Selecting Ideas and Structuring an Essay [IELTS Writing Task 2]
Nov01

Selecting Ideas and Structuring an Essay [IELTS Writing Task 2]

When it comes to improving your IELTS writing score, it can be really tough to build your vocabulary and polish your grammar skills. It’s much easier to work on task achievement and coherence and cohesion. For these, you can simply learn some structures and practice analysing questions. Don’t get me wrong… it’s not really easy, but it is something you can learn with a bit of practice, and it’s certainly...

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A 10-Point Checklist for IELTS Writing Success
Oct29

A 10-Point Checklist for IELTS Writing Success

For the IELTS Writing Task 2 you need to write 250 words in a recommended time of just 40 minutes. It is perfectly natural to make some mistakes, but how can you limit the number of mistakes you actually make? Well, practice is important, but what should you take into consideration? In this lesson, I am giving you a free checklist to use for your IELTS writing task 2 essays. Obviously, you can’t take this list into the exam, but you...

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Essay Correction: Family Topic [Task 2]
Aug25

Essay Correction: Family Topic [Task 2]

One of my Chinese students wrote an essay on the following topic, which I corrected and am sharing here for the benefit of my website readers. You can see her essay below, as well as my edits. For practice, you may want to try marking her essay yourself! Spotting mistakes is a great way to boost your own IELTS writing skills. If you want me to mark your essay, check the information at the bottom of the page. Question: Some people...

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Analyzing an IELTS Task 2 Question
Jul20

Analyzing an IELTS Task 2 Question

In the IELTS Writing Exam, you are mostly being judged on your ability to construct a well-written essay. However, part of the task is responding to the question, and that means being able to pick a question apart to understand exactly what it means, and what you – as the candidate – are required to do. Fortunately, the questions in the IELTS Writing Exam are quite predictable (at least in terms of theme and style) and so...

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IELTS Writing Task 2 Activity
Jul14

IELTS Writing Task 2 Activity

Here’s a cool task to help you work on coherence and cohesion – which is one of the four areas on which your IELTS Writing will be marked. Look at the sentences below and try to put them into the correct order. Simple, right?! Check your answer against my actual essay below. Question In general, people do not have such a close relationship with their neighbours as they did in the past. Why is this so, and what can be done...

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