My top five IELTS books – for students

If you want to do well in the IELTS exams, invest in some good books. They may be expensive but, good quality books can always be resold on eBay or at your college or university. Better still – get one of these out of the library!

1. IELTS Trainer

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  • Brilliant step by step guide
  • Answers clearly explained
  • Quite difficult BUT the IELTS exam is DIFFICULT
  • Expensive but worth it!



2. The IELTS series (1-10)

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  • These books are full of exams and answers
  • They don’t explain HOW or WHY about the answers
  • A good way to start studying for IELTS exams
  • Some nice samples of student writing at the back of each book.



3. Cambridge Official IELTS exams

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  • Step by step instructions on each part of the exam
  • Lots of material and activities to do
  • Great listening sections


4. Official IELTS practice materials

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  • IELTS exams that are on A4 paper!
  • Authentic practise papers
  • Not much help with technique here
  • A great place to start your IELTS studies


5. Teach yourself IELTS reading – Richard L King

41T94ydlU3L__SX382_BO1,204,203,200_The first book in the series  explains how students can build up reading techniques. It has two sample IELTS reading exams at the back.

  • Simple and valuable techniques to develop reading.
  • Great value for money!
  • Good synonym and antonym sections at the back



Know any more good books for IELTS. We’d love to hear from you!

Top Five IELTS books – for teachers

Teaching IELTS? An old pro? A newbie? Here are my top five books for teaching IELTS.

1. Instant IELTS – Guy Brook Hart

418C94343QL__SX354_BO1,204,203,200_Ready to use tasks and activities for IELTS students at intermediate and above. This book is an old favourite and my own copy is now battered from constant use.

  • Great worksheets for different levels
  • Activities for listening, reading, speaking and listening
  • 2 complete exams
  • Brilliant teacher’s notes – perfect for beginner IELTS tutors!



2. IELTS Resource Pack – Jon Marks


Really wonderful activities and worksheets that prevent students from getting bored.

  • Interesting and engaging communicative activities
  • Great listening section that uses information from the students themselves
  • Great book to dip in and out of and support a bigger course



3. Cambridge Vocabulary for IELTS

51gxtMazhTL__SX382_BO1,204,203,200_Broken into sections that deal with various topics, Cambridge Vocab for IELTS is an extremely useful book. You can use the worksheets in class but they’re a bit traditional, so they’re better for homework.

  • Lots of focused vocab learning
  • Great academic vocabulary section at the back.



4. Cambridge Objective IELTS

51bvbOAQVqL__SX389_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThis is an intermediate course book that you could work through with your students. Some of the readings are a bit dull (but then IELTS readings generally are) and some of the activities aren’t very engaging BUT, there are some really good exam sections that explain how different parts of the exam work.

  • Really good exam technique sections
  • Lots of activities to keep students busy


5. Teach yourself IELTS: Reading – Richard L King

41T94ydlU3L__SX382_BO1,204,203,200_.jpgThe first book in the series is aimed at intermediate students and above and explains how students can build up reading techniques. It has two sample IELTS reading exams at the back.

  • Simple and valuable techniques to develop reading
  • Great for homework or self study
  • Simple and easy to use





What other IELTS resources do you use? Leave a comment!!

10 computer shortcuts to save you time.


Use these shortcuts to save yourself 5 minutes a day.

That’s about 30 minutes a week (if you use your computer at the weekend.)

That’s two hours a month.

And that’s six hours a year.

Right click                                              

Right click will provide you a short cut to almost anything.

CTRL + A   

Use this to select a whole document.

CTRL + C    

Use this to copy something you have selected.


The shortcut for past, very useful


Go to start and then search. Type in the name or keyword of the document you want a find from your files.

Instantly make fonts bigger or smaller  

Select the text you want. Now hit CTRL + either [or] and watch the text grow or shrink.


Hit PRT SCRN at the top right of your keyboard and the computer will take a snapshot of your whole computer screen. This is really useful for copying pictures.


Push these buttons at the same time and you can lock your computer.

Hold CTRL spin the mouse wheel          

You can zoom in or out.


You can use ‘cut’ to copy as you delete. It will save you time.