Why EfL?

  • Get intensive one-to-one or small group tuition
  • Focus on the areas where you need the most practice
  • Study at your own pace
  • Get intensive feedback from experienced teachers
  • Approach the test with confidence
  • Maximise your IELTS score

We help you to:

  • Learn about the contents and structure of the IELTS test
  • Develop essential test-taking strategies to use in each section of the IELTS test
  • Increase your confidence by undertaking regular practice tests under exam conditions
  • Improve your writing style and learn how to construct effective IELTS writing tasks
  • Increase your range of vocabulary for the IELTS test
  • Improve your speaking, fluency and presentation skills
  • Increase your listening comprehension
  • Improve your reading skills
  • Gain a better understanding of grammar

Length of the course

The length of the course will vary but is normally 4 -10 lessons of 1½ - 2 hours.

Why study IELTS?

This course prepares candidates for the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) examination. Many educational institutions, government agencies and professional organisations around the world recognise IELTS scores as an indicator of ability to communicate in English.

The IELTS Preparation Course is for students who:

  • require an IELTS score for entry to a tertiary institution
  • need to provide evidence of proof of language proficiency

IELTS Test Format

This test measures your ability to communicate in English across all four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking.

You choose either the Academic or General Training Module:

  • The Academic module is for candidates planning to undertake higher education study or professional registration
  • The General Training module is for candidates planning to undertake non-academic training or work experience, or for immigration purposes

Contact Us

For more information and to discuss your learning needs, contact our qualified tutors now.



Academic IELTS writing was always a struggle for me. It was a mystery to me why I couldn't get the desired score until I met Ian Synnott. Ian not only swiftly reacted to my short notice but organised an emergency meeting with me which I was very grateful for. I was given specific advice for each module and clear structures for the writing tasks, which I was having the most trouble with. My mistakes that were stopping me from achieving the needed score were pointed out. On my test day, I was very confident to perform my writing tasks implementing Ian's techniques, which helped me to get my desired score from the first attempt. Thank you, Ian. I would definitely recommend you.

Russia Victoria Linkova - Russia

"I required a high IELTS score to get a place at Uni. My EfL tutor really knew how to best prepare us for the test so that I could truly show my best skills and get the scores I needed to!"

Hungary Adrianna Birk - Hungary

"I had prepared alone for my IETLS exam for several months and the consequences seemed to be the same. It was futile and I just couldn't achieve my desired scores. However, after I met my tutor, Ian Synnott, I finally realised what my weak points on writing and speaking were, which brought numerous advantages to make my whole preparation much easier and clearer. Ian told me how to practice and prepare, and showed me how to use my strong points to accomplish my writing and speaking tasks. With his guidance, I practised and passed IELTS with my expected score that satisfied the needs for immigration. Thanks so much for your endeavours in this short period, Ian."

Russia Daniel Cheung from China

"Having tried numerous different preparation methods I have found that Ian Synnott is the best tutor out of all the teachers that I took lessons with to prepare for my IELTS. His method of teaching the structure for writing is so effective that even after a few lessons I was able to get a result above my target score. He explains things clearly and gives you a real idea of how long it will take you to prepare to get the results that you need. Ian is very good at motivating people and literally making people believe in themselves. As a result, your performance starts matching your abilities in English and then you feel that you are more than ready for the test. For example, after practising with him I got 8.5 in speaking, which I could never get before or even imagine, as I always had 7.5 in speaking."

Russia Anna, from Russia

"Ian Synnott is a real expert when it comes to IELTS. He gave me an enormous amount of input and tips which makes IELTS seem extremely easy. Before I met him, my writing and speaking tests were only 6.5. Then, after a few months spending time with him, that 6.5 transformed into a solid 8. Moreover, because of what he did for me, which was eliminating my weak points and boosting my confidence, I scored 9 in both my reading and listening tests."

Indonesia Aldric, from Indonesia

"Ian Synnott, my IELTS tutor at English for Life, really motivated me and helped with expert advice on all aspects of the IELTS test. He particularly taught me how to improve my reading strategies, the area I was having most difficulty in. Finally, with this help, my skills improved and I was able to achieve my target score!"

Hungary Adriana, from Hungary

"I had tried the IELTS test many times without success before I found English for Life. My tutor Ian Synnott is an expert in preparing for the test and he helped me to focus on my weak points and improve my ability in all areas. He also gave me great test tips to ensure my performance matched my ability on test day."

Korea Jun, from Korea

"I would say Ian Synnott is the best coach available for IELTS. I had tried IELTS several times but never achieved the scores of above band 7 that I required in each skill. The main problem with IELTS is that we don’t know what we are missing and what to focus on. Ian will help you to find areas to be improved and will provide practical and easy ways to improve those areas. He provides a specific structure for writing, which covers all the things required. If we follow that structure and practice it with Ian’s help, we can achieve our desired result. I would like to thank Ian because without his help I really would not have scored between 7 and 8.5 in the 4 skills, and achieved my goal."

India Sid (Sudhanshu Saini) - India