How to use Cohesive Devices effectively

A guide to linking and cohesion in IELTS writing.

One of the most important skills for getting a good score in the IELTS writing exam, is the way cohesive devices or linking devices are used. In the marking criteria for task 2 essays and Writing task 1 reports, Coherence and Cohesion accounts for 25% of your marks. So it is important to have an essay that flows naturally and is easy for the reader to understand. A key component of this is cohesive devices, however, use them correctly and sparingly.

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How to write an effective IELTS conclusion

A guide to writing a good conclusion for an IELTS essay.

This lesson will show you all about writing a good conclusion. The conclusion is very important in the essay because if you do not write one you will lose a whole band score in task response.

Conclusions are pretty easy to write. You are just rephrasing your main points and restating your opinion. One way to do this is to paraphrase your thesis statement again. No new information should be added to the conclusion and it must be concise and to the point. Do not just copy your introduction word for word either, do not repeat whole sentences or it will lower your score.

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Before writing anything, analyse the question

ielts analyse the questionSpend a couple of minutes analysing the question before writing your essay.

One of the most important things to do before planning or writing is to first analyse the essay question so that you know exactly what to write about. Even students who have a higher level of English often have trouble with this as they think they are wasting time and want to get straight into writing the essay. As a result, they often end up losing marks because they missed a key issue from the task.

The examiner needs to see that you have understood the question and that you are on topic. If you do not take the time to analyse the question you could end up writing a completely different essay, or your essay may not have a clear opinion even though the task question has asked for it.

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IELTS Grammar: How to use complex sentences

Writing Complex Sentences in IELTS.

It is important to use some ‘complex sentences’ in IELTS writing task 2 otherwise you are unlikely to get a band 6.5 or above. However, not all of your sentences have to be  ‘complex’ you need to use simple sentences too.

Remember that grammar accounts for 25% of your marks in the writing tasks but there is some confusion in IELTS about what a ‘complex sentence’ actually is.

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10 mistakes students make in IELTS Writing task 2

These mistakes can stop you getting Band 7 or more.

In my experience when teaching IELTS writing classes, I noticed a lot of my students making at least one or two or more of these mistakes. The IELTS examiners are marking your paper based on an official IELTS marking criteria so there is no guesswork here.

See below about the 10 most common problems students have when dealing with IELTS Writing task 2 essays.

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IELTS grammar: Articles and countable uncountable nouns

2 common IELTS grammar mistakes.

Do you know what most IELTS students have trouble with when it comes to their writing? … It’s articles (the, a, an) and countable/uncountable nouns.

Over many years of marking IELTS essays and listening to students when speaking, I have noticed the same mistakes, most commonly they are articles (the’, a, an) and countable/uncountable nouns.

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IELTS Reading: Guessing meaning from context

Learn about the most important skill in IELTS reading.

In the IELTS reading exam you can’t look up words in a dictionary, and you won’t be able to understand every word. In addition, you shouldn’t read the whole text as you just won’t have the time.

Understanding where to find the answers and spotting how words are paraphrased is a crucial skill. The reading section is really about vocabulary, so it is incredibly important that you work on developing your vocabulary.

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Step by Step Guide to Writing a Thesis Statement

ieltsIELTS introductions and Thesis statements.

When writing the introduction of IELTS essays there are two steps that need to be taken. Paraphrase the task question and write a Thesis Statement. If the question asks for an opinion then it must be in the Thesis Statement. It depends on the type of essay you are writing as they are not all the same. It is important to write a thesis in the introduction for every type of essay. A good Thesis Statement goes towards getting a good band score in the writing section.

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IELTS Reading: Matching Headings

matching headings ieltsMatching headings, techniques and sample text.

In the IELTS reading section, there are usually 14 different types of questions but for each reading text, you may get 3 or 4 different types to answer. You might get True False Not Given, Yes No Not Given, completing a sentence, matching a heading or multiple choice to name just a few.

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IELTS Reading: True, False, Not Given Strategies

IELTS true false not givenTechniques and tips for IELTS Reading True False Not Given questions.

The reading section in IELTS contains various types of questions, however, many IELTS candidates have problems with  True False Not Given and Yes No Not Given. Once you understand the techniques and practice this type of question, then you will realise they are easier than you think. Most importantly you really need to have a wide range of vocabulary to get a good score here.

The IELTS reading test actually tests your vocabulary such as synonyms and paraphrasing. TFNG questions are based on factual statements in the text.

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