We would like to introduce you to one of our Outstanding BlueSkyians – Thant Theingar Soe. Thant joined us to prepare for his IELTS test in 2019. He took ten individual coaching sessions (total 20 hours of coaching along with about 80 hours of self-study).
After the 10-week intensive preparation for the IELTS with the guidance of Teacher Wendy, Thant took the test and scored an overall band 7.0 in the IELTS on his first attempt. Our big congratulations to Thant!
As regards other achievements, Thant got to participate in the first ever Model United Nations in Yangon as a delegate of Singapore in 2018. He has also achieved a first-class honours’ undergrad degree in Business Information Technology awarded by the University of Greenwich. Thant is trilingual: Burmese (native), English (CEFR C1), and French (CEFR B1). He enjoys swimming as a sport, and loves watching Hollywood films and series.
Currently, he is studying French at the Institut Français de Birmane. He has got accepted to the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand to pursue his further studies in the Master of Business Information System in 2021. Like Teacher Wendy, he is fascinated by the culture and nature of New Zealand. We wish him all the best in his future endeavours.
The following are some tips Thant has shared for the IELTS preparation.
Tips for the IELTS Listening
If you are not clear with what the recording has said for a question, skip it and reminisce it again at the end of the section to answer it. Try focusing on the continuing conversation instead of dwelling on the previous question.
Sometimes there might be a section with Irish or Swedish accents. I would suggest you watch movies or series with thick accents, for example Game of Thrones.
Tips for the IELTS Reading
Never read the entire reading section from the start to the end. Read the questions first and find the paragraph that is related to it. Try looking for synonyms because in the reading section the words will not be the same as in the paragraph. For instance, in the paragraph they will state the word “Eat” but in the question they might state it with a synonym similar to “Eat” which is “Consume.”
Tips for the IELTS Writing
It is helpful to watch YouTube videoclips for the IELTS writing task 1 and 2. Use linking words like firstly, undoubtedly, alternatively, etc. It also depends on what topic you are getting to write on. Some topics are easy but sometimes they might be a bit odd like asking you to write about architectural buildings or something like that. Mind your spelling and grammar.
Tips for the IELTS Speaking
I don’t think it is a very good idea to show off the examiner by using too many high-end words. I am not saying you should not use a wide range of vocabulary. All I am saying is if you use high vocabs and won’t be able to link it with your sentence, you will lose marks. Again, mind your grammar. Be consistent with your topic. Never go off the topic.
It is helpful to use PPF method in the speaking part 2, which is Past, Present and Future. You will have to talk continuously for 2 minutes straight and you only have 60 seconds to think about what you are going to talk for 2 whole minutes. As an example, you are given a topic about your favourite movie, you are to talk about that one particular movie the whole time. But by using PPF method, you can also add some sentences like “When I was a kid, I used to enjoy Disney animation cartoons.” This is extra information to add to dally some time to fill that 2 minutes. After saying one or two lines about that information, you must just keep talking about your main favourite movie.
Again, big congratulations on your achievements, dear Thant, and thank you so much for sharing the tips! Cheers!
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Blue Sky International is founded by Ms Hla Win May Oo @ Tr. Wendy who is currently in pursuit of her doctorate through the University of Otago, New Zealand. Being a graduate of BEd, MPA, and MA in Teaching of English as a Foreign Language, she is a well-trained and well-experienced ESL Teacher, Teacher Trainer, Success Coach & Mentor, and Business & Education Consultant. She has also worked as a Social Enterprise Consultant and “Education for Entrepreneurs” Trainer with the British Council, Myanmar, and a Lecturer for the MBA program at Temasek International College, and a Research Associate with the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands. She is passionate about teaching, training, researching, consulting and coaching.
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