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Finding the right fit in your IELTS tutor

Published on January 14, 2019

When it comes to the IELTS test, there are a variety of ways to prepare. Some test takers prefer to study on their own, while others prefer taking IELTS classes. Finding an IELTS tutor is another popular choice. There are a few things to consider when choosing a tutor so that test takers can maximize their study time.

Compare online and in-person prep

You can choose to find an IELTS tutor either online or in-person. There are many different companies and websites that offer IELTS specific lessons online. Writing correction, webcam-based speaking practice, and other skills can all be studied online.

There are different ways to find experienced tutors when choosing to study in-person. Check library boards for IELTS tutoring advertisements as well as with ESL schools in your area for instructors who are also knowledgeable in IELTS that do tutoring.

The number of IELTS tutors that do in-person tutoring depends on your location; however, there are many tutors online. This number may actually be intimidating. Make sure that the tutor you choose, either online or in-person, meets your needs and wants for IELTS preparation.

Choose experienced tutors

Finding an experienced IELTS tutor is the best route although most tutors are satisfactory for learning English such as teachers, professors, etc. Former IELTS examiners or administrators, an IELTS instructor, or a test taker who has taken the test before and attained a high score all make for great tutors. These tutors understand the structure of the test as well as strategies to do well on the test so knowledge is power in this circumstance. They will also teach you skills that are relatable to the IELTS test along with general English skills.

Your time will be spent more efficiently and effectively when learning from an experienced IELTS tutor because your lessons will be tailored to your needs in terms of the IELTS test.

Understand your IELTS needs

You should have a conversation with your tutor before deciding to choose them as an IELTS tutor. This conversation will allow you to see if they understand what you need and want from lessons as well as if you feel comfortable with them.

You should be very clear about what you want from the lessons. Do you want to focus on a certain skill or do you want overall IELTS practice. You should also discuss your desired score and why you are taking test. Also, how many lessons you want and for how long should be discussed. This will show the tutor how serious you are as a test taker can tailor their lessons to meet your study demands.

You need to discuss price and what is included in the lessons once you have chosen either in-person or online tutoring. Make sure that you are satisfied with what you are getting for how much you are paying. Depending on what is covered, experience, and materials, different tutors charge different prices. If money is a concern, some tutors will do group lessons.

Also, some websites will charge for IELTS material that you can find somewhere else for free so be diligent when choosing an online source. There is plenty of IELTS practice material, online and at the library, that is free and great for IELTS preparation.

Understand your level

In terms of the IELTS test, your tutor should also understand your current English ability. They should be able to spot your strengths and weaknesses once having a couple of lessons with you. Your tutor should not only be building up your weak areas, but also tweaking your strengths so that you can get the best score you can on the test. Again, this may include working on many different areas or just certain sections of the IELTS test.

The IELTS test is a high stakes test and is vital to some people’s lives. Take everything into consideration and pick someone that fits you as an IELTS test taker when choosing a tutor.