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Most students judge a good or bad teacher based on personalities and preferred learning styles. So what makes a good language or IELTS teacher/tutor? Like all good recipes, the ingredients for the teacher’s success are simple, easy to follow, and allow for practice and personal interpretation.

First and most important quality of good foreign language or IELTS teacher is a balance of talk time and listening time – the student must have a chance to practice and demonstrate what they what her or she learned and not only in speaking modules, but also writing, reading and listening.

Second the good tutor helps you to realize your strengths and weaknesses, encourages and challenges you to learn through difficulties. Almost all students have one or two parts of the IELTS where they feel weaker than others. It is important for the IELTS teacher to identify and focus on these.

Next, the teacher is someone who uses both his head and heart in equal measure throughout lessons. Compassion that a student may be frustrated, angry or just unable to focus on the academics is very important. The stress and pressure of IETLS can be great, and it is important for a good tutor to be able to discuss and move past this with the student.

Another important trait is the knowledge of the subject at hand. A teacher cannot truly instruct on topics they do not know well. Just knowing English or even teaching general English is not enough to be a good IELTS teacher. The teacher need to have tried IETLS tests and used the strategies that they teach. Of course, years of experience teaching IELTS is an asset.

Also, methodology, the way the tutor teaches the IELTS material is key. For example, a good teacher should be honest enough to admit being incorrect. If he or she makes a mistake or imparts false information he or she should be able to admit that the mistake or error was made.

The teacher should respect each student as an individual. Students should not be grouped by their thinking style or any other respect – good IELTS teachers recognize the uniqueness of each student and use it to help the student maximize their learning.

In the end, you need to feel comfort, confidence, trust and improvement in what you are learning and the teacher. Given that you have these, you have got an excellent IELTS and language teacher. One sure way to know is by looking at your IELTS practice test scores before the teacher and with the teacher.

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22 Responses to “How good is your IELTS teacher?”

  1. Margarita Tusha

    I really like you-tube video how the tutor explained points in academic writing.I am struggling to score 6.5 in writing.Is THIS full course helpful for me or is the same thing that I can get from IELTS last addition books and study by myself? I need a piece of mind.

    • aeadmin

      Dear Margarita Tusha, Thank you for your question. Our full IELTS course is much more than just a simple IELTS book. When you join the full IELTS course you will have a “My Student Account”.
      When you log into your “My Student Account” you will get a full interactive course, three downloadable full IELTS practice tests (PDF) including full audio (Mp3) for listening, reading and speaking that you can keep forever. Additionally, you receive the IELTS Student Workbook, full of exercises to help you improve your skills. Also, you can access hours of exclusive HD lesson videos and a student forum to ask questions and join discussions. The course includes a 30 and 60 day lesson plan which describes the steps to take for improvement. Extra writing and editing help is also available.
      The course will definitely help you to improve your mark – it focuses on improving communication and thinking as well as language. It includes many strategies and quizzes to maximize learning.

  2. Swarna Korla

    Hai, I really impressed by YouTube lessons. Previously I got 5.5, I wanna improve my score. I booked my exam and I have one month time. If I subscribe full length course is it complete in month or how many days will it take.
    Thanks in advance

    • aeadmin

      Hi Swarna,

      I see you subscribed to the full course already. Good luck with your studies and please let us know if there is anything we can help you with.

      Your success is our success.

    • aeadmin

      Thank you. Let us know if you have questions or need assistance.

    • aeadmin

      Hi Aastha, Make sure to use the writing course, included free with the full course at the bottom of the lessons.

    • aeadmin

      Hi Zain,

      If you have already signed up, please take a look at our free materials, and if you like what you see, please sign up for the full course. This is the best way to improve your reading skills for IELTS!

    • aeadmin

      Dear Harbir Singh, Thank you for your question. Most credit cards have a three digit security code on the back of the card found beside the signature ( These three digits are required for online payments. We boast one of the most secure online payments systems in the world with over 80,000 current users. Let us know if you have any other questions or concerns, I am here to help.

  3. liji raju

    Hai sir,i want to improve my writing skills as i got other 3 modules .I watched your videos but i don’t know how to make use of the materials at the same time give me some advice to improve my essay.

    • aeadmin

      Hi Liji,

      Take a look at our IELTS study guides. They give you a good idea of how to use our videos together with the rest of our study materials.

    • aeadmin

      Hi Liji,

      We have special “timed” versions of the practice tests, so that you can practice them in a more authentic style (time-limited, as on the real test).

      Of course, we also have the tests in standard format as well.

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