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IELTS Tips: Is it possible to get a good band score if you self study?

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First of all, I will not recommend for anyone to book their IELTS too soon. If you’re not confident about your English proficiency yet, don’t book it. However, if you are on a deadline, go ahead and do it, but make sure that you give an ample time for you to study. In my opinion, two weeks should be long enough provided that you follow a strict review schedule.

To start of, you need to assess your strength and weaknesses. Do practice tests online. There are plenty of free youtube videos that provides listening practice tests. For reading and writing practices, you can check out blogs like ieltsliz.com or engvid.com, they have plenty of practice tests you can try. For speaking, try to speak for 4 minutes non-stop about a certain topic. Make sure that you record it. You can later listen to it and check for mistakes and how you can improve it.

After doing practice tests, evaluate the results. Which section did you find difficult? In my case, I find it challenging to write two essays within one hour. Also, I found out that I use a lot of fillers when I speak non-stop and my vocabulary is between average to above average. Initially, prior to doing the practice tests, I thought I wouldn’t have any problems regarding the listening and reading sections of IELTS because I am an avid reader and I watch a lot of BBC documentaries. However, It made me a little bit nervous when I stumbled upon True/False/Not Given questions in the reading section during the practice tests. I find them confusing. The matching type questions can also be tricky and time consuming. With the listening practice tests, my only problem is my lack of focus. My mind tend to drift away while listening to the recording.

After finding out my weaknesses, I planned a study calendar to help overcome them. Create a review calendar that you can use as a guide everyday. I followed the guide for two weeks, studying for 8-10 hours a day. I know it’s a little bit inconvenient specially for those who are working full time. In my case, I already resigned from my Nursing job that’s why I have the time to study.  So, it’s important to make a review guide that fits your schedule. My calendar is filled with subjects that I need to focus on such as practice writing and speaking. I also scheduled mock tests that mimics the actual test. The mock tests helped me improve my writing under time pressure.

Many people opt to go to a review center prior to taking the IELTS. That’s a pretty good way to prepare for the exam too albeit a little expensive. The advantage of going to a review center than self studying is that there are mentors who can correct your mistakes. If you self study, you have to figure out what’s the problem and fix it yourself. Again, if you are not confident doing it on your own, go ahead and sign up for review sessions at your local IELTS review center.

It is possible to get a good band score even if you self study. You just need to be well disciplined in following your review schedule and must be willing to sacrifice your time for studying.

If you have more UKVI IELTS questions and suggestions, please leave a message at the comment box.

Have a great day ahead!

Novel

IELTS, NMC CBT, UK Application

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It’s been a while… I know! I’ve been busy. I left Saudi Arabia for good on April 12 2017. Before leaving Riyadh, my last two months in the Kingdom was hectic. I never had the time to blog or read books. I’m at work for 12 hours straight, and when I’m home, I always sleep in. Anyway, I finally have time to blog today. Hello!

So, I arrived in Manila on April 13th and I’ve been busy since then. Weird right? I’m supposed to be resting after ending a 6 year nursing career overseas, but I decided to take my IELTS exam as soon as I can. At first, my plan was to take the exam two or three months later. However, I received an email from an agency I applied to that there will be an interview for a nursing position bound to UK. They also informed me that they will include me on the interview list IF I book my UKVI/IELTS. I was like, “Okay then, I don’t have anything else to do anyway.” Then I booked the earliest available schedule… Honestly, I don’t know what I was thinking. I only gave myself two weeks to prepare for the exam. Luckily, I got the band score I needed and immediately registered at the Nursing Midwifery Council. I received the approval to take the exam at Pearson Vue and I booked another exam. Again, I made an insane decision to take the exam two weeks later. I studied 12 hours a day for two weeks. Crazy right? Fortunately, I got the result on the same day and I passed.

To complete my registration at NMC, I need to submit some documents and forms to them and I have to wait for the assessment period which could take up to 70 days. I just completed all the forms and I’m currently waiting for them to confirm that they have received my documents. I hope they receive everything by next week.

So, that’s what I’ve been doing these past few weeks. Now that I have time, I’m trying to catch up on my Goodreads Reading Challenge and I’m considering writing a fan fiction.

Wishing you all a great weekend,

Novel

April Weddings & a font nightmare.

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In December 2014, I made a post regarding my best friend’s engagement. Just recently, my sister also got engaged with her boyfriend. Now, they are going to have their weddings on the same date. Awesome, they have the same wedding anniversary! Unfortunately for me, I won’t be able to attend either because I ran out of vacation leaves. I just got back from a two and a half month vacation. I do feel terrible about it but there’s nothing I can do. Also, my sister is getting married in California, my best friend’s wedding is in Manila, and I’m currently in Riyadh. Good luck with that. Anyway, I’m excited for both of them, I can’t wait to see the videos and pictures of their weddings!

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I am helping my sister out remotely. I made their wedding invitation using GIMP (GNU Image Manipulation Program) 2.8. It’s a pretty cool photo editor software (and its free). It is a litle overwhelming at first because there’s so many tools and buttons to learn, but It wasn’t too hard to use. I finished the invitations in a couple of days or so. Which I think turned out really well. I had to finish it quickly because the fonts were haunting me in my sleep! I had a Font Nightmare! LOL. It’s so hard to choose the perfect font.  It didn’t help that I know several sites where you can get gazillion kinds of fonts for free. (1001fonts.com or dafont.com) I downloaded a bunch. I narrowed it down to 14 fonts and made my sister pick one. Anyway, I’m glad that part is over. I am currently helping my sister out with the wedding playlist.

Do you have any song in mind that should be added on a wedding playlist? Please leave a message on the comment box if you have any recommendations. Thanks in advance!

WHAT?!? No more Hunter and Bobby?!?

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I just finished watching Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD Season 3 episode 13. I’ve watched and loved the show eversince it aired it’s first season and last night’s episode is probably one of the saddest. I can’t believe we wont see Bobby and Hunter in the next episodes anymore. I always thought that they were a great addition to the show. I love Hunter’s humor and Bobby’s bad-ass fighting skills. The actors also have an amazing on screen chemistry. I just can’t believe that they are leaving SHIELD. What a sad episode.

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But wait, does this mean that the rumored SHIELD spin-off featuring Bobby and Hunter will materialize?!? Well, I hope it will happen soon! Bye for now Bobby and Hunter!

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Back to work!

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This is what I returned to after 2 mos of vacation...

I’m back in Riyadh! I arrived last Monday at 5:00PM at King Khaled Airport. I thank all the crew of PAL  flight PR 645 for a smooth and safe flight.

I had a great 2 1/2 month vacation in the Philippines and I’ll try to post some of the places I went to, as soon as I can. As you can see in the picture above, I have tons of patient files to sort. I have no clue how my colleague finds our patients’ records whenever they visit, because her filing system doesn’t make sense to me at all. She’s supposed to arrange it according to the file number, but she didn’t and it just drove me nuts. What you see above are patient records that are completely filed out of order. I have so many things to do, so, I’m outta here!

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Off to work!

Thanks for dropping by!

Novel

First Presidential Debate 2016

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I watched the Presidential Debate aired live by the GMA 7 network yesterday afternoon. I was really glad that the debate actually materialized, there were rumors that some of the candidates weren’t participating in the said debate. Anyway, all the presidential candidates- Vice President Binay, Senator Defensor-Santiago, Senator Poe, Mayor Duterte and Secretary Roxas were present. Jessica Soho and Mike Enriquez hosted the event and was later joined by Secretary Neri on the last round of the debate. Here’s how would I rank the presidentiables according to their performance on the debate:

5. Binay – I wasn’t satisfied with his answers. He kept on bringing up of Makati and how he made the city rich when in fact it was the other way around. Makati made him rich hence, the unexplainable source of his properties and wealth. The nail to his coffin was the issue regarding “political dynasties”. He kept on insisting to clarify the definition of a political dynasty. Mr. Vice President, your family is the perfect definition of a political dynasty, and if you still don’t get it, please do a quick Google search. You’ll get the answers in a matter of seconds. A good leader will not pull anyone down so that he will be on the top. Binay showed his ill personality when he tried to soil Sen. Defensor-Santiago’s name by saying that she also has a family member currently working for the government (talk about crab mentality) Well, Binay pretty much embarassed himself by doing so because Santiago was quick to clarify the issue and firmly said that she has no family member currently working for the government. Anyway, I still thank Binay for participating on this debate because the people finally saw how unsuitable he is as a President.

4. Roxas – First off, I like the way he answers, he’s a very good public speaker. He looked prepared and he was confident with his answers. Roxas and Duterte have a very public antagonism and I was prepared to see those two go at it during the debate but it looked like the two was able to hold back a little. Second, I liked how he enumerated all the positive things that the current administration did, it made me feel hopeful for our country. However, I didn’t feel his sincerity towards the end of the debate. All those dramatic pauses on his closing speech just made the whole thing fake and insincere. I don’t know about you guys, but that’s what I felt. He also kept on bringing up the “Matuwid na daan”, my sister kept rolling her eyes whenever he says those words, lol. I think people will never forget what happened in Tacloban, no matter how many times he say how he helped during the disaster and that he did all he could to help, he still failed Tacloban. I think Roxas needs to move a mountain if he really wants to win the presidential race, and we all know that is just not possible.

3. Poe – She’s the youngest candidate. She comes off a bit arrogant but she speaks really well. Her promises sounds good to our ears, however, those are all what it is- PROMISES. I honestly don’t think she has the right amount of experience to run this country. Don’t get me wrong, she’s good, the will is there, she looks really passionate about it but I’m doubtful about the implementation. Her ideas are good but I don’t think she have a detailed perspective of how she’s going to implement her plans. She slammed Defensor for being old and not looking for other means to resolve hunger and poverty but Poe never really answered the question : “where will she get the funds for her proposed free lunch for the students?” I am hoping that people could really see beyond her clear words and confident speech. She just looks like she knows what she’s saying but It felt like her answers weren’t hers alone. She just speaks clearly and in lay man’s term unlike the other candidates but her answers were unoriginal. Oh well, let’s just see how she’ll do on the next debate. By the way, isn’t she and her husband still American citizens?

2. Duterte – I like Mayor Duterte, I think he made himself look good by acknowledging Santiago’s qualification as a presidential candidate. The guy knows who is his strongest opponent on the debate and instead of making her an enemy, he made himself an ally thus the birth of “Duriam.” Lol. Seriously though, Digong may not be the best speaker yesterday but the man is genuine. I think the city of Davao is the proof of his works. However, Duterte is a “the end justifies the means” kind of a leader and I’m not sure that will appeal to the humanitarians out there. Remember, majority of our population are still Roman Catholics who values life, and I’m sure our religious leaders will not condone to his plans on killing people even if they are criminals. In my opinion, this country needs a Duterte. The people are no longer afraid of the authority, and by putting Dutere on the presidential seat, he will instill fear again on crooks and corrupt officials. We need a strong hand to get rid of the rotten officials and start with a clean slate. 😊🍦

1. Defensor-Santiago – She has always been my favorite Senator. Me and my family always include her on our senatorial list whenever she runs. Anyway, she clearly is the smartest among the bunch and she is the only one who posed a clear solution regarding the rich and poor margin. She said about re evaluating people’s taxes and property taxes, etc. I liked how she stood firmly against EDCA and how she wants our country to be independent. However, Santiago doesn’t look healthy and I think that is a major hurdle she needs to overcome. Most of the people I talked to fears that her health can hinder her abilities to run this country, so, they are counting her out of the presidential race. I honestly think that she can last the entire 6 years of her term should she win the elections, she’s the most qualified candidate academically and experience – wise. Anyway, I hope she’ll feel better and look healthier on the next presidential debate.

I think despite the non-debate “debate” (because most of the candidates agreed with each other on several topics) and Mike Enriquez’ fumbling during the entire program, the Presidential Debate 2016 was a success and I’m looking forward to watch the next one. 🙂

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Were going to La Union today! Yay!

Happy weekend everyone! 😊

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