Tips To Improve Your IELTS Writing:
In this post, I will try to share some of the important tips that you can use to get a good band in the IELTS Writing test.
- Check both task 1 and 2 clearly and make notes.
- Check all the keywords in both tasks, so that you can concentrate those keywords.
- Prepare your answers. Try to imagine the whole essay in your head before you start writing.
- A topic should be very clear with at least three supporting sentences. Too many essays go wrong because candidates didn’t read and think about the question properly.
- Don’t forget to include evidence, facts, key points, example, experience, and other supporting details. And it should be systematic.
- Your Idea should be unique, don’t try to use different vocabulary to explain single idea; If you try to replicate same ideas with different words it will produce negative impact.
- Do not copy whole sentences from the question, this will also produce negative impact.
- An answer should be related to key topics, do not write about unrelated subjects.
- pay attention to the number of words required for each task; you will lose marks if you do not write at least 150 words for Task 1 and at least 250 words for Task 2.
- learn to recognize how long 150 and 250 words look in your handwriting; you will not have time to count during the test.
- you must write your answers in full; answers written in note form or in bullet points will lose marks.
- pay attention to spelling, grammar, and punctuation.
- Use formal language only and try to avoid informal language.
- spend several minutes re-reading and correcting your answers.
- Once you complete one paragraph, read it before writing the second one so that you can easily link your answer and organize it perfectly. It’s very important that your essay is a whole – that all the bits fit together.
- In IELTS you are being tested on the quality of your English, not on the quality of your thoughts.
How to improve your IELTS writing skill:
Start task two as it is easy and more chance to score good marks, practice to finish each task on time. Don’t waste too much time on task 1. Learn all the specific writing structure for each type of task 1. In the real test, you just have to apply that structure to new data and suitable verb tenses. Read sample essays and take note of the ones with good structure to have a wide range of academic structures for task 1. Some structures might be used in task 2 as well.
You must complete both tasks. I don’t care how difficult the test is, I don’t care how little time you have got. You MUST complete your test at any cost. If you don’t, you will be penalized. Again, practice writing. Do both 2 tasks in one hour. You can focus only on task 1 or task 2, but before the test, you should practice writing both tasks to get familiar with time limits. Spend approximately first 40 minutes on Task 2, then approximately 20 minutes on Task 1
You should have very good idea about the structure of an essay. Practice makes perfect. In writing, this statement is completely true. But it is better if there is someone to check your writing for you and so you can learn from your mistakes. Writing requires wide academic vocabulary. You also have to use a dictionary to work on and enrich your vocabulary. Avoid all informal ways of writing. There are some rules of writing you should follow. For example no abbreviations, no 1st and 2nd pronoun or possessive (I, you, me, my, you’re), except in conclusion where you have to state your opinion.
The introduction paragraph:
To write an introduction, you need to be able to paraphrase the question. English essays reflect a straightforward way of thinking. You should get to the point of the whole essay clearly in the introduction; this should identify the question and outline your position. Then, you need to have main ideas at the beginning of each body paragraph and then give details. Each paragraph should be specific to some ideas.
The first/topic sentences:
The first/topic sentences of each paragraph should be clear and to the point. They should identify exactly what that paragraph is about and show how it relates to the rest of the essay. The practical tip is to keep the detail/clever ideas for the body of the paragraph. To write a body paragraph, you need to be able to explain ideas.
This is the easiest part of the essay normally. Most often, all you need to do is go back to the introduction and rephrase it. To write a conclusion, you need to be able summaries.
In many languages (English included), there are many ways to develop a body paragraph, which results in a situation where that topic sentence is not the first sentence. But you are advised to put the topic sentence at the beginning of each body paragraph. Don’t be creative in this case.
Don’t write too much:
The more you write, the more likely you are to make language mistakes. The more you write, the more likely you are to go off topic. If you write less, you give yourself more time to choose the best words, if you write less, you give yourself more time to go back and check what you have written.