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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.


“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 Letter Tips and Samples

Letters have a purpose; it could be for any reason formal or personal, it conveys the message. Again while compiling a letter in IELTS or LSAT writing module it makes sense to write a rough draft so that your letter is logically correct. Ideally your letter should be composed of maximum of three to four paragraphs.

First paragraph should be dedicated to the introduction of who you are and the relation between the addressee and yourself. Also the first paragraph should mention the purpose of writing a letter.

Second paragraph could be to explain the situation; depending upon the topic you have to write.

Third paragraph could be connected to second paragraph again depending upon the topic.

Last paragraph is a wrap up of the letter so you should ask or suggest or thank.

Rough Draft before Compiling a Letter (Should take no more than 1 minute of your time). That is how it should look like as below:

  • Introduce yourself
  • Why are you writing a letter? (Specify Reason)
  • Tell them the situation
  • How did it happen?
  • What steps did you take to solve the problem?
  • Apologize
  • Ask for Solution (Provide options)

Here are few examples on how to go about writing a letter in IELTS Writing test.

You have lost a book, send a letter to the librarian telling them what happened and how you lost this book. Do not use more than 150 words.

Respected Sir/Madam,

My name is — I am a member of your prestigious library. My membership Identity number is 100023857. My reason for writing this letter is to inform you that I have lost one of the books which I borrowed last weekend and I am really sorry for that.

I lost “Mathematics Differential and Integral” by R.V. Jackson while I was traveling from university to my home. I was really tired after all day of studies and I fell sleep, when I wake up, I realized that my house is near so I picked up my bag and board off the bus. When I reached home I found that I have left book in the bus.

I called the transport authorities and asked if they have found any lost book in the bus, I was traveling. Response was not positive.

I am worried about it now. Could you please guide me what should I do in regards to this problem. Do I have to pay for the book or can I buy the book and return it to library? Please help me out in this situation as I do not want to lose my membership in this library.

Yours truly,                                                                Dated



Library ID—-

You have moved to a new place. There has been damage after you moved in that place. Write a letter to your landlord explaining what happened and ask what you can do? Do not use more than 150 words.

My name is — I am a new tenant in your property and I moved in unit 2 which is on goodwood road in Adelaide last week. My reason for writing this letter is to inform you that there has been damage in this unit after I moved in last week I am really sorry for that.

This incident happened when I was ironing my clothes and the phone ranged in lounge room. Unaware that I have left iron unattended I went to answer the phone. When I finished the conversation I realized that I have left iron unattended. I rushed upstairs and it was too late the carpet where I placed iron was already burnt.

I called your property manager but no one replied to my call. So leaving me with no choice but to send you this letter.

I am worried about it now. Could you please guide me what should I do in regards to this problem. Do I have to pay for the damage or I have to set up a new carpet? Please help me out in this situation as I do not want to lose my tenancy at this place.

Yours truly,                                                                Dated



Tenant ID—-

Write a letter to your company you are working for and tell administration about the weak and strong points of that company. Also provide some suggestions on what can be done to improve the company’s image? Do not use more than 150 words.

My name is — and I am working in your prestigious company for last 5 years. My reason for writing this letter is to inform you that recently I studied financial records of our company and found out some concerns in our company’s strategy plans for future.

As we know that our company was established in 1980′s and used to trade only shares and securities, but recent developments in stock markets have led our company to loss. The main reason for that is the invent of option trading. Our company focuses on only share trades. Nowadays, investors want to invest in options and also in stocks to take out maximum profits. I suggest that our company should start to trade options as well as foreign exchange, which will definitely improve our company’s image and profits.

I also suggest that we should endeavor more on issue of online platform for trading the options and stocks in securities markets. Once this automatic online platform is complete, traders can place their orders by themselves without any assistance, which will cut our working time by one third.

Sincerely,                                                           Dated



Write a letter to sports centre manager complaining about some problems you face when you go to sports centre. Do not use more than 150 words.

My name is — and I am a new entrant in your sports centre. My reason for writing this letter is to inform you that I am concerned about my safety and safety of others while I travel from my place to your sports centre.

As you might know that this sports centre is far from Norwood suburb and there is no direct bus service from Norwood to sports centre. It takes me two hours just to travel from Norwood to this sports place. Another concern is that there are absolutely no lights whatsoever on the entrance of this place. Lots of students have been injured while passing through unlit corridor.

Not only that this sports centre does not have the basic amenities like indoor swimming pools and gym equipments, which is not good for this sports institution. I highly recommend you to take action on these issues, because the inaction may jeopardize the reputation of your sports club.

Sincerely,                                                           Dated



Candidate ID


Your friend sent you a letter offering you assistance in finding accommodation in your forthcoming trip. Write a letter to your friend explaining what kind of accommodation you are looking for? Do not use more than 150 words.

How are you my friend? I am well and good here and preparing for the trip to your country. I hope everything is going excellent for you too.

I would like to thank you for finding a accommodation for me and I appreciate your effort for giving me more information about this foreign land. Anyways I will be seeing you in two months time.

Before I embark on this journey I would like to tell you my preferences as you asked in the previous letter. Ideally I am looking for a place which is one bedroom and must be in the city. I am willing to spend around 200$ to 300$ per week for that accommodation. The place I am looking for should have air conditioning system and must have own toilet. Also, as know might know that I am a vegetarian so I need a separate kitchen jut for myself.

If there is more information I need, please let me know. I want to be well prepared in advance for this amazing trip in this foreign place. Once again I would like to thank you for all your effort. When I see you we will have great time just like old days, until then take care.

Your friend                                                                    dated

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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.