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So much of what I know about how to pass the IELTS exam (and teaching English in general) comes from the successes, and err, non-successes of my previous students.

I have learnt a great deal from these students, and by reading their stories, so can you.

As such, in this series of articles, I'm going to share some stories with you about the most memorable WINS and FAILS of my former students*.

*All of these stories are real, but all students' names have been changed to maintain anonymity.

Batyr and his Consumption of the English Language

Today, I'm going to tell you about Batyr, his excellent level of English, and how he got a band 8.5 in the IELTS test.

I taught Batyr one-to-one online, and it was immediately clear that his English level was phenomenal.

His accent was very neutral, if not native-like, and his grammar was basically perfect.