Your search for the perfect IELTS course ends here!

THE MEMBERS ACADEMY is a complete online system that will shortcut your path to your best IELTS score by giving you everything you need in just ONE PLACE.

Get ALL the expert advice and practice you need with a specialist IELTS tutor to guide you, so that you can focus all your time and energy on passing the test.

I’m FIONA and I created the Members Academy to give you a quick way of finding high-quality IELTS videos, worksheets and advice all in one place.

I’m an EFL Teacher and Trainer with 30 years teaching experience

  • IELTS Specialist with 20 years examining experience.
  • MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • CELTA and DELTA Trainer
  • Worked with The British Council, Cambridge ESOL Assessment, Trinity Exams, Anglia Ruskin University and Essex University.

 

What will you get in the Academy?

Bite-sized lessons

Short, step-by-step videos will guide you through every aspect of the IELTS Test with REAL practice examples.

Writing feedback

Weekly live lessons where I go through your writing and give feedback with action points.

Speaking Lessons

4 live classes a week PLUS individual pronunciation feedback

Access to me!

I’m here to answer your questions and give accurate, expert feedback and follow-up lessons.

Private Facebook Group

Get motivation and support from like-minded students.

Worksheets and Models

Practise what you’ve learnt with examples that you can re-use in the exam.

Personal Progress Tracker

Cover everything you need, with a clear syllabus so you can see what you’ve learnt.

INSTANT, unlimited access

Get all the materials as soon as you join the course.

LINKS to further practice

Quick links to the best online tools and a library of checklists, models and challenges to keep you focused.

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You will not need to look for ANYTHING else – I have spent years creating, choosing, collecting and research the most effective materials so you don’t have to waste hours looking for them!

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You will get regular tasks, feedback and answers to your questions, with an active community to motivate you and keep you going. It could be the difference between failure and success.

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Academic Writing Task 1

You will learn how to:

  • Produce an excellent Band 7+ description of a graph, chart or image

Academic Task 1:

Day 1: Understanding the Band Criteria
Day 2: How to identify key features
Day 3: How to paraphrase the introduction
Day 4: How to describe changes
Day 5: How to choose the correct tense
Day 6: How to use prepositions accurately
Day 7: How to write an analytical overview
Day 8: High-level comparisons and adverbs
Day 9: How to describe changes to a town
Day 10: How to use the Present Perfect Passive
Day 11: How to describe a cycle
Day 12: How to describe a process
Day 13: How to master articles
Day 14: How to deal with multiple charts

 

Writing Task 2

You will learn how to:

  • write an outstanding Task 2 Essay

Course Outline: 

Day 1: Busting the myths about Task 2
Day 2: How to generate ideas quickly
Day 3: How to plan and structure your essay
Day 4: How to write an introduction
Day 5: How to write a General Statement
Day 6: How to link everything together
Day 7: How to write a conclusion
Day 8: How to use formal language
Day 9: How to ‘hedge’
Day 10: How to describe cause and effect
Day 11: How to use advanced Linking Words
Day 12: How to express your opinion strongly
Day 13: How to integrate advanced collocations
Day 14: How to develop your arguments

GT Writing Task 1

You will learn how to:

  • Write a perfect letter or email

General Training Task 1

Day 1: How much do you know?
Day 2: Formal and informal greetings
Day 3: Getting the TONE right
Day 4: How to write a letter of complaint
Day 5: How to write a letter of request
Day 6: How to give advice
Day 7: Present Perfect for letters
Day 8: How to write a Job Application
Day 9: How to write to a newspaper
Day 10: How to ask Polite Questions
Day 11: Reported Speech
Day 12: How to apologise
Day 13: How to tell a story
Day 14: Phrasal verbs and informal expressions

READING

You will learn how to:

  • read faster
  • master the different question types

Part 1: True/False/Not Given questions

Day 1: How much do you know?
Day 2: Using text structures
Day 3: TFNG – the basics
Day 4: TFNG – some tricks
Day 5: YNNG – the basics
Day 6: YNNG – advanced
Day 7: Mock test

Part 2: Gapfill questions

Day 8: Completing ‘notes’
Day 9: Completing a summary
Day 10: Gapfill with answers
Day 11: Completing a table
Day 12: Flow charts
Day 13: Labelling a diagram
Day 14: Open questions

Part 3: Matching questions
Day 15: Using first lines
Day 16: Using text order
Day 17: Matching information
Day 18: Matching categories
Day 19: Matching people
Day 20: One, both or neither?
Day 21: Matching sentence endings

Part 4: Multiple Choice questions
Day 22: Choosing dates
Day 23: Choosing statements
Day 24: Multiple choice
Day 25: Global questions/overall aim
Day 26: The Computer-Delivered Test
Day 27: How to manage your time
Day 28: Timed Mock Test

LISTENING

You will learn how to:

  • tackle the different question types
  • listen for signals and distractors
  • learn commonly-used gapfill words

The Listening Module takes you through each part of the test with detailed practice on each question type.

It uses real listenings and provides worksheets with common answers and difficult spelling rules.

Part 1
Day 1: Practice Test Walk-Through
Day 2: Listening for NAMES
Day 3: Listening for NUMBERS
Day 4: How not to lose points
Day 5: Complex examples and tricks
Day 6: Full Section 1 with tips
Day 7: Full Practice test by yourself

Part 2
Day 8: Multiple choice
Day 9: Choosing from a list
Day 10: Completing a table
Day 11: Labelling a map
Day 12: Identifying distractors (tricks!)
Day 13: Labelling a map/floor plan
Day 14: Practice Test

Part 3
Day 15: An expert interview (Australian accent)
Day 16: Gap fill
Day 17: Choosing from a list (American accent)
Day 18: Matching information
Day 19: Identifying opinion
Day 20: Listening for who does what
Day 21: Practice Test

Part 4
Day 22: Practice test walk-through
Day 23: My research into typical answers
Day 24: Multiple choice in a lecture
Day 25: Getting through a long gap-fill text
Day 26: How to use signals and bullet points
Day 27: Final test and reference words
Day 28: How to transfer answers

The Academy also includes 6 FULL MOCK TESTS.

VOCABULARY

Vocabulary is the single most important factor in getting your Band Score above 7.

In the Vocabulary Booster Module you will:

  • learn the most essential vocab to get you a higher score in all areas
  • quickly build your vocabulary knowledge by focusing on collocations
  • constantly review the vocabulary so that it ‘sticks’
  • actively use the vocabulary in the integrated writing and speaking tasks built in to the programme

Each lesson focuses on one IELTS topic and includes practice for EACH skill plus a Revision video and quiz, worksheet booklet, word formation booklet and my mindmaps.

The course topics are:
Day 1: Farming/Agriculture
Day 2: Nature
Day 3: Wildlife
Day 4: Pollution
Day 5: Recycling
Day 6: Water
Day 7: Tourism
Day 8: Housing
Day 9: Buildings
Day 10: Cities
Day 11: Development
Day 12: Civilisation
Day 13: Transport
Day 14: Crime
Day 15: Family
Day 16: Personality
Day 17: Gender
Day 18: Happiness
Day 19: Health
Day 20: Leisure
Day 21: Finance
Day 22: Education
Day 23: Languages
Day 24: The Arts
Day 25: Technology
Day 26: Research
Day 27: Inventions
Day 28: The Future

SPEAKING

You will learn how to:

  • develop your Speaking Skills so that you can maximise your performance in the 15-minute test

Day 1: Making a good first impression
Day 2: The ID check and first question
Day 3: How to make the most of Part 1
Day 4: How to introduce Past Tenses
Day 5: How to keep talking in Part 2
Day 6: How to impress in Part 3
Day 7: How to sound authoritative

Bonus practice

  • 30-Day Task 1 Challenge (30 days of Task 1 questions and model video answers with grammar and vocabulary suggestions)
  • 30-Day Task 2 Challenge (30 days of Task 2 questions and model video answers with grammar and vocabulary suggestions)
  • Integrated Speaking Feedback in the Vocabulary Course
  • Integrated Grammar lesson relating to each question type

 

PRONUNCIATION

The Pronunciation Module takes you through each of the ‘Pronunciation Features’ that IELTS specifically tests, and helps you focus on your individual weak points.

Day 1: What do the Band Descriptors say?

Day 2: How to fix individual sounds

Day 3: How to sort out word stress

Day 4: How to master connected speech

Day 5: How to use contractions

Day 6: How to pronounce future tenses

Day 7: How to pronounce ‘we’re’ ‘were’ and ‘weren’t’

Bonus: How to pronounce past tense ‘-ed’ verbs from the Academic Word List

Bonus Lesson: Practice the difficult sound and spelling of /ɔː/

Bonus Lesson: Practise the difficult sound and spelling of /ɑː/

BONUSES

WRITING FEEDBACK

Every Friday we have a group LIVE Writing Coaching Session.

You will:

  • submit one writing per week
  • get correction and feedback on your writing
  • see what the examiner is thinking
  • understand the Band Criteria
  • identify your weak points
  • practise lots of different question types
  • keep a record of your progress
  • get common mistakes and action points
  • learn how to get to Band 7

In the lesson, I give you personalised feedback and then you receive a PDF and email with model answers, tips, common mistakes and links to the lessons you need to review.

If you miss the live session, you can find your feedback on the replay.

There are over 100 webinar replays and PDFs in the Academy for you to enjoy!

WRITING MODELS

In the Academy you will get a complete bank of Task 1 and Task 2 Writing Models.

All of the models fit the structures that I teach, and are colour-coded to highlight essentail language points so that you are

  • constantly reviewing best practices and
  • seeing examples of Band 9 Models that you can use to generate ideas and learn ‘chunks’ of high-level language that you can recycle on test day.

LIBRARY

The Library will provide you will all of the ebooks and workbooks that I have created to help support your learning.

It also includes full student access to an online resource (Commonlit.org) of interactive, multi-media, audio-visual learning materials that are perfect for the IELTS test.

PRIVATE FACEBOOK GROUP

This is a small, dedicated community of like-minded students, where we post every day and share resources.

It’s also a place where you can ask questions 24/7 and get help when you need it.

GRAMMAR TAKEAWAYS

You will:

  • understand common mistakes and how to fix them
  • see how grammar is used in all parts of the test
  • learn how to use complex grammar more accurately

Grammar lessons are fully integrated into hte main modules so that you learn the grammar you need as you move through the course.

The ‘Grammar Snack’ module is full of extra, short lessons based on single grammar points that need extra practice for the test.

Any time you have a question about grammar that you need help with, I make an extra video with IELTS-related practice examples.

SPEAKING LESSONS

Need to practice your Speaking more often?

Meet Will! Like me, he’s a teacher with over 30 years of experience and you can choose 4 lessons a week (via Zoom).

Also!

Once a week you can send me a 2-minute ‘long-turn’ task to develop your confidence and familiarity with the Part 2 questions and help you develop your structure in this crucial part of the test.

You will get my feedback by email. This has helped my students increase their Band Score by, for example,

  • adapting their answer to include more complex grammar such as past tenses
  • listening to their own intonation and making it more natural
  • reducing hesitation and ‘umming’!
  • identifying features of pronunciation that need work
  • getting regular Speaking practice.

You also learn from watching other members’ videos.

PROGRESS TRACKER

Exclusive to the Members Academy, your Personal Progress Tracker is an online document (you can print it off too) similar to the 28-Day Planner which has been used by thousands of students to make fast progress in IELTS.

After every lesson and test, you write it in the tracker so that you can see your progress. You can also share a link to the tracker with me so I can check how you’re doing.

The tracker is a place to write notes and scores, and to remind you to review and test your knowledge. You can also keep a record of all your writing submissions and corrections in the tracker so that you learn from your mistakes.

GRAMMAR BOOTCAMPS

We started grammar bootcamps in 2021.

What’s different about them?

They give you one grammar point to master each day, with a short video or live lesson, followed by a variety of IELTS-related practice exercises (so that you don’t waste time practising language that you’ll never use).

They also include weekend booster classes (you submit your examples, and I give LIVE feedback, tips and advice based on YOUR examples).

Current Bootcamps:

  • The A-Z of Conditionals
  • The A-Z of Perfect tenses

Next Bootcamp:

  • The A-Z of Writing Task 2

PRACTICE TESTS

The Academy provides you with 6 FULL Mock Tests (6 x Reading, 6 x Listening). 

You will 

  • get real timed test practice
  • discover where you’re losing points
  • identify areas you need to work on
  • see where you’re making progress

The tests can be accessed any time, so you can do them at your own pace (once a week, fortnight or month) depending on when your test is.

You can do the test on your computer and check the answers by yourself.

Personal Speaking Feedback

Once a week, you will

  • record a 2-minute long-turn audio.

I will analyse the audio and give you specific feedback on specific aspects of your Speaking (pronunciation, intonation, task approach, common errors)

You will also get daily practice and informal feedback in the Zoom Speaking Classes.

 

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Academy right for me?

The Academy is right for you if you enjoy learning English and are ready to work hard.

If you have never taken the test before, the course is the best thing you can do to get 100% ready to take it. If you have taken the test before, I am confident you will learn how to improve your score.

There is only one level of IELTS and everyone has to do the same exam.

Please see the reviews on Google My Business and Facebook to see how much my students love the programme.

How long will it take me to get through the materials?

There are about 180 lessons, plus a variety of Practice Tests for each part of the Course (plus full Practice Tests).

I add new materials to the Academy every week and I also add ‘Quick Win’ videos in response to special requests from Academy Members. 

Just do one thing a day. This will be enough practice to prepare you for the exam.

You can watch the videos as many times as you like, and do the exercises/worksheets over and over again until you feel confident that you’re getting the language, grammar and vocabulary right.

Will I be able to understand everything?

YES. I am used to working with students from all over the world, and the language that I use is clear and simple.

If you have watched my videos on YouTube, or listened to my podcasts, you will know what I sound like! I also use Powerpoints in every video so that you can see and read exactly what I am talking about.

The worksheets are designed to mirror what we do in the videos, so there is nothing new or confusing when you do the practice exercises.

All of the worksheets also have detailed answers included and you can print them off and keep them as a reference.

Do I need to have internet access?

The course is fully online so can access it on your computer, phone or tablet. 

You can download and print off all of the worksheets, mindmaps, feedback PDFs, model answers and ebooks to keep forever.

You will need internet access to watch the videos, as they are not downloadable at the moment.

Can I download the videos?

At the moment, no, but you can download and keep all the worksheets and Writing Models.

You will have access to the videos as long as you are a Member in the Academy.

How long will I have access to the content?

In the full Members Academy, you will be able to access the videos, Facebook group and live lessons for as long as your membership is active.

Download and keep the PDF materials forever.

Please note that the videos are not downloadable, but the content of the videos is in the PDFs.

What if I'm not very technical?

I have made everything as easy as possible. You can access all the videos and materials on a computer, tablet or phone, just by putting in your email address and password.

Do you offer a Money Back Guarantee?

YES. You can try out the Academy for 48 hours and if you decide it is not right for you, I will give you a FULL refund.

Please note that you can get the FULL library of e-books and resources after you have decided to commit to the course.

Please also note that it can take up to 15 days for the refund to appear in your bank account. But don’t panic – you will receive a full refund.

What if I don't have a credit card?

I recommend that you sign up to PayPal, which is a safe way of paying online.

Why is your Academy different?

I’ve put my 30 years of experience teaching, examining and working with IELTS students into the Academy that I truly believe will help you improve your score if you make full use of all the materials and the feedback sessions.

I’ve also chosen the best materials and done everything I can to make the lessons clear, logical and engaging.

Most importantly, I am very active in the Academy. I know all my members on an individual basis. You will not be left alone to struggle with the materials. I am always here to help.

Will you mark and check my work in the Academy?

The Academy is a self-study course, so all the materials have answers and you can check everything by yourself.

However, you can ask questions in the Facebook group, Whatsapp group and live lessons, and I give you Writing Feedback every week.

Is Writing Feedback included?

We do a weekly live lesson during which I give people feedback on their writing.

You can submit a piece of writing each week for me to correct.

Is Speaking practice included?

YES! The Speaking Lessons are taught by Will McCulloch from EnglishTrainers.org.

He is a UK teacher living in Germany, and as a full member you will get 4 Speaking lessons included as a bonus.

Please note that this is an extra FREE bonus and if you are unable to attend the classes at the specified times, I do not provide extra Speaking classes.

If you cannot attend the online Speaking classes, you still have plenty of opportunity to practise your Speaking:

  • Weekly feedback on a 2-minute Long Turn Video that you record and send me.
  • a 7-Day Speaking Course to guide you through all parts of the test and to help you practice by yourself.
  • A 10-Day Pronunciation Course to help you sound more fluent and natural in a short time
  • 2 x 30-day challenges and workbooks for Part 1 and Part 2, with model answers and an example video for each question.
What happens after 3 months?

Lots of my Members want to keep benefiting from the course (some have been with me for more than 2 years!).

If you wish to continue after your 3 months is completed, you can renew your subscription or choose a monthly rate.

Can I pause my access during the 3 months?

My website does not allow me to put courses on hold (it is possible for monthly subscriptions only).

Honestly, it is not something I would recommend. As soon as you put the course on hold, you put your learning on hold, and you will start to go backwards, losing any progress you have made.

IELTS requires constant practice and constant feedback to see progress.

If you have ever stopped going to the gym, you will now that your fitness starts to decrease the next day unless you constantly maintain it.

And if you’ve ever seen the film ‘Supersize Me’, you will know that it takes 30 days to put tons of weight on, and 14 months to lost it again.

Pausing your course is a huge step backwards. The Academy is designed to be easily manageable (10 minutes a day) if you make it a priority.

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