Grouping Data in the IELTS Writing Task 1
Jun30

Grouping Data in the IELTS Writing Task 1

What do you do when you have to describe a line graph or bar chart in the IELTS Writing Task 1 and you find it’s too difficult to describe? Well, you need to spend some time examining the data and figuring out how you can divide it into manageable chunks. Once you can do this, you can structure your essay. Remember, the IELTS Writing Task 1 is all about describing the main features and making comparisons. You don’t need to...

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Some Tips for IELTS Writing Task 1
Jun29

Some Tips for IELTS Writing Task 1

IELTS Writing Task 1 needn’t be so difficult, yet many students fear it. They panic when faced with a line graph, bar chart, pie chart, table, or process diagram. There is too much information. They don’t take the time to really look at it and figure it out. Then when it’s time to write, they don’t know what to describe. They write too much or too little, and they add extra information. But fortunately...

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A Beginner’s Guide to IELTS Writing Task 1
Jun23

A Beginner’s Guide to IELTS Writing Task 1

So you want to do the IELTS but you’re worried about the writing exam. Don’t be. It’s actually quite predictable, and if you study the right knowledge you can expect a high band score. This PPT lays out the basics that you need to know to do the IELTS Writing Task 1: IELTS Writing Task 1 Overview from David...

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Structuring an IELTS Task 2 Essay
Jun21

Structuring an IELTS Task 2 Essay

In this post, I will give you advice about how to structure an IELTS Writing Task 2 essay. Having a great structure will push you towards a high band score, and it’s not difficult to learn how to do it right. You can’t just memorize an essay for IELTS, but you can memorize some very good structures that can be repeated. Recently, I was tutoring some students on the topic of zoos. There was a question about whether you...

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IELTS Task 1 Practice Activity
Jun19

IELTS Task 1 Practice Activity

Here’s an activity that I recently used with a couple of students I tutor. They were having trouble with their IELTS writing skills because their punctuation wasn’t very good. In addition, they were having trouble putting their articles in the right place. What I did was give them the following sample answer and have them correct it. Why don’t you have a try, and then check your version with the real essay below?...

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4 Easy Ways to Improve Your IELTS Writing
Jun04

4 Easy Ways to Improve Your IELTS Writing

My students always ask me how to improve their IELTS writing scores. It’s not an easy question to answer, but fortunately there are many ways it can be done. Below, I’ll show you some areas to focus on in order to boost your writing skills. Know the Sentence Types It’s really important that you know the difference between a simple sentence and a complex sentence. You don’t need to know the terminology, but it...

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