a. the essence of the resource has to resonate with my own beliefs pertaining to IELTS and more generally, the English Language as a field of study
b. the resource is easy to understand and digestable - given that many of the would-be candidates do not have the English Language as their first language, this criterion is crucial
c. the authors of the resource have to be pro-active in the study of the English Language and also in promoting their publication or web-site as suitable material for IELTS candidates
After short-listing a few good ones, the following is the best book that I have found so far:
The authors of this excellent publication are Stephen Slater and Simone Braverman.
Stephen is an international English Language author and educator who was instrumental in securing the IELTS Test Centre at the University of South Australia. Since then he has been an IELTS Administrator, IELTS researcher and assessor.
Simone is the founder of www.IELTS-Blog.com - a world renowned web-site for IELTS preparation. Her mission is to help busy people who English is far from perfect to achieve a high score in IELTS after a short preparation in their spare time - even if they had scored low previously, have a learning disability, too busy working 7am to 7pm or are afraid of exams. Over 30,000 people are subscribed to IELTS-Blog's daily tips and updates.
I spoke to a few tutors who have been using this publication and they all had only good opinions of it. All of them cited that the key strengths of this book lie in the guided and holistic manner in which topics are covered instead of just focusing on test techniques which are inadequate for getting good IELTS scores.
Personalised guidance is very important in IELTS. Every individual's strengths and weaknesses in the English Language and/or test-taking methods are different. 5 minutes spent on identifying specific flaws that a candidate has can be very much more effective than 5 hours of general IELTS coaching.
The sole distributor of this book in Singapore - ISPL - has also put together an interesting package worth looking at. They have bundled 30 minutes of IELTS direct and personalised coaching with the purchase of each original book from them. In this half an hour session, their highly competent IELTS coach will cover broadly mechanisms that are relevant to scoring well in the examination as well as spend some time talking to the individual candidate to craft a personalised profile of the latter.
If you are interested in finding out more about this book and the bundled deal, please contact the Marketing Manager, Alice Tay at 6100-0057 or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.