ESL and IELTS Help 4 U

Writing a clear, clean essay

Posted on: October 20, 2010

The IELTS essays are challenging.  And when you write yours, you don’t want to look like this:

You want to look like this:

So…first, you get your topic. Then, usually one of two things happens.

1. Ideas fly around in your head.

2. You have no idea what to write.

In case number 1, your job is to get all those ideas and thoughts on paper. Write them all down. Notes or doodles or drawings are fine. No need to organize. Just get them in front of your eyes so you can see them. This will clear your mind. Then you can organize. Then you can begin to write.

In case number 2, your first task is to calm yourself. Breathe. Allow your breath to clear your mind. Look closely at the topic and separate it into sections. Begin to ask yourself small questions about each section. Answer one question at a time.

For example, let’s say this is your topic: Athletes come in two forms. Some are on teams, others participate in sports where they play alone. What are the benefits and challenges of being an athlete playing on a team and playing alone?

Maybe you’re not an athlete. Maybe you don’t care for sports at all. You think this is a topic you know nothing about.

But the key is not about athletics as much as it is about working at anything alone or in a group. You have had this experience. You know what it feels like to work with others and by yourself.

What is it like for you when you work as part of a group? What do you like? What are the problems?

When you are working alone, how does it feel? What do you like? What are the problems?

When you answer these questions, you have the points for your essay.

An IELTS essay is about your ability to think, organize and present. It is your opinion about the topic so there are no right or wrong answers. You can do it! You can think your way into the question, apply your own experience and write a clear, clean essay.

Have a beautiful day!

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