What should you consider when getting an IELTS coach?
For the average IELTS candidate who is not an expert on the coaching (which is pretty much everyone), knowing why and how to choose an IELTS coach can be very tough.
First, make sure an IELTS coach is actually what you need
IELTS coaching is often confused with other related disciplines like teaching or consultation. However, it is quite different, and each of these has unique characteristics.
Unlike a consultant, an IELTS coach is not there to offer advice based on his/her own experiences. For the most part, your IELTS coach will help you find the right path yourself by identifying your strengths and weaknesses.
Moreover, unlike a teacher, IELTS coach is not there to teach you a topic, or solve your problems. However, he/she will provide you with the tools (resources or materials) that you can use to learn more effectively.
It’s essential to know that none of these disciplines is better or worse than any other. It’s important that you understand their differences and have appropriate expectations for what you will get from each one.
Make sure your IELTS coach is certified
Coaching is based on scientific research, and well-trained coaches utilize evidence-based coaching models in their work. To learn these techniques, coaches need to go through an in-depth training program. Unlike teaching, there is very little governance and regulation of the IELTS coaching industry. For example, to call yourself a teacher, you need to hold an official credential. There is no equivalent regulation for coaches. Anyone can call themselves an IELTS coach, whether or not they have been through a training program.
Ask them about their coaching style
Each IELTS coach works differently based on their personality and training. Some coaches are very organized and structured, while others are more open and free-flowing. Some coaches tend to be more supportive while others can be stricter and really challenge you. Ask your coach how they would describe their style and then think about if that is the type of support you need to achieve your goals in the IELTS test.
Ask about the methodologies and tools they use
You want to make sure your coach is using proven coaching methods and techniques to ensure your sessions will be useful in helping you achieve your goals. Moreover, you want to ensure their approach resonates with you and fits what you are looking for.
Think about what it will cost
Budget is definitely an important factor in selecting your IELTS coach. IELTS coaches typically charge anywhere from 50 to 500 Euros per hour based on their experience level. It is true that price is not always an indication of quality, but make sure you aren’t just choosing the cheapest coach. Remember, what you’ll pay is an investment in yourself and has a significant effect on your future.