New Video: Task 2 Structure
Mar04

New Video: Task 2 Structure

Today I released the second in a series of YouTube videos to help you improve your IELTS scores. In this week’s installment, I talk about essay structure and paragraph structure. If there’s anything you’d like me to cover in future, leave a comment below the video.  ...

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The Advantages and Disadvantages of Apartment Blocks [IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer]
Mar03

The Advantages and Disadvantages of Apartment Blocks [IELTS Writing Task 2 Sample Answer]

Today I’m giving you a sample answer for an IELTS Writing Task 2 question that I heard about recently. Question Nowadays, most people in cities live in large apartment blocks. Does this kind of accommodation have more advantages or disadvantages? Analyzing the Question What sort of question is this? I’d say it’s a society question. What about keywords? “People” and “apartment blocks”. What do...

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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...

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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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