Eliminate Your IELTS Stress | How Denise Got a Band 8 in Just 2 Weeks
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– Hi everyone, Chris
here from IELTS Advantage with another success story. So today we have Denise,
and she is going to share her story with you guys,
so you can learn from her and be successful
yourselves in the future. So Denise can you start off just by introducing yourself to everyone. – Hi everybody, my name is Denise. Half Venezuelan, half Austrian. I lived for about seven years in the UK, and now I’ve been in South
Africa for the past 10 years. – Excellent, excellent. So I hear that you, before
we started this video you were telling me there’s
about a thousand people every two weeks doing that
IELTS test in South Africa. – Yes, I think the exam is fully booked. People just simply wants to emigrate to different destinations,
and try new futures and I think most of the venues, for example here in Cape
Town are fully booked at least six weeks in advance. – Ok, so let’s give them some
help to those thousand people who are doing it in the future and all the other people
all over the world, so let’s start off with a little bit about your IELTS journey, what scores were you getting? What did you find difficult? What was maybe frustrating
or a challenge for you and then we can talk about how you overcame those challenges. – Well it was actually funny, the first time I took the
IELTS, I took it with my husband and I remember coming out of the test and just discussing
basically the writing test and I think the question was about people are exercising less, why is this? What are the causes,
and how can we fix this? You know, problem solution. And I think he just
basically wrote simple, well we’re not exercising
because we get back from work and we just sit comfortably
in front of the couch. And I was just like, but that is so simple and I wrote well the
memberships, we’re busy and everything and I was like, come on, it has to be a little
bit more complicated. Well, he got an eight
and I got six point five. – Yep. I would be able to tell you that, before I even look at the essays, for the simple reason of, they are testing your ability
to communicate in English so if you use simple ideas and explain things in a simple way, you’re going to normally
get a higher score compared to if you try to
overcomplicate everything because that is not going to
lead to clear communication. – Yeah Definitely and it brought
my arrogance levels I think down to scrap this like, okay so I didn’t read the question and I didn’t answer the question, so yeah. – Yeah, most important thing to do answer the questions.
– The second time, Exactly! (chuckles softly). I went the second time and I’m all like, pumped up saying it’s okay, I need to read the question,
but I did very badly on the listening test and I think it just
changed completely my mind. After the listening
test I was so stressed, because I just knew, I just
knew I was not gonna get the score that I wanted. And actually during that exam
I got a 7.5 in the writing. Probably it’s because it took my mind off the writing completely, and but of course I didn’t
get the score that I needed for the listening. So then I went on the third time and then this time, okay I’m very stressed about the listening but then I also know for sure now I know what to do on the
writing because I managed to do it last time. So it was a stressful both of them. And then I got again a six point five. So yeah, very–
– So its very frustrating. – Yes (chuckles gently). – And its not unusual–
– The (mumbles) questions. Yeah. – So what what we’ll discuss
and I think two other things that we can discuss are
obviously listening and writing and let’s start with with listening, and talk a little bit about
the stress that you are feeling and how you overcame that
stress or what difficulties were you having in the in the listening test and how did you overcome those? – Well, I think the second
time when I got a seven on my listening, I don’t
know, I completely got lost in between section two and
Section three, the third time, but the first time when I took the test I got a nine for listening. So it was very confused how
different the one exam actually felt to the other. And on the third time that I
actually attempted the test, I just knew well, you
know, I just went back to like relaxing, okay,
just look at the keywords, which is basically what you
also say on your course modules. Listen to the keywords and look at the, especially the multiple option questions. Look at the keywords and those
would actually let you know which ones are the right ones,
and they would also alert you you discard the ones that are wrong. So and then I got it through
but I was just (mumbles). – The first time you got a nine, and then it went down to a seven. – Seven. – I think what happens with
a lot of people is they, for listening especially, the first time they do
the test, they didn’t… They don’t really prepare
for it because they think, oh, it’s just an English
test, and I’m good at English, so I’ll go and do it. And they get a very high
score for listening. But then they might
have to repeat the test because of speaking or because of writing. And they over complicate listening, because they go and look
at some YouTube videos and some books and it
actually causes them to low… It leads to them getting a lower score, because they’re so
confused about what to do. – During the test–
– Yes. – They’re like, oh, this guy
on YouTube said to listen to this keyword here, and this
book said to do this and this and then you’re, you can’t think clearly and that’s normally why
people get a lower score after they get help. (chuckles softly) Ironically. – Yes, basically, yes. I don’t know, maybe I was also distracted or I was so stressed about the writing and then it just didn’t
let me think or listen or– – Yeah, and stress can
play a role in that too. We’ve had a lot of incidences where with, you got a high score in
listening and then did the test again and got a low score. And the first time they did the test, they weren’t under any
pressure whatsoever, because they, they were
blissfully ignorant about the pressures and they
thought it was just like, Oh, it’s fine. You know, it’s just an English test. And then once they fail
the other parts and try and do it again, then
they’re they’re very, very much stressed out. And as you know, our brains
do not work very well when they are stressed out. And one of the criticisms
of the IELTS test is, well how can somebody get a nine one week and seven the next week? So well, stress. You know, how can one football
like let’s say Real Madrid plays Barcelona 20 times, the score is not going
to be the same 20 times. Even though it is the same 12 people, or you know, 11 guys on the
pitch, stress plays a part and pressure plays a part and, you know… Both teams can fall apart. – After all this experience,
I mean, like, definitely your mindset for the IELTS
is is extremely important on the day. – And even the physiological
things like your sleep and what you eat for breakfast, and whether you get there on time and whether you drink enough water. – But what you were saying
is actually it’s very true. And I mean, well, the last
time when I took the IELETS, I was there physiologically. But it was quite stressful
for me because, well… – Oh, wow, okay. (laughs loudly) Okay, okay. – So, sitting there for three hours wasn’t exactly very comfortable. – Well congratulations on getting… on both things getting the scores you need and the upcoming baby. When is it due? – In two and a half weeks? – Two and a half weeks so
and at the start of December? – Yeah the 2nd of December. – My birthday is in December
and I feel sorry for him or her because they’re
only gonna get one present. Everyone just says yeah, here’s
your your combined birthday and Christmas present. – Yep, yep. (laughs loudly) – But as long as you’re happy
and healthy and everything so I wish you all the best with that. But to help someone who is maybe
suffering with with stress, and what advice would you give them? – You know, I’m especially
because I’ve been reading a lot of people that have been
struggling with especially with the writing or speaking scores. And you know many people
its like, no, no, no, the British Council is all
about the money-making machine, you know that they just
really try to get you because they don’t want
you to achieve your dreams or anything like it. And they go with this
mentality that somebody is out to get you. It’s not true. You know, the exam is
because, well, it’s like, if you go to a restaurant,
and you order for a cup of tea with a splash of milk, and you
get it with lemon and honey, sorry, but that’s not what you ask. That you ask for something
so you might pay for it. So that’s why some people
get the six or 6.5. But you got it with lemon and honey. So you’re not giving them what they want. And people’s but I have brilliant ideas, and I wrote it so beautifully and… So how to manage the stress,
you just need to know that the test is very
specific for something and you need to provide it. Well, it took me quite
a few tests to actually, probably do that, but… – Yeah, once you understand
that and they’re looking for a certain thing, and that
you need to, to understand what they want, and then
give them what they want, it becomes much, much easier. But in relation to you
talking about people blaming the British Council or blaming
their teacher or blaming their course or blaming bad luck. And one of the things
that we do in our company, we help like any company,
we’re under pressure, we’re under stress. And I was actually helping
a number of our employees with stress this week, actually. And what I said to them was
one of the steps that you need to take is own your stress, which means the example
I gave is don’t try and climb Mount Everest and
then complain that it’s cold. That’s like don’t join a
very successful, you know, fast growing company and then complain when there are problems, because when you blame other
people and you blame external influences for your situation, then it’s going to be
very, very stressful. But if you accept it, and
you own it and this is where a lot of our students come and where their stress
is relieved when I say, this is going to be difficult and your performance
is your responsibility. It’s not my responsibility,
it’s not the course’s, it’s not the British Council’s. It’s your responsibility to take action and actually get the score. And once they accept that, they’re like, oh, okay, it’s not so stressful anymore. And then once you take
action to solve that thing, then your stress just evaporates. But I think the first step is identifying what the actual problem is. So identify what the
problem is, own the problem and then take action to solve it. Would you agree with that? – Well when I received the
scores on my third attempt, I just immediately went and
booked for the following exam because, unfortunately, the one
after that one was too close to my delivery. But that only gave me like two weeks. And I was just like, well,
but if I haven’t done it for three attempts, what
can I change in two weeks to actually just make that difference? But it was really stressful and that’s when I join your course. So I only joined it two
weeks before my exam. And it was a bit like, okay,
I just for the first time, I just need to open myself
to really understand and the first… The best thing was actually
after almost completing all the modules, (mumbles). – I’ll forgive you and I only forgave you. Normally I would say to a
student, you shouldn’t come do the test until–
– I know. you complete the module. But you have, you’ve
got quite a good excuse. – I know, you don’t have
to do that in public because I don’t recommend
people to actually do it so quickly. I think they need to prepare much better. But after the first essay correction when I got the feedback,
it’s just being able to see, you know, because you get
this course and you’re like, but I really wrote it well,
and I thought I answered the task and everything, but you see it with a different eyes. And it just completely
changed my whole intelligence. And it was like, okay,
now I do understand. And every single time that
I was submitting the essay for the correction, I was
getting almost all the scores that 7.5 all the time. Because now I understood, okay,
now, I can take your advice and apply it actually
onto what I’m writing. – Yeah, I think that’s a cause
for stress and frustration that you get a 6.5 but you… Why is it a 6.5? And it’s very stressful to
know you have a problem, but you can’t put your
finger on why it is a problem or how to fix it. So getting feedback on your work, and we tell you exactly where
you’re going wrong and exactly what the problems are. And that in itself, you know,
some people might look at that and say, oh, I make a lot of mistakes. But if you use your
mistakes to get better, and you use those mistakes
to improve everything, rather than, oh, I made
mistakes, and I’m terrible, you’re not terrible. You just you’re human,
you’re a human being learning the language, you’re
going to make mistakes. And but the key mindset principle that we always teach is,
you know, use your mistakes as they’re like gold dust,
you know that that’s where the real value is, and where
you’re gonna see improvement. – Correct. – Excellent, excellent, so anything else? – This seems to be going down
the route of helping people with stress and helping people
with with their mindset. What other key mindset principles
or how to deal with stress or anything psychological, what would you imagine
your brother or sister or your child was doing the test? What advice would you give them? – Well, I think it’s, it’s
Like when I wrote the note on the Facebook is really
listen to the advice that you guys are given because
I’ve seen so many people that post the essays and
I saw your post yesterday about how to (mumbles)
system and I’m very glad that you are doing it. Because I see many people
have submitted and submitted over and over again. And I know that you initially
motivated people to help others and maybe pinpoint certain details that they can improve on. But um, I did it once with
with one of the students and just try to do some comments. And they took it personal. – Yeah. – The reply was more
like, please enlighten me where I went wrong. And I’m like, it’s not
a personal criticism, is what is asked of you. Sometimes its little bit
easier to see if this feels that is actually writing
and not a (mumbles). – Yeah– – And I’m gonna let you guys know exactly what the IELTS want. And what do you need to do to provide them in order for that student
to actually get the scores that they want. So the criticism is just
do you know how to do it. It’s not because I know
today I did it like you, or your idea didn’t appreciate it. When I was even studying for the French, I got told the same. It’s not about your creativity. I don’t care if you are a PhD, or you’re an expert in the field. It’s about how simple
you can answer the task. And give what is being asked of you. – Yeah. – So for me, I think that
would be the best advice to actually give anybody. – Yeah.
– Its understand what’s being asked of
you, and if you’re getting some feedback on it, just work on it. Don’t take it personally, its just… – Yeah, as human beings we all have an ego and our egos don’t don’t like
it when someone criticizes us in any way. And that’s just part of being human. But in order to get better at something like I constantly
ask our students and our team to criticize me and tell
me how I can get better, how I can make the team better. And I even I find it difficult
to take that sometimes even though I have a very
healthy attitude to people giving me feedback and, but
it is essential to get better. And and the other thing
that you talked about was when you gave another
student advice and they reacted defensively to that. Don’t ask students to give
you feedback on on essays because it’s like going to the
hospital and asking the sick people to treat your broken leg. – That’s what happened. – I see this on the internet all the time, like places like Reddit or
internet forums where people who have done 5.5 on their IELETS, are giving advice to other
people who got a 5.5. And it’s like, I’m not
saying I’m the best teacher in the world, but you
know, if my car was broken, I would take it to a mechanic. If my son was sick, I
would take him to a doctor. I wouldn’t go in and find someone who had the same problems
as me to try and (mumbles). – Actually you need to do to
seek for the right advice, because I’ve also in my second attempt, I met somebody during the
test that I think he went to an English professor
for help on his writing. And he’s still got a six or 6.5. And it was like five attempt. And it was a while, but
this is not a Shakespearean kind of like, sort of workshop. So IELTS is different. – Yeah, I mean, a general English teacher is going to be able to help you
with grammar and vocabulary, but they’re not gonna be able
to help you with the style of writing that IELTS is looking for because they’re looking
for very specific things. – Yeah. – And that’s another way people go wrong, is they, they go to a
General English course, or go to the teacher who might know a little bit about IELTS but
knowing a little bit about it, is basically the same as
knowing nothing about it. You should go to someone
who is a dedicated expert and does nothing but help
people with the IELTS test. So anything else that you would any… That’s great we can
finish now if you want to, but any other you coping
with stress or mindset principles or anything like that? – You know, it’s all of your scores, you can prepare yourself very well. But I think as we spoke earlier, it all comes down on
how you feel on the day. – Yeah. – (mumbles), I’ve also found
with my other sections, like reading, I was constantly on nine and only on this fourth
attempt, I got an eight. I was like, wow, they changed quite a bit. On the speaking I got nine, eight and 8.5. So they do change a
bit, but you also change the state of mind
changes a bit on the day. So, need to learn to
kind of like control it, is still within grade levels
but you see that it changes and I’m not a different person. I don’t think the exam… But maybe one was in
particularly a little bit more difficult than the other one but, but they don’t vary significantly, so… – Yeah, just to reiterate
the part to cope with stress and how to actually tackle the
test is three step processes. Identify why you’re feeling stressed or identify what to do, own it. So you are responsible
for your own performance, and it’s no one else’s
fault, but yourself. And number three, take action to improve. And if you do that, you’re
going to be able to go through life and go through and
your test preparation without any stress, and you’re
going to see improvement. But if you do the opposite, which is don’t try and find
out why you are stressed, live in ignorance, and
blame everybody else and do nothing to actually improve. And that’s what most people do. They never find out what to do. They blame everybody else, and they don’t do anything
significant to actually improve and then they wonder, oh, why am I… Why do I keep failing? Let’s just blame somebody else again. Like you can that feels good, that’s the easy thing. But you know, the easy
thing is very rarely the effective thing, I
think its gonna help you to improve yourself. I understand that identifying
the stress could actually be related both with (mumbles)
is not exactly very cheap. – No. – While you spend a lot of
money actually just redoing the test, and while you need the scores because you want to study abroad
or you want to go somewhere you want to emigrate. But but it’s especially the third step that you just mentioned
is just taking action. Because you don’t do anything
if you keep on booking another test, another
test and another test if you don’t know what
you’re actually doing wrong. – No. – And so is like, oh,
yeah, one day the examiner is gonna like what I wrote. No, it’s completely the opposite. It’s like, what can I do
differently that this time, I’m gonna give the examiner
exactly what he’s asking of me. It’s just that taking the action and for me it was joining your course. – Yes, I spoken to students
who have spent two, three, four thousand dollars
because they have repeated the test 10, 20, 30 times. – Wow. – And they never did in between each test, they never did anything significant
to improve their scores. And they just kept spending
money and spending money and spending money. And then I said to some,
okay, join our course. And our course costs money,
it’s not a cheap course. But it is a fraction of the
course that you’re going under. And if you also add in
the fact that every day you are not in that job that you deserve, you’re losing money, you
know, so and it’s difficult for people to understand that sometimes because they just want the
cheapest, easiest option. And but you know, the easiest
option, and cheap option are rarely the effective option. – Yes, there’s a lot of free help. That is not exactly the most
effective that (mumbles). – Free, there’s a cost to free. (laughs loudly) – And extends all over again, but I could have been
looking at free videos or free advice, so… – Yeah, yeah, there we go. Excellent, so good luck in Canada and good luck with the baby. And I hope that this baby
gets the Canadian citizenship soon and all that. And you have a wonderful life in Canada. – Thank you very much, Chris. Good luck to your immigration
paperwork as well. – Yeah, I will. (laughs softly) Thank you so much, bye bye. – Tell Chris bye. – Hey, Chris here again. Hopefully you enjoyed
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11 thoughts on “Eliminate Your IELTS Stress | How Denise Got a Band 8 in Just 2 Weeks

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  2. When I was so stress, I couldn't even listen to the keywords and I kept talking in my mind💆🏼‍♀️very confusing

  3. One of best English teaching and you're so amazing online you tube communication teaching channel and I really appreciate for online

  4. Hello sir… you are such an amazing person.. the way you teach and motivate people is commendable… i also need your help to get good score😊

  5. Sir your vedio is too much helpful for us so please give us on YouTube that how to write and generat idea about writing task 2?

  6. Hello Sir, I am following you for the last 6 months. Using your tips I am able to achieve bands in listening, reading and speaking, unfortunately, stuck at 6 in writing. I am really depressed. Don't know where to start. Any advice that you can provide will be appreciable thanks.

  7. I feel this video came up at the perfect time because I've been so stressed to give the exam. Got a 9,7.5, 6.5, 8.5 in the first attempt and very very worried about reappearing for the second time. 🙁

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