Hello! My name is Teresa. I live in Bali, where my social and educational environment has helped me develop my English skills through mostly practical use. I’ve also been involved in several English-related activities, such as voluntary teaching and accepting translation commissions, but it was just 1.5 years ago when I realised how drawn I am to teaching. I found that one of my greatest joy is seeing the bright smiles on my students’ faces as they make progress in learning or manage to achieve their goal.
Since taking an IELTS test at the beginning of last year and getting an 8.0 band score as a result, I’ve helped dozens of people in preparing their own IELTS tests. My students come from a variety of backgrounds, ranging from high school students to PhD candidates. However, they have two things in common: they have goals to conquer and eagerness to learn in order to achieve that goal. I believe that these qualities are the reason why many of my students achieved their targets. One of them even exceeded his target by as high as an 8.5 band score!
I also have a tip for you. The trick to achieve your IELTS goal – as well as mastering any language – is to pay attention to its practical use: how certain words are used by the native speakers, which sentence structure implies what meaning, and so on. I’ve worked with students that have stellar English but failed to achieve their target. This is because they don’t pay attention to these small details and rushed their learning process. Especially if you’re aiming for a higher band score, it is important to be patient, persistent and be as detailed as possible when learning.
Another tip for my ambitious students to be: don’t forget to have fun once in a while! Our brains need relaxation in order for us to be able to learn well. So, whenever you hit the wall and feel like you have no progress, stop for a while, take a break, and return after that with a fresh mind.
All in all, what I can say that learning is a process, and I’ll be more than happy to accompany you along the way. So, see you in class? 😉