Tips to prepare the IELTS Exam!

Preparing for the IELTS Exam?    Here are some top tips to better prepare for it.   Familiarise yourself with the test format and the timing of each part of the speaking and writing tests. Know what kinds of questions are asked in each part of the paper. Once you are familiar with the format,…

Practical advice for the day of your Cambridge Exam

The next sitting of the Cambridge exams is nearly here and our students have been working hard to prepare. While it is important to focus on your English language and skills of course, there are some other practical things you can do to help the day of your exam go more smoothly.  If you forget…

Tips for getting top marks in the Cambridge First (FCE) Exam

Tips for getting top marks in the Cambridge First (FCE) Exam Are you planning on taking the Cambridge First (FCE) exam?   It’s important that you have a good B2 level of English but it’s also important to prepare carefully for the exam to make sure you get the best possible result.  Hundreds of students take…

Music to our ears!

Tired of the same old, same old on the radio? Looking for something musically refreshing?   Across a diverse range of styles and from the fairly well-known to the more eclectic, the following suggestions from the students of PH5 Patrick’s Hill will surely tickle your musical tastebuds! Review 1 Clean Bandit – Rather Be “Recently, I’ve…

Some writing tips…

Last week we looked at reasons to write.  As we saw, it is a vital part of life in a variety of situations such as finding (and keeping!) a job, as well as improving and supporting the other skills in English. This week we’ll start to give you some tips to help you improve your writing: Tip…

Why write?

Learning to write well in English is a key part of mastering the language, yet when the teacher says: ‘In today’s lesson we will be writing …’ a surprising number of students – of all levels – are often unexcited, or even disappointed. There are even some students who say: ‘I don’t need to write…