to explain a situation. Description will be based on a chart, table, graph. You

will be expected to describe something like that in your own words. You may have to describe,

you may have summarise the entire table or chart. Essays are pretty much the same. However,

this will be a very detailed argument or solution centric essay. You have to put in your own

thoughts, what do you think about it. Lastly we have the speaking test. So hope we are

clear about writing and reading. It has two components. General has letter and essay and

academic has a description and essay. So moving on to the last section we have is speaking.

Here they are trying to check your accent, vocabulary; how you pronounce words, how you

articulate your thoughts. Are you comfortable speaking to someone who is speaks English

as first language. The first that will happen is general topic. They may ask you to introduce

yourself or talk about education life or work life. The second thing will be; they will

give you a card. They will give you a minute to prepare your thoughts and arrange them

and give two minutes’ speech ok! Two minutes’ speech. And the final aspect of speaking would

be is they would ask you questions about the topic. So the question would be more abstract

areas of the card topic. So that all. It’s very simple concept, however, a very comprehensive

test. Speaking of test, we would talk about score. There is no pass or fail in IELTS.

The IELTS score will tell you your ability to converse or to comprehend things in English.

The score band ranges from 1-9. Where one means non user, you can say basic words, nine

means that you are very professional that you know the words and you have practically

or you know you have very good English vocabulary. Sorry, so it’s one to nine. The higher the

score the higher your score band would be. Last thing that you have to know about the

score is they usually round up to the next half or full number. For example, in each

test you will get 6.5, 6, 7.5 in speaking and you have 8, 7 here and 6.5 here. It may

happen that your overall score or the mean or average of the score you will get probably

6.25. In this case, they will round it up to 6.5. That means they are rounding up to

next half. If you get a score of 6.75, they will round up the score to 7. IELTS is considered

as one of the very fair tests that we have. It is basically test your ability and survival

skills in English speaking countries. So that’s about it for IELTS. I hope I was able to clarify

the doubts you may have. Now, understand that IELTS topics are very comprehensive and everything

cannot be covered in one session. So, I will be taking these sections individually and

give you tips and tricks to ace IELTS. So that’s about it. I hope you enjoyed my lesson.

I will be back soon with probably new tips on skills reading and writing. I will see

you soon. Have fun learning English. See you in a while..

6 Tips for Writing Your Dissertation

hi I’m Tamra with servicescape dot-com and in this video I’ll be discussing some simple strategies you can use in writing your dissertation that will take some of the stress out of this project the goal of this instructional video is to help you to avoid common mistakes writers experienced during the dissertation writing process and hopefully to help you to create a dissertation that you will be proud of for the rest of your career let’s face it writing a dissertation can be difficult and overwhelming some universities make the process less complex than others most programs are very in the expectations that they have for the end result of your dissertation prep but regardless of the university or program all dissertation writing requires two essential skills that you’ll need to improve and refine the first scale is research without good research skills you can’t be a good writer this is because all writing is based on the authors observations and research this applies just as much to writing dissertations as it does to writing in any genre without the right amount of observations and research your thesis statement will be confusing your dissertation will be uninformed and illogical and the writing will be the same way no matter how skilled a writer you are so let’s say you’ve completed all of your research you’ve chosen a topic that interests you and it’s time to start putting words on paper when you get to this point remember that this is the same feeling novelists get when they start to write a novel the next skill that is necessary for a great dissertation is good writing so where do you begin you begin at the same place a novelist does you just start writing and this is where our first tip comes into play start somewhere anywhere it doesn’t have to be at the beginning in fact it probably won’t be with more than 150 pages of writing to do it’s easy to feel overwhelmed but remember that writing is like exercising sometimes getting started is half the battle once you get going it gets so much easier to continue in exercise adrenaline starts pumping in the writing process the creativity starts flowing but first you have to get started so get started with writing on the topic you’ve chosen for your dissertation and don’t worry about organization structure or how correctly you’ve written it the important part is for you to write as much as you can on what you know about the topic which brings us to our second tip separate the writing and the editing processes when you sit down in the early stages to write your dissertation don’t stop to make corrections and don’t expect perfection think of this as a very rough draft don’t stop to read each paragraph you just wrote to find all of its flaws don’t worry about things like transitions flow organization or spelling and grammar mistakes just right allow your writing to flow naturally in a stream of consciousness style if necessary but don’t stop this process is starting with what you already know will get the ball rolling and will overcome any dreaded writer’s block that you might be feeling at the beginning now let’s focus more closely on how to develop this first draft that you have just started you obviously have strong feelings about this dissertation topic after many semesters of research and preparation you probably have a lot of personal opinions about it and that’s a good thing that personal investment will pay off in the writing process if you let it this is where our third tip comes in handy don’t try to make your writing at this stage sound academic rather just write from the heart during this first stage of the dissertation writing process and without your research notes take the time to write down everything that you know by heart about your topic use this opportunity to write out questions that you will explore in your research as well as your gut responses to these questions even if these questions go slightly off-topic write them all out the first stage of writing can later be used to form your hypothesis developing them with a more academic approach and language but for now just write from the heart and from your personal knowledge of your chosen topic now let’s talk about tip number four write in chunks and out of order while it may seem counterproductive writing in chunks and out of order will actually help you to get your dissertation written faster and to get a better grip on the scope of your research one good way to do this is to carry a notebook with you daily and right chunks of your dissertation throughout the day even if it is just a paragraph here and there or a question you want to explore in your research write it all down and don’t worry about where that chunk of writing will be inserted into the final product many first-time dissertation writers will try to start with the introduction or worse with the abstract this is a quick way to become overwhelmed because experienced researchers know that the abstract is the last thing you write once you are able to see the scope and extent of your research also don’t feel like you should have your review of literature written before you start exploring your methodologies or why you’ve chosen one methodology over another although the review of literature does come before the methodology section in your final draft this certainly doesn’t have to be the order in which you write them unless your dissertation committee specifically requests that you do so or maybe you just read an article that is relevant to your research and it is still fresh in your mind go ahead and write about the information you learned from the article and then write out the full citation of the article on a note card which brings us to the fifth tip organize your citations on note cards or the digital equivalent from the very beginning most of your dissertation will consist of other people’s words and ideas you will remain a step ahead in your writing process if you organize this content from the beginning this is especially true in your literature review which will cover all of the scholarly articles books dissertations conference proceedings and other resources that are relevant to your research having this information arranged on note cards with your citations already written in whatever documentation style is required puts you a step ahead when it comes time to writing the literature review and the bibliography finally let’s discuss tip number six which is write as early in the day as possible and set a goal for writing at least one page per day even if you consider yourself to be a night person find the time each morning to write your dissertation setting a goal to write at least one page per day five or six days a week is a good place to start science shows that even if we are most active during the night we are usually at our mental peak during the morning hours before the events of the day affect our concentration some writers find that their productivity in the morning hours allows them to do twice the work in half the time depending on your natural abilities and skills such as concentration and avoiding distractions this might mean that you focus on writing before you’ve read the morning news check your Facebook or Twitter feed or returned texts that were written to you the night before all of these digital distractions seriously limit your writing output during these peak mental hours in the morning if you are the type of person who was easily distracted by social media and let’s face it most of us are try putting that off until you’ve written your page goal for the day you’ll find that you have plenty of time afterwards to enjoy social media or other distractions thank you for watching I hope this tutorial will help make the process of writing your dissertation as painless as possible be sure to subscribe to our channel to get updates on new videos and check out servicescape com for your freelance editing and writing needs

DON’T PANIC: University Essay Writing Tips

hi everyone I’m Sophie and I’m in my second year at university and today I thought I would share with you some parenting tips I’ve made some other University related videos on my channel before some tips on how to apply to University what to expect when you first go to university and then some older videos from a couple of years ago when I talked about my personal experiences and trauma with applying to University and stuff like that so I recently created a playlist called all about University with all those videos in so if you want to have a look at that I will put a link of that in the description anyway so let’s get on with essay tip so my first tip is usually with university essays you will have a list of questions to choose from or if it’s not a very long list maybe two questions to choose from the questions will be quite broad so you’ll get to choose what is that you’re writing about be it books films historical periods whatever you’ll probably be choosing the specifics of the question so my advice when choosing a question would be to think through how much you have to say for the questions so even if you read the questions like you see the first one is it oh I’d say that about that and then you start writing the essay and then you realize eternity right too much words make sure you read two of the questions and think whether you have enough points enough information research opinions on the particular topic that question my second tip would be to make sure that you start with plenty of time because usually you will have a reading or writing week and that week you can use for writing an essay although it might be tempting to go out all the time and sleep in you’ll also probably know about your essay a few weeks in advance before that as well so you have even more time to prepare pick a question do some research that sort of thing so I would suggest maybe aiming to have your essay done a couple of days before the deadline that gives you time to go back over it changes and things that you need to print it out if you have to that sort of stuff basically it’s probably not advisable to do it the night before I’m not going to lie to you in my first year first term I did do that a couple of times and sometimes it works out sometimes it doesn’t and you know you don’t really have time planned for something going wrong will really help you and if you finish early then you still have the rest of your reading week to do what you want the third tip I would give you is find somewhere where there are no distractions and you actually concentrate so if that’s your room fine but if you know your room has a TV and you know other distractions your housemates coming in sort of wanting to talk to you maybe you should go to the library finding somewhere where you’ll actually be in a productive mood and know that this is time for work well si will probably get done quicker and you’ll spend less time figure out the fourth tip and I would give you is to plan if you plan your essay in a lot of detail then it will speed up the writing process so much sometimes I can spend maybe 50 to 60% of my overall essay time on the planning and in 40% on the actual writing because if you if I plan out my Queens my argument what my conclusions going to be then I’ve been pretty much right straight away and there’s no oh what am I going to write next because you’ve already planned out so yeah it just makes essay writing a lot quicker or easier a lot less stressful if you’ve planned out already my yeah fifth tip is make sure you know what referencing moment to doing university essays do expect you to reference footnote how citations are readily Lok Rafi so make sure you know which referencing thing your course expects you to do because there are different ones at the Harvard method see reach something I think I used that one there’s a lot of different ones sometimes they say you can just anyone but sometimes the way each is a specific one usually when your university or your course will do is provide a booklet probably online of exactly what you have to reference things actually wearing further specific types of sources so make sure you know that and make sure you reference as you go along because it’s so much easier instead of writing the whole essay and on the end you have to go back through every quote and be like oh where did I get that from ah did I use that book in the library that sort of thing so it’s just so much easier to do it as you go number six is making sure you have an argument to your fa by an argument I don’t mean you’re complaining about something or you are trying to say something different someone else which you can’t do you know I mean not an argument you have in everyday life you responding to the question in reference to the works that you’re talking about whether that be films books whatever that you have an opinion in response for the question and then a way of arguing that opinion throughout the essay so that you can then prove your argument so throughout the essay you can have warned against in the end you do make a decision as to what you were awful you do have an argument it will provide a structure to your essay if it is something like an English essay do not make it purely narrative so if you are talking about a book don’t just give a summary of the plot because people can read the book for that they want an opinion on something so make sure you have an opinion and back it up with reference specific reference and quotations to the book not necessarily quotes if you’re not doing an English you type subject but evidence to support your points so that might be facts now I am an English student and a film student so I only know what is expected of those essays so I’m sorry I just sort of lie to you this is a subject that you’re doing I try to make it as general as I could and my final tip is not having because sure it’s a university essay and if it is your first university essay you might be panicking thinking our University and our university s April Fool what if I’m not good enough what if I’m not up to the university standard which is definitely something that I worried about like but I’ve just left school how can I really do University as a doing well up them they know the university know is that you just come out of school and yes you’re starting off with it but you will be surprised at how good you are so as long as you try your hardest and you look at say example essays and the marking criteria and stuff like that you’ll be able to do it and you’ll be able to get good marks so I hope this helped this wasn’t a particularly funny but you’re anything like that I just thought I would do sort of University advice videos so I’ll add this to the playlist and you should watch some other videos if you would like to if you have any other questions about essays or any of the university advise videos you would like me to do or any other videos you’re likely to do put them in the comments I love clients I don’t get enough of them anymore and I can’t see oven so I’ll be right if you like this video like it if you want to see more and you’re already subscribed please subscribe and I shall see you guys next time I

Medical School Personal Statement Examples | BeMo Academic Consulting

hi my name is dr. Lauren Cooper I’m admissions expert of Benoit economic consulting thanks for joining me on this week’s edition of BMO’s admissions vlog today I’m going to talk about how to create a personal statement from scratch using my own example I’ll take you through brainstorming and how to create an essay outline by the end of the video you’ll know how to create an essay that admissions committees are going to love before we get started we should talk about why the personal statement is actually important to medical schools because it is important right it’s your only opportunity to set yourself apart from the competition it’s important because the personal statement tells the admissions committee why you are applying to medical school your sketch gives them the what how you spend your time what you do but the personal scene it tells them why why you do what you do what you’ve learned from your experiences and how you’re going to carry that forward to your future medical schools are looking for students who are able to reflect on their experiences derive meaning from them and communicate that in a coherent and meaningful way with that in mind let’s get started on our brainstorming I’ve got a little brainstorming chart here with all these boxes that represent the different areas of my life I’ve got education work extracurriculars volunteer family you can add whatever you want next quickly jot down one word titles under each category leaving space around each one I’m not running down everything I’ve ever done I’m just choosing the most meaningful quality activities and experiences and writing those down once you’ve done that and this next step will be the most important step you’re going to look at your favorite activities and right beside each activity why you enjoy it and what you learn from it so in my example for running why I enjoy it isn’t black and the skills I learned are in blue the important thing for the Y is that you ask why you like it and then you ask why again so that’s too wise for example I thought about my favorite part of running and that would be trail running why because I like exploring not knowing what’s around the next corner why do I like that I like the anticipation of discovering new places and the opportunity to learn more about the world around me so you can see this exploration curiosity piece is starting to take shape in my brainstorming as I go through my chart doing this asking why and why again suddenly all these little connections are going to start to pop out if we go over here to educate we can see I majored in life sciences and specialized in neuroscience and what do you know I chose my major for the same reason I enjoy running I believe that the human brain is the last unexplored unknown frontier clearly curiosity and exploration are big drivers for me so you’re gonna take some time go through your chart and dig down and then dig down again with your wive’s and eventually you’re gonna start to see these connections you should be able to start to draw a connection here between why you do the things that you do and why you just have decided to pursue medicine a next step is to pick out three of these common themes that seem to be coming up again and again for you and relate them to why you are choosing to pursue a career in medicine so you can see for me a lot of the reasons I’m passionate about my favorite activity running are also needs that I’m hoping to meet with a career in medicine here I’ve been exploration / creativity passion such perseverance which I think of as loving the day to day and working as part of a team these three things will become the mapping statement form is a great once all that has been done I can move on to creating an outline so here I have my academic essay outline with its introduction paragraph three body paragraphs and concluding paragraph and you’ll notice I’ve this little arrow going down the side indicating time this is because my essay is going to be a chronological narrative I’m going to start with labeling my three body paragraphs with my three common why’s and then start filling in each box I’m not worrying about perfect wording here it’s just about getting the overall schematic ideas right basically what I’m doing is I’m going to relate my passion and what I learned from running two passions in various other areas of my life showing that these are common themes for me over time I’m then going to relate that to my decision to pursue medicine and talk about how that is in line with my passions and characteristics so I would start off my introduction write a hook talking about running maybe some imagery about me on some beautiful trail I’ll then move on to my mapping statement saying I’m passionate about running because it allows me to explore and learn more about the world around me has taught me the value of patience and achieving goals and has allowed me to be part of a team and meet many interesting people my thesis would be that these interests have shaped my experiences and my interest in pursuing medicine I would then go on to introduce my first body paragraph starting off by talking about my love for exploring on my runs and relating that to my interest in studying the human brain I’ll throw in some anecdotes about my interest in science and the brain as a child and some science clips that I was in during my undergrad and relate that to how my interest in medicine was piqued I’ll move on to talking about how branding has taught me the importance of patience and perseverance in achieving long term goals and relate that to some volunteering I did earlier in undergrad with some inner-city youth who initially had a hard time trusting me I’ll talk about how much that hard-earned trust meant to me and how much I enjoyed using my scientific knowledge to help others and then reflect on how that furthered my interest in pursuing medicine finally I’ll talk about how running taught me that groups of individuals working together can achieve more than they ever could on their own I’ll relate this to my time volunteering in the emergency department and how creating a therapeutic alliance through building trust with the patient allowed me to help them achieve a better outcome I’ll conclude this by saying that the ability to form alliances with patients and help them reach their goals is what solidified my decision to pursue medicine I’ll then move on to the conclusion reiterate my thesis and mapping statement and relate everything I just said to my decision to pursue medicine and where I see myself in the future you can also see that in this essay there’s an overarching description of how I became interested in medicine what furthered my interest and what solidified my decision to pursue medicine so I basically taking my passions and the things that mean the most of you as a person and woven them into this chronological narrative that gives the reader an idea of where my interest in medicine began how I explored that and what finally solidified my decision to become a doctor this is what you want to be communicating to the admissions committee and if you go through and do all this on your own following the steps I’ve outlined for you you should be ready to start your first draft in no time that concludes another episode of vemos admissions meet log if you want even more tips on writing personal statements please visit our blog we have a lot of great tips as well as sample essays for you guys to take a look at if you’re looking for help with your application anything from essay writing to interview prep please click the link below and set up your free initial consultation today thanks for joining me and I’ll see you again next week [Music]