Preparing for IELTS During the COVID-19 Pandemic
February 22, 2021 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
COVID-19 has changed our world as we know it. One thing hasn’t changed though - we still need to take the IELTS. Before COVID-19, those preparing for the IELTS would go to schools for test-prep [...]
Perfecting Pronunciation for the Test
March 4, 2020 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
Hair or hear? Pop or bop? Led or red? If you think those pairs of words are difficult to pronounce together, you’re like many of us. No matter how much we practice and study [...]
IELTS and Accents, What’s the Deal?
January 3, 2020 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
This blog is all about IELTS and your accent. Before we get to that, I’d like to give you some background numbers. There are more than 1200 IELTS centres worldwide. IELTS is in more [...]
IELTS Writing Tips: The Importance of Paragraphing
October 16, 2019 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
An important part of your IELTS writing mark includes idea organization, easy-to-understand language, and standard writing conventions. Your writing needs to be clearly written and follow a certain style. More specifically, you need well-written paragraphs [...]
Writing and Speaking: The Importance of Linking Words [IELTS TIPS]
May 12, 2019 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
Bridges, links, ties, bonds, joiners, connectors and ligaments – what do all these things have in common? They all connect things! They all bring things together. They take two or more things, join them in some [...]
Is Translating Hurting Your IELTS Success?
May 1, 2019 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
It’s movie time! You’re about to watch a film in English, but English isn’t your first language. So the question is, subtitles or not? If you’re like most people, you will [...]
IELTS Speaking Exam Tips: Worried about questions you can’t answer?
February 22, 2019 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
Job interviews, airport immigration, and the IELTS speaking exam – what do these all have in common? They sometimes ask you questions, and you don’t have the answers. This is not a relaxing thought. Nobody [...]
International Students, Immigration, and IELTS: FAQs in the Canadian Context
December 13, 2018 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
Almost 500,000 international students are studying in Canada now, and there is good reason for it. Canada's education system is excellent, and it has a great reputation internationally. Canadians are welcoming to international students. [...]
Computer-Delivered IELTS Has Arrived!
September 19, 2018 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
Can I do the IELTS on a computer?” This is a question I’ve heard for many years. And for all those years, the answer has always been no. However, this is no longer true. [...]
Fluency – It’s Not Just for the Speaking Test!
August 8, 2018 by Tony Rusinak Tony Rusinak
Fluency. It’s a common issue many IELTS test-takers complain about. During my IELTS workshops, I always hear participants saying that they need to improve their fluency. Almost every time, these students or test-takers I [...]