I’m here today because I would like to share some tips on how to properly structure your IELTS essay.
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So without further ado, let’s see the overall structure that every good essay should have.
This is what a great IELTS essay should look like:
- Body Paragraph
- Body Paragraph
- Body Paragraph (this one could be unnecessary, depending on the type of Task you were requested to respond. Two good body paragraphs are usually enough).
The best thing you can do is to brainstorm the main ideas of each part of the essay. This is gold. Address keywords for each section. Take about 2-3 minutes for this. This should be enough time.
And it is ok not to be super creative. You can use the most popular ideas here. Ideas/keywords that most people would use too. Since it is an English test, the examiners are mainly worried about evaluating your fluency in the language, not your creativity.
I have listed below the main things you should present in each part of your essay, in order to meet the examiners’ expectations and get yourself a higher score.
- Restate the given topic question, paraphrasing the statement. Remeber to always use your own words and play with synonyms.
- You must write two 2 sentences: one sentence paraphrasing the topic and another one developing the main idea.
- sentence # 1 – Discuss the topic using the strongest argument (or the Advantages when it’s an Advantages x Disadvantages essay)
- sentence # 2 – Give reasons and explanation
- sentence # 3 – Give examples to illustrate your point.
How you are expected to write depends on what is being requested on your essay question. So you should be alert for different essay formats.
For example, in Advantages x Disadvantages essays, it would be interesting to discuss the Advantages in the first paragraph and the Disadvantages in the second paragraph.
Another great tip here is l.i.n.k.i.n.g w.o.r.d.s.
It is an excellent opportunity to use linking words to connect sentences as well as to start a paragraph.
An easy option for paragraphs would be starting them by simply
saying writing Firstly, Secondly, Thirdly/Lastly for your paragraph number 1, 2 and 3. And for linking words connecting sentences, there are plenty options for every situation. Like In Addition to/Additionally to express sequence for example and, However – Although when contrasting ideas.
Here you should start by restating the topic. Then write a summary of the main points in your essay.
You must NOT add new points to your ideas in this part of the essay.
Your conclusion should show you answered the essay question(s) AND had given supporting paragraphs that explain and illustrate your ideas.
That’s it, guys! Those are the summary of the best tips I found when studying for my IELTS.
Back then it took me quite some time to research how to write the best introduction, paragraphs, and conclusion in an IELTS exam. The time I used to do this research, I could’ve used to focus on my studies and get prepared faster. But, I’m glad I could put together this info for you, hoping to make your student life a bit easier – which is something I’d appreciate then. And if you don’t have the time to research all this info like I did, don’t worry. The guys at Lingua Trip offer tons of ways to help you achieve your studying goals, whether that’s with a Skype Lesson or a Higher Education Consultation.
So I really hope you liked it and found this article helpful.