Introduction in any essay is the ice breaker. So make sure you introduce your views first, because that is what they ask.
For example you would normally see in IELTS or LSAT writing module asking you to, discuss your opinion for the given topic or do you agree or disagree with the statement. So, always remember to tell examiner your views about the topic before you write the essay. Ideally you should express your views in first paragraph.
When you tackle the writing task you should see the information as is, and then write the way the statement is written. For example, sometimes you see the topic with lot of information about something and then they ask to discuss or put forth our opinion.
Q Some people believe that computers are more a hindrance than a help in today’s world. Other feel that they are such indispensable tools that they would not be able to live or work without them. In what ways are computers a hindrance? What is your opinion?
The topic wanted you to discuss the computer as a requirement in our society and also wanted you to criticize computers. In short it asks for the advantages and disadvantages of the computer. So, one strategy for writing this topic could be the paraphrase of the statement which is given in the topic in the introduction followed by your opinion in the same introduction paragraph.
“Some people believe that computers are more a hindrance than a help in today’s world while on the other hand some people feel that they are such indispensable tools that they would not be able to live or work without them. In my opinion, every technology has some advantages and limitations and one has to negate shortcomings and should benefit from the advantages.”
In above paragraph you see that the topic is paraphrased then followed by the personalized opinion which constitutes the introduction of essay.
Second paragraph will be your advantages of computer; the third paragraph will be explaining the disadvantages and the fourth could be your conclusion.
In the sample downloads you might have observed some words being used again and again. There is a reason for that. You see when you write essay for IELTS you have to exhibit that you can write well, so when you write some high quality words like apropos or accord etc, you show that you know the words which others do not. It means that examiner will be in a positive state of mind and will know that you have good English writing skills.
Off course if you didn’t write a good essay with good structure or arguments you will not get good bands for IELTS but if you do write acceptable essay and you use the key words that means you will get better bands as compared to if you do not use these words.
Remember 5 words which you can use and memorize it so that you can use it in your essay. You may take those words from the sample essays in the IELTS sample download and see how I used it. Remember those words and know where to use them.
If you think you have problem in writing a lot about topic which you have less knowledge about, follow this technique,
- write an introduction telling if you agree or disagree in paragraph 1
- write in favor of the topic in paragraph 2
- write against the topic in paragraph 3
- In fourth paragraph write the conclusion and paraphrase your sentence by providing the reason why you agree or disagree with the statement.
Ideally, you should be in the middle of the argument when you have limited knowledge of the IELTS Writing Topic.
So in other words, IELTS Writing module can be easily cleared by keeping these basic points in mind when attempting the Task 2 in writing examination.
- Introduction of the essay
- Paraphrase the topic of the essay.
- Give your opinion on the topic (Which is do you agree, disagree or partially agree).
- Second Paragraph
- Write in favor of the topic.
- Provide imaginary facts and figures.
- Give examples if applicable
- End this paragraph with a connector (However, but, conversely)
- Third Paragraph
- Write against the topic.
- Provide reasons and facts if applicable.
Paraphrase the content from second paragraph and third paragraph, providing the main reasons for your opinion.
Restate your opinion
Once you understood the bits and pieces its time to move on to our next section on writing essays. One thing i need to mentioned is the Importance of a Rough Draft. Make sure you read this section of the website as it will help to make your essay logical.