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I totally understand that IELTS is eating up your free time like a hungry monster.

I work differently from most tutors so that you get your freedom back in the minimum time.

This course is for people taking IELTS who need to go up one band.

The aim is that you go up one band in just 12 lessons.

I work in a special way. I used to be a computer analyst and like systems. I am very analytical. But I’m also a public speaker and understand how to overcome the stress of the exam. Also, I’m very kind and patient.

SPEAKING

We will make a recording of your speaking now so that I can listen to it several times and analyse it.

I do not have a standard course for you. We will correct some things and add some things to your speaking.

I will be your IELTS study guide

I will guide you as to what to change by choosing the things that are easiest to do differently and will make a band difference to your score in the minimum time.

WHAT WE CORRECT AND ADD WILL DEPEND ON WHAT IS EASIEST TO CHANGE AND MAKES THE MOST DIFFERENCE TO YOUR SCORE.

To make this course more valuable, I offer the speaking and writing assessment for free to everyone who signs up for the 12 lesson course.

WRITING

I will teach you how to find the best ideas so that you maximise your score.

We will start with an assessment so that we can choose what to include in the course. Again, we will correct some things and add some things.

PRICES and PAYMENT

My IELTS course is $35/50-minute lesson.
The assessment is $98
But if you buy a 12 lesson course with the assessment, the cost is just $270 for everything.
Pay after you know you are happy, after lessons 2 and 7.

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My story and why I can help you

I’m Kate Keating.

I used to be very shy. I wouldn’t speak in front of others. Speaking exams terrified me. But I joined an organisation called Toastmasters and became a confident public speaker, even becoming president of my group. Because of this, I understand the stress of the exam. And I’m very kind, and I want to help you.

On the other hand, writing has always been my strength, so I have many ideas to help your writing.

Finally, I was taught to teach IELTS by the British Council and am a fully qualified EFL teacher.

This course will save you time and money!

My courses are tailored to you. You won’t be wasting time doing work that other students need, but you already know or are good at already. We will only work on the things that YOU need to change to go up one band the fastest. This course is unique to you. You will therefore need fewer lessons. We will aim for 12 to be enough.

Book a FREE call with me now. Let’s meet online and discuss your goal band.

British IELTS Tutor Kate Nixon

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IELTS Course FAQ

Read my FAQ about the IELTS speaking test to learn how to increase your vocabulary score to a band 8.0.

How long are the lessons?

50 minutes.

How long is the course?

Twelve lessons over 4 to 6 weeks.

What if I am unsatisfied with the course?

You won’t be. You don’t have to pay until after lesson 2. You will know how effective the course is by then. But if you need to leave the course, I will give you the money back for any untaught lessons. That is my satisfaction guarantee.

Can you guarantee I will go up a band?

No teacher could ever do that. It depends on your hard work as well as mine. It will be a lot of work.

How much time will I need?

At least 2 hours of your time to every one hour in class.

Can I do the course over 12 weeks?

I don’t find that effective, so don’t offer it.

I don't have ideas to answer the questions. Do you have a solution?

Yes, book a trial and ill tell you what to do.

I need to go up two bands!

You will need more than one course.

Can I use very informal vocabulary in IELTS

Often very informal vocabulary sounds uneducated or rude to native speakers. It Is likely that you know when a word you have learned is too informal for the test.
But relatively informal words that are not rude are preferable to extremely formal words in the speaking test.
For example, the more informal expression “on top of that” sounds better than “moreover” unless you are discussing a weighty topic such as climate change or education.
Two synonyms for informal are relaxed and friendly. It is good to be able to sound relaxed, easy going and friendly when answering the IELTS part 1 speaking questions about your job, home, hobbies, likes and dislikes because it proves you can perform well in social English conversation.
In IELTS writing, the opposite is true and when you are writing serious points about such topics as climate change or education in third world countries it is better to use more formal language.

Should I use phrasal verbs in IELTS academic?

Most phrasal verbs are spoken English rather than written English.
I can illustrate this with the phrase “to give something back” and to “return something”. They both mean the same thing but the first is a phrasal verb and the second is a more formal alternative.
“To give something back” sounds better in speaking. The speaking test is the same in IELTS for both academic and general. For speaking, I would always recommend using phrasal verbs, except very informal ones which have rude connotations.
But phrasal verbs are informal and academic writing is not.
In a university essay, it would be better to use the word “return” than “give back” every time. And it is good to get into this habit earlier than later so if you are taking academic IELTS my advice is to start now.

How is the IELTS speaking test scored?

The IELTS speaking test is scored by how easy you are to listen to and understand as you are speaking English. The factors that affect this are

  • your vocabulary – see the more detailed explanation below
  • coherence – whether what you say makes sense
  • cohesion – how well the ideas within sentences and between sentences link together
  • how advanced your grammar and also how accurate and of course
  • your pronunciation.

What percentage of the IELTS speaking test is vocabulary?

It is 25% of the marks

How do I get an 8.0 IELTS vocabulary score?

To score an 8.0 in IELTS vocabulary in speaking you should use plenty of idiomatic vocabulary.
You should use less common words that identify very precise meanings. For example instead of “I agree” identify your level of agreement precisely with phrases such as “yes I definitely agree” or “well, I guess I kind of agree.”
You should use collocations accurately – words that naturally go together, for example, “take a walk”, or “make a mistake.”
You should also use less common collocations such as phrasal verbs. For example, instead of “I like my colleagues,” use “I get along well with my colleagues.”
Finally, you should understand how formal or informal the words you use are and be able to choose the right word for the right occasion.

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Hello!

My name is Kate Keating.

I have been helping students prepare and ace the
IELTS Test for more than 10 years now.

I am a British English teacher and
I have helped hundreds of students
score up to 8.5 on their IELTS Test.

I have a standard British accent,
which is very clear and easy to understand
and a good role model for your own accent.

I identify errors and help you correct them,
but it is not all grammar,
I work on pronunciation and vocabulary too
and I also help you learn idiomatic language.

IELTS tutor Kate Nixon

Why You Should Work With Me

I have a standard British accent which is very clear and easy to understand and a good role model for your own accent

The number one thing my students say about me is that I am patient and kind which makes them look forward to and enjoy my lessons

I identify errors and help my students correct them, but it is not all grammar, I work on pronunciation and vocabulary, too and you will learn idiomatic language with me.

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IELTS Speaking Skills

Best speaking tutors will explain your band score to you. I do this. Courses to achieve 6, 7 and 8 in IELTS covering all aspects of IELTS marking: pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary and fluency and cohesion.

IELTS Writing Skills

My courses in both academic and general IELTS writing are held through live online one-2-one student/teacher discussions of your work. Explanations of each mark are given.

What My Students Say

Carlota Álvarez Ramos

Katey is a great teacher. She's really nice and approachable. She helped me to be much more confident to reach a better score in speaking and writing. I highly recommend her classes to anyone who is looking for good IELTS results and/or to improve their English.
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Carlota Álvarez Ramos

Katey is a great teacher. She’s really nice and approachable. She helped me to be much more confident to reach a better score in speaking and writing. I highly recommend 

Nadezhda Nikolova

Katey is a very knowledgeable and dedicated English teacher. Her teaching approach is outstanding. I am amazed by her ability always to find the most uncomplicated and comprehensive way in which to answer my questions. Having classes with her was the most effective instrument I used to achieve the needed IELTS results. I would like to thank Katey for her professionalism. I highly recommend her classes to anyone who is looking for good IELTS results and/or to improve their English
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Nadezhda Nikolova

Katey is a very knowledgeable and dedicated English teacher. Her teaching approach is outstanding. I am amazed by her ability always to find the most uncomplicated and comprehensive way in 

Lee Zhu

Katey is an responsible and reliable English teacher. She specializes in IELTS test. My IELTS test speaking grade is 6 after learning from her. I would strongly recommend her if anyone wants to improve English.
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Lee Zhu

Katey is an responsible and reliable English teacher. She specializes in IELTS test. My IELTS test speaking grade is 6 after learning from her. I would strongly recommend her if 

Nikolay Antipov

Katey is a highly professional teacher. She helped me to achieve needed IELTS results for Speaking and Writing sections. Every single lesson had a significant contribution to my experience. Katey taught me how to focus on topic context and use relevant vocabulary, how to make my response better and well structured.
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Nikolay Antipov

Katey is a highly professional teacher. She helped me to achieve needed IELTS results for Speaking and Writing sections. Every single lesson had a significant contribution to my experience. Katey 

Boyco Boychev

Katey is more than professional English teacher, she is an adviser and a coach who takes personal pride in striving for the success of anyone who approaches her. She was exceptional to me, because she helped me gaining much needed speaking confidence in just two on-line, face-to-face lectures. Thanks to the Skype conversations with Katey my IELTS speaking result improved from 6.0 to 7.5. Last but not least, Katey is master of many trades, for whom the pessimistic assumption that learning somehow 'stops' when you leave the university is at odds with the evidence. Isn't she a great example for every learner?
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Boyco Boychev

Katey is more than professional English teacher, she is an adviser and a coach who takes personal pride in striving for the success of anyone who approaches her. She was 

Jane, China

I had 5 hours courses with Kate for my IELTS speaking test. She helped me successfully improve from 5.5 to 6 just in half a month!
I am very grateful for Kate's useful advice which efficiently improved my speaking skill and score. And she is a good teacher who is really worthy of my recommendation for mainly 3 reasons. Firstly, she is so experienced that she can quickly grab the points where you can improve your score efficiently. For example, she knew my vocabulary is not good and I need to get 6 score so she suggested me to mainly focus on my fluency. Secondly, she was prepared for my courses. I had had some courses with other speaking teachers before I met her, she was the first one who asked me in details so that she could make a good plan for my courses. Last but not least, she is a very patient and lovely person. I was really upset and had no idea for the test at that time. But when I was chatting with her, I just felt really comfortable because she could make some interesting topics for us to talk about and told me how to express better during the talk.
Finally, I want to express my thanks for those happy time genuinely again
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I had 5 hours courses with Kate for my IELTS speaking test. She helped me successfully improve from 5.5 to 6 just in half a month! I am very grateful 

Tonn, Thailand

If you are looking for a remarkably professional coach for your IELTS speaking, Kate is going to be one of the best choices.
In the beginning, my problems with English speaking were lacking fluency and idioms. After a few lessons with Kate, I got many tips and technics to solve that. Kate is very supportive, patient, well-prepared and results-oriented. Her fluency game is really helpful!
I've estimated my speaking skill around 5.5-6.0, but after 8-9 lessons, I got band 7.0 thanks to her. So, I would like to recommend her to everyone who aims for band 7.0 on IELTS speaking.
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If you are looking for a remarkably professional coach for your IELTS speaking, Kate is going to be one of the best choices. In the beginning, my problems with English 
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