CT4 – BUSY MOM & DAD: ⏱️ There are times that I want to give up because I’m not sure if I can do [the CELBAN]

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Hi Kim,

Thank you for your time. I’m doing very good. How are you doing? Winnipeg is very nice place specially this summer season. I am from Philippines. I came here in Winnipeg last September 04, with my husband and two children as an immigrant. Winnipeg is our first stop, I worked before in Qatar as a Registered Nurse, but I left my family in the Philippines so I decided to apply as Manitoba Nominee through the sponsorship of my brother.

Here is my Benchmark Score: Listening – 5, Speaking – 6, Reading – 6, Writing – 6

I never tried IELTS or Celban Examination before. This is my first time, that’s why I’m very nervous because I heard a lot of comments about the exam. There are times that I want to give up because I’m not sure if I can do it. At present, I have double job so it’s hard for me to study but I’m really trying my best. I just want to ask you some tips on how to study like how many hours a day and how many months I need to study before the date of exam. I would be very grateful if you could help me with my journey. I really appreciate your questions about myself and spending time with me.

Sincerely, L


Dear L,

Thank you for your message and your patience as you waited for a reply. I have been working on a new online course for CELBAN preparation. And actually in reading your message I am thinking I have to add something, a message of hope for people like you who need to guard against discouragement to protect yourself from falling into the trap. (See the section for Disillusioned Dreamers).

So far the book has been informational and not supportive. So, you have inspired me, today. I will be thinking of you are I work on this book again, tomorrow. But today, I am answering emails.

Let me say this, your scores, your limited time, and your discouragement tell me that not only is there a high probability that you fall into the CELBAN Trap as a Busy Person.

Your score and your schedule tells me it will take time. It will take time and practice, preparation and dedication for you to increase your score.

How long it will take depends on how much time you have to study.

The more time you have on a daily basis, the quicker your process. The less time, the longer it will take you.

This image has an empty alt attribute; its file name is cpu-ct4-articles.pngI have created 3 different study plans in the CELBANPrep Study Planner:

  1. The Unsuspecting Newcomer,
  2. The Busy Person, and
  3. The Disillusioned Dreamer.

(You will also want to check out the CELBAN and IELTS Study Planner to understand how the CELBANPrep Grammar Series works.)

The thing to know is that you are not alone.

What you need more than that is to figure out a way to rekindle the fire inside of you, because without dedication and determination there is no real point in starting the process. It is probably better for you to focus on your family; because, family comes first. And maybe that is the way it needs to be for you. But if you want to become a nurse, then you need to remember why being a nurse is so very important to you.

 Are you really that willing to give up on your dream of life in Canada?

Surely living in Quatar taught you a great deal about yourself, your ability to adapt, and your ability to work in difficult situations? Surely now that you are reunited with your family you want to have the full dream, not just part of it?

Canada is not a place where people give up on their dreams, is it?

What would have happened if I gave up on my dream? You would not be getting this message from me!

And, if all you need is someone to believe in you, I am here and I will spend the time with you as a coach guiding you in managing your time and balancing in some self-care. That is what the Secrets to Success series is about.

But more than anything, L, I want to thank you for helping me to realize how important this kind of coaching is to IENs across the world who need hope, inspiration and encouragement. You have changed my life, and you have changed how and when I provide coaching.




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