A Difficult Task 2 Sample Essay
Dec26

A Difficult Task 2 Sample Essay

Today is Boxing Day, which in the UK is a big part of the Christmas tradition. Many people stay at home with their families and continue to celebrate after Christmas, while others go out shopping to take advantage of the Boxing Day bargains in the shops! On this fine day, I’m giving you the gift of… a sample essay! 🙂 Here’s the question: Research indicates that the characteristics we are born with have much more influence on our...

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How to Improve your IELTS Writing
Dec24

How to Improve your IELTS Writing

One of the most common questions I’m asked as an IELTS tutor is, “How can I improve my IELTS writing?” It’s obviously something that many students are worried about, and it seems like the most difficult part of the exam to prepare for. Students often feel that they can progressively improve their listening and reading skills with practice, yet writing seems to defy this logic – you can keep writing and...

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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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