If you are just starting out on your IELTS exam preparation journey, and relying on free online practice materials, you may be overwhelmed by the number of websites and bloggers out there and unsure where to start.
Be warned – there is a LOT of misinformation out there and for reliable exam advice you need to be able to discriminate between websites run by experienced IELTS tutors offering high quality materials, and all the rest.
I have been scouring the internet on a weekly basis for over a year and a half now, looking for free online materials and resources to upload to our Hub and I am very familiar with what’s out there – and what’s hot and what’s not.
This week I want to share with you what I consider to be the best bloggers and IELTS tutors to help you with all aspects of your exam preparation. Here are my Top Five.
IELTS Liz is possibly the most well-known and comprehensive. Liz completed her IELTS examiner training in 2008 and now provides model answers, practice exercises, free lessons, video tutorials, tips and advice on each the four test papers of the IELTS as well as vocabulary and grammar for the exam. She also has her own Youtube channel with just under half a million subscribers!
IELTS Advantage run by Chris Pell is another of my top IELTS websites. He offers a similar range of resources as IELTS Liz and his website is clearly laid out and easy to navigate around. He also conducts regular free training seminars online and you can subscribe for alerts for these as well as regular exam tips straight into your inbox.
DC IELTS Dominic Cole is an IELTS teacher who offers free daily lessons through his website and Facebook pages. I particularly like his site for its extensive vocabulary section, where you will find word lists for all the common IELTS topics and key vocabulary for Academic essays, tips on studying and improving vocabulary and a large selection of model essay answers with corresponding vocabulary exercises.
IELTS Ryan is a tutor whose website includes video tutorials on all four test papers but with a strong focus on the Writing test. He also produces podcasts on IELTSCast where he talks to IELTS exam candidates about their success and what they did to achieve their band scores across all four skills.
IELTS Simon is an ex-IELTS examiner who posts a ‘lesson’ every day – usually these lessons are short and concise – like a snippet of advice – but with links that provide you with further resources on that particular subject so you can investigate further. This is a useful site to check into every day, especially if your IELTS preparation time is limited, and you never know what’s going to come up!
Each of these IELTS tutors also have their own Youtube channels but I actually find it more useful to follow them on Facebook, since they add posts every few days and this seems to be a more reliable and effective way of keeping updated.