We would like to introduce you to one of our Outstanding BlueSkyians – ChawChaw Shumawa MinNaing who is an IELTS band score of 8.5 achiever, with a perfect score of band 9 in Listening and Reading, and a score of band 7.5 in Writing and Speaking).
As regards other achievements, Chaw had 8 A*s in her iGCSEs. While doing her A levels, she also achieved a CREST Gold award for her project contributing to the field of STEM. She has had several volunteering roles in the healthcare field to provide a helping hand in the community. She looks forward to gaining more experiences in delivering humanitarian aid in the future.
Currently, Chaw is a first year medical student studying at the International Medical University in Malaysia. She aims to transfer to a medical school in Scotland, UK in 2024 as a third year student. Having left home at an early age, Chaw loves to learn through experiences. She enjoys exploring new places and appreciating different cultures in her free time.
The following are the message and IELTS tips shared by Chaw.
I owe my greatest gratitude to Tr Wendy, who helped me increase my IELTS writing score from 6.5 to 7.5. After getting a 6.5 for the writing component on my first round, I felt like I couldn’t get it any higher. Not knowing where my weaknesses were, I felt very lost. However, through online classes with Tr. Wendy, I learnt how to tackle the scoring system of IELTS writing.
Instead of just letting creativity run free like in other English exams, IELTS writing is more about techniques. After all, they are testing for the level of your English, not your creativity. Here are a few tips from me!
Try to use a variety!
Use a variety of sentence structures.
Use a lot of synonyms (IELTS examiners love synonyms. So just remember to not keep using the same word repeatedly).
Always check your grammar
We all know how easy it is to unknowingly switch to a different tense during writing when you are getting into it. Make sure you’re using the correct tense.
Focus on structure
Doing a little brainstorming before you start writing is always a good habit. This way your ideas are more organized, and you can structure your answer to perfectly fit what the question is looking for!
I understand the frustration you may feel towards the IELTS writing. I was in your shoes too, but believe me when I say it’s not impossible. Tr. Wendy is very supportive and well-informed on all the skills the IELTS examiners are looking for, and she will help you reach your full potential. Good luck with your studies!
Our big appreciation to Chaw for choosing us to be part of her IELTS journey and taking the time to share the message for other IELTS test takers. We wish her all the best in her future endeavours.
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We provide quality English language courses for learners of age 5 to 55. We have proven records of success in coaching for the IELTS, TKT and other Cambridge Exam Preparation (Starters, Movers, Flyers, KET, PET, FCE, CAE, CPE) over 15 years. We have added Duolingo English test preparation and Business English courses to our list of programs as well.
Blue Sky International is founded by Ms Hla Win May Oo @ Teacher 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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