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Private lessons

I will train you to achieve the band scores you need in the shortest time possible.

  • You may take a single lesson before deciding if you want more lessons. See below for hourly rates and discount package rates.
  • Choose one or more of the test parts to focus on: speaking, writing, listening, and/or reading. See below for lesson details on each part.
  • You can expect to see a 0.5-1 band increase in your score after 6-8hrs of study in any one area (speaking, writing task 1 or writing task 2). Watch my animation for an explanation and examples.

Speaking test

You will learn to use all of the language features required for your target band score (say 7, 8 or 9) in fluency, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.

You will also learn to avoid making mistakes in those same four areas that would prevent you from achieving your target score.

I use practice test questions from the official Cambridge IELTS exam series.

You will not only learn techniques to improve your score, but will start to feel comfortable with the exam conditions and format for your real exam.

Writing test

The course may cover writing task 2 (all five types of questions), task 1 academic (graphs / tables / before and after maps / process diagrams), or task 1 general training (formal / informal letters), depending on your preferred lesson focus.

During lessons, you will improve your writing scores through studying model answer scripts and by receiving verbal feedback on your own answer scripts.

Students typically write their answer(s) before lessons in order to maximise the lesson time for marking and verbal feedback.

If you prefer to receive my written feedback outside of lesson time, you may consider my remote marking service.

You can source practice questions yourself or I can provide you with practice questions.

Here’s an example of the kind of feedback you might receive:

Listening test

For the listening test, you may take a short diagnostic test to help you identify any weaknesses that you might need to focus on to quickly improve you score in the listening test.

You will also learn common errors and traps to avoid. I will teach you to recognise the missing (or added) sounds in natural (fast) speech which can make native spoken English difficult to understand.

You may take listening practice tests (or a part of a test) in class together with me, or as homework.

Try a few practice questions taken from a past IELTS listening test:

Reading test

As the reading test is a vocabulary test more than anything else, you will receive lists of difficult words and definitions on a variety of general topics regularly found in the IELTS, and practice activities for those words such as short reading passages and related activities.

You may also take a quick speed-reading test (in class or for homework), and learn techniques for improving your reading speed and comprehension.

You may take sections of reading practice tests (with answers) in class together with me or for homework. These will help you familiarise yourself with the format of the test and help you to improve your test score.

Materials

Copies of all course materials are included free of charge.

All practice tests are sourced from the official Cambridge IELTS Examinations series.

Additional tests are available from other publishers if required.

Lesson location

Lessons are conducted via my self-hosted Jitsi Meet app (a free Zoom alternative) on my website.

Once your booking is confirmed, I will send you the unique room’s URL link and the room password.

The meeting app opens in any major web browser (Chrome, Edge, Safari or Firefox), so you don’t need to install any software on your computer.

Available times

I am generally available afternoons/evenings from Monday to Friday and some Saturdays. Other times may become available.

Course and lesson duration

You may choose how long you would like for each lesson (1hr, 1.5hrs or 2hrs) and how many lessons.
Payments* may be for single lessons, or for packages of 6 or 10 hours.

Lesson pricing

One-on-one lessons
HK$600/hour (HK$550/hour for 6-hour package; HK$500/hour for 10-hour package)

Two-on-one lessons (price per student):
HK$450/hour (HK$400/hour for 6-hour package; HK$350/hour for 10-hour package)

Prices are non-negotiable / no free trials.

*Payment and cancellations

Payments are generally required at least 24hrs before the first lesson to secure the booking.

You may pay by bank deposit, credit card**, or in cash during an earlier lesson (in exchange for a receipt).

In case you need to reschedule a lesson, 24hrs notice would be required to avoid charge for the lesson.

**If you choose to pay by credit card, I would send you the invoice via email containing a link to pay it through the website of my secure online payments provider.

IELTS writing paper marking service

Click here for details of my IELTS writing test marking service.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.