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Academic IELTS Writing Module

IELTS Writing Essays – Tips and Tricks

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.

Example:

“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.
  • Conclusion

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.

IELTS Writing Graphical Analysis – Tips and Samples

Graphical Analysis task comes under the Academic IELTS . It requires you to compare and explain the graphical representation in words and is given by students who plan to study overseas. This task does not require your personal experiences and examples. You only need to present the factual information which is conveyed by graphs and charts.

Your graphical essay should contain no more than four paragraphs. Ideally, you essay should have three paragraphs; Introduction, Comparison and the Conclusion. General rule to attempt the graphical essay is through comparison method.

Introduction paragraph in analysis of graphical content includes nature and type of the parameters.

With these tips at hand here is the IELTS Graph example as below:

Graph Analysis Writing Example 1:

“The graph exhibits people using new music places on the internet in fifteen days period of time namely personal choice and trendy pop music.”

Parameters: Nature: – graph, Type: – number of visits.

(Note that name of the companies are not the parameters)

“The bar chart indicates a survey on two different age groups on the factors contributing to make their environment pleasant for working.”

Parameters: Nature: – bar chart, Type: – age groups, factors for pleasant work environment.

“The data exhibits the conclusion of study of the average number of cars passing on three different roads between 1993 and 2002. In general the trend was upward over the period.”

Parameters: Nature: – data, Type: – number of cars, three different roads.

“The bar char shows the predicted sales of silver goods in ‘OOOs of units for two companies; Meteor Products Ltd and Mark Jones Ltd for next year.”

Parameters: Nature: – bar chart, Type: – predicted sales.

(Note that name of the companies are not the parameters)

Observe the parameters their nature and the types have been classified in above examples which makes the content of the introduction paragraph. The introduction of analysis task must start with the nature and type of graph and charts. For example is it a Bar chart, Pie chart, Graph or a set of Data.

Second paragraph should include the comparison between the companies using the data provided by the parameters. Using words like; in contrast, in comparison, however, but, on the other hand, whereas and so on, are highly recommended while comparing the companies.

Graph Analysis Writing Example 2:

“Staring with Music Choices websites; 40,000people went on this new site on the first day. Half of them backed out the next day. In contrast to this pop parade net sites were visited by 120,000 music lovers on the day one which decreased slightly on the next day there after regaining the same fame on 3rd day.”

“On the internal factors above 50 % in both age groups agreed that team spirit, competent boss and job satisfaction are essential to make their environment pleasant. Whereas on the external factors, there are contrasting results. On the chance of personal development and promotional aspects, 80% to 90% of the younger groups were in favor while only less than 50% of the older group thought so. A similar pattern is also noted on job security. With regards to money, 69% to 70% on both age groups said it is essential.”

“The most striking feature is that sales will increase for both companies. It is anticipated that sales of Mark Jones Ltd will start at 450,000 units in January decreasing by 200,000 units following month with a gradual recovery over the subsequent four months reaching 400,000 units in June. Those of Mark Jones Ltd are predicated to be stable until August picking up to 600,000 units in September and

October. Sales of Mark Jones Ltd will reach peak of 900,000 in December.  For those of Meteor Products Ltd is forecasted a gradual increase with the largest sale of 600,000 units in December. In the beginning of the next year those of Meteor Products Ltd will stand at 150,000 units falling back to 100,000 units in February, rising steadily to 250,000 in June. In subsequent months sale will reach 450,000 units increasing 500,000 units in August, staying stable until November. “

Conclusion normally includes the generalized comparison and view of the whole of the graphical content. There is no set of rules to end up the topic. You can explain the general trend in the conclusion or you can compare the statistics in a generalised form.

IELTS Writing Tips for 9 bands – Part 1

To understand and achieve the scores you desire in IELTS English writing tests, it is very important to know what an examiner looks for in an IELTS essay.

Here are few questions that you might want to think about

  • what kind of style they want you to write,
  • what kind of words they want to see in your essay,
  • how do you express an idea to support your statement in an essay.

Right now you might be thinking getting way with these but needless to say, these things do matter in IELTS writing test.

What does the examiner look for while reading through your essay?

Your views about the topic, Grammatical accuracy, structure, understanding of the topic, supporting evidence, examples to support the arguments, convincing the reader with facts and evidence and range of vocabulary.

This post is divided over 15 parts series in this website, but don’t be intimidated. Writing techniques are quite easy to follow. These series will include how to write an essay on graphical representation, how to write letters, and how to write an effective and appealing essays.

In next section you will learn about essay writing and letter writing techniques followed by graphical essays writing in details. These writing techniques are quite easy to learn and apply during writing exam preparation. These tips can be used in tests like General IELTS , IELTS Academic or even GMAT or LSAT.

How do i start the IELTS Writing Task?

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?

Before you write a single word for your writing task, make a rough draft, which will make your essay logical. For instance, in the above example, write a rough draft on what you will be writing in the introduction.

The second paragraph will deal with advantages of computers; write as many advantages of computer as you can in bullet form. These points will make the content of your second paragraph. Connect these two paragraphs by using however or other words which change the meaning of the statement in this paragraph. Remember it’s important to connect the paragraphs so that the transition from advantages to disadvantages is smooth.

For the third paragraph, write the disadvantages of the computers; write as many points as you can, do not limit yourself in this part. This will make up your content for third paragraph.

The last part is the conclusion, paraphrase your opinion with reasons which you have mentioned in your paragraph second and third while making the rough draft.

Now, before i write anything else i want to mention the various stages of an essay in general. So here we go,

What is an introduction paragraph?

The introduction paragraph is the first paragraph of your essay. It introduces the main idea of your essay. A good opening paragraph captures the interest of your reader and tells why your topic is important.

What is a Conclusion paragraph?

The Conclusion comes at the end of your essay after you have finished developing your ideas. The summary paragraph is often called a “conclusion.” It summarizes or restates the main idea of the essay. You want to leave the reader with a sense that your essay is complete.

How do I write one?

1. Restate the strongest points of your essay that support your main idea.
2. Conclude your essay by restating the main idea in different words.
3. Give your personal opinion or suggest a plan for action.

Stages of Essay

Writing stage

Writing stage is when you turn your ideas into sentences.

Writing Steps:

1. For the introduction, write the statement and your opinions.
2. Develop each supporting paragraph and make sure to follow the correct paragraph format.
3. Write clear sentences and use range of vocabulary to express your meaning.
4. Focus on the main idea of your essay.

Editing stage

Editing stage is when you check your essay for mistakes and correct them.

Editing Steps:

Grammar and Spelling
1. Check your spelling.
2. Check your grammar.
3. Read your essay again.
4. Make sure each sentence has a subject.
5. Make sure your subjects and verbs agree with each other.
6. Check the verb tenses of each sentence.
7. Make sure that each sentence makes sense.

Style and Organization

1. Make sure your essay has an introduction, supporting paragraphs, and a summary paragraph.
2. Check that you have a statement that identifies the main idea of the essay.
3. Check that all your paragraphs follow the proper paragraph format.
4. See if your essay is interesting.

 That is it for this section. If you are applying for General IELTS test, visit IELTS Letter Writing Tips and Tricks. If you are going to sit for the IELTS Academic test, visit IELTS Graph Writing Tips and Tricks. If you are not sure which test to take, go to About IELTS Tests.